If you are looking to freshen up your home and want to know the cost of window dressing, there are many options available to you, depending on your budget. Our interior design company creates beautiful homes for our clients. Most of our work involves some form of window dressing and we’ve gathered cost data which we are happy to share with you.
Below we show a number of indicative costs from some of our previous designs which we hope will help you to budget. But before we dive into into specific figures, we offer some advice to help you understand how you can estimate your cost of window dressing.
off the shelf or custom made curtains and blinds?
With a limited budget, you might buy a pole from a DIY shop and choose off-the-shelf curtains. This can work perfectly well if you have the skills to adjust curtains and blinds to suit your windows. If you can’t fit them yourselves, remember to factor in the cost of installation.
Most off-the-shelf curtains and blinds will not fit your windows precisely. If your budget allows, you might ask a retailer to make curtains or blinds to your precise measurements. Such retailers have a wide range of fabrics to choose from and the order can be delivered within a few weeks; but you then need to fit the window dressing yourself. Similarly, there are many on-line sites selling blinds and curtains – you provide the measurements and within few days, your blind arrives. Web-sites give details on how to measure accurately, so follow this advice and you’ll be fine.
If your budget extends further, you can choose your own fabric and take it to a curtain maker. This is the basis of many of the prices quoted below to give you some idea of how they compare with off-the-shelf or retailer-made alternatives. The advantage is that you can choose any suitable fabric you like. You should ask the curtain maker to measure and hang your window dressing too. as they will have all the right tools and fixings and the wherewithal to overcome installation problems.
curtains or blinds, or both?
Because blinds use less fabric, you might choose a more expensive material for these, and spend less on the curtains – this works well in combination, because a plain curtain frames the more exquisite blind beautifully allowing it to stand out.
In addition to the size and number of windows, other factors that affect the cost of window dressing, include whether they are hand or machine stitched, the type of pleat, and whether lined or interlined. For example, the french pleat below gathers nicely and creates more uniform folds when drawn, but is more expensive to produce than a simple pencil pleat.
More ornate dressings include swags and tails; in the image below we actually removed these curtains to create a more contemporary design, but the previous owners clearly wanted to set off this Georgian apartment with a period window dressing.
Finally, don’t forget any holdbacks, tie-backs, tassels and hooks to dress your curtains when open. The embrace is important – you’ll want it large enough to hold back the curtain allowing it to hang naturally without looking squashed.
total cost of window dressing
We make sure our clients understand the total cost of window dressing from where they start to when we’ve finished fitting the curatins, blinds or shutters.
The prices below are for budgetary guidance only and exclude VAT.
Cost of Curtains and Roman Blinds
Sitting room roman blinds and dress curtains. Cost of window dressing:
Long roman blinds x 4 – £2400
Dress curtains – £1100
Fitting, includes making and covering the fascia, hang and dress curtains – £300
Bedroom Curtains (note goblet pleat and the neat, efficient folds that this creates) – £800
Blind in high-end fabric – £1100, including fabric covered fascia and deluxe mechanism
Fitting – £180
Drawing room – 3 roman blinds in mid-range fabric, incudes covered pelmets and delux headrail – £800 per blind
Bedroom window dressing:
Bedroom curtains – velvet, lined, with french pleated heading (fabric £509; making £300) total £809
Roman Blind (2.3m wide) – black out lining (fabric £245; making £268) total £513
Curtain pole and rope tie backs (pole £226; tie backs £74) total £300
Fitting – £150
Bedroom roman blinds and mechanisms x 3 – £2400
Bedroom curtains x 3 pairs – £1800
Poles and holdbacks – £600
Master bedroom – 5 roman blinds (one not visible to window on extreme left of photo) with deluxe mechanisms – £1500 inc fitting
More generally, bespoke roman blinds tend to range from £300 – £550 depending on fabric and size.
Cost of Roller Blinds
This roller blind has a matching cassette cover – £195 inc fitting
Hot pink roller blind – £95 inc fitting
Bathroom roller blind with bespoke image of Manhattan from supplied photograph – £290 inc fitting
Cost of Pleated Blinds
Duette honeycomb pleated blinds with smart cords (so no dangling strings) – £270 each single blind plus £20 fitting.
Duette honeycombe pleated blinds without smart cords (needs smaller cassette to fit narrower bay) and smaller blinds to the above – £200 each single blind plus £20 fitting.
Sitting room duette pleated blinds – £210 per blind plus £20 fitting
Cost of Vertical Blinds
Vertical blind, 2.3m x 1.2m – £277
For pricing information on more general home improvement topics, read our page on home renovation costs.