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||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.