When it comes to decorating your home, custom drapes are the perfect way to add a touch of elegance and personality to any room.
While the word “custom” might make you immediately think of high costs, it is entirely possible to decorate your windows with tailored draperies without breaking the bank.
In this post, I’m sharing how you can achieve the elegant look of custom window treatments at a more affordable price. I’m also including all of the details regarding my drapery panels, along with tips you can use when ordering yours!
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Ok, friends. I recently upgraded my primary bedroom drapery, and I am obsessed. Who would’ve thought that curtains could bring so much happiness?
But seriously, they are so good.
Like every-time-I walk-into-my-bedroom-they-make-me-happy good.
Okay, let’s get down to exactly what you need to order to get this look! (by the way, there are 1,000 different ways to customize these curtains, we will get to that later!)
Here are the exact details of what we have in our primary bedroom:
- product name: Liz (linen blend)
- color: Ivory White
- header style: Triple Pleat
- single panel width & length: 72″x96″ (2 panels)
- liner type: White Cotton Darkening Lining
Our window is 58″ wide, and we have 9′ ceilings. I ordered my panels to be roughly twice as wide as my window for extra fullness.
Note- for more information on how tall and wide you should order your drapery panels, see the FAQ portion at the bottom of the post.
Regarding drapery, I tend to like more neutral colors, and the Amazon Two Pages drapery selection delivered!
Everything from white to ivory to beige and gray fabric is available. Not on team neutral? There are over 40 colors available to choose from!
I am so happy with the quality of this drapery! They don’t just look good, they feel great too!
And see how they hang so perfectly? Even after closing them at night, they go right back to their perfectly elegant selves!
Regarding the header style, I chose the triple pleat, but they have so many different header options such as a pinch pleat, grommet, rod pocket, tab top & more.
For the lining of my custom curtains, I went with a cotton room darkening option.
But, you have the options of everything from unlined to light filtering to 100% thermal blackout lining.
p.s. We currently have wood blinds on our windows, but now that I have this beautiful drapery, the next project is some new Roman shades, don’t you think?
below find all of the different ways you can customize these drapery panels
- widths 15″-240″ per panel
- length 20″-236″ per panel
- colors- over 40 colors!
- header style- 17 options
- lining type- 7 options
For custom drapery, most of Two Pages curtains have a relatively quick ship window! The drapery currently ships within 10-15 business days.
p.s. I wanted to mention the fact that I realize everyone has a different perspective on what would be considered “breaking the bank” regarding custom drapes. For some spending $2,000 for a set of custom curtains would be no big deal, and for others spending $200 would be out of reach.
That being said, I wrote this blog post based on the fact that if I ordered my exact drapery specifications from a custom drapery website (on Theshadestore.com,) the cost would have been $1890 for (2) custom drapery panels. In my opinion, my drapery looks just as lovely (and just as custom,) as The Shade Store option but saved me over $1400. Custom drapery without breaking the bank if you ask me!
A widely followed guideline for correctly hanging curtains suggests that the curtains’ final width should be at least twice the width of your window to achieve the desired fullness.
For example, our bedroom window above is 58″ wide. So the minimum width I would do would be 116″. I went with 144″ for even more fullness!
I recommend hanging most curtains at least 4-6 inches above the window frame. This will create an allusion of a larger window.
If you have the space above the window to do more, the rule of thumb is to hang the curtain rod 2/3 of the distance between the window and ceiling.
For our room, our curtains are hung 15″ above the window molding. The distance between the molding and ceiling is 23″.
You will want your curtains long enough to brush the floor lightly, but not so long that they bunch up in a pile.
I hope you found my custom drapes blog post helpful! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below!