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Top Tips For Finding and Buying Affordable Curtains And Drapes

05 Jun 2024 0 Comments
Top Tips For Finding and Buying Affordable Curtains And Drapes

Hi there, it's James from! With over a decade of experience in custom-size curtains and drapes, I know that these window treatments can truly transform your home. But I also understand that you want to achieve this without breaking the bank.

That's why I've put together this comprehensive guide to help you find affordable curtains that don't compromise on style or quality.

Whether you're looking for blackout curtains, sheer curtains, or linen curtains, I'll share insider tips to ensure you get the best value for your money. Let's dive in!

Key Takeaways

Main Section Key Takeaway
Before You Buy Accurately measure your windows and set a budget upfront to narrow down your options. Dolcewe offers custom-made curtains to fit your unique windows.
Light Control Needs: Sheer & Blackout Choose sheer curtains for soft light and some privacy, blackout curtains for blocking most light, and thermal-lined curtains for temperature control. Pairing curtains with blinds can enhance light control.
Choosing the Right Fabric Affordable fabric options include cotton, linen, polyester, lace, velvet, gauze, and chenille. Each fabric offers different aesthetics and functionalities.
Where to Shop for Affordable Window Curtains Shop at discount retailers like Target, Walmart, and IKEA, or online platforms like Dolcewe, Amazon, Wayfair, and Overstock. Thrift stores can offer unique finds.
Affordable Curtain Brands to Look For Recommended brands include Dolcewe, IKEA, No. 918 by United Curtain, Mainstays by Walmart, Threshold by Target, AmazonBasics, and Half Price Drapes.
Cost-Saving Tips for Buying Curtains & Drapery Consider curtain panels over drapes, look for sales and clearance racks, and DIY curtains if you can sew. Register for exclusive discounts at Dolcewe.
Adding Window Treatments on a Budget Opt for simple and classic styles, embrace imperfections in vintage finds, and use DIY hacks for customization.
Tips for Making Affordable Curtains Look High-End Hang curtains high and wide, choose floor-length curtains, use clip rings, layer sheers behind main panels, upgrade to decorative rods, and add embellishments like tassels or trim.
Shop Affordable Custom Made Curtains Online at Dolcewe Dolcewe offers a wide range of affordable, custom-made curtains starting at $26.99, with free shipping on orders over $199 and an extra 10% off when you sign up.


Before You Buy: Planning for Affordable Curtains

Measuring Your Windows

First, accurately measure your windows to determine the right curtain length. Here are the standard lengths for different ceiling heights:

  • 8 ft ceilings: 84-96 inch curtain panels
  • 9 ft ceilings: 96-108 inch curtain panels
  • 10+ ft ceilings: 120 inch curtain panels

Also, set your budget upfront. This will help narrow down your options. 

At Dolcewe, our quality cheap curtains are made to to measure to fit your unique windows.

Light Control Needs: Sheer & Blackout

Consider the amount of light control you need in each room:

  • Sheer curtains - Allow soft light to filter through, provide some privacy
  • Blackout curtains & drapery - Block most light, ideal for bedrooms
  • Thermal lined - Insulated for temperature control and energy efficiency

Tip: Pair your curtains with blinds for better light control.

Choosing the Right Fabric

Curtain fabrics play a key role in both aesthetics and function. Affordable options include:

  • Cotton - Soft, breathable, easy to clean
  • Linen - Textured, natural look
  • Polyester - Durable, wrinkle-resistant, very budget-friendly
  • Lace - Delicate openwork fabric, allows light filtering
  • Velvet - Luxurious look and feel, provides insulation
  • Gauze - Lightweight and airy, provides privacy while letting light in
  • Chenille - Soft and tufted texture, cozy appearance

Think about the look you want and how much use the curtains will get. This will help you pick the best fabric for your needs and budget.

Velvet and chenille are great for a rich, cozy vibe. Lace and gauze allow filtered light.

Cotton, linen and polyester are versatile and easy-care options

Where to Shop for Affordable Window Curtains

affordable curtains for bedroom

Knowing where to shop is key to finding the best deals on curtains:

Discount Retailers

Stores like Target, Walmart, and IKEA offer a wide range of affordable curtains. Watch for their value lines and seasonal sales.

