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Are you looking to add some style and elegance to your windows but are unsure whether to go for custom drapes or off-the-shelf curtains? We know this is a challenging choice when it comes to acquiring a new home or considering a home makeover. You want to make a good investment decision but don’t know where to start. 

But don’t worry, we’re here to help you make the right one. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of both options so that, in the end, you’ll be able to choose which of them fits you best.

Off-the-Shelf Curtains

Off-the-shelf curtains are pre-made curtains readily available at most home decor stores. That’s why they are perceived as a quick and easy solution for window treatments. They come in standard sizes, making them a convenient choice for many homeowners. Some of their benefits include:

  • Affordability: They are often less expensive than custom-made curtains, which makes them an attractive option for those on a budget.
  • Easy to install: Since off-the-shelf curtains come in standard sizes, they are relatively easy to install. You can quickly update your window treatments without the need for professional installation.

However, even though they seem to be convenient, they also come with many disadvantages, for instance: 

  • Limited design options: They often have very few selections for designs, so they won’t match your decor perfectly.
  • Poor Quality Materials: Since they are less expensive, they are usually made with low-quality materials. This means they may not last long and may need to be replaced frequently. In the long run, cheap becomes expensive. 

Inconsistent Fit: Coming in standard sizes makes it difficult to fit on all windows. This can lead to an inconsistent and unattractive look.

Custom Drapes

Side panels and drapes

Custom drapes can be a great solution for people who are looking for high-quality drapes that fit their windows perfectly because they are made-to-measure. Here are some of their many benefits: 

Perfect Fit

One of the biggest advantages of custom drapes is that they offer an ideal fit for your windows. No matter how particular your window’s shape or size is, custom drapes are made to enhance their uniqueness. This ensures that your curtains will look great and function properly, regardless of the type of windows you have:

  • Arched windows: Custom drapes can be designed to follow the curve of the arch, creating a seamless and elegant look.
  • Bay windows: Consist of 3 or more windows that protrude from the wall, and can be fitted with custom drapes that highlight the unique shape and accentuate the natural light.
  • Skylights: Custom drapes can be used to control the amount of light and heat that enters the room, creating a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. Motorized drapes are also a great option for hard-to-reach skylights, allowing you to have full control over the easy adjustment. 

At Portland Window Coverings, our experienced designers can work with you to choose the right materials, colors, and designs to match your decor and enhance the functionality of your space. We have hundreds of fabrics, styles, and textures!

Durability & Longevity

Custom-made curtains are crafted with high-quality materials and designed to last for years. Unlike off-the-shelf curtains, which are often made with low-quality materials, custom drapes offer greater durability and longevity. This means that you will save money by not having to replace your curtains frequently.

What you should consider

While there are many advantages to choosing custom drapes for your home, there are a few things to keep in mind before making your decision:

  • Because of their materials, design, and installation, they may be a bit more costly than off-the-shelf curtains. However, they are an investment in your home that can add value and style to your space.
  • Custom drapes take longer to make than off-the-shelf curtains because they are made to order, which involves many steps like consultations, measurements, and fabrication.
  • Depending on the fabric and design, custom drapes may require special care and maintenance. One of our designers will provide you with instructions on how to care for your custom drapes.

Custom drapes allow you to create unique and personalized window treatments that can enhance the style and functionality of your home. 

At Portland Window Coverings, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and high-quality products that meet your needs. We’re always here to answer your questions!

Making custom drapes easy and stress-free

At Portland Window Coverings, we make the process of getting custom-made curtains easy and stress-free. We offer in-home consultations, where we come to your home and take measurements of your windows. In addition, we provide virtual consultations — a convenient option for those who wish to get help without leaving their homes.

We work with you to choose the perfect fabrics, colors, and designs to match your decor. We’ll create your custom drapes and install them for you, ensuring they fit perfectly and function properly.

Hunter Douglas Windows: trusted quality for your home

In addition to custom drapes, we also offer a variety of other custom window treatments, including blinds and shades. Our Hunter Douglas Windows products are especially popular, as they are known for their high quality and durability. 

With a variety of styles and designs to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect window treatments for your home.

Choose custom drapes for your beautiful windows

While off-the-shelf curtains may seem like a quick and easy solution, in the end, they cannot be compared to the quality and customization of custom-made curtains. At Portland Window Coverings, we offer a wide range of custom drapes, blinds, and shades to suit every need and taste. Call us at (503) 783-1838 to learn more about our custom drapes.

Contact us today to schedule your in-home consultation or visit our Tigard showroom. Let us help you transform your windows into a beautiful and functional element of your home!