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How to save on curtain costs

I'm surprised to see people paying more than $3000 for the curtains for their houses. I'm not exaggerate on this figure, you will believe me if you are getting a quotation for the curtains for your sweet home.

Customised curtains are expensive, and a house can't be complete without nice curtains, so this is normally the headache or even an unbudgeted costs to many new home owners.

I received many emails asking me where to get cheap curtains, I would say if you're venturous enough, try sourcing from JB Malaysia. It means you'll have to drive into JB at least 2 times, to source and to collect your curtains. It doesn't mean you can get any super deal from those curtain makers coming into Singapore from JB, cause they know they can get big buck from you, so why give you discounts?

If you do not wish to go into JB for certain reasons, you can try my method here:

1) I walked into a few curtain shops in those shopping malls, looking at the designs of the fabric that I like, talked to the owner to get a quote.
2) Using the code of the fabric I've chosen from step (1), I went to those curtain makers at the neighbourhood shops, and get a cheaper quotatation.
3) As Living Room and MBR are the two rooms more important to me, I only custom made curtains for the windows in these two rooms. Living Room is important because all my guests and visitors will see it, MBR is important because a good curtain will block away the sunlight and give me a good afternoon nap.
4) For other rooms, I bought those off the shelves curtain from the shopping mall during promotion or Sales.
5) All in all, I spent less than $800 on the curtains for my whole house.

The curtains in my living room. I like its colour combination with my furniture, TV console and wall paper. I believe the first sight is very important, this is what my guests will be seeing when they walk into my house, who cares about other curtains in other rooms?

A closer look on the fabric. Many insist on 100% sunlight block out curtain, or  day night curtains (i.e. one 100% block out + one half transparent curtain), but I chose a 70% sunlight block out  curtain. The reason why I did not choose 100% sunlight block out is because it is more expensive and a 70% can do the job pretty good, why should i pay more to get a total blackout?
 

If I can choose again, I probably will buy a half transparent curtain for my living room, so that it'll not be so dark when the curtains are down, and yet it can block away the strong sunlight during the day. But I'll still buy the same fabric for my MBR for a better afternoon nap.

An advantage of choosing a dark colour for curtains is that it does not get dirty easily.

My curtains run on this type of track. Which is easier to hang and fix.

For my study room, I bought this curtain blind from IKEA, which costs me only $49. 

A closer look at the blind:

 For curtains at those corners of the rooms, I bought this type of off the shelves curtain, full length, only about $25 per piece.


 I hope this post will give you an idea on saving cost on curtains :)


7 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Can you tell me where I could buy the rail that you have in the first picture?


  2. mylittlecasa Says:

    Hi,
    You can get it from those curtain shops, normally they'll install for you if you're buying the curtains from them. If not you can also get the measurement of your window, buy from them and install it yourself. Try those curtain shops at the neighbourhood, will be cheaper :)


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Hi! I have track system of curtains in my rented condo. I want to change the curtains. Where can I find ready to use curtain panels which work for track systems?


  4. mylittlecasa Says:

    Hi, there are many places to buy the ready use curtain. You can get from woodlands centre or other HDB neighbourhood shops. If not departmental shop like Metro or Robinson or OG will also have.


  5. Anonymous Says:

    Hi I have installed roller blinds in my house, as they are all dirty after so many years and I am wondering whether can we buy those from of the shelves ? I am also thinking of replacing them to curtains but which ever is cheaper . What is your advice.


  6. mylittlecasa Says:

    Hi,
    you can definitely install the blinds yourself. If you're talking about cost, customised curtain will be more costly.


  7. "An advantage of choosing a dark colour for curtains is that it does not get dirty easily." They get as dirty as any light coloured curtain except that you can't see it when curtains are dark.


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