Have you ever purchased a ready-made window treatment online or from a store, only to be disappointed with the way it actually looks on your window? If the answer is yes, you're not alone!
One reason for the disappointment may be that the ready-made window treatments are made to fit "standard" window sizes. If your window is slightly wider or longer, the result can be a real disaster. You must also consider the quality of the fabric, the lining, the fullness, and of course, the workmanship. Custom-made window treatments take into consideration all the aforementioned criteria.
So, how can you tell the difference?
Custom draperies are made with extra fullness. This means fabric that amounts to 2.5 to 3 times the width of the window is used to construct the treatment. If it's a pleated drapery, the pleats are closer together at the top, allowing for the extra fullness to fall gracefully in elegant folds. The pleats of a ready-made drapery are further apart, and since less material is used, the drapery can actually appear rather skimpy.
A custom window treatment will use corner weights to allow the fabric to hang straight and prevent flaring at the hem. Special linings may also be used to avoid sun fading and add additional body to the treatment. Linings contribute to the energy-efficiency of the treatment, providing an insulating layer between the fabric and the window. There are even black-out linings available to darken the room for daytime or late morning sleepers.
The extra touches you get from a custom treatment are endless. Detailing, such as ruffling, banding, cording and trims makes custom treatments truly individual and reflective of your style and taste.