Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Posts Tagged ‘window treatments’

Getting Rid of Our Old Shutters

When my husband and I moved into our very first home, started a family, and had very little idea, if any, the difference between window treatments or no window treatments, our neighbor insisted to keep the off-white shutters that were already in our home. The shutters that dangled centimeters from the window, the shutters with the kind of texture that made everything else in our living room look beyond glamorous (which is unfortunately far from true), the shutters that were so yellowed and tinted from the sun’s warmth that they made the rest of our house look an overwhelming shade of white, the shades we were embarrassed to admit had moved into our home before we did and that there was, what felt like, no way of kicking them out… otherwise referred to by my husband and I as the “ugly shutters”. Fortunately, when my mother- in -law stopped by for a visit to babysit our toddler, we came home to greet our shutters at the side of the curb were they belonged, accompanied by the rest of the junk we so desperately needed to get rid of. It finally felt like we had our home to ourselves. Yet, the sun’s heat was almost unbearable in August, scorching the dark hardwood floors and leaving us with sunburns when we were simply just roaming from room to room. Spraying sunscreen on our little one didn’t feel necessary when we weren’t at the beach, and the expensive hardwood fading little by little was irritating, and the naked windows were far from helpful in the privacy department, so we experimented with another technique… drapery. What innovative technological advancements had our society made since the 14th century that were more brilliant than drapes? I would have to get back to you on that one…   The easy-breezy sweep of the fabulous cloth to immediately shade our living room saved us sunscreen rashes, expensive hardwood floor replacements, and a whole lot of cringing from visitors. Drapery is an effective, beautiful, and a very convenient addition to our home. This sort of window treatment rescued my family from the teeth-grinding, sweaty palms, and ‘tsk tsk’ing kind of embarrassment from visiting friends and co-workers who are now impressed with our immense upgrade from the “ugly shutters” to the recently renamed “best thing that has ever happened to a window”.

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.

Who Ships Window Treatments Internationally?

It’s no secret that DrapeStyle ships our custom made drapery and window treatments throughout the US and Canada.  What you may not know is that we also ship internationally to Countries as far away as France, Australia, Japan, China and the UK.  When we firsts started shipping our drapery and drapery hardware we thought, “how hard can it be?”.  We learned that shipping our drapes overseas required some serious preparation.  For example, we have had a few Clients in Australia (we love the accent by the way), who have ordered several times.  The orders were large, enough to decorate an entire home.  We initially thought that we would just “box them up” and ship the drapes like we would any other order.  When we packed them, however, we quickly realized that we needed a little sturdier of a container considering these draperies were going to the other side of the world.  So we contacted a local shipping / freight forwarder, and we are sure glad we did.  They built us a very sturdy crate using “certified” wood that came along with a “certificate”.  Like me you are probably asking what the heck “certified wood” is.  It turns out that some Countries, including Australia, are very concerned about foreign insects crossing their borders.  Many insects burrow their way into wood that is then used to build crates that ship goods.  The little critters then catch a free ride into new Countries.  So, this “certified” wood means that it is free of any hitch-hiking critters.

We got a pretty good education on the nuances of shipping our drapery into a lot of different Countries and we really think it benefits our Customers.  Nothing worse than ordering your living room drapery, roman shades or any window treatments and then having them held-up at Customs or worse, rejected by Customs and shipped back to the Manufacturer.

So if you live in Paris Texas or Paris France we are confident that we will make you the very highest quality custom drapery available and have them arrive at your doorstep in perfect condition.

If you have any questions about our International Shipping please call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257.

 

 

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At DrapeStyle we ship our custom made drapery, roman shades and valances all over the world,

 

 

Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition. Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done. We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own. For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows. When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process. Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation. Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free. Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths. After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric. If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice. It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice. Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission. You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person. If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience. At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”. When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction. When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.

When it comes to selecting custom window treatments it is always best to call a qualified Designer or Retailer early.

DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom.  I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does.  Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.

DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China.  We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others.  We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.

Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made.  It may make a difference to you.

Thanks as always.

 

DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California