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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.

Made in the USA





Veteran’s Day is this week and it reminds me how grateful I am to the men and women who have served this great country.  How proud I am to live in this great country.  How fortunate I am to live in this great country.  When my husband and I bought our first home 15 years ago, do you know what the first thing I bought was?  No, not drapes.  An American flag!  I couldn’t wait to fly an American flag outside my own home, I am so proud to be an American!

Which leads me into thinking about “Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?


DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.


A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows.  Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, we support many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.












Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!


Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.






Place Your Order for Christmas Delivery Now!

Now is the time to finalize your custom drapery order for Christmas delivery for only $21.99!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware before Christmas?    There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.

Scarlet Mulberry Silk, Cartridge Pleat




















DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen and Kravet.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.

Pistachio  Hot House - Verdance  Gothic Red  Seashell  Morocco - Leaf


So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, you won’t find a better selection than at www.drapestyle.com.  If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order, send you fabric samples or just offer some advice.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by November 6th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed Christmas delivery on custom drapes and roman shades for only $21.99.*


 Red Pleated Roman Shade

*$21.99 standard UPS ground delivery by Christmas for all 50 U.S. states.  Applies to in stock fabric for Custom Drapes and Roman Shades only.  Over sized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges.  $50 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other offers, use code 913 at checkout.  Offer expires November 6, 2015.


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?”

custom roman shades and drapes
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!


 Beautiful Roman Shades Target Ideas: Decor & Tips Hhow To Make Roman Shades For French Doors And What Are The Best Window Coverings On French Doors Most Popular Roman Shades Target Cloth Roman Shades Target Roman Shade Target Window Blinds

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:



Customs Pillows-hand made in the USA

Custom Pillows-Made in the USA

Custom Pillows are the perfect compliment to any drapery.  Beautifully crafted, we make each pillow to order right here in our Arizona studio.  When you order custom pillows with your custom drapes, curtains or roman shades, our seamstresses will cut the pillow fabric along with the drape fabric for a perfect match.

Pillow 7

Pillow 9

Pillow 6










Choose from genuine Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen or any of DrapeStyle’s hundreds of fabrics.  Not everything needs to match.  Mix it up!  Choose a coordinating solid with your printed roman shades.  Add a band of your pillow fabric to your custom drapes or curtains.  The possibilities are endless!

DrapeStyle’s custom pillows include:

  • 22″ x 22″
  • Available in any DrapeStyle fabric
  • Optional matching cording detail
  • Removable inserts
  • Your choice of 100% down or down/poly blend
  • Concealed zippers
  • Handmade to order in the USA

Pillow 10Pillow 8   Pillow 11










Need custom pillows for your outdoor space?  DrapeStyle has got you covered.  You’re going to love these fabulous outdoor custom pillows featuring Sunbrella fabric and Trina Turk designs for Schumacher!  All are hand made in our Arizona studio.

DrapeStyle’s outdoor custom pillows include:

  • Available in 22″ x 22″ square or 20″ x 14″ lumbar
  • Select from 42 outdoor fabrics
  • 100% acrylic twill
  • Water resistant fabrics
  • Polyfill inserts
  • Optional matching cording detail
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Handmade to order in the USA

Schumacher| Santorini Print| Persimmon| FabricSchumacher| Peacock Print| Punch| Fabric


Decorative accents make all the difference in transforming the ambiance in your home or outdoor space. Add a splash of fresh, vibrant color to sofas, chairs, beds and more with our versatile custom pillows.  Need a little help?  Contact one of our designers and we would be happy to help you with your project: 800.760.8257

Guaranteed Thanksgiving Delivery on Custom Drapes!



Yes, the temperature may still be hovering around 100 degrees here in Phoenix, but the rest of the country is starting to get a taste of fall weather.

Fall weather brings to mind warm colors, festive foods and pumpkin spiced everything.

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware before the holidays?    There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.

DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen and Kravet.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.


Harvest the colors of fall…. (DrapeStyle has great fall colored silks!)

So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, you won’t find a better selection than at www.drapestyle.com.  If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 9th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.

And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed Thanksgiving delivery on custom drapes for only $21.99.

See www.drapestyle.com for details and exclusions.

living room drapes that puddle on the floor



Still Time to Order Your Custom Drapes for the Holidays!

Can you believe that it’s almost November again?!?!?  Wasn’t it just the middle of summer?  At DrapeStyle this is our busiest time of the year.  We love the Holidays but it is really crunch time for us getting everyone their brand new custom drapes delivered in time for Thanksgiving and all of the Holidays which are fast approaching.  If you have not ordered yet for the Holiday than we urge you to please measure up those windows and give us a call for pricing.  Our Designers would be happy to help you check your window sizes and determine the best drapery or Roman Shades to really make your Home shine for the Holiday season!  And, to help you along, we have some of our very best prices ever right now, so hurry!


Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.


silk drapes by drapestyle

Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle


silk drapes hotel

Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape


The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle


One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.


A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!






Christian Sinatra

Modern Drapes. Vintage Machines.

At DrapeStyle we like to think of ourselves as on the “cutting-edge” of technology.  I mean we have the iPad Apps, we are “Cloud Based” and our phones are VOIP.  Yes, we are cutting-edge.  We have cutting-edge technology in our Workroom too.  Cutting-edge circa 1936.  I love this equipment.  The sewing machines that we use to manufacturer our drapes are straight out of the Industrial Revolution.  These things are made out of steel, not a piece of plastic to be seen.  They run 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.  When I say “run”, I mean they are sewing, in constant motion for 10-12 hours a day and they have been doing that for roughly 60 + years.  It is truly an amazing feat of “Technology”.  We keep them maintained and well oiled and aside from that they just work.  No re-booting required.  Some of these machines have made tens of thousands of custom drapes.

Let me introduce you to a few of them…

First, I’d like you to meet our “Tacker”.  This machine was made in Leeds England in the late 1940’s by the Adamson Machine Company.  The Company has long been out of business so they obviously “don’t make these anymore”.  The tacker is used for making drapery pleats like a French Pleat or Pinch Pleat.  The Tacker just makes one deep stitch over-and-over again.  The tacker is very powerful and is capable of sewing through multiple layers of lining and interlinings without missing a beat.  If you own a Drapery Manufacturing Company you simply “must have” this machine or one like it and, you seriously can not buy one of these “new”.  As a matter of fact, this one is just getting broken in and should be around long after all us are gone.

vintage sewing machine

The Adamson Vintage Drapery Tacker.



Now let me introduce you to our Drapery Pleater.  We have a few of these by my favorite has to be our Singer 269.  The 269 began it’s life in the 1950’s as a “Tacker” like the Adamson but in the 1970’s a Company from New York called Camatron started to convert old 269’s into Drapery Pleating Machines.  The converted 269’s are a highly coveted work horse for Drapery Workrooms and are still very popular.  Like the Adamson, they work all day long without skipping a beat.



Singer 269 Sewing Machine

The Singer 269 Drapery Pleating Machine.



The “Youngster” of our Crew has to be our US Blindstitch Machine.  The Blindstitch is used to stitch the sides of the drapery panels in a very specific way.  The stitch that the Blindstitch is “loose” so that the sides of the drapery panels don’t pucker or wrinkle.  The tension of the stitch is very critical and varies depending on the thickness of the drapery fabric being used.  Our US Blindstich was built in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.


US Blindstitch Machine

Our US Blindstitch Machine


I sincerely look at all of these machines as works of art and I love to watch them run.  When I think about the talent that went into designing this “technology” I am simply astonished considering that these machines were designed and manufactured before the computer age.  These machines were literally designed using a slide rule and a calculator and they work within a hairs-width tolerance.

There are plenty of people who question why we would be making custom drapes in America when we could simply have them made in India, Pakistan or China.  I guess that the only answer I can give is that we are passionate about what we do, the tools we do it with and the Customers we do it for.  We’ll keep making custom drapes right here in American as long as American’s keep buying our Custom Drapes.


Christian Sinatra

DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom.  I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does.  Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.

DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China.  We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others.  We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.

Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made.  It may make a difference to you.

Thanks as always.


DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle Offers Special Financing – No Interest

DrapeStyle, Today announced a new Consumer Financing Program in conjunction with “Bill Me Later” a division of PayPal.  Qualifying Consumers who purchase new Custom Window Treatments from DrapeStyle will receive the option of making no payments and pay no interest for 6 months.

“This is a great way for our Customers to make improvements to their homes and reduce their cash-flow for a period of time.  Anything we can do to help increase Customer’s spending power is a good thing for our Customers, DrapeStyle and the economy in general” said Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle.

Details of the Program are available here.

Customers Outside of California Save the Sales Tax When Buying at DrapeStyle.com!

We thought it might be a good idea, as today is April 15th, to make a short entry regarding the dreaded subject of “Taxation”. Fortunately, for Customers of DrapeStyle and many other Internet Retailers, at least for the time-being, the news is good. As of today, DrapeStyle is only required to collect Sales Tax for online purchases which are being shipped to a California Address. This is because our DrapeStyle Business locations, or Nexus, are all based in California. So if you are lucky enough to be living outside of California, than No Sales Tax for you! For many of our Customers in states with high sales tax rates this can mean you are saving 6-10% on your order. No bad.

Unfortunately for all of us, the good news may not last for long. There are proposals being debated in Congress that, if ratified, would require that Internet Retailers begin collecting sales tax for sales transacted with residents in the States of Maryland and Hawaii. While these “State-Specific” Tax Changes may be the early adopters, the successful passage of such legislation would set the stage for a National Internet Sale Tax in the future.