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Ready Made vs. Custom Window Treatments

by Amy Meinecke

09 01, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered why you should invest in a custom window treatment when there are so many ready-made options to choose from? There are number of ways in which custom-made window treatments will be the best option. Ready-made window treatments are readily available and can be purchased and taken home immediately. They are also low cost for those on a tight budget. But, there are other things to consider. I’ll discuss the biggest differences between the two types so you can decide what will work best for you. Non-Standard Windows There really isn’t such a thing as a “standard” window these days. The factories that produce ready-made window treatments make them to fit a small variety of sizes. Many people have windows that are wider or taller than those parameters. Maybe you have an arch shape window or a window 2 stories tall. You will not find ready-made products to fit those types of windows, be they top treatments or drapery.

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Lining Most ready-made window treatments are unlined. Lining protects the fabric from the sun, which will cause the fabric to deteriorate over time. Often, in bedrooms, sub blocking is desired. It is very hard to find ready-made drapery with blackout lining. Also, most custom window treatments use interlining, which is a flannel material placed between the face fabric and the lining. This gives the treatment a much fuller, richer look and adds thermal protection. window works window treatments  
Expert Advice When you purchase ready-made window treatments, you will have to measure and figure out the best type of window treatment, color, fit, etc. on your own. You will need to know which styles will look best and fit best proportionally. You will also have to know what hardware to purchase for the window treatment and finally, hang the treatment yourself. If you are skilled at this, you may find ready-made products work well for you. However, when purchasing custom window treatments, you will work with a professional that will measure and design window treatments that are the best fit for you and your home. window works studio experts
window works treatment installer The Consultant will meet with you in your home, making the process convenient. The Consultant also works with professional installers that will hang your custom treatments perfectly.
Uniqueness When shopping for ready-made window treatments, you will find a limited variety of designs and colors to choose from. You may spend a lot of time searching for the style and colors/patterns and may never find it. When choosing custom window treatments, the sky is the limit! Each component of the window treatment is designed specifically for you and your taste. Choose the color palette, pattern on the fabric, fiber content, style, size….and the list goes on and on. window works door treatment  
Quality The quality of ready-made window treatments will never match that of a custom-made window treatment. Ready-mades utilize second and third run fabrics, which often have flaws and patterns printed crooked onto the fabric. The way the treatments are sewn is done in a factory where speed is priority and quality takes second place. A custom window treatment is made to order and done so with high standards of quality. The custom treatment will hang beautifully. You will find often that ready-made treatments will not hang straight and the pattern on the fabric is crooked. Ready-made treatments often lack the fullness of the custom product and look skimpy. window works studio window fabric
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So, when you are ready to dress your windows, consider custom-made window treatments. You may have some windows/rooms that will work fine with a ready-made product, but likely, that will not be the case throughout your home. Consider speaking with a window treatment professional to help you decide upon the best solutions for your windows.

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How do you work with a difficult window?

by Amy Meinecke

07 20, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How many of you have a pesky window that seems to have no solution for how to decorate it, block the light, add privacy, etc? Is the window too tall? Does it have an odd shape? Hard to reach? We get calls from frustrated homeowners needing help with these same issues. Here are some of the solutions to consider... Bathtub Window So, why do builders always put a big window over the bathtub?! Often, it has a view of the neighbors' house or the road. How do you have privacy, but avoid losing the light or have to crawl in and out of the tub to open and close the window covering?  How about a shade that comes down from the top and up from the bottom. You can leave the top down enough to let in light, but still have privacy. You wouldn't have to move it everyday.

Top Down-Bottom Up Hunter Douglas Vignette shade

Top Down-Bottom Up Hunter Douglas Vignette shade

Of course, most any shade can be motorized so that you can open and close with the touch of a button!
Hunter Douglas PowerView remote control

Hunter Douglas PowerView remote control

Arch and Angular Shapes The arch shape window presents a variety of problems. Is there too much light coming through the arch? Can you cover the bottom, rectangle portion of the window and leave the arch area open? You can very often just leave the arch portion open...
Hunter Douglas Parkland Blinds

Hunter Douglas Parkland Blinds

But, if the light coming through the arch is too much, you can cover it with custom made shutters, blinds, honeycomb shades...
Hunter Douglas NewStyle shutter

Hunter Douglas NewStyle shutter

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Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb

           

Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb

                                      Are you looking to add fabric to the arch window? Here are some great ideas for that...
Arch window with drapery at varying heights

Arch window with drapery at varying heights

Design by Maria Adams Designs Fabrication by Window Works Studio, Inc.

Design by Maria Adams Designs
Fabrication by Window Works Studio, Inc.

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      Custom hardware bent to fit shape of window        
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by Window Works Studio, Inc.

    Fabric Roman Shade and Pleated drapery made to fit within arch window.  
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Doors  Isn't it frustrating to have a door that needs a valance to match the other windows in the room, but if you put it at the same height as the window valances, you won't be able to use the door! You could put a tiny valance on the face of the door in the same fabric, but it seems so small and disconnected from the other valances. What do you do!? We have found the best solution is an Operable Door Valance. This way the door valance looks just like the others in the room, but you can still use the door...
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                      Tall Windows Tall windows are often an issue. Either there is too much light or it just looks massive and empty, begging for some softness. Here are some solutions...
Hunter Douglas Duette honeycomb shades

Hunter Douglas Duette honeycomb shades

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Design by Designers Attic                             Fabrication by Window Works Studio, Inc.

     
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People often call us about there "standard" window, but as you can see, there are many different types of windows in homes these days and there is always a solution!

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Holiday Closings

by Amy Meinecke

12 22, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In observance of the holiday season, Window Works Studio and Sew4U will be closed the following days: Thurs. Dec.24, Fri. Dec.25, Mon. Dec.28, and Fri. Jan.1. We hope your holidays are merry and perfect in every way!

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Out of Office Dec 11th

by Amy Meinecke

12 04, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Window Works Studio and Sew4U will be open limited hours on Friday December 11, 2015 for professional development training. We will be open from 8:30-11:00am. We will resume our regular hours on Monday December 14, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Regular Store Hours: 8:30-5:30 M-F

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Open House at Window Works Studio

by Amy Meinecke

10 22, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Come see our new space!

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Sherry, Amy G, Amy M, Staci, Cynde

We will be holding an open house on Tuesday, October 27th from 5:00-7:00pm to celebrate many things! We have expanded our studio/offices and hired several terrific employees. We are also celebrating our employee of 12 years, Sherry Sumner. Sherry has been the rock for our clothing alterations company, Sew4U. She is retiring and Tuesday will be her last day with Sew4U. Help us celebrate this fabulous, talented woman! There will be door prizes, refreshments, and live music! Some of our door prizes include: Custom pillow by Window Works Studio, Hunter Douglas window treatment, Alteration from Sew4U, handmade body scrubs from Sugar My Body and more... Drawings at 6:30 pm...you must be present to win. Live music by Carol Rauch, Harpist. Please RSVP by Oct. 26 at:  info@windowworksstudio.com or 336-854-6085 We look forward to seeing you there! 4915 Piedmont Pkwy. Suite 107 Jamestown, NC 27282

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