When my husband and I moved into our very first home, started a family, and had very little idea, if any, the difference between window treatments or no window treatments, our neighbor insisted to keep the off-white shutters that were already in our home. The shutters that dangled centimeters from the window, the shutters with the kind of texture that made everything else in our living room look beyond glamorous (which is unfortunately far from true), the shutters that were so yellowed and tinted from the sun’s warmth that they made the rest of our house look an overwhelming shade of white, the shades we were embarrassed to admit had moved into our home before we did and that there was, what felt like, no way of kicking them out… otherwise referred to by my husband and I as the “ugly shutters”. Fortunately, when my mother- in -law stopped by for a visit to babysit our toddler, we came home to greet our shutters at the side of the curb were they belonged, accompanied by the rest of the junk we so desperately needed to get rid of. It finally felt like we had our home to ourselves. Yet, the sun’s heat was almost unbearable in August, scorching the dark hardwood floors and leaving us with sunburns when we were simply just roaming from room to room. Spraying sunscreen on our little one didn’t feel necessary when we weren’t at the beach, and the expensive hardwood fading little by little was irritating, and the naked windows were far from helpful in the privacy department, so we experimented with another technique… drapery. What innovative technological advancements had our society made since the 14th century that were more brilliant than drapes? I would have to get back to you on that one… The easy-breezy sweep of the fabulous cloth to immediately shade our living room saved us sunscreen rashes, expensive hardwood floor replacements, and a whole lot of cringing from visitors. Drapery is an effective, beautiful, and a very convenient addition to our home. This sort of window treatment rescued my family from the teeth-grinding, sweaty palms, and ‘tsk tsk’ing kind of embarrassment from visiting friends and co-workers who are now impressed with our immense upgrade from the “ugly shutters” to the recently renamed “best thing that has ever happened to a window”.
Why I Chose Custom Drapery versus Readymade
Draperies add beauty to your windows but when it comes to deciding whether to go for custom drapes or readymade ones, there is much debate going on. Many opt for readymade ones because they don’t want to be bothered with the details, sizes, and other design elements but for those who are looking beyond the usual offerings of drapes, custom made ones are definitely worth it.
Why Custom Drapery Rocks
Compared to readymade drapes, custom drapery is more flexible for homeowners because they can easily mix and match the rest of their home decorations with the drapes they’re going to put up. Unlike in readymade ones, the options for homeowners become limited which can affect their home’s theme.
Another advantage to custom drapes is that you can get the exact measurement based on your window’s needs. Readymade drapes tend to be limited in width and height which means you’ll need to do some alterations, which can take up most of your time.
With custom drapes, your home won’t look like the rest of the households that make do with readymade drapes. Yours will be unique and more beautiful because it is personalized. You can either come up with your own design or let a professional interior designer help you choose the right design, fabric, and colors based on your existing interior design. What’s more, you’ll see more creative choices to consider compared to readymade ones which means you’ll have more ideas on how to dress up your windows and the rest of your home.
Custom drapes tend to last longer because more attention is given to the details even the tiny ones. Since readymade drapes are mass-produced, they are less likely to last a lifetime, which is the downside to them.
Are Custom Drapes Right for You?
If you are still undecided whether to go for readymade drapes or custom made ones, here’s one thing to take into consideration. The price of readymade drapes is considerably cheaper compared to custom made drapes but if you’re going to look at it long term, you’ll find that you’ll save more by investing on custom made drapes.
Although the initial cost of purchasing custom made drapes is higher compared to others, since the fabrics used are of the highest quality plus the designs are built around your preferences, you’ll get significant savings in the long run because you don’t need to buy every few years. And since the designs are unique, your guests will be impressed on the unique look of your windows.
If you are willing to dole out that extra cash for window treatments, you should definitely consider custom drapes. After all, these drapes will work best with the rest of your home furnishings and can last you a very long time.
We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes. Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”. Why not? Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly. At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade. We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta. We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers. After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom. No ready made drapes here.
Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen. We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands. These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it. If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.
When you are considering making an investment on new custom drapes for your home you should always check to see that the Manufacturer is a Member in good standing of the Window Covering Association of America. The WCAA is the primary Industry Association for the custom window treatment industry and helps to provide guiding policy and standards that all Members agree to follow. Becoming a Member of the WCAA a Manufacturer agrees to follow the guidelines of the WCAA and is carefully monitored by the WCAA. DrapeStyle has been a proud Member of the WCAA since 2010 and we look forward to many more years supporting the organization and our Industry in general.
As the daughter of a professional seamstress, I was at first hesitant to order custom drapes online. I was quickly won over by the speedy shipment of the sample fabrics I had ordered. The fabrics were of the highest quality and every question or concern I had was easily put to rest by the outstanding customer representatives. I ordered my first pair of double width french pleated silk curtains for my dining room. The drapes arrived beautifully wrapped and with such care that it was obvious the company took great pride in its product. The lining, stitching and detail work are all incredible. I was so reassured that I hired them again to create treatments for my study a few months later. The typical turn around time is 5-8 weeks. As the 8 week mark approached, I received notice that my fabric was still not available from the mill and I was given the option to wait for it’s arrival or change my fabric choice. I decided to wait. In the meantime, the fabric was further discounted. The representatives at DrapeStyle did not hesitate to adjust my order to my benefit. Furthermore, they expedited my order so that once the fabric arrived, it would be only a week before the drapes were in my hands. Once again, they are stunning. And so for the third time, I have placed an order with DrapeStyle to custom make drapes for my living room. I know they will be greater than I can even envision. Thank you so much, DrapeStyle, for truly providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product quality.
Melissa Bowman, MD
So we just returned from our summer sojourn to the East Coast. This year we took the kids into Philadelphia for a couple of days to explore the historic sites. We hit all of the normal stuff. Saw Ben Franklin’s tomb, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The weather was absolutely perfect and the People in the City of Brotherly Love were pleasant and helpful. We really had a great trip.
One of the interesting things that we learned was on the tour of Betsy Ross’s home. Well, for one, her real name was not Betsy Ross but actually Elizabeth Griscom. We were also happy to know that her profession was that of a Seamstress. She repaired upholstery and made bed-linens. Her primary job was actually making custom drapes and curtains for paying Customers in the Philadelphia area. She was know for very high quality which is why General Washington asked her to sew the very first American Flag. When Washington asked her to sew the flag she confided that she had never even made a flag before but he was so impressed with her sewing skills he engaged her to sew the Flag.
One of the great things about the internet is that it adds so much transparency to shopping because online drapery reviews are everywhere. As a Online Drapery Retailer we are under the microscope with every single order, every single Customer. Today we have to be (and I like to think we have always been) laser focused on Customer Service and Custom Support. That is not to say that we don’t mess up. We do. I think the critical thing to do when “messing up” is to face up to it. Accept the responsibility, learn from it and try everything in your power to not let it happen again. In our business we are making a “Custom Product”, Draperies. It may sound simple but there are a lot of moving parts to manage. There are fabric issues, back-logs, dye-lots, deadlines and a million other little things that can simply fall off the tracks. At DrapeStyle we’ve been a leading online retailer of custom drapery for over a decade. We try very hard to take care of our Customers and focus on quality. Thankfully our online drapery reviews speak for themselves. Not 100% perfect, but, who is? We are a business of humans making things with their hands and what is more human than to error on occasion.
Here is one of our favorites from Houzz…
This is the first time I used an online company to purchase custom drapery. I was apprehensive about the process given the fact that measurements for this type of project need to be accurate. The company was very responsive in getting fabric samples out to me quickly. I contacted them a few times to make sure that I had the correct dimensions on my order and they were very helpful in walking me through the process. The quality of the finished product is excellent as well as the customer service and the drapes fit perfectly.
