Made to Measure or Ready-Made Curtains?


When choosing curtains for your home, one of the confusing options that you’ll face is whether you want made-to-measure or ready-made curtains. What’s the difference? And what more do made-to-measure curtains have to offer?

Here are the main points that you need to consider:

  1. Budget

Ready-made curtains are often a quick and convenient “cheap and cheerful” option when time or money are in short supply. But like anything on the market, you get what you pay for. While made-to-measure products tend to be a little bit more expensive, this is reflected in the quality of the end product.

Our bespoke made-to-measure curtains are made to the specific size of your windows and are handmade in our own factory to your specifications and preferences. However, this service is not necessarily as expensive as you may think. Express Shutters, Blinds & Curtains offer made-to-measure curtains at very competitive prices, allowing you to enjoy the luxurious look and feel of bespoke curtains without breaking the bank.

  1. Options and details

Ready-made curtains generally offer a very limited range of sizes, fabrics and styles, leaving you with no choice at all to customise any part of them. It can be difficult to find examples of more premium styles and features while maintaining the quality you expect from your investment. It also means you potentially have to visit many different shopping outlets until you find something you like, or take the risk of ordering online, only to find that the cream fabric you really liked is actually beige!

Make an appointment for a free home visit and one of our experienced sales advisors will bring a vast selection of fabrics and options to you. This takes away any of the guess work associated with in-store or online shopping as you can see what all the fabrics will look like in your own home, in the right lighting, against your existing furnishings and decorations. Our advisors are also great at suggesting fabrics and designs you might not have considered. We also offer a range of accessories and other soft furnishings that can be made in the same fabric to match your curtains, giving the rest of the room a more stylishly cohesive feel.

  1. Delivery time

Let’s face it – you can’t get much quicker than picking up a product, paying for it at the till and taking it home the same day. However, as previously mentioned, there is no guarantee you will like it when you get it home. You also have to fit it yourself. And it has to stay up! While most ready-made curtain tracks and poles will come with some sort of fitting instructions and maybe a few basic fixings as a token gesture, their safe installation is up to you.

On the other hand, quality takes time. And as with any investment, the proper time to should be taken to get it right, which is what we do for you. Once you have chosen your perfect curtains and placed your order, they are hand made from scratch in our Barnsley factory. Once they have passed our stringent quality checks, we will professionally fit and dress them for you free of charge. We also install child-safe fixtures to minimise any hazards with your little ones.

If you would like to make an appointment for a free, no obligation home visit and quotation, give our friendly team a call on 01226 756111.

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