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Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

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Custom Drapes, Value Pricing at DrapeStyle

In our never-ending quest to remain the leading Online Custom Drapery Retailer we have changed our pricing method a smidgen.  We call it “Value Pricing” and here is what we have done.  The vast majority of our Clients don’t really need extra long or extra wide custom drapes, they need the “standard sizes”.  When we say “standard size” we mean 84 inches to 105 inches.  About 90% of our Customers would fit into those drapery lengths and we want to be sure that we are as aggressively priced as possible.  Going forward, on the majority of our draperies you will not be charged anything extra for your exact length from 84 to 105 inches.  So if you need a 99 inch custom drape it will cost the same amount as a 102 or 84 inch panel.  This should also help if you really need a 96 inch panel but would like a little more fabric to get that “puddle” on the floor.  Now you can add a 4-5inch puddle and pay the same price.  We really should call this “Puddle Pricing!”.  We really hope this new pricing helps you extend your budget a bit and get the luxurious custom drapes in silk and linen that you want, at the length you want without having to resort to “ready-made” panels.

 

Extra Long Curtains and Drapes

It seems that almost all of the new homes that are being built lately feature huge, extra long and panoramic windows.  These windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes.  If you visit most of the typical Retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows.  Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches.

At DrapeStyle we make each drapery panel to order and we can literally make any length or width you can imagine.  We “specialize” in “custom”.  Nothing is ready-made and we seriously don’t have any templates or restrictions, and we can ship your drapes, no matter how long or wide they are to almost anywhere on the planet.  We’ve made extra long drapes for Clients as far away as Australia, and, I don’t think you can get much further away from Orange County, California than Australia.  We can make longer curtains for Homeowners, Churches, Hotels, Restaurants and really any location.  Here are a couple of photos of extra long drapes we made here at DrapeStyle.  Oh, and we can also arrange to have your extra long or wide drapes installed as well!

We made these extra long drapes for a restaurant in San Francisco.  They were over 25 feet long.

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

25 Foot Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Here is another angle of the same really, really long drapes.

DrapeStyle makes custom curtains and drapes for any size of window

DrapeStyle Makes Custom Made Window Treatments for Extra Long and Extra Wide Windows.

 

18 Foot Long Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

 

 

We can ship your extra, extra long drapes to almost anywhere on the planet.  Here are a set of drapes that were 240 inches long going to a Customer in Australia!

At DrapeStyle we LOVE Extra Long Curtains and Drapes!

long and wide drapes

Extra Long Drapes going to Australia

Christian Sinatra

Custom Made Shower Curtains

Yep.  We’ve done it before and yes, we can still do it.  If you are looking from some really unique custom made shower curtains, chances are we can make them for you.  We don’t offer them online but if you call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257 we’ll be happy to discuss some options with you.

 

 

Interior Designer Advice, Selecting Your Curtain and Drapery Fabric

I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric  for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality.  There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.

1.  Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.  You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that you will attach to the leading drapery rings.  The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric.

If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse.  Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons.  You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.

Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”.  Grom-O-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel.  There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric.

If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them hung and “dressed” by your Installer.  For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from.  You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

2.  The second major consideration is sun exposure.  How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too?  If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection.  You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined.  Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time.  You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric.  The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel.  If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want  to consider blackout lining.  Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.

Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy.  If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight.  Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive.  Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them.  This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.

3.  Outdoor Curtains and Drapery.  When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella.  Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices.  The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would.  Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Outdoor Drapery Fabric Options

The New DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

Our Designers have selected some gorgeous new fabrics for our new Luxe Drapery Collection by DrapeStyle.  These fabrics are unique and some are exclusive to DrapeStyle.  We have small quantities from a variety of smaller boutique Fabric Houses and we really love them.  Hope you do too.

