What is a Drapery Width?

What is a Width? This is how we measure the width of your draperies. Here’s more information on how to figure out what width you need.

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

Drapes not wide enough, drapery rod too long.

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.

Drapes not wide enough to completely cover window.

This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapesroman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.


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How To Recycle Your Drapes

There’s nothing better than hanging brand new curtains but many homeowners are unsure what to do with their old curtains. Often they are still in great shape but simply don’t fit in with the décor anymore. Here are some ideas to help you upcycle your old curtains.

1. Rope off a little privacy

You can use curtains to create unique little private areas within your home. Do you have a corner that’s not being used? Part of a room that’s just empty space? Use curtains to create your own reading nook, an office nook, or even turn one large room into two small rooms. All you need to do is hang your curtains between your private space and public space.

2. Top off a table

Curtains can make an incredible table even more amazing. Depending on both the size of the table and the size of the fabric it may work as a tablecloth or a simple table runner. Some may require sewing to get them the perfect shape but with others you can simply drape a drapery panel over your table and bask in how perfect it looks.

3. Rethink your bedroom

Canopy beds are amazing but creating a similar look with ceiling curtains can be even more dramatic and fantastic. The end result is whimsical, cozy, and a unique style. This works for both adults and little girls and is especially fun with sheer curtains. Just install a curtain rod from the ceiling and hang your sheets around your bed.

4. Conceal clutter

Don’t you wish you could magically get rid of clutter? What if you could hide the shelf that holds your laundry detergent and dryer sheets? What if your craft room could look organized without buying a billion shelves? Just cover these cluttered areas with curtains! It’s a very simple solution. When you’re using these areas you can keep the curtains open but when company comes and you want to give them the idea that your home is an organized oasis, just pull them closed.

5. Donate them to a local charity

Charities may have many uses for your used draperies. They may donate them to families recovering from disasters, they may sell them at resale shops and use the proceeds to support their charity, or they may use them in their own offices. There are many options in virtually communities, and in most cases your donation will be tax deductible.

6. Use your curtains as room dividers

Curtains as room dividers are a wise way to prevent investing in installing a door or buying room dividers. It’s a less permanent solution when you need to temporarily turn one space into several spaces. You can also create rooms in lofts by installing your old drapes.

7. Replace your shower curtain

If your old curtains are in great shape and you love the pattern, just add a plastic liner on the inside of your shower and use them as a shower curtain. This is a very inexpensive, affordable option for virtually anyone to complete. Just make sure you’re ready to not use them as traditional curtains anymore. Even though the plastic liner will prevent them from being saturated with water, there is the potential for eventual water damage.

8. Use curtains as closet doors

Almost everyone has dealt with it at least once in their lives: that annoying closet door that will not stay on its runner. The best way to get rid of this annoyance once and for all is to replace the closet door with a curtain. Simply take your old curtains, install a curtain rod – or use a tension rod – and you instantly have a stylish closet door that won’t drive you crazy!

Are your daperies stained or damaged in places? Why not recycle them into pillows, pillowcases or cushion covers? Or repurpose that old fabric or donate them and give them a new life.

When you’re ready to refresh your decor, please contact us. DrapeStyle has over 600 fabrics to choose from and we can make any length or width drapery for your home.


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Plaidurday is October 5th

At DrapeStyle we celebrate all kinds of fabric, and we love all types of prints.

Plaidurday. Who knew it was a thing, right? Well it’s this week and why not celebrate and wear a little plaid? He’s a little info I found about this National Holiday: http://plaidurday.com/

THE WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION OF PLAID

Plaidurday is the worldwide celebration of plaid. It occurs annually on the first Friday of October. There are lots of ways to celebrate! With plaid we can all make a positive impact in the world.

A BRIEF HISTORY

It all began in Lansing, Michigan. In part, it was inspired by the heckling one young man received from his co-workers. These co-workers (who he secretly has great admiration for) noticed that he was wearing plaid quite frequently. At which point we ask, what else would he wear? Solid colors? Polka dots? Stripes that don’t intersect? Argyle?  Sounds foolish.

On the morning of August 26, 2010, an epiphany was had. Plaidurday! The word came to this young man’s mind. From where, nobody knows. But perhaps there is a higher being who happens to love plaid just as much as he does.

The part-gingerfull-Yooper, plaid-wearing man was destined to create the greatest holiday that ever existed. Plaidurday: The Worldwide Celebration of Plaid.

This day would bring together all the wonderful plaid-wearing people of the world.

The inaugural celebration took place on October 7, 2011. And forevermore the first Friday of October will be dedicated to plaid.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

You can never plan too far in advance. Past, present and future Plaidurday dates.

  • October 5, 2018
  • October 4, 2019
  • October 2, 2020
  • October 1, 2021
  • October 7, 2022
  • October 6, 2023
  • October 4, 2024
  • October 3, 2025

For more information and events:

twitter: @plaidurday

https://www.facebook.com/plaidurday

https://www.instagram.com/plaidurday/

If you have questions about plaid or any other pattern, please contact us. We are here to help you with all of your custom drapery needs!


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