Confessions of a Drapery Buyer

Why I Chose Custom Drapery versus Readymade

Draperies add beauty to your windows but when it comes to deciding whether to go for custom drapes or readymade ones, there is much debate going on. Many opt for readymade ones because they don’t want to be bothered with the details, sizes, and other design elements but for those who are looking beyond the usual offerings of drapes, custom made ones are definitely worth it.

Why Custom Drapery Rocks

Compared to readymade drapes, custom drapery is more flexible for homeowners because they can easily mix and match the rest of their home decorations with the drapes they’re going to put up. Unlike in readymade ones, the options for homeowners become limited which can affect their home’s theme.

Another advantage to custom drapes is that you can get the exact measurement based on your window’s needs. Readymade drapes tend to be limited in width and height which means you’ll need to do some alterations, which can take up most of your time.

With custom drapes, your home won’t look like the rest of the households that make do with readymade drapes. Yours will be unique and more beautiful because it is personalized. You can either come up with your own design or let a professional interior designer help you choose the right design, fabric, and colors based on your existing interior design. What’s more, you’ll see more creative choices to consider compared to readymade ones which means you’ll have more ideas on how to dress up your windows and the rest of your home.

Custom drapes tend to last longer because more attention is given to the details even the tiny ones. Since readymade drapes are mass-produced, they are less likely to last a lifetime, which is the downside to them.

Are Custom Drapes Right for You?

If you are still undecided whether to go for readymade drapes or custom made ones, here’s one thing to take into consideration. The price of readymade drapes is considerably cheaper compared to custom made drapes but if you’re going to look at it long term, you’ll find that you’ll save more by investing on custom made drapes.

Although the initial cost of purchasing custom made drapes is higher compared to others, since the fabrics used are of the highest quality plus the designs are built around your preferences, you’ll get significant savings in the long run because you don’t need to buy every few years. And since the designs are unique, your guests will be impressed on the unique look of your windows.

If you are willing to dole out that extra cash for window treatments, you should definitely consider custom drapes. After all, these drapes will work best with the rest of your home furnishings and can last you a very long time.


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Lux for Less at DrapeStyle

Simply said, there really is no substitute for good quality.  When it comes to custom made drapery, Roman Shades and window treatments you should expect to get what you pay for.  If you are looking for inexpensive ready-made curtains you have a wide variety of retailers to choose from.  Walk into any Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or similar retailer and you’ll find a good selection of panels that will fit most budgets.

If you are looking for true “custom” quality your choices become a little less plentiful and the “way” you buy will have a huge impact on your final products quality.  One option is to hire your own Interior Designer or Decorator.  These professionals will help you determine the best fabrics selection for your room and will measure for the perfect fit.  Once you’ve decided on your window treatments, your Designer will have your drapery made at a custom workroom who caters to the “Trade”.  You will get very high quality but you will also expect to pay the most for this level of service.

At DrapeStyle, we started as a custom drapery workroom and sold exclusively through Designers.  Over time as our Industry evolved our business evolved too.  Today, we still sell to many of the most prestigious Designers in the US and Canada.  But you no longer need to be a Designer or Decorator to get amazing lux quality at DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle you will find the finest fabrics in the World from some of the most prestigious mills including Schumacher, Kravet and Robert Allen.  And, because we are the manufacturer, you are just not going to get a better price anywhere.  When you buy your drapery from DrapeStyle you are buying from the exact same place Designers have been buying from for over a decade.

Call one of our Designers and let us show you how we can help you over the phone to design your space, select your fabrics and get the true “Lux Quality” you will just not find at any other national retailer.

 

 

 


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Creating a Contemporary Look with Drapery

We are getting so many inquiries from Customers all over the US and Canada who are transitioning their decor to contemporary.  From Palm Springs to Palm Beach, Designers and Homeowners are “updating” to classic modernism and contemporary styling.

Fortunately custom drapery may be one of the more affordable ways to transition a space quickly and dramatically.  Many Designers are turning to the classic custom sheer drapery which is extremely inexpensive relative to other fabrics, to make a modern statement within any space.  We like our classic white sheers layered behind silk or linen which really adds depth.  Choose more modern pleats with your sheers and hang them on a simple and inexpensive track system.  Or, you may even opt for grommets over a sleek stainless steel rod.

In the home below the Client wanted to create a contemporary look while keeping his dark wood accents in his floor and furniture.  We used solid silk dupioni drapery and then layered them over sheers.  Layering adds more options to open the drapes and keep the sheers closed as in the photo.  Keeping the sheers closed adds some privacy and soft lighting to the space.  We used a iron rod with simple iron rings which coordinated very well with the dark wood floors and furniture.

contemporary drapery


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