Our first selections are gorgeous thick woven velvet and a embroidered poly featuring a infinity knot embellishment.  Order fabric samples quickly as these fabrics won’t last long!

amelia-sea amelia-slate-gallery-1 amelia-slate-gallery-2 amelia-slate-gallery-3 amelia-slate parker-flax parker-gray parker-lemon parker-sage parker-saphire parker-sea parker-white

 

 

Selecting the Perfect Drapery Pleat Style

We are often asked by our customers “Which pleat style do I choose”? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.
1- What is the style of you room? Is it Modern/ Contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
2- How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?
3- Are the drapes functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just frame your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our 7 options is a breeze.
Rod Pocket – Typically used in Traditional spaces this pleat is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily.
Flat Panel (no pleats) – Flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. You will have to dress your drapery each time you open and close to achieve a uniform look.
Grommet- Clean & uniform by design Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes & diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.
Inverted- If you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body the Inverted Pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but loses the lines as it falls toward the floor. This pleat works with Modern & Transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.
Cartridge – the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of a flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drape. The look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.
French Pleat (Pinch Pleat) – The French Pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the 3-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open & close this pleat requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.
Parisian Pleat – a twist on the traditional French Pleat the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for Modern or Transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.
Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice.

The DrapeStyle Store

If you are someone who likes to sit down with a real Interior Designer in a relaxed comfortable setting before buying your next set of custom drapery or Roman Shades, than we invite you to visit our DrapeStyle Store.  As of today, we only have one store which is located in the StoneMill Design Center in Costa Mesa but we are working on adding additional locations soon.  We are open to the public and you can stop in anytime without an appointment but we do encourage you to make an appointment so we can be sure that we have a Designer available to meet with you.

In our Store, Designers are not paid on commission.  They get paid as a Team, so, there is no high-pressure sales pitch.  We just want to be sure that you get the perfect custom drapes or Roman Shades for your home.  Located behind our Store is our Workroom where we actually make your drapes and Roman Shades.  Of course, if time permits we would be happy to give you a tour of the Workroom and show you exactly how your drapery is made.

We feature over 400 fabric options from leading Fabric Mill like Robert Allen, Schumacher, Kravet, Sunbrella and Lee Jofa just to name a few.  You can also checkout larger fabric headers to take home.

The DrapeStyle Store is located at:

2915 Red Hill Ave

Suite A-018

Costa Mesa, CA  92626


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Where Designers Buy Custom Drapery

Have you ever wondered where Interior Designers buy their gorgeous and luxurious custom made drapery and Roman Shades?  Well, for over a decade Designers in the US and Canada have been buying them from DrapeStyle.  After all, that’s how DrapeStyle was began.  You see, we had an idea that if we could reduce our costs by selling directly to Designers over the Web we could sell our drapery at a lower price and still have enough profit left over to run the business.  That’s how it all started.  We have grown to be one the Nations largest online retailer of Custom Made Drapery, Roman Shades and Curtains selling to both Residential and Commercial Designers as far away as Australia.  Our drapes help to furnish some of the most majestic homes in the nation but mostly they are in homes just like yours.  Since when you buy drapes from DrapeStyle, your buying directly from the Manufacturer.  No middleman and no middleman mark-up.  Just amazing high quality drapery and Roman Shades at affordable prices.  And, because we are the manufacturer, we can make your drapes in any length, width or pleat style you can imagine.  Lining Options?  Oh, do we have lining options.  Blackout, Bump, Heavy Flannel.  Whatever lining you can imagine we have it.  We literally have dozens of lining options to choose from.

Now, for the best part.  We also give plenty of free advice from real Designers, not Sale People.  Our Designers do not work on commissions so there is no pressure.  Just good advice and a genuine concern for making your you love your drapes as much as we did making them.  Keep in mind that if you don’t see exactly what your looking for on our Website, please call one of our Designers for help.

 

 

 

Custom Drapery Price Comparison

If you are in the market for new custom drapes or Roman Shades than this little price comparison may be helpful.  We’ve compared the top three online retailers of custom drapery and roman shades and compared their prices for comparable fabrics and linings.  When we could we actually compared the exact same fabrics from Mills like Robert Allen.  We hope this is helpful and makes your shopping experience a little easier!

