It used to be that when you mentioned high performance fabric thoughts of thick, rigid polyester used to come to mind. Today, all manufacturers have a line of high performance fabrics that look, feel and drape like any other fabric. High performance fabrics are durable and easy to clean and consumers today are demanding these more and more. They stand up to children, pets and everyday wear and tear making them an ideal choice for family rooms, chairs and more.
At DrapeStyle we use Sunbrella fabrics for outdoor drapes and pillows, however some customers have requested these fabrics for indoor use and we have made drapes and curtains that will stand up to just about anything they put them through.
Performance Fabric Content
Traditional dyeing processes only leave color on the surface of fiber, so they easily fade. Sunbrella’s polyester fibers are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments, making the fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight. All Sunbrella fabrics are engineered to resist mold and mildew. Should exposure to dirt and debris cause mold and mildew to occur, they can be easily and safely cleaned with bleach. Because color goes to the core of fibers, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned with solvents such as bleach without losing color.
Many of the brands we carry such as Kravet and Robert Allen manufacture performance fabrics. If something interests you, please let us know and we will work with you to design truly beautiful and durable window treatments and pillows. Consider performance fabrics because life happens. Contact us for more information or visit www.DrapeStyle.com.
You probably didn’t even realize this was a thing. But training your drapes, along with a couple of other things I’ll point out, are really crucial to know when you are purchasing drapes and curtains. And you know what? DrapeStyle does ALL of these.
Training Your Drapes
For uniform folds from header to hem, training your drapes, will give your window that professional high end look. Your drapes will hang straight, they will have beautiful folds and they won’t flare at the bottom.
Every drape or curtain that DrapeStyle hand makes, will be fan folded and wrapped with a few DrapeStyle “cuffs”. This includes all pleated and flat panels. Fan folding is folding the drape, at each pleat, in accordion style in uniform folds, from header to hem. This task will take two or three people to accomplish, depending on the length of the drape. The drape is then wrapped with a few cuffs to hold the folds. The drape is then placed in a plastic bag and sealed shut. Essentially, your custom drapes have started their “training”. Once you have received your drapes from us, you will want to hang them for a couple of days so the wrinkles can work their way out. You may want to leave the DrapeStyle cuffs on, while you do this. And on a side note, most drapery installers prefer that drapes be fan folded! This makes their job easier.
If you have purchased ready made drapes, they will probably be folded into a small, tight square and will need to be removed from the package and pressed before hanging. Steam or iron the drapes, hang them and then open the drapes to either side of the window to arrange the pleats neatly in folds. Be sure to include the fabric and the lining in the folds. Wrap 4-inch wide ribbons around the drapes near the top, the middle and close to the bottom. Pin the ribbons in place; do not tie them, as the knots make dents in the fabric. Or if you must tie the ribbons, make sure they are loose enough so that they don’t dent and wrinkle the fabric. You may be able to steam your folds, just check the manufacturers instructions on fabric care. You will want to leave these ribbons on for about a week while your drapes are in “training”.
Training your drapes takes a little effort and time but it will make the world of difference if you have purchased ready made drapes or curtains.
One reason DrapeStyle’s window treatments always hang so neatly to the floor? Small, flat weights are sewn into the bottom corners, which helps to create a long, straight line from rod to floor without your drapes flaring at the bottom. Weights are installed inside the hem and then hand sewn shut so the weight won’t fall out.
If you have purchased ready made drapes that don’t have bottom weights, you can purchase drapery weights at a fabric or craft store or use metal washers from the hardware store in lieu of weights. Use a seam ripper to open the seam at the bottom corner of your curtains, drop your weight inside, and use a needle and matching thread to hand-sew the pocket closed.
Buckram isn’t much to look at but what it does is gorgeous; beautiful, uniform, crisp pleats. Buckram is a white, stiff fabric that is sewn between the layers of fabric at the header (top) of the drapes. One of DrapeStyle’s standard features is to use 5″ buckram in the header to create beautiful pleats. This reduces sagging and reinforces the fabric when opening and closing the drape or curtain.
To learn more about DrapeStyle’s features and visit our About DrapeStyle Page. We have been making luxurious custom window treatments, the correect way, for over 15 years. Our talented seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making beautiful, luxurious drapes and curtains. Please contact us and let us help you design your dream drapes.
Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time.
If your furnishings are near or facing a window, there is a good chance that they may be damaged from the sun’s rays. Protection for your furniture is not much different than protection for your skin. Long-term exposure to sunlight can damage your furnishings similar to your skin. The sun has different effects on leather, fabric, and wood. Our window treatments will help protect not only your furnishings from the sun but yourself as well. They help filter the harsh effect from sunlight, like UV rays.
Natural light is great but can be harmful to your furnishings over time. Direct or even non-direct sunlight can cause fading, discoloration and even damage to fabric. UVA and UVB rays account for the most damage along with heat and infrared energy. Leaving windows unprotected allows UVA and UVB rays to penetrate your home and over time ruin your home furnishings.
Why does the sun bleach fabrics? It’s all down to science. There is water present in all fabrics, and the ultraviolet light from the sun catalyses a reaction between the water and the oxygen in the atmosphere, which produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent which works by breaking down the chemical bonds that give dyes their color. As well as breaking down the color of the dye, the sun’s rays can also cause the fabric to become brittle and more prone to breakage.
How can you prevent fabric from fading? All fabrics will eventually fade, but there are steps you can take in order to slow the process down:
Tinted windows can block around 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays
Ensure the curtain track is wide enough so that your curtains can be pulled back from the window during the day
Use curtains with a good quality lining; this provides better insulation and helps to protect them from sun damage
Use sheer curtains during the day to keep the sun out and allow you some privacy in your home, closing your main curtains in the evenings only
Drapes and curtains are not only great for blocking out the suns rays, but they will also keep hot air out during the summer and warm air in during the winter. Before the heat of the day builds inside your room it is a good idea to close your blinds to block any sunlight and heat that may enter your home.
DrapeStyle has been providing the highest quality curtains and drapes for over 15 years. We are a family company that is committed to providing customers with high-quality service and care. We use only the highest quality linings and interlinings from Hanes. Hanes is one of the oldest textile manufacturing firms in America. While Hanes is well known for their clothing fabrics, those in the textile industry know Hanes for their high-quality linings and interlinings. Hanes is recognized as the leader in residential drapery lining products. For more information on our linings, please see our lining guide.