Custom Made Curtains...
And What You Really Need To Know!

Do you really know how to correctly order custom made curtains ?

Order wrong and you are stuck with them!,

even if they don't fit.

So discover how your made to order curtains are put together. You will then certainly get the kind of drapes you really want.

Before you buy made to order curtains online or else where, save yourself a lot of heartache and read this first.

When it comes to shopping for made to order curtains you have probably discovered that they can cost a lot more than regular ready made curtains.

Sometimes a huge amount more....

....and at first glance it's hard to work out why. So let me show you what you will be paying for just below.




Home Decor Fabric

The cost of your made to order curtains is broken down in to two main areas.

1. The cost of the fabrics

2. The cost of the labor to make them

Lets start with the cost of the fabric.

drapery fabrics are priced by the yard or metre. Most regular curtain fabrics sold off a roll come at 54 inches 137cm) wide. So using the example in the image here with a width of 100 inches wide.

You would need 4 widths of fabric (2 widths in each curtain panel). These widths of fabric sewn together would give you a pair of curtains at double your window width. Assuming you are having a curtain heading with a 3 inch deep pleating tape.

That's the kind of drapery heading tape with the cords woven in. These cords are pulled to create the pencil pleats and make you curtains gather.

If we assume for the sake of this example that the new curtains are to be 88 inches long. Then we would have 4 widths of fabric at 88 inches long. Plus a minimum of 8 inches for hems. See the calculation below

4 widths X 88 inches length + 8 inches hems = 384 inches of fabric at 54 inches wide

Divide 384 inches by 36 to convert in to yards = 10.66 yards (most suppliers round up to nearest 1/2 yard.)

Now if we assume a discount fabric online would cost $ 9.95 a yard. The bill for the fabric alone would be $ 117.33

Then the other fabric cost would be for drapery lining fabric. I know it is an extra cost but in my opinion well worth the extra. It will give your curtains a lot longer life, and they will hang so much better. A typical cotton lining fabric will cost from $ 5.99 a yard.

So this gives us a total fabric bill of $ 183.22


Making Curtains

The next major cost is for making of your custom made curtains. How much will depend on mostly on what kind of curtain heading style you choose.

In this example the curtain header style will be a simple 3 inch curtains pencil pleating tape. This kind of header is Suitable for use with a cord operated decorative traverse rod (track) like the one shown in the image above.

Most curtain makers charge by the number of widths in your curtains. so in this example we have 4 widths of fabric. So it would be

4 widths X cost per width $ ? = $ ?

A typical make up cost for this style of curtain would be around $ 20 per width. So this would mean a make up charge for us of $ 80




How To Make Curtains

So the total bill for your made to order curtains would be in the region of $ 263

This is not an outrageous amount of money for something you will have in your home for 10 years or more. However why pay this amount of money when you don't have to. When you can easily make your own curtains using the simple guides with videos on this site.

You will also be discovering a new life long skill. That will give you many hours of enjoyment and a great sense of pride when you have your new custo made curtains hanging in your own home.



How To Measure For Curtains

No matter whether you plan on buying curtains online or you plan to make your own curtains. Knowing how to measure for drapes correctly is the single most important step you will need to make.

I seriously recommend you install your chosen window treatment hardware over your window. Then measure up for your new custom made curtains. Use a pad and pen to note down each size as you go. Then re-measure and double check your sizes again. Even better get someone else to check them for you. Like we say in the trade a "sanity check".

You can find out before you order your custom made curtains... how to measure for drapes properly! here.




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