To sew or not to sew. If you’re looking to dress the windows in your home, apartment, or office you may be wondering if you can get a custom-designed look with ready-made curtains or if you need to make them from scratch.
Ready-made curtains offer buyer-friendly benefits, including…
Manufacturers and sellers of ready-made curtains hire skilled professionals who know the industry, its trends, and its demand. These professionals are familiar with the most relevant fabrics, colors, and window sizes. They also understand the importance of creating designs to complement many different homeowners’ interiors.
Ready-made curtain panels are manufactured in four standard lengths: 63-, 84-, 96-, and 108-inches. While these lengths may seem fixed, they actually offer quite a bit of flexibility.
Choose a length based on the placement of the rod from which the panels will hang. If there is a difference in the measurements of a few inches, simply adjust the placement of the rod. There are typically several inches and sometimes feet between the top of the window molding and the ceiling. While it’s customary to hang the rod a few inches above the window, it’s acceptable to hang the rod as high up as the ceiling.
If the rod is already in place on the wall and you prefer not to move it, adding hardware can be an easy solution to customize the length of ready-made curtains. Clip-on rings are made in a multitude of sizes. Adding clip-on ring to the top of the curtain panel can actually increase the length of a ready-made curtain by two or three inches, depending on the size of the ring chosen.
A final option to adjust the curtain length is to purchase a ready-made panel in a slightly longer length and hem the panel along the bottom edge. The hem can be set in place with a standard needle and thread or choose iron-on fabric tape.
Curtain manufacturers have the benefit of purchasing high volumes of fabric in order create thousands of panels to send to market. As a result of their purchasing power, they are also offered discounts from fabric distributors that are far greater than what an individual person will be offered for purchasing just a few yards of fabric at a time.
This means that ready-made curtains can actually be far more cost effective than custom-made panels. For instance, an 84-inch, unlined, printed cotton canvas curtain panel retails for an average price of $40. Silks, linens, and velvet panels will run higher. To recreate the same 84-inch cotton canvas curtain panel, you’ll need to purchase about 2-1/2 yards of fabric for an average of $20 per yard. That means that for just the fabric you’ll pay $50. Add to that the labor if you have to hire a seamstress at $20 per hour and the same $40 ready-made curtain panel will cost you over $90 to have it custom-made.
In the end, ready-made curtains are typically more cost-effective than having panels custom-made.
When you visit curtain display showrooms like Curtain Time’s Stoneham, Massachusetts store, you will find hundreds of curtain panels on display and in the design books.. With ready-made curtains, both designers and homeowners are sure to find fabric options that suit their needs.