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DIY Drapery Disaster

To begin, I am a huge fan of DIY projects- from party decor ideas, to refurbishing old furniture- I love it all. That said, I have learned that regardless of your expertise, there are some projects that don’t fall under the “do it yourself” umbrella and should be left to the professionals. Draperies and curtains are at the top of that list.

I’m happy to say I didn’t have to find this out first hand, but it was still painful watching my mother run into disaster after disaster when attempting DIY curtains. Working for 3 Day Blinds you would think my mother would have listened to my advice as I cautioned her  that curtains and draperies are much harder to construct  then they look… But no, stubborn in nature and a born seamstress she decided to take on the DIY drapery challenge.

Drapery Design

Drapery Design

Off the bat my mother was stumped with the drapery design, she never knew there were so many ways to hang curtains on decorative hardware. She went back and forth between applying draperies by gathering the fabric directly across the rod but then questioned if attaching the fabric to rings would be more aesthetically pleasing. I explained to her that this happens to many people looking for window treatments, these are things you don’t initially think about. With the help of an expert Design Consultant from 3 Day Blinds they can help answer these questions.

Drapery Fabric

Drapery Fabric

The next speed bump my mother encountered occurred with a trip to the fabric store. Sure my mom knows a lot about fabrics- for clothing, and even upholstery. Naturally she thought she could identify fabrics appropriate for draperies and curtains. Wrong. It took about three months and several trips to the fabric store just to select the drapery fabric. With knowledgeable of fabric types even my mother didn’t know which fabrics would provide precise room lighting conditions, or how the fabrics would lay after being hung. Once again, I reminded her  that 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants are highly trained in products and without hesitation would be able to provide recommendations for draperies that would be both functional and attractive home décor.

Drapery Decor

Drapery Decor

Curtains and draperies are powerful decorative elements that can make or break the look of your space. The problem with DIY curtains is that you probably have a specific look in mind and more often than not it doesn’t always turn out the way you had envisioned. This happened to my mother. When selecting fabric for the draperies she wanted a light airy look and bought a bundle of cream sheer fabric. No offense to my mother but the fabric reminded me of the curtains I bought from Target for my college dorm. After purchasing the fabric, my mother held it against the windows as a visual and it was then she knew she had made a mistake. But as I said before, stubborn in nature and with several yards of purchased sheer fabric she decided to sew the draperies anyway.

Drapery Install

Drapery Install

In theory, installing draperies is easy as- one, two, three. Watching the drapery install unfold it’s more like… as easy as- one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven. As someone who assisted the install, trust me, it’s not easy. The saddest part of my mother’s DIY drapery project was that not even the cats liked the way they looked. Within 24 hours of being installed, the cats had seen the cream sheers flowing in the window and pounced on them, leaving a pile of fabric on the floor. Total DIY drapery disaster.

3 Day Blinds Draperies

3 Day Blinds Draperies 

Shortly after, I got the call. My mom had surrendered and wanted the help of the experts at 3 Day Blinds. I explained 3 Day Blinds in-home consultation process, the Design Consultant comes to your home, takes measurements, and walks you through the various styles and options that suit your decor preference and budget. My mother agreed that this is a totally stress free process and is happy to abandon any future DIY drapery projects.

If you want to avoid the headache of updating draperies or any kind of window treatment in your home schedule a free appointment with 3 Day Blinds and let the expert guide you to the perfect window treatment solution.

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