Custom-made or ready-made? What curtains will serve me well?

October 11, 2017



I clearly remember my husband’s expression when I happily announced my decision to design curtains for our living room myself. His reaction was far from what I had expected - not exactly dissuading but rather anemic – he just couldn’t understand why I was so psyched about the idea of plowing my time and energy into making something which could be availed easily, minus my time and energy.

It was almost as if I was gagging for someone to ask me this question. I was glad that he asked it.

Here’s that explanation I gave my husband, almost 27 years ago, which I’m going to share with you here today. And remember all this is true even today, just as it was true back then.

The selection is crazy and dizzying!

This is to the point where you feel exhilaratingly confused and just want to clutch everything that catches your fancy to your heart. Voiles, linens, cotton, jacquards, chenille, velvet, lace, silks, so on and so forth; your selection of fabrics with custom-made curtains is endless. You certainly don’t get this kind of variety in ready-made curtains. Take my word for it.

The same goes for lining!

There are so many reasons why your curtains need lining – because you don’t want them to be devoured by the sun, don’t want them to look lackadaisical just after a few months of installing them, and certainly don’t want to be kept under the surveillance of nosey neighbors. Custom-made curtains look and feel and hang majestically because they are lined. Like fabrics, options for lining are unlimited.

Craftsmanship and details

Custom-made curtains are made carefully and painstakingly, just like beautiful, couture garments. They are fabricated with elegant details, stitched impeccably (think mitered corners, curtain weights), and finished perfectly. Ready-made curtains won’t come in fresh water pearl adorned borders or well-engineered goblet pleats. That kind of magic needs a human touch that no mass-production method can conjure.

My husband was convinced - so much that he volunteered for my curtain-making project. If you need a little help in convincing your spouse/parents, I hope this blog will do the needful!


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