Top Reasons to Interline Your Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for adding some design element to your room, they provide privacy and in some cases, much needed insulation. Read on to find out the benefits that will make you want to add a lining to your curtains.

Sun Protection-Curtains fabrics, of any material, color and design need to be taken care off from the harsh sunlight as UV can damage the color and the curtain folds. Adding interlining for the curtains not only help to limit sun exposure inside the room, but it also protects the fabric from UV ray damage and increases the life of the curtain itself.

Volume– Lined curtains are sometimes a great way to add body to the curtains that sometimes have a tendency to look flimsy and lifeless. With custom drapery, silk or taffeta curtains are ideal for interlining and add a certain flair to the interior look. Interlining, in short, makes sure to give off an expensive look that a normal fabric may not have. This is one reason why DrapeStyle includes interlining on all of our silk curtains.

Noise and Insulation-If you live in extremely cold or hot areas, then adding a specific fabric for interlining can help in insulation from the natural elements or heat loss and transfer. Besides protecting the valuable furniture and fabric from sun exposure, interlining your curtains and blinds can also guard you against unwanted noise pollution.

If you have questions about your specific application, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been making custom curtains, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. Our talented team would be happy to work with you to create your dream drapes and curtains.


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Do You Need to Line Your Draperies?

How do you protect delicate fabrics such as silk, from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun?  We are frequently asked by our clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes. 

The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight. DrapeStyle only uses Hanes brand linings and interlinings. Hanes is one of the best companies out there and they produce some of the highest quality linings in the business.

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DrapeStyle includes our standard white lining and white flannel interlining on all silk draperies. Not only will this significantly protect the fabric against sun damage, it will add body and weight to the drape making it look more full and lush.

If more insulation is needed we suggest selecting blackout lining. The blackout material is comprised of a synthetic membrane that is about 99% impenetrable from the sun. In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets in the same room, from fading as well. Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves. DrapeStyle only charges $99 per drapery panel to add blackout lining which is a great deal considering what it could cost to replace sun damaged furniture and drapes.

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Most Interior Designers will suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their clients. They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

If you would like more information about insulating, blackout or flannel linings, please see our lining guide or contact us. We’re here to help you create your dream drapes.

DrapeStyle Team


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Why Add Interlining To Your Curtains and Drapes?

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Interlining is a thick, soft blanket-like fabric which is sandwiched between the decorative fabric and the lining. Once you have seen and experienced curtains and blinds that have been interlined, you will want to have all of your curtains interlined!  Here’s a guide to interlining and how to use it successfully.

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•   Interlining makes curtains look luxurious and drape elegantly.  It’s the key to getting a grand, full, lush look.

•   Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and heat, than curtains with just lining.

•   Interlining is not just for curtains. You can also interline Roman shades.

•   Interlined curtains can’t be washed, and must be cleaned by a specialist.

•   Interlined curtains are considerably heavier than curtains that are just lined.  Make sure that your track or pole is able to take the weight.  Metal tracking is a worthwhile investment – plastic tracking may deform and perform badly under the weight of interlined curtains.

•   The interlining is held in place between the face fabric and the lining with vertical lines of loose locking stitches.  This is done by hand and adds an extra process to the making up of curtains, which adds to the cost if you are having them professionally made.

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A thick cotton-based fabric which drapes well.  Bump gives the most body to curtains, and is the type favored by most professional curtain makers.

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A lighter brushed cotton interlining for small curtains where heavy bump would be out of proportion.  It’s also used to interline swags and tails, pelmets and valances to give them a soft padded look, to match the interlined curtains beneath.

Interlining curtains is highly recommended for that lush, full look. It will also help with insulating your windows from the cold and heat. Take a look at the different lining options available here. DrapeStyle offers interlining on all of their curtains. For more information, or for samples of linings, please contact us.

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Blackout Lining for Drapes

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Selecting drapery lining and interlining, including blackout lining, 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.  Blackout lining offers exceptional UV protection.  This will protect your drapes from sun damage and keep your home cooler this summer.  It also provides complete privacy, muffles sound and lasts longer than any other window treatment.Blackout

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

DrapeStyle is pleased to offer blackout lining for an additional $99 per drapery panel.  You may also select blackout lining for your Roman Shades for a nominal fee.  Blackout lining will more than pay for itself when you consider the amount of heat that it will deter from entering your home this summer, and the protection it will offer your other home furnishings.