Online Retailers

Online platforms like Dolcewe, Amazon, Wayfair, and Overstock provide an extensive selection of budget curtains. Always search for coupons before buying.

Thrift Stores and Second-hand Shops

For unique, vintage finds, check local thrift stores. You may need to get them tailored, but the savings can be substantial. Inspect for any damage first.

Compare prices across multiple stores and read customer reviews to ensure you're getting the best value.

Affordable Curtain Brands to Look For

Here are some top affordable curtain brands I recommend:

  • Dolcewe
  • IKEA
  • No. 918 by United Curtain
  • Mainstays by Walmart
  • Threshold by Target
  • AmazonBasics
  • Half Price Drapes

These brands consistently deliver stylish curtains at budget-friendly prices.

Cost-Saving Tips for Buying Curtains & Drapery

To further stretch your curtain budget:

Consider Curtain Panels vs. Drapes

Curtain panels are generally more affordable than drapes. You can use two panels per window for a fuller look.

Look for Sales and Clearance Racks

Always check the clearance section, both in-store and online, for deeply discounted curtains. End-of-season sales provide the best deals.

Register to get exclusive discounts on Dolcewe. Check our current curtain sales 

DIY Curtains

If you can sew, making your own curtains leads to significant savings. Look for inexpensive fabric or repurpose old bedsheets. Factor in time vs. money saved.

Adding Window Treatments on a Budget

Affordable curtains can still be stylish:

Simple and Classic Styles

Opt for solid colors and subtle textures, which are timeless and versatile. These classic styles work with any decor.

Embracing Imperfections

Vintage or second-hand curtains add unique character. Embrace minor flaws as part of their charm.

DIY Hacks for Customization

Get creative by adding trim, tassels, or painting plain curtains for a custom look.

Tips for Making Affordable Curtains Look High-End

stylish window treatments with linen window curtains

Hang high and wide to make windows look bigger

  • Mount the curtain rod 4-6 inches above the window frame
  • Extend the rod 3-6 inches past each side of the window
  • This creates the illusion of taller, grander windows 

Choose floor-length for an elegant look

  • Curtains should just graze the floor, or have a 1/2 inch maximum gap
  • This adds drama and makes ceilings feel higher
  • For a casual look, go 1 inch above the floor

Use clip rings instead of rod pockets

  • Rings allow curtains to glide smoothly and hang with neat pleats
  • Rod pockets can look bunchy and unfinished
  • Opt for stylish metal or wooden rings for an upscale touch

Layer sheers behind main panels

  • Sheer curtains filter light beautifully behind blackout or room-darkening panels
  • The layered look adds richness and dimension
  • Use the same header style (rings, rod pockets) for a cohesive look.

Opt for our dual-layer curtains collection

Upgrade to a decorative curtain rod

  • Swap basic rods for stylish wood, metal or finial designs
  • Decorative rods elevate the look and act as a focal point
  • Match the finish to your room's hardware for a pulled-together feel

Add embellishments like tassels, trim or tiebacks

  • Simple touches like these make curtains look custom and high-end
  • Tassels on tiebacks or trim along leading edges add sophistication

With these designer tricks, your affordable curtains will look like they cost a fortune! The right hanging, layering and accessorizing can work wonders.

Shop Affordable Custom Made Curtains Online at Dolcewe

At, we offer a huge range of affordable curtains, starting at just $26.99.

Choose from various styles, fabrics, colors, and patterns:

  • Grommet, back tab, pinch pleat, rod pocket headers
  • Faux linen, cotton, polyester, velvet materials
  • Blackout, room darkening, light filtering, sheer options
  • Solid colors, prints, textures
  • Single curtain panels, pairs, extra wide sizes

Everything is custom-made to your exact size for a perfect fit. Plus, get free shipping on $199+ orders and an extra 10% off when you sign up.

I hope this ultimate guide has shown you can get beautiful curtains on any budget.

With some planning and savvy shopping, you'll have stylish window treatments that elevate the look of your windows and entire home. Happy decorating!

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