Customize Your Window Treatments

Custom window treatments let you coordinate the style, pattern and color of your window treatments according to the room décor, even for large or odd-shaped windows.

Although retail custom window treatments are made to order, you are still limited to the styles and colors listed in the catalog. If you have basic sewing skills, you can also make your own custom window treatments for less than retail catalogs. Making your own custom window treatments provides you with a wide range of materials and styles. Some custom window treatments not even require sewing at all.

With so many options, narrowing down a DIY custom window treatment scheme can be very overwhelming. By following a few simple steps you can make this process more streamlined.

Step 1–Pick a look
Custom window treatments should fit with the overall scheme of the room.

  • Casual or contemporary
  • Rustic or modern
  • Bold or subdued colors

Choose colors that fit with the room. By making your own custom window treatments, you can even use the same fabric patterns as your curtains or sofa accent pillows.

Step 2 – Consider functionality
Custom window treatments do more than dress up a window. Do you need your custom window treatments to block an unsightly view or frame the garden outside the window? Does your window treatment need to provide privacy? Do you want to block light in a nursery or keep a sunroom bright?

Step 3 – Design the custom window treatments
Custom window treatments can include sheer panels, draperies, valances, cornices and tiebacks, or they can be as simple as a set of curtains. Complicated multi-component window treatments look best in formal rooms, while casual rooms can handle a simple curtain, with or without a valance.

Step 4 – Create your custom window treatments
Once you have narrowed down a design for your custom window treatments, creating them is easy. Sewing curtain panels takes few sewing skills beyond creating a hem. With a little creativity, custom window treatments can be made without sewing a stitch.

  • Punch grommets along the top edge of a woolen blanket or woven throw and thread on a curtain rod for a heavy curtain in a casual or rustic room.
  • Clip a lace tablecloth to curtain rings for a light, airy sheer panel
  • Drape fashion scarves over a rod for a valance or swag

When making curtains, the finished panel width should be approximately 2 ½ times the width of the window to get proper fullness when the curtains are closed.