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Drapery Lining Guide – The Smart and Beautiful Way to Save Energy.

Selecting drapery lining and interlining for your new drapes, curtains or roman shades is one of the most important decisions you can make for creating the “Perfect Custom Curtain or Drape” for your home.  By adjusting your lining and interlining choices, you can create specific results for your room.  Whether you are trying to reduce light penetration, reduce external noise, save on energy costs or just wish to create a fuller bodied drape, your drapery lining choice is key.

Properly lined and well made custom drapery and roman shades can provide significant insulating benefits and reduce your homes energy usage.  There have been several recent studies on just this topic.  In fact, one energy study conducted by University of Texas, noted that adding insulated drapes to a single glazed window reduces heat loss by 56% (48% for double glazed windows). It also provides complete privacy, muffles sound and lasts longer than any other window treatment.



The following are the lining and interlining options DrapeStyle offers, and their purpose:


Standard Lining: A quality drape is manufactured with a lining which backs the primary drape material.  The lining protects the drape material from the damaging effects of sunlight which, over time, will fade and deteriorate the drape fabric, whether it is silk, linen, cotton or polyester.  Quality linings are typically made from a blend of cotton and polyester.  The cotton provides softness to the material while polyester provides wrinkle resistance and moisture protection.  Standard lining adds a layer of protection with moderate light penetration.






Flannel Interlining: The interlining is the layer of material between the fabric and the lining.  DrapeStyle uses a 100% cotton, premium, heavy-weight flannel interlining.  The flannel is loosely woven to provide a greater insulating factor and dramatically add to the fullness of your custom drapes.  You may choose flannel interlining and standard lining, or flannel interlining and blackout lining to your custom drapes.







Bump Interlining: Bump Interlining, or “English Bump” as it is often called is an extremely heavy-weight 100% cotton flannel interlining.  The name “English Bump” refers to its use as the home’s primary insulation in early nineteenth century England.  At more than twice the thickness and weight as our flannel interlining, bump is the perfect choice when sound and climate insulation are required.  Bump interlining is sandwiched between the fabric and the lining.  You may add bump interlining with your standard lining or blackout lining.






Blackout Lining: We often refer to “Blackout Lining” as the “Boutique Hotel Look”.  Blackout lining is almost exclusively used in hotel rooms as it blocks nearly 100% of the outside light from penetrating the drape.  Blackout lining is a synthetic material which is very heavy and (like in most hotels) can be very rigid. There are several types and grades of blackout lining and at DrapeStyle we use a very specific blackout lining that is extremely flexible and soft.  Blackout lining is quite expensive but if you are looking for nearly complete blockage of sunlight, streetlights and UV Protection, it is a great investment.



Here is an example of lining and interlining combinations and their effect on the drape:

Lining Selection Interlining Selection UV Protection Sound Insulation Energy Insulation Light
Standard Lining None Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Standard Lining Flannel Interlining Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Blackout Lining Flannel Interlining Exceptional Very Good Very Good Exceptional
Standard Lining Bump Very Good Exceptional Exceptional Very Good


DrapeStyle only uses Hanes Linings and Interlinings.  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.  Designers insist on Hanes because they know that without a high quality lining or interlining, the sun will fade and destroy any drape quickly.  A high quality lining not only makes the drape look better and feel better but it is critical to ensuring your drapes will not fade or disintegrate from the sun.


Still have questions?  We’re here to help.  At DrapeStyle we have been making premium quality custom drapery for homeowners and designers in the US and Canada since 2002.  If you have questions or would like samples of any of our fabrics or linings, please contact one of our designers at 800.760.8257.  We will be happy to help you with the process of ordering your custom drapes, curtains or roman shades.

Window Treatment Solutions for French Doors

Window Treatments for French Doors

At DrapeStyle, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “What kind of window treatments do I put on my french doors?”

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So often the answer is roman shades.  DrapeStyle can custom make roman shades in any width and length, therefore we can cover ANY french door of ANY size.   DrapeStyle literately, has hundreds of fabrics suitable for roman shades. One shade?  Two shades?  That is up to you.   Both options look great, but if you are considering one shade, you will probably need to mount the shade above the moulding so that there is enough clearance for the doors to open and close.  If you opt for one shade per window or door, you have a choice between outside or inside mounted shades, both are great additions to french doors.

