What You Should Know Before You Hire an Interior Decorator!

Interior Decorators and Designers offer the convenience of in home shopping. They come armed with all types of fabric books and window treatment pictures and designs to help you decide on colors, window treatment styles and how to coordinate everything from your bedding to flooring. Interior Decorators or the company they work for make money on everything they sell you! And not by a small margin either! In most cases the basic mark up is around 50{17ef88a264f735d53e23f577c1aef39f82da91f2d0cb03d25ab21c9f41dcfb41}! That’s 50{17ef88a264f735d53e23f577c1aef39f82da91f2d0cb03d25ab21c9f41dcfb41} on fabrics and 50{17ef88a264f735d53e23f577c1aef39f82da91f2d0cb03d25ab21c9f41dcfb41} on labor to have your treatments made and another 50{17ef88a264f735d53e23f577c1aef39f82da91f2d0cb03d25ab21c9f41dcfb41} on installation. But it does not stop there. If you own a real nice above average home than expect to pay above average prices! Interior Decorators are smart! And if you live in a up scale neighborhood than you most likely will be priced accordingly!

So how do you bypass the Interior Decorator? First you need to research the style of window treatments that you like. This should not be that difficult with the power of the web and several decorating magazines. It is best that you stick with traditional styles like Swag and Jabots, Pinch pleated or rod pocket draperies and valances, butterfly or empire valances, upholstered cornices, roman shades etc. Once you have picked your styles you need to learn a little about how they are mounted, for instance custom Swags and Jabots are mounted on a fabric covered board and you install the treatment on your wall using angle irons (“L”) brackets. If you plan on using drapery rods and poles for your treatments I recommend you install them first so you know the exact rod width and finished length. There is also a standard window measuring form that is vary useful that I will cover later. The next step is to find your fabric! I recommend you first look in your local fabric stores. Jo-Ann fabrics for instance offers a 50{17ef88a264f735d53e23f577c1aef39f82da91f2d0cb03d25ab21c9f41dcfb41} off coupon several times a year and is an excellent money saver! What you need to know about your fabric is the following: Yardage availability, type of material, width of fabric and fabric repeat. Now that you have your ducks in a row with the styles of treatments, basic measurements and fabrics all picked out you need to find a Custom Drapery Workroom or Wholesale Custom Workroom, Wholesale Drapery Workroom, etc. The best place to look is in your local yellow pages or yellow pages online.

There are many custom workrooms that will be willing to work with you if you have done your research! Here is a long time secret exposed! If you call a local workroom and tell them you know exactly the style of treatments you want and have window measurements and fabrics all picked out and all you need is how much fabric needed for your project and a labor quote they will work with you! All workrooms also have good resources for drapery installers that offer professional measuring and installation. Take advantage of a bad economy with the housing market down many wholesale workroom companies are willing to cross the line to keep there employees working!