  • Our First Comparison is for a Solid Silk Dupioni Panel:

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$600.10
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$311.94
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$541.35

  • Our Second Chart is for the same fabric – wider drapery panel:

 

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$883.15
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$438.59
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$1,262.25

  • Our Third Chart is for the same fabric – Blackout Lining:  (Note:  DrapeStyle includes Interlining with Blackout)

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$520.20
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout Lining Pinch Pleat$522.19
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$481.20

 

 

 

Bargain Shopping for Custom Drapes

Ever wish you could get your hands on a pair of amazing custom drapes at an even more amazing deal?  Well, let me let you in on a little secret.  Turns out that when leading online custom drapery retailer DrapeStyle is finished using their drapes for catalog photo-shoots, showroom samples or just have overstock fabrics that post those drapes on a part of their website called THE OUTLET.  They don’t promote it very often but you can actually buy amazing and unique, often one of a kind custom drapes for 50-70% off retail price.  You won’t have all of the flexibility to create your own custom size but if they will work in your home you’ll get an amazing deal.  Remember though, these are unique items and they often only have one pair available so, if they work, grab them really fast before they are gone.  You’ll get amazing quality and an even more amazing price, keep in mind that these are usually the drapery panels that they are featuring for a catalog!

 

 

Drapery Design. It’s All in the Details…

In The Details.

We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”, for me the details are the most exciting part of any project. There is nothing like finding the perfect accent piece to complete your masterpiece.

Have you ever been out and about and you see a little trinket that reminds you of someone you know & just the thought of giving it to them puts a smile on your face? The high you get giving it to them and seeing the priceless look on their face when they realize that you know them so well…that’s one of my favorite parts of designing for my clients.

Completing a room with custom drapery is one of the best ways to add detail to your room. Finding the perfect shade of Silk or Linen opens the door to a world of possibilities. Do I add a border, maybe a trim? How about a contrasting edge band? Is there a complimenting sheer or Roman Shade I should consider? These are some of the many options that I love helping my clients with.

Working at DrapeStyle I am in constant awe of the incredible fabrics & trimming options that we are presented with. Just today I met with a mill representative who brought over 20+ books of their latest trim collections. I was immediately inspired. From tape trims, to rusche to tassel trim my mind was racing. I’m looking forward to pulling together a number of trim options to coordinate with our existing drapery styles and I have already started sketching some new ideas inspired from my meeting today. The possibilities are endless; the “details” are endless.

DrapeStyle Designer Amy

DrapeStyle Designer Amy

The Growing Trend of Motorization for Custom Drapery

We are really seeing more interest in providing “motorization” to our Clients. At DrapeStyle we have experience with complex motorization projects which we offer to our local Clients in Southern California.

To begin lets discuss what exactly is custom drapery motorization? Almost everyone has seen the movie where the owner of a mansion pushes a button to have her drapery slide open to reveal an incredible view of the ocean. Or, push a button in a home theater to darken the room in the middle of the afternoon to enjoy a movie. This is drapery motorization. When we motorize drapes we are adding an electronic engine to the hardware to automatically open and close the drapes.

There are several types of motors and hardware systems available and the prices of those systems are really becoming more affordable to the average homeowner. With the most basic system you can purchase a track with a battery powered motor that does not require any wiring and is operated by a simple remote control. These systems are available from manufacturers like Somfy and start at just in the couple-hundred dollar range. The limitations of these systems will require that the weight of the drapery to be within the requirements of the system. These systems are also available for Roman Shades and Roller Shades as well.

More complex motorization systems will require that a Contractor / Electrician hard-wire the system into your home. These systems will generally be part of a “whole-home automation” package where lights and drapery or shades are all integrated into a system that controls the homes lights, audio and other electronics. Fully integrated installations are often installed as part of new home construction or a major remodel due to the extensive internal wiring and installation.

If you are looking for a hybrid system there are plenty of options available that will require some wiring to be completed by a Contractor or Electrician without major demolition or remodeling. In a typical drapery motorization project, our DrapeStyle Installer will coordinate and in many cases recommend a contractor who can facilitate the wiring while our installer manages the installation of the drapery, shades and tracks.

