Why Choose Custom Window Treatments?
Custom window treatments are a truly special touch in a room. On average, Americans who purchased custom window treatments keep their custom drapes on their windows for seven years; Store bought curtains are changed every one to two years. Custom draperies are a wise investment. The quality of custom window treatments is better than that of store-bought panels, and cultivating the custom look that you want will keep you happy with your room for many years to come.
So how can you tell when drapes are custom vs. store-bought? One main difference is that custom drapes are fully lined, making them fuller, heavier, and allowing them to hang better. Custom draperies weigh an average of 2-2.5 pounds per panel, whereas unlined, store-bought curtains of the same size usually weigh less than 1 pound. The weight difference has a lot to do with the quality of fabrics used.
With lined, store-bought draperies, a cotton percale fabric is commonly used as the liner; This is a thin sheeting fabric with a low thread count. This material is not ideal for blocking out light, and it does little to add fullness to a drapery. Custom draperies are lined with a thicker poly-cotton fabric that blocks the sun in the best way possible (Think: SPF 50+). The polyester component in the lining gives a drapery more strength and fullness. Lining is especially useful in rooms that experience more moisture and evaporative fumes. That's because cotton captures and releases these fumes much easier, making lined window treatments a must in busy kitchens and bathrooms.
Custom treatments are not only a better value in the long run, but they make any room more beautiful!