How to Price Custom Drapery

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Custom drapery is one step toward making the inside of your home what you always imagined it could be. Add your own personal sense of style to your drapery, and expose the life and color of every room you step into. As with most custom-designed items, price will vary more than for standard drapery at a retail store. So before you buy, figure out exactly what you have in mind and how much you are willing to pay or it.

  • Make a list of the online drapery stores that carry the fabric and designs you are seeking. Include an estimated price beside each store on the list.

  • Circle the five online stores that offer the best price for what you are seeking.

  • Contact these five online stores by phone or e-mail. Find out the services they provide, such as delivery and installation, and ask if these services cost extra or are free with purchase. Add any additional fees to the original prices.

  • Check local stores. Tell them the prices you have been given online, and see if they are willing to be flexible. Compare any of their additional services to those you found online.

  • Write down the pros and cons of each option. If the cheapest option has as many pros and no more cons than the other options, you have your answer. If not, decide whether the extra money is worth the special product or service you are looking for.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be patient. Don't assume that one online store is the same as another. You might find the perfect drapes at the tenth site you look at, or the fifth store you visit.
  • If you are stuck between two options, ask friends or family for help. They might catch something that you have overlooked.
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