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What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.

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You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

 

 

These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:

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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?

 

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

 

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

 

Here’s a chart to help you:

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Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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DRAPESTYLE awarded Best of Houzz

 

DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona  Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  

Over 35 Million Monthly Users Nominated the Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals from Around the World

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DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The industry leader of custom draperies and Roman Shades for over a decade was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize DRAPESTYLE, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz, or visit the DrapeStyle website: www.drapestyle.com

 

 

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About DRAPESTYLE

At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, pillows and roman shades available anywhere and delivering the best value to our customers since 2002.  Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer.  After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, pillows and roman shades for over a decade.

 

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DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.  On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel, professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features:

Value Pricing: When you purchase your window treatments from DrapeStyle you can be confident that you are getting the absolute best value anywhere:

  • Perfect Length, Same Price. At DrapeStyle you can select most drapery from 84″ to 105″ lengths for no additional charge.
  • Six Pleat Styles – One Price. Choose from French Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Rod-Pocket, Rod-Pocket with Flange or Parisian Pleated Drapery for the same price. Grommets require an additional charge.
  • Premium Linings and Interlinings. Nothing makes drapery more luxurious than premium heavy-weight linings. At DrapeStyle we only use the finest linings and interlinings by Hanes.
  • Exclusive Luxurious Fabrics. We feature luxurious fabrics from some of the finest mills in North America, Europe and India, many of which are exclusive to DrapeStyle.
  • DrapeStyle Rewards. When you purchase your window treatments at DrapeStyle you are eligible to earn DrapeStyle Rewards Points which can be redeemed for custom pillows, drapery, accessories or nearly any product in our store.

 

 

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And our best quality feature, Our People. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. We’ll even create a sketch for you if you need one. We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Refresh

 

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How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?

I usually make two; one resolution I know I can keep, like, I vow to take a multivitamin everyday.  And the other is more of a goal.  This year, my “goal” is to clean out and organize my craft closet.  I have a craft closet, stuffed full of all things crafty; jewelry making stuff, pillow making stuff, party decorating stuff, sewing stuff, 4th of July decorations, St. Patty’s day decorations, floral arranging stuff… You get the point.  So I plan on cleaning out my closet, and reorganize everything so it’s easy to get to.  And I’m going to try and get my husband to clean out the garage.  And I think if we clean and purge enough, we might have enough “stuff” to hold a yard sale.

 

Resolve to Refresh…

If the New Year puts you in the same mind set; cleaning out and organizing, you may find that you want to update a few things around the house.  What about custom made window treatments and pillows?

Much like a well tailored suit, custom window treatments in the correct length and width, can make all the difference.  And DrapeStyle can help.  We’ve been making custom drapes and roman shades since 2002.  In any length and any width, we can create a look that’s just right for your home.  You know how good you look in a tailored outfit, if it fits good, you feel great.  It’s the same with window treatments.

Sure, you can purchase drapes at the department store in the lengths they want to sell.  Sure, you can go to the home store and purchase the same ready made roman shades your neighbors have.  Or you can get custom window treatments made in your choice of over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and dozens of different trims, tassels, fringe and ribbon for that truly custom look.

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Need some inspiration?  Order our free catalog and you’ll be inspired by the designs, color pallets and attention to detail DrapeStyle puts into every order.  We have been making quality window treatments and pillows for over a decade.  Our design studio has a talented team of seamstresses that have, on average, 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the manufacturer, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle.  Each drape we make includes the same quality features, something we will continue to honor in the New Year.

 

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Need a little help?  Contact one of our design consultants and we’ll help you create a custom look for your home made from the highest quality fabrics and meticulous craftsmanship.  And at DrapeStyle, we take pride in being able to say our products are made right here in the USA.

So if you’re thinking about updating for the New Year, and you are thinking about silk, linen or cottondrapes, or roman shadespillows or hardware; DrapeStyle can help you create a custom, tailored, one of a kind window treatment that’s a perfect fit for your home.  What better way to ring in the New Year?

 

 

Happy Holidays from DrapeStyle!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from DrapeStyle!

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  Our customers.

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Without our customer’s support and confidence, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love doing most; making beautiful, luxurious custom window treatments for customers all over the world.  At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, roman shades and pillows, available anywhere. DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.

On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features.

We have been delivering the best value to our customers since 2002, and look forward to many, many more years.  We at DrapeStyle would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a safe and happy holiday.

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So that our employees may spend the holiday with family and friends, DrapeStyle will be closed December 24th through 27th and December 31st through January 3rd.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in the New Year, with exceptional service, value and design.

