Ready Made vs Custom Made Curtains

Published : 2018-11-23 14:00:00
Categories : Veneta Blog Articles

Windows and doors are a design feature in a home that can be easily dressed to change the look and feel of a space immediately. Choosing the right curtains can help to make a room feel larger, finish a room and provide all the necessary light, privacy and airflow control needs.

There can be a lot to consider when it comes to choosing new curtains for your home, but when it comes to deciding between ready made and custom made curtains, there a few factors to consider. Choosing between the two comes down to; how quickly you need them, the style and overall look you are trying to achieve, your budget and the windows and doors you are trying to cover. Start by writing a list of rooms that require new curtains and the important factors you need the curtains to cover. Below are the main differences between ready made and custom made curtains and the most common curtain styles available.

Curtain Styles

When it comes to choosing between the types of curtains available, the main difference is between the different header styles. The three most common curtain header styles consist of Reverse Pleat, Pinch Pleat and Wave Fold. Below is a brief description of each curtain style and the types of interior décor styles they suit best.

Reverse Pleat

The Reverse Pleat Curtain offers a more formal curtain design. The Reverse Pleat Curtain design creates a pleat at the back of the curtain to create a flat, sleek design on the front of the curtain. This design is what creates more of a formal appearance however is very adaptable and also works well in less formal areas of the home. The Reverse Pleat Curtain works well with heavier fabrics and thicker transparencies such as dim out and blockout curtains.

Pinch Pleat

Pinch Pleat Curtains are the most popular style available. The Pinch Pleat design is made up of small folds of fabric that are sewn together to create a pinched look. The Pinch Pleat Curtain can come in a variety of pinched styles with the Double Pinch Pleat the most popular. As this is the most popular curtain style, it is used widely throughout the home and works well in any room.

Wave Fold

The Wave Fold Curtain style is an elegant curtain that works well with both casual and formal interior decor styles. The Wave Fold design creates soft folds of fabric which pairs well with a sheer or light filter curtain fabric. Wave Fold Curtains suit any room in the home and can be utilised in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

Custom Made Curtains


As with any custom made product, there are more costs involved, as the product is made to suit your exact needs and wants for your home. With custom made curtains, they will be made to your exact measurements and customisations, meaning you will receive a high-quality product that is made to order and not in bulk.

Look and Style

If you are renovating your home or just purchased a new home and new curtains are on the agenda, then custom made curtains is the perfect way to achieve not only the perfect fit but also a custom look and style. Each room in the home may have a different style and this is where custom curtains help to create that unique look and feel for each space. Not only can you choose between different fabric colours and textures but also, fabric transparencies, the curtain header style and additional customisations such as configuration.

Your Windows & Doors

Each window and door in your home will be different and this is where custom made curtains are a superior solution. Each curtain will be made to the exact measurements and customisations for each window and door, to ensure you can achieve the perfect fit for each curtain.


Whilst custom made curtains can cost a bit more, it can be worth spending a few extra dollars to not only get a quality product but also the perfect fit and look for your home. Quality not only comes down to the materials used, but also the craftsmanship and the processes involved to carefully custom make curtains to suit your home.

Ready Made Curtains


One of the main differentiators, is price. If you are on a tight budget, then ready made curtains are a good option. As ready made curtains are made in bulk, they are cheaper to make which results in a cheaper cost to purchase.

Look and Style

Updating your curtains will always make a fresh change to a space and help to give the room a new look and feel. However, when it comes to ready made curtains, as they are made in bulk, they are only made in a range of curtain fabrics and made to a few standard sizes. This means you may not get the exact look or style you are after or the perfect fit.

Your Windows & Doors

The types and sizes of your windows and doors may help to determine whether you can purchase ready made curtains or not. If your windows and doors are large or a little unusual such as with bay windows or even corner windows, you may struggle to find a ready made curtain solution. Consider your window and door types to help determine if ready made curtains will work for you.


As budget is usually the number one priority for most when it comes to any renovation process, buying new curtains is no different. Ready made curtains are made in bulk which helps to cut down on costs but also means lack of attention to detail and quality materials and craftsmanship.

Custom made curtains are an easy way to update your homes window furnishings and a great way to make a statement in any room of your home. You can save on custom made curtains by DIY measuring and installing and still get a high-quality end result to your renovated space. If your budget still does not allow for custom made DIY curtains, then ready made curtains may be the soluation for you.

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