Make a fabric cornice
Even non-crafters can pad and upholster a board from a kit for about $115, with results comparable to a $240 home-center job. Full story (cornicekits.com photo / February 4, 2013)
You'll pay about $40 a foot or $240 to have a 6-foot 36-inch wide cornice board made by a design center. That's for a wooden board covered with padding and upholstered in fabric. The installation charge will be more. You can make one yourself from a kit for about $115 and save 52 percent.
Even if you don't sew and don't consider yourself crafty, you can do this. You will need a measuring tape, glue gun and scissors. A utility knife and straightedge will help you make a straight cut on the ends of the panel. Then glue the two ends to the panel, position the fabric and padding, and glue in place. Fasten the brackets to the wall and install the cornice on it.
For more information and instructions, go to http://www.cornicekits.com.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$240 -- $115 -- 2.4 -- 4.0 -- $125 -- 52 Percent