Custom Window Treatments: 4 Fabrics, 8 Styles

The pros at HGTV Magazine share ideas for dressing your windows, whether you want a simple solution or one with all the bells and whistles.
By: Rae McConville

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Custom-Made Curtains

Window treatments are tricky to make, so we used a professional seamstress for these. Before you hire someone, visit hgtv.com/curtain-tips for sizing and fabric advice.

Short: Relaxed Roman Shade

The slight curve along the bottom of the shade gives this style more flair than a standard Roman shade. We designed it with an inside mount (meaning it hangs within the window frame, not beyond it), so it uses less fabric. Fabric: Waverly Solar Flair in onyx/lilac, $15.50 per yard, onlinefabricstore.net

Long: Panels + Valance + Roman Shade

A box pleat valance gives windows a formal, tailored look. For big impact, design your valance to show off your favorite part of the fabric’s pattern, like we did. A solid Roman shade underneath adds a little more color and privacy. Valance, panel fabric: Waverly Solar Flair in onyx/lilac, $15.50 per yard, onlinefabricstore.net; Shade fabric: Barry linen in lavender, $9.50 per yard, graylinelinen.com

Short: Tie-Up Shade + Trim

Because you have to tie these shades by hand to move them up and down, put them in a room where you don’t open and close the shades every day. These have an outside mount, meaning the shade covers the entire window frame. Fabric: Robert Allen Chic Fret in willow, $10 per yard, joann.com; Ties: 1"-wide cotton webbing in kelly green, $4 per yard, purlsoho.com

Long: Panels + Rod + Bamboo shade

A sturdy curtain rod (this one is almost 1 1/2 inches thick) gives these panels extra presence. Hang a bamboo shade underneath. Panel fabric: Robert Allen Chic Fret in willow, $10 per yard, joann.com; Rod: Oversized 28"–48" metal rod in antique brass, $79, westelm.com; Rings: 2" wood curtain rings in historical gold, $27.50 for a set of 7, overstock.com; Shade: Tuscan 35" x 54" bamboo Roman shade, $31.50, overstock.com

Short: Café Curtain + Tension Rod + Clip Rings

For this casual look, we prefer a small print. Hang the fabric from clip rings strung on a tension rod that’s mounted inside the window frame. Fabric: Robert Allen Chic Ikat in fuchsia, $10 per yard, joann.com; Rod: Decorative 24"–36" spring tension rod in black, $24.50, countrycurtains.com; Rings: Umbra black clip rings, $8 for a set of 10, bedbathandbeyond.com

Long: Panels + Return Rod + Wood Blinds

A return rod bends in toward the wall, so you can pull the panels around the window’s sides for extra sun-blocking. Panel fabric: Robert Allen Chic Ikat in fuchsia, $10 per yard, joann.com; Rod: PB Essential 28"–48" cast-iron drape rod in black, $49, potterybarn.com; Rings: PB Essential small round cast-iron rings, $24.50 for a set of 7, potterybarn.com; Blinds: Economy 2" faux wood blinds in antique white, from $46, blinds.com

Short: Roman Shade

When you pull the cord to raise this standard Roman shade, the material folds up just at the bottom, which makes it a great option for showing off a fabric with a bold design. Coil the cord around your window’s lock behind the shade to hide it. Fabric: Robert Allen Luxury floral in pool, $15 per yard, warehousefabricsinc.com

Long: Panels + Trim + Rod + Roman Shade

Velvet trim helps the drapes and simple shade look like a set. To tie in the rod, add finials in a color pulled from the fabric. Panel fabric: Robert Allen Luxury floral in pool, $15 per yard, warehousefabricsinc.com; Trim: 36mm imported velvet ribbon in turquoise, $3 per yard, mjtrim.com; Rod: Project Source 28"–48" curtain rod in satin nickel, $12, lowes.com; Rings: Becket pinch pleat rings in nickel, $14.50 for a set of 7, countrycurtains.com; Finials: Melon ceramic finials in aqua and silver, $38 each, anthropologie.com; Shade fabric: Home furnishing linen in off white, $14.50 per yard, graylinelinen.com