Styling a window can transform a room from so-so into something really special. And there are so many different options to choose from, whether you’re looking for luxurious curtains, sleek, ready-made blinds or something in between. Our handy guide will help you find the best window treatments to suit your style and budget.
Ready-made curtains are one of the easiest routes to go down and are an affordable way to give your room a decorative finish without looking budget.In most cases, ready-made curtains provide a quick and easy solution to window treatments and can change the look of a space in just a few hours.
Custom curtains don’t come cheap, but they do give a room a unique, tailored look. Your curtain maker will offer you a choice of headers – from classic pleats to ultra-modern waves – and you’ll also have to decide whether you want a pelmet, tie-backs and any other finishing touches. For a truly sumptuous feel, ask for a fullness of at least two, meaning that the width of the fabric is at least twice the width of the track or pole.
Budget is usually the number one priority with any home improvement scheme and dressing up your windows is no different. We all want the highest quality, for the cheapest price. Economically, ready-made curtains are less costly than custom designed since they’re produced in bulk, so if you’re on a hairline budget then these are your best bet. However – as with any bulk-produced item, this can also mean a compromise on attention to detail and quality materials.High quality materials are used for custom made curtains
Are you really getting value for money?
When opting for custom-designed curtains, you’re paying experts to create something that is unique to your home, using master craftsmanship and bespoke design. The additional cost associated with custom-design is almost always worthwhile in the long-run. Higher-quality fabrics and workmanship mean your curtains will stand the test of time, while ready-made curtains will often fray or fade quicker, requiring more regular replacement. In effect, you get what you pay for.
Custom curtains are no more expensive than off-the-shelf curtains.
A lot of homeowners are under the impression that custom-made curtains are far more expensive than ready-made curtains. That’s often not the case. In fact, when you take into account the customization that goes into your curtains and the quality of the craftsmanship, your custom curtains are often the far better deal. They are made from high-quality materials that are made to last for years so you won’t have to replace your curtains nearly as often, either, making them even more affordable over their lifetime. Ready-made curtains that are created from inferior materials can be difficult to hang and maintain, meaning you’ll be paying more to replace them sooner anyway. And if you can spend a similar amount of money to get something that’s absolutely right, wouldn’t you rather avoid the hassle of dealing with something that is almost right?