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Custom Draperies vs Curtains: 6 Things To Consider

Are you debating whether to get custom draperies or curtains for your home? Overall, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to custom draperies or curtains. It really depends on your personal preferences and the overall look you are trying to achieve in your home.

Here are the 6 things to consider when choosing between custom draperies or curtains for your home:


1. Cost


Custom draperies can be more expensive than curtains because they are made to measure, so they will fit your windows perfectly. They are also typically made with a more luxurious fabric. Custom draperies can also be lined with a fabric that helps to insulate your home, which can save you money on your energy bills.


Curtains are a more budget-friendly option and can be found in a variety of materials, including blackout options that are perfect for bedrooms.


2. Installation


Custom draperies require professional installation.

Curtains can be hung by the homeowner or a handyman.


3. Care

Custom draperies can be tricky to clean, as they must be taken down and dry cleaned.

Curtains can be machine-washed.


4. Fit

Custom draperies are custom-tailored to your specific window size and shape. Whether you have a large bay window or a small, standard window, custom draperies can be made to fit perfectly. This means that you won’t have to worry about excess fabric or draperies that are too small for your window.

Curtains may not block out all light, as some light can still peek around the edges.



5. Style


Custom draperies are a luxurious option and can add a more formal, high-end look to your home. Typically made from higher quality materials than curtains, you can also add trimmings, bandings, or swags to custom draperies to give them a more elegant look.



Curtains can give your home a more relaxed feel. They come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials so you can easily find a set that will match your existing décor, or you can use them to add a new pop of color to your room.






6. Durability

Custom draperies are typically made from higher-quality, more durable fabrics than curtains. They are also better constructed, with stronger seams and hems. As a result, custom draperies will usually last longer than curtains.

Curtains are usually mass-produced and made from more economical materials making their durability not as good as custom draperies.



As you can see there are a number of pros and cons for each option. Ultimately, the decision of which window treatment to choose comes down to personal preference and budget. If you're looking for a low-cost window treatment option that you can easily DIY, then curtains are a great choice.


However, if you're willing to invest a little more money in a custom window treatment, draperies are a beautiful option that will add a touch of luxury to your home. Let one of our professional designers at Designs by Duchess be your guide.


What has been your experience with custom draperies or curtains?


Thanks for reading,


Yulonda Buster, Designs by Duchess


Award Winning Home Stager and Interior Designer



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