Check out the website for more details or contact us directly and we would be happy to help you!

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Baby It’s Cold Outside! DrapeStyle Can Help!

Winter’s coming…and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, you’d better stock up on long johns and firewood.  Especially if you’re east of the Rockies, predictions are, you are going to be hit hard!  Pair that with rising energy costs, and your monthly home heating costs could go through the roof!

Here are 7 things you can do to help combat a cold house and make your thermostat happy:

 

1. Add A Down Filled Comforter

Down has always been the preferred insulator when worn or for bundling up while sleeping.  Body heat is trapped between the little fluffs of down, creating a re-generating heat source that will keep you warm all night long.  There are different weight levels available-some are even available with dual-zone comforters for bed partners with different sleeping temperature preferences! The best down originates from birds from the coldest climates, such as Hungarian or Siberian geese.  Plus, using a duvet allows you to change your room’s look easily from season to season or from one style to another without having to reinvest in a quality insert. 

2. Use A Humidifier 

Cold, winter air is notoriously dry, often leaving your home’s humidity around 10%…far short of the ideal of 30-40%  Having the correct humidity levels not only provides additional warmth to a house, but it also has many other benefits such as reducing allergens, reducing the risk of furniture damage, and controlling static electricity.

3. Change The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fans 

Most fans spin and pull air up to the ceiling.  By simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan and pushing the rising heat back down into your living space, you can save as much as 10% on energy costs.  Ceiling too high to manually change blade direction?  This may be a good time to replace your fan with one with a built-in remote control.

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4. Reinforce Cold, Drafty Areas 

 Windows — Take a candle or incense stick to the window on a breezy day.  Move around the frame, inside and outside of the trim, and see if the smoke moves.  If it does, you have a draft spot.  Use paintable caulk for around the trim and silicone caulk outside if you can.  There are window weatherstrips available at most home improvement stores as well.  Insulating your window draperies can help keep the draft from entering the room as well.

Doors — The old, simple solution is a draft dodger-a fabric tube filled with sand or rice that lays along the bottom of your door.  Etsy has some fun and stylish options.  The best option, however, is to replace the weather stripping around your door, including the threshold strip. 

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5. Add Insulated Drapery Lining 

DrapeStyle can help with this one!  DrapeStyle offers insulated drapery lining, also called thermal lining, for all drapes and roman shades.  It’s common for drafts to come in around windows.  However, most pre-fabricated drapery panels available at most retailers, come with a simple, thin lining or with no lining at all.  DrapeStyle’s custom drapes and roman shades include lining! Let us help you select the interlining that’s best for your climate.  Interlining also adds body and weight to your drapes for a very luxurious, custom look. Our skilled workroom can add the following interlining to your drapes:

Flannel Interlining— Similar to the lightweight flannel sheets your grandma used, this supple lining goes between the face fabric and standard sateen lining.  Flannel interlining has been shown to reduce heat loss by 25%.

Bump Interlining— Originally used in Europe’s cold-climate country homes, bump interlining offers the most insulation for cold and sound.  It also gives a nice weight and drape to fine fabrics, such as silk.

6. Add Rugs To Bare Floors

Aside for the obvious (that rugs are warmer than tile or wood), wool rugs in particular are a natural insulator similar to down.  They’re hypoallergenic, provide moisture, and are incredibly durable.  Well-kept wool rugs can be handed down through generations.  Even better than an area rug would be wall-to-wall wool carpeting.

7. Get An Energy Audit

An inexpensive (often subsidized-check with your local electric company) professional test for air leaks, insulation levels and other thermal performance factors is the best way to learn where the cold is getting into your house.  They will give you tips and tricks to help keep the cold out, and often times will do the work themselves at a discounted fee.  Click here for more information on audits. 

 

So there you have it, 7 great ways to help keep the cold out this winter.  Or, you could always take up baking, not only will the heat from the oven heat up your home, but the baked goods you hand out to neighbors and co-workers will get you off of Santa’s naughty list!

 

 
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