  Roman Shades work very well on French Doors. Choose the fabric, style and lift system that works for you! By Budget Blinds of Susquehanna Valley. www.budgetblinds.com:


Drapes are a great option as well.  You can select any style, any pleat and any fabric.  The drapery rod will be hung above the moulding, usually about three inches, and will need to extend past the doors a few inches on either side of the doors.  If you will be opening and closing the drapes often, we suggest that you design your drapes with drapery rings and rods or a traverse rod.  Grommets don’t always slide very easily.


Like the curtains for over the doors. This would work over our sliding glass doors instead of the vertical blinds. Also like the arrangement of the chair.:

Want a more designer look?  Add roman shades AND drapes to your french doors.  This will give you that designer touch that is often overlooked. The roman shades will give you the privacy you need and the drapes will provide that decorative touch.  Mix and match patterns and colors!  Layer on the texture!  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics so you are sure to find fabrics that will compliment each other and look great in your home.  You could even custom order a couple of different patterns of drapes that coordinate with your roman shades, and change them out with the seasons!


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Not into patterns?  Consider a clean, monochromatic look.  Neutrals are very in right now,  and they can create a serene and soothing environment perfect for your bedroom.  DrapeStyle has dozens of neutral colored silks, linens and cotton fabrics to choose from.  You can even order samples of anything you see on the website so that you can view the fabrics in your own home.  For a truly custom look, roman shades are an inexpensive way to cover your french doors.  Purchasing window coverings is an investment and we want you to be satisfied with your purchase.  That’s why designers are here to help you with the ordering process.  We’re here Monday-Friday 9am-5pm MST so don’t hesitate to contact us.

pinch pleats, white linen drapery panels with white woven shade. Exactly what I want for our living room slider.:

Love the side panels combined with the Roman shades and topper on these French doors (an international affair!) Pottery Barn:



Custom Roman Shades as a Window Treatment Option!

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We love the look of drapes, so much so it’s even in our name!  

But did you know DrapeStyle also makes Custom Roman Shades?

When lowered, Roman Shades can provide light control, privacy and insulation to your windows.  When raised, they look like a decorative valance-what an easy and inexpensive way to transform your space!

Standing alone or paired with our custom drapes or custom curtains, DrapeStyle’s Roman Shades are a stand-out!  Each shade is made-to-order according to your specifications right here in our Arizona studio. Choose from any of our Silks, Linens, Cottons, or Polyester blends, along with noise reducing, privacy, or blackout lining options. The customization continues with your choice of cord position and outside or inside mount options.  All shades include cleats and mounting hardware.


Flat Striped Roman Shade

   Relaxed Linen Roman Shade     Flat Trellis Midnight Roman Shade


Inside or Outside Mount?

Inside Mount

Once you’ve selected your fabric from DrapeStyle’s 450 fabrics choices, you will need to determine whether you want to mount your Roman Shades inside or outside the window.  Would you like a more tailored look?  Do you have beautiful molding around your windows you would like to showcase?  You may want to consider Roman Shades that are mounted on the inside of the window frame.  When measuring for your Roman Shade, take three measurements for the width; at the top of the window, the middle and the bottom.  Your width will be the smallest of the three measurements.

For the length, again, take three measurements; left side, middle and right side.  Your length will be the longest of the three lengths.  A minimum depth of 1 ½” within the window casing is needed in order to mount the shade.

Flat Gate Black & White Flat Roman Shade

Trellis Navy Flat Roman Shade     Flat Gate Black & White 2 Roman Shades


Outside Mount

Would you like to create the illusion that your window is larger than it really is?  Would you like to hide an unattractive window?  Are there any obstructions that might hinder you from mounting the Roman Shade inside the window frame?  Outside mounted shades offer more flexibility for mounting.  For instance, the shade can be mounted anywhere above the window. You can create the illusion of a larger window by hanging your Roman Shade higher than the top of the window frame.  This is also a good option when there is not enough depth within the window casing to mount the shade inside.  The outside mount will also provide the best light blockage and privacy.

To measure for an outside mounted Roman Shade, measure the total width of your coverage area.  We recommend that you add 1-1 ½” to each side beyond the casing of your window.  This will be your ordering width.  For the length, measure the height of the coverage area and add 1” above the top casing for mounting.

