That is the question.
Any design aficionado will tell you, curtains make a room - but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to window treatments, it's a matter of color and fabric, length and lining and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are a few things to look out for when deciding whether to go custom with your curtains.
How fast do you need them?
Those who opt for ready-made curtains are usually drawn to the convenience. In most cases, ready-made curtains provide a quick and easy solution to window treatments and can change a look of a room in no time. Custom, on the other hand, require a bit more time (in our case, 10 days to be exact) once you've chosen your style and fabric. We might be biased, but good things do come to those who wait. A few extra days will give you the curtains that perfectly fit your home.
Can you get the look you want?
Ready-made curtains come available in a huge variety of fabric types, colors, and designs, so if you look far and wide you may well be able to find exactly what you are looking for. However, if you have a special requirement, your windows are especially tall or exceptionally wide, then you have a situation on your hands. Ready-made do come in some varying sizes, they mostly stick to a standard fit, meaning narrower or wide windows will still require tailoring - compromising the quality and design.
Are you getting value for your money?
Budget is usually a top priority for any home improvement and dressing up your windows is no different. We all want the highest quality, for the cheapest price. Economically, ready-made curtains cost less than custom since they're produced in bulk. However - as with any bulk produced product, this can also mean a compromise on attention to detail and quality materials.
When opting for custom, you're paying for experts to create something unique to your home, using master craftsmanship and bespoke design. High-quality fabrics and workmanship mean your curtains will hold up to your homes test of time, while ready-made will often fray, fade, and inevitably require eventual replacement. As the tried and true adage goes, you get what you pay for.
Are the measurements precise?
While standard sizing options are convenient, they're not necessarily the most suitable for everyone's home. Rather than trying to make the windows try to fit the curtains, allow your curtains to make themselves at home.
With our auto-sizing calculator and in-context visualizer, you can remove measurement hassles and create the curtains of your windows dreams.
Your Home, Your Call
Generally speaking, ready-made curtains can provide a convenient option if you're in a hurry to get something up asap with less emphasis on perfectly curating your decor or choosing something long-lasting.
If you'd prefer to spend a little more time and money to find something that will provide your room with a lasting and unique look, then custom curtains are your best bet.