Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

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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Linen Drapes

One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling.  It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper.  The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.

First:  Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible.  We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed.  As soon as they are boxed they are shipped.  We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time.  I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck!  Once you get your drapes hung they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.

Second:  If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out.  Don’t use an iron but get your self a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water.  You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”.  It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.

Finally:  Really bad wrinkle?  You will have to break out the iron.  Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric.  Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.

We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes, we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection.  The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce or even, eliminate wrinkles.  These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester.  Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.

 

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Our Manhattan Linen Drapes are wrinkle resistant.

 

 

Making Some Extra Long Drapes Today!

We’re making some really long and really wide custom drapes today for a Client in New York.  These are Linen Drapes in our Hotel Collection and they are just over 15 feet long and 9 feet wide.  These are really big drapery panels and adding the trim is not an easy task.  The trim is hand cut out of silk fabric, tacked to the linen drapes and then sewn on.  These are true Artisans at work!  Notice how she is using a straight-edge to guide the silk trim on the linen fabric.

 

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Extra Long Linen Drapes with Silk Trim by DrapeStyle

Custom Linen Drapery Pricing Comparison

Shopping for Linen Drapes?  We’ve done a little shopping of our own to compare pricing on custom linen drapes.  The results are attached and will give you current pricing as of May 2014.  We used some “standard sizes” as one of  the Retailers in the Study does not offer custom sizes.  Restoration Hardware offers ready-made sizes, so to be fair, we used their sizes as the basis of the comparison.

Custom Linen Drapery Price Comparison:

Drapery RetailerDrapery LengthDrapery Finished Width Drapery FabricDrapery Pleat StyleLiningDrapery Panel Price (Per Panel)
Restoration Hardware120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$455 per panel
DrapeStyle120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$387.91 per panel
The Shade Store120 inches46 InchesLinen Blend (97% Linen, 3% Cotton)French PleatPrivacy Lining$681.30 per panel

Notes:  All of the drapery panels we priced are Privacy Lined, Not Interlined.  The Shade Store only had an option for a Cotton, Linen Blend.  97% Linen and 3% Cotton.  No option for 100% Linen.

 

 

Belgian Linen Drapes

Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles.  This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles.  In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.  These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier.  The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully.  Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them.  If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.

We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons.  For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge.  None, zip, zero, so hurry.  If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!

Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy.  For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.

If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers.  They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.

 

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Belgian Estate Linen Drapes with Contrasting Edge-Band

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Belgian Linen Drapes in Oyster with Grosgrain Ribbon in Black

 

Summer Weight Sheer Linens

We can’t wait for summer at DrapeStyle and we are ready with new Sheer Linens.  Sheer Linen is the perfect “Cottage Cozy” custom drapery fabric for gorgeous light-weight drapes.  You can’t help but think of Coastal Living Magazine when you see these drapes and we really love them.  Right now we have them On Sale to help you ease into summer, and you can enjoy No Payments and No Interest for 6 Months with Bill Me Later.

Oh, and Don’t be afraid to add a decorative trim detail near the pleat, on the leading edge or on the border.  Our Designers would love to make some suggestion for you, just give us a call at 800-760-8257.

See you at the Beach!

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Sheer Linen Custom Drapes in Ivory with French Pleat

Linen Drapes

Linen has been one of our most popular fabrics for over a decade.  We offer a few varieties of Linens all of which make classic and luxurious custom drapes.  Which is the right Linen Fabric for you drapes and you home?  Let’s first discuss a little about what linen is, how it is made and little history of this fabric.

Linen is actually harvested from the Flax Plant and dates back to ancient Egypt as early as the 4th Century BC.  Originally Flax was boiled and woven into Linen fabric which was used extensively for tunics, gowns and even wrapping of the bodies of the deceased.  Later when the milling and production processes improved so that Linen could be woven into longer lengths it was used to create decorative draperies for the Ancient Kings and Pharaohs.  When King Tut’s Tomb was discovered and opened, they found linen drapes still hanging where they had been for centuries.

Later Linen production moved to Europe where the process was further improved and the fabrics were used for clothing, upholstery and even for the insulation of homes.

Linen is a great choice for custom drapery and Roman Shades as it is heavy, well-insulating and comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors.  It is also typically, more economical for drapery when compared to other types of fabrics like silk.

At DrapeStyle we offer a few varieties of Linen for our drapery.  Our Classic Linen is a well-made heavy-weight Linen that is imported form Europe.  We love to create different drapery styles with Linen such as our Bordered Linen, Banded Linen and Hotel Drape in Linen.  Our Classic Linen is available in a variety of solid colors.

Our Patterned Linen is the some Linen Fabric as our Solid Classic Linen and comes in both traditional and contemporary patterns including the popular Ikat and Chevron Patterns.

Our Estate Linen is a heavier weight and softer woven linen that makes incredible custom drapes.  Our Estate Linen is also known as Bristol Linen and it has a much wider and looser weave.  I would suggest ordering samples of both the Classic Linen and the Estate Linen and you can easily see the difference in the weave of the fabrics.

This year we introduced our Manhattan Linen Collection.  Our Manhattan Linens are a blend of Linen and Polyester and make amazing drapes.  The primary benefit of blending some Polyester into the Linen Weave is to reduce the amount of wrinkle that you will get from 100% Linen.  If we get any comments and concerns about Linen it is that it wrinkles easily and will usually need to be steamed to release the wrinkles.  The blending of the Polyester significantly reduces the amount of wrinkles and also makes it much easier to remove any wrinkles that may exist.

Finally we offer our Sheer Linen Collection.  Like the name implies, our Sheer Linens are extremely lightweight (they can easily be seen through) and are very similar to gauze in weave and texture.  Our Sheer Linens are the perfect fabrics for those casual bungalow drapery panels.  When you think of Sheer Linens just think of Coastal Living Magazine, relaxed and casual.

Please feel free to call one of our Designers to answer any questions that you may have about our linen fabrics and custom linen drapes.

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra