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How Much Do Custom Draperies Cost?

Custom draperies on a bow window with a custom drapery rod.

Custom draperies on a bow window with a custom drapery rod.

I get calls everyday from potential clients who ask me how much new custom draperies cost.  This is impossible for me to answer over the phone since there are quite a few variables that go into the cost of a custom drapery.

  1. Where are the draperies going to be installed?  The location of the job will have a bearing on the cost, especially the installation.  Installers charge for their drive time.  Installation charges vary depend upon the prevailing wages in the area.  For instance the city of  San Francisco.  Installations in The City are higher because installers who work in San Francisco command higher wages.  They have to contend with difficult parking issues and transporting goods in a multi story buildings as well.
  2. What are the sizes of your windows?  Longer draperies carry higher labor prices to fabricate and to install. Draperies that are longer than 98 inches long cost more than a shorter draperyhat is the shape of your window?  Windows that are not a rectangle or square look cool but the window treatments that are required for specialty shaped windows also cost more.
  3. What is the shape of your window?  Windows that are not a rectangle or square look cool but the window treatments that are required for specialty shaped windows also cost more.
  4. What type of lining do you want for your window treatments?  Blackout lining for bedroom draperies is great for people who want to sleep in.  Blackout lining costs more than regular lining and the labor to fabricate black out lined draperies is higher. Silk is beautiful but it loses its luster and can be damaged by the sunlight if it is not lined properly.
  5. What type of fabric do you want to use for your draperies?  The price of fabric runs from $15.00 per yard up into the hundreds of dollars a yard.  Different fabrics cost more to fabricate than others.  Velvet is very luxurious looking and it also carries a higher labor cost for fabrication.
  6. What type of drapery hardware would you like to use?  White traversing drapery rods cost less than decorative rods and custom wrought iron drapery hardware.  If you want to motorize the drapery rods the cost is even higher.

This should give you a good idea of why it is difficult to quote draperies over the phone.  If I have never seen your home or your windows I can’t provide you with an accurate price.  This is why we do in home consultations.

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