Custom Drapes FAQs

You have questions, and we have answers! Find our most common custom drapes FAQs here. Still have questions? Live chat us, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Should drapes be lined?

Drapery lining offers many practical benefits including protecting the drapery fabric from fading or deteriorating from the sun’s UV rays, increased opacity for privacy and increased sound dampening and insulating properties. There are many different types of linings and drapery fabrics, both serving purposes for style and functionality. The only drapes that should not be lined are, of course, sheer.

Are custom window treatments worth it?

Absolutely! Investing in custom window treatments allows you to choose from innumerable combinations of product types, styles, patterns, and textures, all of which are more durable and longer lasting than their big-box store counterparts.  Southern Shutter Home’s experts are able to guide you through the process of choosing the right product for your needs and provides professional installation.

What should I know before buying curtains?

Give thoughtful consideration to the environment you want to create. Is it privacy you’re after, or just wanting to block the afternoon sun? Or both? Better yet, contact a Southern Shutter Home consultant to explore your options and provide answers to your questions.

Should curtains touch the floor?

This is personal preference. For a clean, tailored look, consider curtains that hover ½-inch above the floor. If a more luxurious style is what you’re after let the curtains flow over the floor, with a break of up to 6 inches. Note that this option will require more cleaning. For smaller windows, such as above the kitchen sink, a good rule of thumb is ½-inch above the sill. Our experts are happy to walk you through which length is best for your personal home design.

Are blinds better than curtains?

Either one may be more suitable that the other in function or style (or both), but it depends on what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. In fact, they are often installed together. Our website offers an overview of each, but when considering installing custom window treatments, it’s a good idea to contact a Southern Shutter Home professional so that they may be able to evaluate your needs and offer a variety of solutions.

Do you need blinds if you have curtains?

Not necessarily, but they are often combined for versatility. Installing both options ads an extra level of privacy and shade without fully closing off the window.

Do curtains and blinds go together?

Certainly, and it is sometimes recommended to have both. Depending on your style, you’ll want to explore all of your options to mix and match depending on your needs. Contact a Southern Shutter professional today to help you get started!

Do you have to put curtains on all windows in a room?

Depending on the size and location of the windows in the room, adding curtains may add a sense of continuity by using the same or complementary colors or patterns. Window placement and size often varies though and adding shades on certain windows and curtains on others may be an option. Southern Shutter Home offers a wide variety of similar patterns and colors in their window treatments giving you different ways to mix and match.

Can you mix curtains in the same room?

Consistency is a key of good interior design, and it is ideal to match curtains in the same room. An exception may be a window of a different size in a particular location that could be highlighted by the use of a different, but complementary color or pattern. Good design isn’t easy. That’s why our design experts offer free services to all of our clients. Feel free to go through as many design options as you’d like with your Southern Shutter Home professional.

Do you need sheers with curtains?

Though they are not a requirement, sheers add style and function by complementing your curtains with a classic aesthetic, adding dimension and creating an extra level of privacy and natural light for your space.

What is the best fabric for drapes?

Fabric is an essential part of choosing drapes because the material used will dictate how well the drapes hold up over time. You’ll want to consider factors such as how you want the drapes to fall, fold when drawn, and how often you change the look of the space. When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are great choices because they tend to hang the best and fold crisply. In rooms with abundant sunlight, faux silk is least likely to deteriorate. Another variable to consider is whether to add an insulating material to the lining, which also has sound dampening qualities. Southern Shutter Home professionals can evaluate your desired aesthetic and room design, and guide you through the process of choosing the best product for your needs and budget.