Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Custom Window Treatments "custom" and what really is the difference?
Custom window treatments are typically made with higher quality fabrics. They have a higher thread count and a superior weave or printing which will result in fabrics that drape better and will look far superior to inexpensive fabrics. With custom treatments you will have a much greater selection of fabric choices to perfectly match your décor and fit your windows exactly. Just like furniture and art, your window treatments are an investment that will great enhance the look of your home and they will truly be one-of-a-kind. At The Creative Needle we are careful to follow the Window Coverings and Home Furnishings Standards of the Window Coverings Association of America.
I have heard that Custom Window Treatments are very expensive and I can spend a small fortune on the fabric and fabrication?
There is a great array of beautiful fabrics available that are very expensive but there is no need to spend a huge amount to get the look that you desire. Fabrics can cost from about $25 to well over $150 and up per yard, but using a good quality lining and perhaps interlining, even moderately priced fabric can look fabulous. Quality fabrics will remain beautiful for many years, sometimes as long as 10 to 20 years. Silks and linens might not last as long due to being exposed to excessive climates. Because of that we recommend that all silks/faux silks be lined and interlined for better wear.
Why do Custom Window Treatments cost so much more than ones purchased from a department or big box store?
The process of fabricating window treatments or any other soft home furnishing takes time; it is a slow process and takes experience and expertize and giving attention to both quality and detail. Many fabrics have patterns and repeats that must be taken into account when planning the final outcome. Where that print is placed or how the patterns are matched is very important. At The Creative Needle we take all these things into consideration.
Can Window Treatments help with heating and cooling cost?
Absolutely. Quality window treatments can make a huge difference. Lined and interlined drapes can be an effective insulator for Florida heat and cold.
Is it essential that draperies be lined?
Yes. If lining is not used it is like throwing your money away. Linings make the drapes fuller and adds to their beauty, plus the draperies will be sturdier and keep their shape better. Your draperies will last longer and be protected from sun damage –so prevalent in Florida. With the exception of some styles, The Creative Needle lines every drapery or treatment. We often suggest that you also interline them, especially if they are silk or faux silk.
What about "Black-out Lining?
Regular black out lining is vinyl-like and is not the best choice because of its thickness. It is best used in treatments with flat sections like valances but you might take into consideration that black out lining will help isolate noises in rooms that face a very noisy road. A technique called "French Blackout" is a great alternative if you want to block light. Often even with lining and interlining too much outside light will make the original colors of the fabric look washed out.
What kind of care do window treatments need?
Because window treatments will last 10 to 20 years we recommend only spot cleaning and regular vacuuming. Many recommend dry cleaning but there is always the risk that the fabrics will shrink or change shape in some way. Dry cleaning may also remove some of the finish from decorator fabrics. The fabric will also have less body and lose some of it's stain and sun protection. Because of this, vacuuming is recommended. Cover the end of the vacuum attachment with an old nylon knee-high stocking and gently draw it over the fabric.
Does The Creative Needle take credit cards?
You may pay by check or we will be happy to bill by PayPal so that you may use your favorite credit card.