It has been said that windows are the “eyes” of the home, and as such, deserve distinctive treatments to enhance and expand their function. Some window treatments currently used could actually be detracting and hindering the appearance of the entire home, or curbing natural advantages of the window such as light or visibility outdoors. Homeowners that invest in custom drapes are spending money that will yield a return in terms of utility costs, lifespan, and privacy provided.
Energy and savings
One reason for consumers to pay special attention to their window treatments could be found with utility costs. The fabric used in draperies is an insulation-type material, therefore, well-fitting drapes could effectively lower the costs involved in heating or cooling a home. It is estimated that forty percent of the home’s heat is potentially lost through the glass window panes. Imagine cutting down oil or energy bills by this amount each month; this fact alone proves that efficient and quality-crafted drapes are a wise approach to cutting overhead expenses practically.
Longevity and maintenance
The quality found with custom window treatments ensures that fabric will look better longer, and that it will be resistant to the influences that might normally pose a threat, such as fading caused by the sun. The expectation that drapes made from high-quality fabrics and that are hand-tailored will perform better is prudent. The mere fact that drapes fit the windows well will ensure that they are not damaged during installation or through ill-fit, such as when drapes drag on the floor. Some find that professional cleaning of their drapes and window treatments is a pragmatic way to preserve the integrity of the fabric and maintain the shape of the pleating, which can contribute to the overall lifespan of these linens.
Coverage and privacy
There is a security in knowing that loved ones are secure from the prying eyes of those outside the home. That is the primary reason that many people use drapes, curtains, or panels- privacy. Obscuring the view from the outside often means compromising the natural sunlight and scenic views in a dwelling, however, when consigning for custom window treatments, designers can craft clever treatments to enhance some aspects while minimizing others. Areas to consider include the pleating and the type of suspension used. Pleating styles can effectively provide more coverage as desired, and Standard, Goblet, and European pinch pleats are likely options to consider. Once fabric and pleating have been determined, opting for varying lengths or draw options could further enhance the home while obscuring the view into the home.