Top 5 Drapery Mistakes

Want that custom look for your drapery but you’re a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Here is a list of things to address when purchasing drapery for your home.

Not Wide Enough

There’s nothing worse than having the sun peak through your drapes and the sunlight smack you in the face when all you want is to sleep. You’ll want to order your drapery at least 1 1/2 times wider than the window you are trying to cover. See DrapeStyle’s formula for figuring width sizes.

Not High Enough

You will want to hang your drapery at least 4′-6″ above the window molding. The trend now is to hang them even higher, very close to the ceiling. This will make your window and your room look larger than it is. Never hang your drapery on the molding. If space doesn’t allow you to hang drapery above the molding, then you may want to consider having a Roman shade made for the window.

Not Long Enough

Purchase drapery that is within 1/2″ of the floor, or longer if you would like a puddled look. When drapes are too short, it just makes the room look off. If you purchased drapes that are too short, you may be able to lengthen them by adding a band of fabric to the bottom. When in doubt, always order longer.

Not Enough Fullness

This relates to flat panels or drapery panels without pleats. Yes, you may have enough fabric to cover your window but does it look like you’ve hung a bed sheet in your window? Add extra widths to your draperies so that your drapes look great even when open.

Wrong Hardware

If draperies are like the outfit to your room then hardware is like the jewelry to your draperies. Don’t skimp on the hardware, make sure the length and scale is appropriate for you draperies and windows. Most of the time the drapes will cover a bit of your window on each side. This will give the illusion that your window is larger than it really is. Now if you’ve got a fabulous view and you don’t want to block any of the window when the drapes are open, you’ll need to purchase a drapery rod that is long enough to accomodate the drapery stack. You’ll also want to make sure you have purchased a sturdy drapery rod and the appropriate brackets to hold the weight of your drapes.

If you have any questions about drapery we are here to help! DrapeStyle has been making custom drapery, Roman shades and pillow for over 15 years. We would be happy to help you with your window treatment project. Contact us for more information.


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Hover, Break or Puddle? What Length Should My Drapes Be?

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

 

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

 

Finishing Touch

Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

These are examples of drapes that are too short:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

     

 

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

Salaam Dupioni Custom Silk Drapery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Linen with Sand Border and Velvet Ribbon Detail

Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:

Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

 

 

Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
 Double Bordered Dupioni in New Ivory + Cashmere Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

Shown: Milano Lucia with Optional Emperor Tassel in Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special circumstances

If you are designing outdoor drapes, you may want your drapes a couple of inches off the ground.  Keep in mind that on your patio, water may puddle, dirt and leaves may collect, so by shortening your drapes two inches you will prevent the bottom of the drapes from getting dirty:

Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Walnut Drape with Matching Tie-Back

Outdoor Shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over a decade.  We have thousands of satisfied customers because we truly care about helping you design your dream drapes.  There are guide lines that can provide you with the information you will need when ordering your drapes.  Still need a little help?  We’re here to help you every step of the way and we can determine the best width and length for your drapes.

DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz for customer service, three years in a row.  We LOVE helping our customers create their dream drapes!  Pair that with the most talented, experienced, studio staff who will take great care in custom making your drapes, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.  For current promotional offers, please see our website: www.DrapeStyle.com.

 

 

 

 

 
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