Window Treatments Are An Investment
A Careful Process.....
This is why you need more than just someone who shows up, measures your windows and then sends you an estimate days later.
You need a solutions team like ours! We have been designing and fabricating custom window treatments for over 27 years, and we know the right questions to ask to uncover your needs, and will then design the perfect solution for your windows.
We are interior designers, so we don't just think about the look of your custom drapery; we care about the functional needs of the room as a whole. We educate you on the many different options that exist in window treatments, we learn about how the room will be used, whether the room gets a lot of afternoon sun, whether you need functional or just decorative, the look you would like to achieve and what your budget is.
We provide elevation sketches of each window to help you visualize what your finished custom treatment will look like. You get to see before you buy.
How We Price Custom Window Treatments
The price of custom window treatments is still a mystery to consumers, so we would like to take the time to answer a few of the frequently asked questions about how we price custom window treatments. This will help you make an educated decision before moving forward.
Why we charge a consultation fee
As we mentioned above, custom window treatments is a careful process. For the best outcome, it requires the eye of someone who is trained in this area, has several years of experience, a vast product knowledge, and someone who understands all the nuances and functional needs of your windows. When we arrive at your home, we are ready to work. We offer advice, recommendations and guide you into making the right decision based on your needs and wants.
Your time is valuable, and so is ours. We don't want to waste your time by showing up just to take measurements, and not offer advice. Therefore, we charge a non-refundable one hour consultation fee of $297 to cover our time. We are there to help you make the right decision.
Why we bill for time
We charge for our time to bring the perfect solution to your windows. You can be assured that your window treatment is custom designed and perfectly tailored for your windows. We meet with you in your home, look at your room overall, and design the perfect solution for your windows. We know the right fabric to choose, the right style, blackout or not, interlining or not, functional or decorative, the fullness, and so much more details.
Here is a breakdown of what is involved with designing your window treatments through to installation, and the time involved in coordinating this on your behalf:
We meet for the consultation in your home, discuss your needs, make recommendations and take measurements. This is a minimum of 1 hour.
We prepare a design concept, research inspiration, initially source fabric options, prepare a proposal and meet with you in your home to discuss our ideas. This is a minimum of 6 hours per project.
We further develop our ideas based on the style and function of your windows, and prepare elevation renderings, source the exact fabric, lining & hardware, make our calculations, and prepare a quote. This is a minimum of 6 hours per project.
If necessary, we meet with our installer in your home for the remeasure and send information to our workroom to verify and confirm materials and hardware calculations. This is a minimum of 3 hours. An hourly charge from the installer will be incurred.
We meet with you to review final design and exact budget. This is a minimum of 1 hour.
We order all fabrics, hardware and other materials. This is approximately 3 hours.
Receipt of fabrics is verified by our workroom and it is screened for flaws before any work is started.
We coordinate and schedule the installation day with the installer.
We are onsite for the duration of the installation of your custom drapery. This is a minimum of 2 hours.
We do a "walk-through" and follow-up to make sure you are happy with your new window treatments. This is a minimum of 1 hour.
Yes, we are perfectionists when it comes to our custom window treatments, and we put a lot of time into making sure they are the perfect solution for your windows.
How long does it take?
From consultation to installation, the process usually takes 8-10 weeks. This will vary based on the number of windows, the time of year and the availability of the fabrics we choose. You will be given a time frame when you order your custom drapery.
What is the average price range?
That is a tough question, but I will do my best to break it down for you!
The biggest driver of the price on custom drapery is of course the fabric chosen. Fabrics can range in price from $60 to over $450 retail.
Next it is whether trim is added, or multiple fabrics are being used.
Hardware prices can also vary dramatically.
The style is also a big price difference.
The type of lining and interlining will also affect the price, but to a lesser extent.
A simple pair of linen drapery panels for a 35W x 70H window with lining, hardware, labor and installation can start at around $1500 on the lower end, and can go as high as $4000 or more.