Custom Drape & Curtains FAQ

Visit The Great Curtain Company for Custom Window Curtains

Located in South Austin, Texas, The Great Curtain Company has been deemed by many as a dream source for draperies. Founded in 2006 by mother-daughter team Lauren and Lexi Schultz, this unique drapery boutique gives customers a place to see, touch, feel, and even take home beautiful and affordable designer drapery. Whether you’re looking for cheery kitchen curtains, dramatic curtain panels for a formal living room or blackout drapes for use as bedroom curtains, our expert team will help you find the best window curtains or work to create the custom drapes you need. Contact us for more information or check out this list of frequently asked questions.

How Do I Know What Curtain Size I Need?

Use our simple measuring guide to accurately measure your windows. Then bring those measurements to our showroom and we’ll help you find the right-sized window curtains for you. You may also take advantage of our mobile in-home services. We’ll come to you with sample fabrics and take window measurements to ensure a precise fit.

What Are the Differences Between Custom-Made and Ready-Made Drapery?

When you choose custom drapes, they are made to your specifications, using your measurements and the materials and styles you choose. Ready-made drapery can offer more limited options, but at The Great Curtain Company, our extensive selection and high quality mean you may find what you need already in our showroom. Whether you choose ready-to-hang or custom drapes, we know you’ll be happy with your choice.

What Is the Average Price Range for Custom Drapery?

No matter your budget, we have the custom drapes for you, and even offer $100 off your first purchase. Because our company does not have a middleman, we’re able to give you more value for your money. Whether you need curtains for one room or the whole house, don’t hesitate to call us so that we can offer an estimate. In addition to providing multi-room discounts, we also offer whole-house turnkey pricing and master plan designs and pricing. No job is too large or too small, and we even offer commercial pricing, so come and check out all of our available services.

What Types of Windows Would You Not Recommend Drapery For?

Today’s drapery options make window drapes a good choice for even oddly-shaped windows like bay, arched, corner, or stacked. If you’re unsure about whether drapery will fit with the look of your room, ask our experienced drapery consultants when you stop by the showroom. In addition to measurements of your windows, it’s helpful to have photos of the windows and the room so that we can help you find the right style.

How Far Should A Curtain Rod Extend Past A Window?

Curtain rods should extend 3-6 inches past the window frame so that the curtains will hang correctly. In some cases, you might want to extend the rods even further.

What Length Should Bedroom Curtains Be?

Bedroom curtains should be floor-length, just barely touching the floor without dragging or bunching at the bottom. They should be long enough to hang from a rod that’s at least three inches above the window casement.

How Do I Make Pinch Pleated Drapes?

To make pinch pleated drapes, you’ll need to measure your windows, purchase the right amount of fabric, sew the drapes, measure the width of the fabric, determine how many pleats you need, then fold and sew each pleat. You can also “fake” pinch pleats, using pleater tape and pleater hooks. The best way to make pinch pleated drapes, though, is to leave it to us. Our experts know how to make many different types of pleated drapes and can create exactly the look you want, with no hassle for you!

Why Should I Install Motorized Curtains?

Traditional drapes and curtains have cables and cords that can get tangled when you’re trying to reach them. Motorized curtains, on the other hand, are easy to operate. When your curtains run on a motorized drapery track, it also eliminates the safety hazard curtain cords and strings pose to small children and pets. What’s more, motorized curtains can be run on automatic timers so that they open and close even when you’re away from home.

Can an Electric Roller Blinds Motor be Repaired or Replaced?

Yes! Any motorized curtain system can be repaired or replaced. In many cases, manufacturers even provide a warranty for repairs or replacements within a certain amount of time. Contact The Great Curtain Company to learn more.

What Type of Curtains Go in the Kitchen?

There are many different types of kitchen curtains from which to choose. Whether you prefer café curtains, valances, shades, or full-length drapery panels, our design consultants can help you choose the kitchen curtains that will perfectly suit your style.

How Do I Hang Drapery Rods?

Choose your hardware and determine the right height and width for your drapery rods. Mark the placement of the rod, then mark where the brackets should go. Mount the brackets, using pilot holes and wall anchors, and then attach the rod to the brackets. Want an easier way to hang drapery rods? Let us handle your drapery installation!

What Kind of Commercial Drapes Do You Offer?

We’re proud to offer a wide variety of commercial and hospitality drapery options. From bar curtains and bar drapes to draperies in hotel rooms and restaurants across Austin, Texas, there’s nothing our team can’t handle!

Do You Offer Any Special Services for Designers?

We absolutely do! Our Trade Designer Program allows you to have a drapery designer in your back pocket, acting as your one-stop-shop for all types of window treatments. We offer different tiers and option packages to make the process fun and easy for you and your customers. Let us handle your drapery details so you can spend your time doing what you love.

Do You Provide Online Services?

Yes! If you prefer the high-tech option of ordering online, we’re here for you! We offer virtual design consultations and design advice to help you choose your styles, colors, and even hardware. We’ll walk you through measuring your windows, and even send virtual swatches and suggestions. You can easily order over the phone and we’ll send our beautiful custom drapes directly to you.

The Great Curtain Company Offers Custom Drapes and More

Browse our gallery for inspiration and to see what we have to offer, then stop by to let our design consultants help you find the perfect custom drapes or ready-to-hang window curtains. Beyond curtains, we also offer valances, bedding, shades, and more in a variety of ready-made styles to wow you or custom-made to perfectly match your window treatments and decor. We’re delighted to answer any further questions you may have, so feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more.

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