I was invited to present a workshop recently – ‘The Art of Window Dressing.’ I discussed a variety of things to consider when purchasing window treatments. Surprisingly, one of the questions from the audience addressed the issue that cheap can be quite expensive.
During the Q & A segment of the workshop an attendee asked about a problem she had: the cord of the traverse rod no longer worked so she just left the window treatment of the sliding glass door closed. I inquired why the company that sold her the window treatment did not guarantee their product….. she said that she purchased several individual panels (on sale) at a retail store. They were lined so she was very happy with the insulation they provided her but because they were not custom, she had to have a seamstress cut and stitch all the panels together. Her seamstress pointed out she did not have enough to cover the windows so she went BACK to the store to buy more. She purchased rods from a big box store and realized after a short while that the rods would not support the weight of the window treatments. She had to go to a specialty store to purchase custom rods to support the weight. She agreed that window treatment installation is an art unto itself and she admitted that both times she had to hire a professional installer to correctly install the rods.
So….let’s calculate this – insulated panels (at a discount) but she had to hire a seamstress to ‘piece’ together the individual panels. She went to a retailer TWICE to purchase all the panels necessary. She purchased TWO sets of rods (one inferior and one custom), she hired the installer TWICE and she currently has one window treatment over a sliding door that is not operable so it remains closed. I have no idea what she paid for all of this but likely her time, gas, labor, materials AND frustration are comparable to purchasing custom window treatments. Not to mention that the treatment would not be a ‘compromise’ with a variety of unnecessary seams and a color she said was ‘close’ to the color she actually wanted.
In the words of Miles Redd “Buy the best and you’ll only cry once.”
Have a well-designed day,