Choosing Custom Drapery
[Top Factors to Consider]

There’s no better way to make a house feel like a home than by adding draperies. Custom draperies are a great way to makeover a room to fit your unique design style.

Choosing the right window treatments may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help. We’ve outlined the top 3 factors to consider before you purchase draperies. Hopefully, it makes the process a little easier.

Fabric and Function

First, it’s good to consider both the fabric and function of the draperies you choose for your home. Curtains and drapery can be ordered in a variety of fabrics, including cotton, linen, polyester, velvet, and satin. Different types of fabric not only have different looks but also filter or block sunlight differently. 

Heavier drapes, like satin and velvet, have a more traditional look and are very effective at blocking out sunlight. This might be helpful for bedrooms or other rooms where you’d like the ability to block sunlight. Linen, on the other hand, provide a softer look and allow a good amount of sunlight to filter in. That’s why linen is a more popular choice in living areas, where lots of natural sunlight is typically welcomed.


Next, let’s look at color and pattern. Do you like curtains with bold patterns and colors, or does the look of your room need solid, neutral curtains? Either way, there are plenty of options to help you find the perfect fit.

Here’s a tip. If you’ve already used multiple textures and patterns in your design, it’s probably better to choose curtains that are simpler. On the other hand, if you feel your space is missing an element, a bold colored or patterned curtain might be just the thing you need!

Additionally, don’t forget to think about the color and type of window treatments already in place. Do you have blinds, shades, or panels? Are they white or wood-colored? The answers to these questions will affect what kind of curtains or custom drapery will look best. 

Custom Drapery vs. Prepared Drapery

There are pros and cons to both custom drapery and prepared drapery. While prepared drapery is easy to purchase, it doesn’t give you the ability to customize your drapery to fit your unique needs. Custom drapery may be more of an investment, but you get exactly what you’re looking for. 

Not to mention, the design options for custom drapery are virtually limitless, allowing you to meet your exact specifications. Custom drapery also tends to be higher in quality and longer-lasting than prepared drapery.

Sizing and Measurement

Last, once you’ve chosen the style and type of fabric for your custom drapery, it’s time to make sure you know the measurements. People often make the mistake of purchasing curtains that are too narrow or too short. This causes your curtains (and the entire room) to look a little “off”. 

The best rule of thumb is to hang your curtains roughly 6 to 12 inches above the top of the window. Allow your curtain rod to extend past the length of the window on either side. In most cases, drapery should be full floor-length, barely dusting the floor. Using this technique enhances the space and makes the room look larger and the ceilings look higher.

Ready to get some custom drapery? At Modern Floorz and Shutters, we are passionate about helping to turn your house into a dream home. We even take care of the measurements so that you don’t have to. Contact us today for more information and a free estimate!

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