Why Are Curtains So Expensive?

When we buy our curtain fabrics many of us prefer the cheaper ones over the ones that cost more. Yet, when buying curtain fabrics, if we settle for the low-cost ones we often disregard its quality. Sometimes I feel it's worth paying for quality. This is an ad.

So, what makes curtain fabrics expensive?

Fabric type

There are so many curtain fabric varieties and types to choose from as well as a variety of colours and patterns. We often think that the designs make the fabric more expensive and designer fabrics can cost more, but often it's the fabric type that can make curtains more expensive. Generally, the heavier and thicker the fabric, the higher cost. This is because thick fabrics require a lot of material and fibres to produce.

Moreover, each fabric has different fibres that are sewn and woven together. For example, cotton fabrics are inexpensive because it is widely produced and widely available in the fabric market, making it cheap. On the other hand, fabrics like silk and velvet are not commonly produced and are more in demand due to limited availability.

Custom made curtains

If you buy a dress in a high street store, you will find other people wearing the same dress as you. Yet, when buying from a designer store, your dress would look unique, it would be more expensive to buy and you'll rarely find someone wearing the same. If you go to a tailor your outfit is more expensive again as it is made to your measurements.

Just as buying curtain fabrics, custom made curtains can also be expensive. Custom made curtains are not mass-produced because they will have your own specifications and measurements. This can be very convenient as you do not have to alter your curtains again, as they are uniquely tailored to your home and handmade by a seamstress. Custom made curtains are therefore very convenient and hassle-free for those who want a ready-made curtain that's perfect for their home decor

Durability of fabric

Many shops offer cheap fabrics but these fabrics may be poor quality and last not as long as more expensive fabrics. However quality curtain fabrics can be more affordable if you're buying at the right place. Trusted fabric mills like the Yorkshire Fabric Shop sell high quality durable fabrics that are affordable too. They can also do made-to-measure curtains with direct delivery to your home as well making it easy for the customer to buy.

Other costs

If you buy extra fabric for lining your curtains this can also add to the cost, as well as a needle suitable for the thickness of the material and the cotton needed. You also need to factor in net curtains and curtain poles, as well as tie backs for your overall look and expense, and of course a sewing machine to make the curtains in the first place. 

So these are some of the reasons why curtains are so expensive. Do you like curtains in your home?

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  1. I love thick curtains, they can make your home warm and keep out light too

  2. Curtains can be so expensive. I am going to have a go at making them one day

    1. It can help to cut costs by making them, can't it?