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If you’re considering installing curtains in your home, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is whether you’d prefer to buy ready-made curtains or have them custom-made especially for your home. 

1-Get exactly what you want

There’s no need to compromise when you choose to have your curtains custom-made; you’ll get exactly what you want and it will be the perfect for your space. A good company will send a consultant to meet with you at your home who will bring with them a wide variety of actual fabric samples so you can see how different colours, patterns and textures look in your space.


2-The right curtains for the right rooms

You’ll get experienced, professional advice about which type of curtains is best for certain rooms and purposes. For instance, if you want curtains for bedrooms where blocking light is the main priority, your consultant will be able to talk you through the different lining options to achieve this. 

3-A perfect fit

Another benefit of having your curtains custom-made is that your window measurements will be taken by someone who really knows what they’re doing.

4-Excellent quality

There’s no doubt the finished product will be impeccably made with special attention to detail. And there’s peace of mind knowing your curtains are backed by a decent product warranty. 


By choosing a specialist blind manufacturer there may be the possibility of a finance option to help make it affordable.

6-Professional installation

And the service will be end-to-end with professional installation also often included. 


Things to consider when choosing custom-made curtains

Good things take time; from consultation to having the finished product installed you could be looking at a 3 to 4 week wait if not longer. 

The initial cost of having custom-made curtains would likely be a more expensive option over ready-made. However, this cost is easily justified by the quality of the product.

How much do custom-made curtains cost

The following is an estimation only and based on a $39.95 per metre fabric with a $9.95 per metre polyester block out lining. These prices are provided by Russells Curtains and Blinds and are correct as of March 2017.

 3 bedroom house with approx. 10 average sized windows - from $5975

4 Bedroom house with approx. 12 average sized windows, including two living areas – from $6995 

6 reasons to avoid ready-made curtains

Whether online or from a store, ready-made curtains are often seen as a fast and cost effective option. 

Potentially limited options

The first thing to know about buying ready-made curtains is that you might not get what you want OR what you need. Unlike Russells’ custom-made curtains, most ready-made curtains are not made in New Zealand. They are mass-produced in a finite number of sizes. These can be quite common sizes so you may get lucky and find something that fits your window. However, most people find ready-made curtains are either slightly too wide and overlap the frame, or not wide enough, letting through light. Be prepared to dedicate some time to shopping around to find curtains that are just the right colour, pattern and size for your home. 

Measurement mishaps

You will need to measure your own windows; do so carefully. How to measure for curtains differs depending on what kind of curtains you want too so be sure to research the best method.

Inferior quality

Cheaper ready-made curtains may seem like a good deal initially, but long term (and curtains are a long term household item) inferior quality will end up costing you. 

No professional installation

And finally, when buying ready-made curtains, you may also need to budget for professional installation if you’re not confident in your own skills.

For everything you need to know about choosing the right curtains for your home, download our helpful guide.

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