The good thing about drapes as a window covering is that it has enough functionalities and versatility to make it worth your while. You want to complete package? Then go for blackout curtains since it not only gives you total privacy but also blocks out sunlight. If you prefer to have privacy but want a bit of light inside then you can use sheers. The problem arises however when you buy them ready-made from the store. Here are 3 reasons why custom drapes is the smart choice.
Stores and manufacturers will claim that their drapes are of standard size. The question though is whose standards are they talking about? There will be times when the curtains you bought are too long meaning you have to hang it really high up or hem it. If it is too short then you have no choice but to sew additional fabric. This means either way you will be doing some work yourself. What’s the point of buying a ready-made window treatment when it turns out you still need to make adjustments right? The same is true when it comes to the width. It can be too wide if your small is small or too narrow if your window is wide. Either way you still need to make the necessary adjustments.
Well, evidently curtain manufacturers still haven’t gotten the memo, because their “standard” drapery lengths are completely outdated. If you have an 8-foot ceiling, you can choose between the 84-inch panel, which is way too short, or the 96-inch panel, which is too long. Either way, in order to hang the panels high, you’re stuck having to either sew on extra fabric to the short ones, or hem the long ones. And if you’re going to have to break out the sewing machine anyway, why not just make custom panels for your windows?
Drapes usually have linings that are sewn on the opposite side of the fabric. The purpose of this is to protect the drapery and the inside of the house from harmful ultraviolet rays. However it is possible that the one you bought at the store has a different colored lining from the fabric. This will result in giving out a different color once sunlight hits it.
Manufacturers will say that their products passed rigid quality control tests and are the best there is. The reality is that it is still an item that has been mass produced so the level of quality may not be that high. It is possible that the one you bought may be the one slipped through cracks thus showing damage and bad quality. As the saying goes, it you want something done, better do it yourself.
The question that remains then is that you are convinced the custom drapes are better but you don’t have the skills to make them. It’s simple, go to stores that offer customization. It may be a bit more costly but it will be the drapes that you want for your house.