A nice review we received today on Houzz…
DrapeStyle provided amazing custom window treatments and hardware for our home. The quality, craftsmanship and design help and advice was/is excellent. We shopped all the usual suspects for custom drapery/treatments. Drapestyle did it the way “I” wanted (drapery & valances & Roman Shades) and at a reasonable price – reasonable for custom treatments 🙂 All hand made in the USA including high quality USA made hardware. I finished the install just last night and am absolutely 100% thrilled with the results.
We love to combine different textures with our drapes. We’ll often combine Roman Shades and Woven Shades. So often Clients think that they have to chose between “shades” or “drapes” when they can actually get a great combination of texture and depth by using both styles in concert. Even if you are dealing with larger windows where you need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes you can still get a great look with either a Roman Shade, Woven Shade or even try layering a sheer behind the draperies.
Also, don’t think that if you are looking at two treatments you are looking at double the price. When you are using two different styles we can often save your budget by using less material in the drapery, especially if you are just going to be using it as a static panel. Give one of our Designers a call and we can help you find the best solution for your windows.
DrapeStyle is no longer selling our custom drapes at Costco via Costco.com. If you have ordered fabric samples for our silk drapes or linen drapes from Costco and have any questions regarding our Products please call one of our Sales Designers at 800-760-8257. If you have already purchased our drapes via Costco and have a warranty related question you can direct those questions to Costco or a Costco Warehouse Location.
We’re excited to introduce the new DrapeStyle Luxe Collection for 2014. These contemporary drapes are available in 25 amazing fabrics including the Parker which features the Nautical Knot Embroidery. Our Luxe Collection is available in any of our pleat styles including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat and Grommets. These fabrics are in short supply so order your samples as soon as possible!
Most of the Luxe collection is comprised of Linen / Poly Blends or 100% Polyester which is wrinkle resistant and durable. You can get an extra long drapery panel at 135 Inches long and 46 inches wide, lined and interlined in the Parker Sapphire as shown below, for under $500 per panel. Once again DrapeStyle is proving that you can get high-end luxurious custom drapes without over-paying! These prices are valid until May 9th.
When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from. The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often? Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes? The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes. Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.
If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole. You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.
If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment. You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted. If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.
Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons. When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.
Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets
Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle
I know this may be a little old fashioned but, at DrapeStyle, we are still setting grommets in our custom made drapes by hand, just like it has been done for over 100 years. And, yes, we are doing this in the United States! When you are dealing with very high-quality custom made silk and linen drapes, or Designer Quality Drapes in fabrics like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet or Beacon Hill, you really need to set the grommets by hand. Using a machine is just going to increase the chances that the fabric gets damaged. At DrapeStyle, we have been hand-setting our grommets for over a decade and we have set thousands of them in nearly every finish imaginable. Our most popular finishes are brushed nickel, shiny nickel, brass and black. All of our grommets are made from Brass so they will not rust and are suitable for outdoor curtains, drapery or awnings as well.
Here is a little video demonstrating how we set our grommets by hand.
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We get this question all of the time. The answer, depends. At DrapeStyle all we do it make quality custom made drapes from scratch, everyday. Our draperies range in price from as little as $199/panel for a simple solid linen, silk or cotton to over $1,000 per panel for some of our Schumacher Fabrics. We like to think that we can really help you get high quality custom draperies for any budget. In fact, if you are looking for drapery from a major retailer like Ethan Allen or Restoration Hardware, you can probably buy 100% custom in your choice of pleat style, lining and width from DrapeStyle for the same price or even less. How can we compete with the big retailers? Well, for one reason, we don’t have a warehouse where we keep hundreds if not thousands of “ready-made” drapery panels. All of that inventory is just really expensive. Instead, we keep a small amount of fabric in stock and only order exactly what we need to make each set of drapes. No excess inventory and no waste means, lower costs. It’s just that simple.
Thanks for shopping DrapeStyle.