Whichever mounting option you select, Custom Roman Shades are a great way to dress up a window and enhance your living space.

Relaxed Gate Grey Roman Shade

Relaxed Linen Large Roman Shade     Flat Patterned 2 Roman Shades


What is Control Position?

This is a simple one.  Would you like the continuous cord that raises and lowers the shade, to hang on the left side or the right side of the shade?


Which Shade Style Do I Choose?

Selecting a shade style will depend on your style and usage of your Roman Shade.  All of DrapeStyle’s fabrics can be used to make any style of shade.  If you need a little help, we’re here to guide you through the process: 800.760.8257.  Here are some helpful descriptions of different types of shades:


Flat Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shades are made with one piece of fabric and lay flat against the window.  They offer a clean uncluttered look.  Whether you are using a pattern or a solid fabric, the Flat Roman Shade is a classic way to enhance your room!

Flat Checkered drapes & roman shades

Flat large striped roman shade    Flat roman shade rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Flat Shade



Pleated Roman Shade

Soft, overlapping folds are created with the Pleated Roman Shade.  Silk fabrics offer an elegant look when made into this style of shade.  The Pleated Shade is also a great choice if it will be raised and lowered often.

Pleated Roman Shade Redering

Coffee Pleated Roman Shade

Red Pleated Roman Shade

Custom Roman Shades, Pleated Shade




Relaxed Roman Shade

Relaxed and unstructured, the Relaxed Roman Shade is great for decorative use.  Mounted outside or inside the window frame, this shade is casually beautiful.

Relaxed Stone 2 Roman Shades     Relaxed Green 3 Roman Shades   Relaxed Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Relaxed Shade



Cascade Roman Shade

Made with evenly spaced pockets reinforced with rods, excellent functionally and a great look are created by the crisp pleated style of the Cascade Roman Shade.

Cascade Roman Shade Rebdering

Cascade flowered 3 roman shades

Cascade beige 3 roman shades

Custom Roman Shades, Cascade Shade



London Roman Shade

The London Roman Shade never fails to make a statements.  A classic, timeless design, this shade looks great in both solids and patterns.  The wider the window, the fuller the London Shade, therefore it is not recommended for very narrow windows.

London Linen Roman Shade

London Patterned Roman Shade  London Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, London Shade


Do I need Lining?

In one word, YES.  Lining not only gives the Roman Shade weight so that it drapes beautifully, but lining your Custom Roman Shades protects the fabric from damaging sunlight.  Selecting the appropriate lining for your room will make all the difference.

Will the shade be in a room such as a nursery or a theater room where you don’t want any light to come through?  You will need Blackout Lining.

Would you like privacy but still want some light to come through?  Select Sateen Lining.

Are your windows drafty in the winter or does the sun pour through in the summer?  Select Bump Lining to repel the heat and absorb cold.


Your Order is Complete!

And there you have it!  In just a few easy steps you can order Custom Roman Shades to properly fit your windows.  Or, if you still have questions, you can contact one of our designers and they will be happy to assist you with designing your very own Custom Roman Shades.  For more inspiration and ideas, please visit: http://www.drapestyle.com/custom-roman-shades.html
























Best Places to Buy Roman Shades Online

It seems as if there are new sources of Custom Roman Shades popping-up online all of the time.  We did a little review of the pricing from each supplier and thought we would put them all into a nice little cheat sheet for you.  It is important for us to be as competitive as possible in our quest to provide our Customers with the best value in custom drapes and Roman Shades.  Whenever we see that we are not competitive with any of the products that we sell, we try to dig in and determine, “why?” and how do we fix it.

Here is a recent review of Roman Shade Pricing that we completed.

Our first comparison is for a Tailored or Pleated Roman Shade Style.  We selected a Solid Linen Fabric with standard privacy lining.

Online RetailerRoman Shade SizeRoman Shade FabricRoman Shade LiningRoman Shade StyleRoman Shade Price
Restoration Hardware48 Inch Wide x 36 Inch LongLinenPrivacyTailored / Pleated$459
DrapeStyle48 Inch Wide x 36 Inch LongLinenPrivacyTailored / Pleated$417

For our next comparison we looked at a Flat Roman Shade Panel with Blackout Lining, also in Linen Fabric.  We were suprised that Restoration Hardware did not offer a Silk Roman Shade Option.  Here are the results for the Flat Roman Shade Option.

