The best ready made drapery to fit your custom window treatment when your own on a budget and still have them look unique and beautiful. We feature ready made drapery from Ole River

As any decorator will tell you, curtains make a room—but only when chosen correctly. When it comes to drapery, it’s a matter of color and fabric, length and lining, and custom-made versus off-the-shelf. With so many decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so we asked the pros for advice on narrowing down the options and selecting the right curtains for your home.

Ready Made Drapery

Drapery Color and Fabric

Fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well your curtains function and hold up over time. If they’re too heavy, they may not fold crisply when drawn; too light and they may not fall well. Hold the fabrics up to a window. Pleat it at the top and let it drape. If it starts to flare then it’s not going to fall nicely on the window. Work with a big sample, at least a couple of yards, since a smaller piece may not show the fabric’s true drape.

If the room gets a lot of sun light take into consideration it will fade fabrics over time. Bright colors may fade faster depending on how much sunlight they receive. If you like to change out your rooms often, you can be less concerned with fading. Try going with neutral colors, since they’re less likely to fade and more likely to blend into a room’s decor.

Linen, silk, faux silk, and velvet are best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best. Faux silk tends to be the most durable. In a particularly sunny room, faux silk doesn’t deteriorate as quickly as real silk.

Some fabrics can help keep out the cold. Suede, velvet, tapestry, or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. Nearly any fabric can be interlined with bump, a thick, insulating felt material. And interlining—a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric—can also help prolong the life of the curtains. Lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness.

Length and Lining

Before you take out the tape measure, decide how high above the window you’d like the curtains to begin. Keep in mind: Hanging panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room. Unless your absolutely certain on how to hang your ready made drapery, please remember – Designers Market has professional installers that can make sure your ready made drapes are perfect.

For a more traditional look, with the curtain slightly puddled on the floor, you’ll want to add another two or three inches to your length. For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor.

When measuring the width of your window, be sure to add four to eight inches on both sides and double the total number to ensure curtain fullness. “Then you won’t block a lot of window glass when the curtains are open, and they won’t get in the way,” says Lawrence.

If you plan to use the curtains to shut out the sun, those extra inches around the perimeter of your window frame will also help block out any creeping light.

Ready Made Drapery vs. Custom Made Drapes

Custom made drapes offer many benefits: You can customize the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look, like a perfectly fitted suit. Custom drapes come in endless design options, from material to header style. With these options though, comes a considerable price difference from ready made drapes.

If custom made drapes aren’t in your budget, We suggest spending a little more money on Ready made drapes. Ready made drapes at Designers Market are a great choice for high-quality window treatments.