Bespoke curtains can be quite expensive, especially if you opt for one of the larger all in one services offered by the big retailers. These are hassle free but can work out very expensive, can take months to complete and you’re also limited to what fabric you can choose. The alternative is a little more involved, but it needn’t be daunting. You can follow the advice below and save yourself quite a lot of money, get the look you really want, meet the actual curtain maker rather than a saleswoman and what’s even better? You don’t need to wait months for your curtains!
There are a very wide range of curtain fabrics on the market these days, with prices to suit most pockets. Curtain fabric can be plain or patterned, starting from as little as £3 per metre. One of my favourite websites for fabric is Selby Soft Furnishings. They offer a nice range of fabrics, great lining cloth, free samples and have a great service to boot.
If you buy a plain fabric you will have no wastage as there is no pattern to match. Most curtain fabrics will need a lining and header tape so you will need to budget for these in your overall costs as well. If you prefer a floral or abstract curtain fabric, order more to account for the pattern match. Floral curtain fabric looks great in long curtains, the pattern will look eye catching.
Whatever fabric you choose, remember it’s a long term decision. The next time you decorate will be the time you will replace your curtains. With this in mind choose a fabric that you like and compliments the current decoration well. Be careful not to make a rash decision in your choice of curtain fabric, once you have hung them you are going to have to live with them. Don’t rush, make sure you are happy with your choice of curtain fabric before cutting into it.
It’s always safer if you have spent a larger amount of money on the curtain fabric to employ a professional curtain maker to put your curtains together for you. It will take the pressure off when you receive the fabric. Confidence is the all important when making any home furnishings, so be sure to take your time, measure and measure again, check the pattern match if applicable and ensure the length is correct there is some allowance for hems.
When choosing a curtain fabric again, take your time in your selection and request a sample of the fabric. Ensure the fabric matches your budget and that there is enough of the fabric available. Don’t forget to remember the additional purchases such as curtain lining, header tape and any charges from your curtain maker if applicable.
All of this should give you some idea of the total outlay and potential pitfalls from buying curtain fabric and having your own bespoke curtains made.