You do not want your project ruined by a poor installation so hire the best professional installer you can find. Seek recommendations from other designers and showrooms. The installer should be bonded and insured.
-Go with the installer to your site before ordering your product to make sure the area is suitable for the window covering design. Troubleshoot in advance any issues affecting the installation; walls, windows, doors, ceiling, etc.
-MAKE SURE YOU ARE THERE FOR THE INSTALL! You designed the treatment and know how it should look. Great installations are a team effort. You need to make the "aesthetic" decisions, not your installer! Often a little collaborative "tweaking" can make all the difference!
-If at all possible, ask the client to allow you to complete the install without interruption. This way, you can quietly discuss solutions to any problem with the installer. Once the client is aware of an issue, it is difficult to satisfy them. Having a client observing can add unnecessary stress! Suggest having them relax in another room and then they can be awed after the completion!
-Use a "certified" installer for hard window treatments, such as Hunter Douglas products, who knows the hundreds of variables for different treatments.
-Know your needs for motorization. Do you need an electrician for a hard wire installation?
-Check your hardware when it arrives for proper model number, size, finish, and number of items! Most hardware companies require you to report any shortage or problem within 15 days. They charge for freight for replacements after the grace period.
For a beautiful decorative custom drapery treatment be sure to DRESS the pleats so they fold well. "Creasing the crinoline" will help the drapery fold nicer when traversed. Some installations may need to be steamed on location. Be careful of heat sensitive fabrics such as polyester.
-If you have an event deadline, plan on ordering hardware to arrive for the install, 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the event in case of problems.
I am sure your next custom window covering project will be fabulous!
***Wesco Fabrics' warehouse & custom workroom:
4001 Forest Street, Denver CO 80216
***Wesco Fabrics' Denver Design District showroom:
595 S. Broadway, #104W, Denver, CO 80209
Images: Top installation photo by Drapery Expressions in Colorado Springs, CO. Draperies by Gail, Elizabeth Dimarco, Wesco Fabrics, Hunter Douglas.