Online RetailerRoman Shade SizeRoman Shade FabricRoman Shade LiningRoman Shade StyleRoman Shade Price
Restoration Hardware48inch Wide x 36inch LongLinenBlackoutFlat$389
DrapeStyle48inch Wide x 36inch LongLinenBlackoutFlat$331


We’ll be comparing prices on more options from more Retailers in the near future and publish our results.






Contemporary Roman Shades

We love these Roman Shades in Gate White /Black.  Roman Shades can be very contemporary and don’t need to be expensive!  We have some great options that start under $250 per shade which includes linings.  You can also experiment with layering silk drapes over Roman Shades for added depth, contrast and texture.


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Love These Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White!


Flat Roman Shade in Gate Black / White by DrapeStyle.


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Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White Cotton


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Contemporary Roman Shade in Schumacher Imperial Trellis Fabric by DrapeStyle


Combining Drapes and Roman Shades, or even Shutters is a great way to add more depth and interest to a window or door.  You can specify that the Roman Shades be “decorative” which will help stretch your budget.  Call one of our Designers, we would love to give you some ideas on how to add Roman Shades to your Home!



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

Christian Sinatra

Drapery Design Trends – Layering Drapery and Roman Shades

One of the latest trends that we are seeing with custom drapes and window treatments is the layering of multiple treatments in one window.  for years we have layered sheers under drapes using a traverse or double rod.  Today we are seeing more drapery layered over Roman Shades.  We are also seeing drapery layered over hard wood shutters.  The layering of treatments has been a Designers secret for years.  By layering drapes and Roman Shades you are creating more depth and texture on the window or door which also allows you to work with different fabric types and patterns.  As an example you can choose a classic solid linen or silk drape with a bolder patterned fabric on the Roman Shade.

You may think that this method may be more expensive than a single treatment on the window but here is what Designers would suggest; If you are going to use drapery in conjunction with a Roman Shade you can spend less on the drapery fabric and than spend more on the Roman Shade Fabric.  Make the Roman Shades “Decorative” vs. “Functional” and you will need much less fabric on the Roman Shade and still get the “pop” of an expensive designer fabric.  In the attached example we use a relatively inexpensive solid linen for the drapery fabric and then used a Schumacher Fabric for the Roman Shades.  The Roman Shade fabric really stands out and makes the whole look work.

At DrapeStyle, our Designers can help you maximize your budget and get creative with your drapery.


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Custom Linen Drapes with Roman Shades





Christian Sinatra

Custom Roman Shade Styles

Love the look of drapery but don’t have a lot of space, roman shades are the solution. Roman shades are a timeless compliment to finish off your windows. DrapeStyle custom makes all of our Roman Shades here in our Costa Mesa workroom. Flat Roman Shades are our most requested style and are featured on our website .  We also offer 4 additional styles that will be added to our site in the coming weeks.
Flat Roman – neat and clean our Flat Roman shade works well with any décor. When lowered the shade is flat with no horizontal seams.
Relaxed Shade – the relaxed bottom of the shade offers a sophisticated softness while keeping the tailored look of the flat roman style.
London Shade – gathered at the sides the London shade presents a casual elegance & softness. When lowered the balloon shape is visible at the bottom of the shade.
Cascade – constructed with evenly spaced horizontal pockets reinforced with rods the Cascade Shade is a beautifully structured option.  Similar to the Flat Roman the Cascade offers a flat tailored front.
Pleated – soft pockets or horizontal folds are the trademark of our Pleated Shade. The Pleated Shade shade provides uniform structure with a contemporary softness.
Roman shades can be made in any of our fabrics. We also have the ability to add trimmings, contrast banding & borders. The combinations are limitless.


London Roman Shade Style

London Roman Shade Style

Relaxed Roman Shade Style

Relaxed Roman Shade Style

Cascade Roman Shade Style

Cascade Roman Shade Style

Pleated Roman Shade Style

Pleated Roman Shade Style

Flat Roman Shades by DrapeStyle

Flat Roman Shades by DrapeStyle