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Ready-Made Shades VS Custom-Made Shades

So you’ve decided to upgrade your home’s window treatments. Great! After spending hours researching products, colors, fabrics, and debating between motorized or not, you wonder if it’s best to go with ready-made shades or custom. Pre-made window shades, or ready-made, are manufactured to preset measurements. This means that they are not available in every size. On the other hand, custom-made window shades are constructed to your window’s exact specifications. So they fit like a glove. 

There are benefits to both ready-made and custom shades, which we’ll discuss below. At the end of this article you should be able to decide which is right for you. And then you’ll be one step closer to finishing your space with new window treatments. 

Ready-Made Window Shades 

As we mentioned above, pre-made window shades are preconstructed to a range of sizes and ready-to-install. They typically come in a variety of colors, leaning towards more basic options. Ready-made window shades are limited to the size range and are not made to your window measurements. Keep in mind that there is no industry standard window size (I know, we we’re just as shocked as you are when we found out). This means that if your window measurements are not available in a premade selection, the window shade will not fit your window properly. No one loves a bad fit! The next best thing would be to alter your premade shade to your measurements. Kind of like what you would do if you found the perfect pair of jeans that need a little taken in on the waist to fit. 

These premade shades are a good option for temporary spaces like rented properties, or if you’re working with a tighter budget. Generally, this option can be more affordable if your window measurements are available. If not, it’s probably not worth choosing ready-made. 

Ready-made Shades

Custom-Made Window Shades

For the perfect fit, custom-made window shades are the right choice. Just with anything custom, this allows you to choose the exact color, measurement, finishings, and motorization options that you want. You can create a one-of-a-kind design and ensure that your shades fit perfectly. Custom window shades are essential to large, unique, or hard-to-reach windows that ready-made can’t accommodate. Not only can custom-made look better, they function better as well. When your window shade properly fits your window, it’s a breeze to adjust them. Ill-fitted window shades might not perform as well since the function relies on the fit. 

Custom shades are great for any window shape or size. If you’re on a budget, be mindful of the customization options. As you add customizations, the price will increase. However, this doesn’t mean you have to settle for premade. You can always stop at custom size to ensure proper fit, without all the bells and whistles. 

Window shades can be customized down to the very last detail. ShadeMonster offers custom shades that cater to your liking. Our custom window shades can be motorized by remote control, smartphone, or smart hub device. In addition, our custom window shades are made in our local factory. This means that we can guarantee high quality window shades at affordable prices.  Because we produce everything in our factory, ShadeMonster can manufacture your shades with a quick turnaround time of 2-3 business days. 

Custom Colors For Window Shades

A benefit of picking custom window shades is that you can choose whatever color you want. You are not limited to the pre-made options. This allows you to color match your room’s aesthetic and create a cohesive look, rather than choosing the basic white, gray, or black options. Get creative with it and choose different fabrics, patterns, or designs. The sky’s the limit! Choosing custom window shades also includes customizing the material used. Decide between waterproof, flame retardant, sustainable, or natural fabrics depending on the room.

Custom Motorization 

Motorization options are available for both ready-made and custom shades. However, with ready-made your options are standard. Custom motorization includes choosing the brand, motor, charger, and control. Window shades can be motorized from remote controlled to voice controlled. Are you always forgetting to roll down the shades to keep the afternoon sun out while you’re at work? Don’t worry! With a free smartphone app, you can control your custom shades from anywhere.Upgrade to a smart hub device, such as the Somfy TaHoma, to pair with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Simply say “Alexa, lower the shades in the master bedroom”, and watch the magic. It’s the perfect wow factor to impress guests. 


White Solar Roller Shades on sliding glass doors

Are Custom Shades Really Better?

Custom shades will always ensure the perfect fit for your windows. While ready made window shades are a good choice for temporary residences or tight budgets, it might not always be worth sacrificing fit and functionality. With custom shades you can rest assured that your windows will look beautiful, be protected, and function properly. Not only that, but sometimes ready-made shades are made with materials like plastic that are processed with harmful chemicals and give off a strong odor. You won’t have to worry about that with high quality custom-made window shades. 

Don’t be scared of the price! There are many custom options that won’t break the bank. Working with a retailer that also manufactures their products is the best way to keep options affordable. If you are a customer that is looking for the perfect window treatments for their unique space and style, we recommend custom shades from ShadeMonster.

Located in South Florida? ShadeMonster is your trusted custom window treatment company in Miami. Come visit our showroom, just 10 minutes north of the Design District, and see our fabric samples, how our window treatments work, and tour our factory where all our products are made. Our team of designers will help make customizing your window treatments easy and pain-free. 

Why Trust ShadeMonster With Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster boasts over 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around. Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days! 

Still Need Help Deciding On Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster’s team of experts are happy to assist. Call now for free consultation: (866) 206-8056