Curtains are a timeless window treatment and they are the perfect way to make a statement in your home. Curtains are known as one of the most decorative window treatments however, also serve great purpose. Curtains help to increase privacy, filter or blockout sunlight and even help to insulate and regulate temperatures in the home. Before we take a look at the most common curtain styles on the market, let’s take a look at the difference between ready made and custom made curtains.
Ready made vs Custom Made
When it comes to choosing new curtains for your home, you have the choice of ready made or custom made curtains. Many people consider both when looking for new window coverings in general so here’s a brief rundown of the two to help you decide which will suit your home better.
Ready made Curtains
As the name describes, ready made curtains are pre-designed, cut to a range of different widths and heights and packaged up ready for you to hang. The main advantage for ready made curtains is that they are a good solution for those who need a budget friendly curtain solution. The few disadvantages to ready made curtains are that they only come in a pre-determined range of sizes which may not work for your window width and/or height. The other disadvantage is that the fabric range and colours are limited as they are pre-made.
Custom Made Curtains
Again, as the name describes, custom made curtains are tailor made to suit your window needs. Not only does this mean they will be made to the width and height that you require, it also means that you can make any customisation you wish. Some of these customisations can include, colour selection, fabric transparency, track selection and of course the dimensions of the curtain. Custom made curtains are also a great option for those who have unique shaped or large sized windows. The other advantage to custom made curtains is quality and now there is a solution to suit nearly every budget. Another money savings technique is to DIY measure and install your curtains and order online.
Common Curtain Styles
Pinch pleat curtains have a decorative heading that is made up of fabric folded together and stitched to create pleats at the top of the curtain. These pleats are permanently sewn together, and this helps to shape the way the curtain fabric falls.
The pinch pleat style is a very versatile and works in both formal and more casual room settings. They also suit a variety of different home décor styles and work well in spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
A reverse pleat curtains is similar to the pinch pleat just reversed. The reverse pleat can sometimes also be referred to as inverted pleat or box pleat curtains and refers to the way that the pleat is hidden at the back of the curtain to create a wall of flattened pleats at the front.
This sleek curtain style is well suited to a minimalist and modern décor style as it creates clean, contemporary, uniform lines. The reverse pleat style highlights well with plain fabrics and is well suited to living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
The wave fold curtain style gathers fabric together into soft ripples of fabric creating a wave like effect. The wave fold curtain can sometimes also be referred to as an s-fold curtain, although slightly different, both offer a similar wave effect.
The simple nature of the wave fold curtain creates a relaxed yet elegant feel within the space. They are well suited to rooms in the home that are both casual or formal and are often found in more modern bedrooms and living areas. The wave fold curtain also work well with patterned fabrics due to it’s header styles simplistic nature.