For more information on drapery motorization please contact a DrapeStyle Designer at 800-760-8257

Using Roman Shades in Conjunction with Custom Drapes

Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.

Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!

custom roman shades and drapes

Custom Drapes and Roman Shades used to create a great window treatment together.

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction

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DrapeStyle Awarded “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction On Houzz.com

DrapeStyle celebrates their award for Outstanding Client Satisfaction from the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz.com.

COSTA MESA, CA (March 6, 2014) – Enjoying the benefits of their company’s attention to detail DrapeStyle in Costa Mesa, California celebrates their recent Outstanding Client Satisfaction award from Houzz.com. Lauded as the largest residential design database in the world Houzz gave the coveted “Best of Houzz Custom Drapes” award to DrapeStyle in January. Giving the highest level award for client satisfaction the home remodeling site has to offer, the Houzz community weighed in with a resounding vote. Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle said of the award, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Houzz in any regard. However to be recognized by the site’s community for something we pride ourselves in well, we just couldn’t be happier.”

Always pleased by well-deserved recognition DrapeStyle has also been featured in popular publications such as Southern Living, House & Garden, Veranda and The Nest. Described by House & Garden as “Beautifully Made to Order”, DrapeStyle’s designs resonate with a wide section of the marketplace. Understandably so given their commitment to making every order, regardless of the handiwork involved, in their own California studio. Providing hundreds of exclusive handmade fabrics from North America, Europe and India the window treatment manufacturer makes custom drapery and curtains for indoor or outdoor use as well as Roman shades. Additionally, DrapeStyle offers custom pillows in myriad designs and colors.

Staying true to the customer service commitment DrapeStyle makes it simple for clients in specific markets to shop for window treatments from home. The “Shop at Home Consultation” program offers clients a design professional that will walk them through fabric, texture and color selections all complimentary to their home or office. Catering further to their clientele DrapeStyle offers a manufacturing and workmanship guarantee.

About DrapeStyle:

DrapeStyle is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of designer quality custom made drapery, curtains and Roman shades. The company is available for in-home consultations in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as well as Central New Jersey, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The custom drapery manufacturer sells to home owners and designers in the US and Canada.

For more information visit www.DrapeStyle.com. To read about the “Best of Houzz” award click on http://www.houzz.com/pro/drapestyle/drapestyle.

Custom Drapery FAQ’s

We recently added a new FAQ Page to our Site. We’d love any feedback and additional questions that we need to address are always welcome.

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DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction!

DrapeStyle Wins "Best of Houzz"

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz”

DrapeStyle was voted highest in Client Satisfaction by the Houzz Community!

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, Ranch Mirage, here we come! Look for a new DrapeStyle Custom Drapery Showroom on the 111 near the River Walk in Rancho Mirage soon!

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Shopping at Home Expanding!

We’ve received some really great feedback from our Shop at Home Drapery Services in Southern California so, away we go. So far we have added Northern California (the Bay Area) as well as Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chicago. We will continue to add more Markets as we find great Designers to partner with.

If you are not familiar with our Shop at Home Services here is a quick recap. At DrapeStyle we work with very talented Interior Designers all over the US and Canada. Some of them ‘specialize’ in Window Treatments while others are either generalists or have other specialties. We have asked those who have an interest or specialty in drapery to see if they have an interest in partnering with DrapeStyle for our Shop at Home Program. It’s really a win-win-win relationship as we are able to service more Clients and our Designers get to meet more new Customers as well. I think the biggest winner is the Customer who can shop for their Window Treatments in the comfort of their own home with a talented Designer. I stress “Designer” because these are not your typical “Sales Person” but an actual trained Interior Designer who has experience in all facets of Design.

In addition to our Shop at Home Services we are also currently looking at some great new Showroom Locations to be opened this Spring. We are currently looking in Central / Northern New Jersey primarily the Parsippany Rt 22 Corridor. In addition to New Jersey we are also looking in the Chicago Suburbs.

Thanks for reading.

New Google Catalog is Out!

DrapeStyle is now on Google Catalogs!  Check it out!