Happy Holidays,
The Staff at DrapeStyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone names two colors of the year: ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

A SOFTER TAKE ON COLOR FOR 2016: FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE BLENDING OF TWO SHADES, ROSE QUARTZ AND SERENITY, ARE CHOSEN AS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Rose_Quartz_Serenity_PCI_LogoAs consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

 

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WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

 

 

ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY COLOR PAIRINGS

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.*

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*Originally posted on: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

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Ideas for Dressing Tall Windows

It’s first thing in the morning, you pour yourself a cup of coffee, you turn around and who’s looking in your window staring you in the face?  Your neighbor.  Unless you don’t mind waving to your neighbor in your pajamas,  you need window treatments.  But if you have tall windows, what options are there?

Tall, dramatic windows can offer spectacular views and add height to a room.  But covering them is a whole other story.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is, do I need privacy, or are these window treatments going to be decorative.  If your neighbor is close enough to see what you are eating for dinner, then you probably want window treatments that offer privacy.  If you need full coverage, from the top of the window to the bottom, then consider drapes with privacy lining.  DrapeStyle has the ability to make any length drape.  Select a decorative fabric that complements your room, then simply draw the drapes closed when privacy is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you occasionally need the room darkened?  Roman shades with blackout lining is the answer. You can keep the shades raised most of the time for a more decorative look, and lower them when the time comes to enjoy a movie at home, or when the baby needs to take a nap.

 

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Do your tall windows offer an incredible view that you don’t want to obstruct?  Consider adding sheers to your windows.  DrapeStyle carries sheers in several different colors, style and fabrics so you are sure to find one that works for you.  Sheers can add drama and softness to a room, without breaking the bank.  Whether you are looking for a classic sheer or something more modern, DrapeStyle has plenty of reasonably priced sheers to choose from.

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Want to add a little color to your walls but keep your view?  Why not add long drapes to either side of the window?  A drape that is 1 or 2 widths wide might be just enough to add a little drama to your room.  You can add a decorator touch by using shorter drapery rods to hang your long drapes from.  DrapeStyle offers custom drapery hardware so you can order just the right size hardware, custom made for your windows.  And by using narrow drapes, you can save a little money.  Have you been eyeing a dramatic fabric but having it made into full width drapes might put you over your budget?  Decorative drapes are a great way to get that pop of color you want without breaking the bank.

If you really don’t want coverage but need protection form the sun, consider using UV window film on your windows.  It will cut down on glare and help protect your furnishings from the sun.

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Want to add more drama to your tall windows?  Bring the attention up with a band of contrasting fabric towards the top of the drape.  Need to ground things a bit?  Bring the attention down by adding a band of fabric to the bottom of your drape and your space will feel more cozy.

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Need a little help?  Feel free to contact us, we’re here to walk you through the process.  Drapes are an investment and we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002 and we know drapes and curtains.  Our seamstresses each have, on average, 25 years of experience.  No detail is overlooked.  Check out our commercial projects for more examples of extra long drapes.

 

Black Friday Deals Start NOW!

Black Friday deals start NOW!

PLUS save $75 off your DrapeStyle order!  Everyone is advertising Black Friday deals and DrapeStyle is no exception.  You don’t need to wait until Friday.  Save all week on drapes, curtains, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware AND save $75 on your order.  Select from over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and 4 different lining options.

Shop from the convenience of your own home and save on silk, linen and cotton drapes.  With discounts as much as 25% off, these are some of the lowest prices of the year.  You’ll find great deals at www.drapestyle.com PLUS, when you sign up for DrapeStyle rewards, you will instantly earn $25 off your first purchase!  That’s a total of $100 off!

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So if you are in need of replacing older window treatments, updating your home or simply don’t have any window treatments at all, consider DrapeStyle for all of your drapery, roman shade and drapery hardware needs.  And for a limited time, save up to 25% off regular prices,            PLUS save $75 off this week!

*Use coupon code “FRIDAY” at checkout.  $75 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other coupons.  Offer expires November 29, 2015.

 

 

 

Made in the USA


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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.

 
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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.

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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.

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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.*

 

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*$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?”

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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.

 

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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:

 

 

Living Room Drapes

One of the common themes that we are finding is that more and more of our Clients are converting their living rooms into more of a Home Theater Room.  They are going with the larger flat panel televisions and want to make their living rooms as “Theater Like” for those afternoons where they want to crawl up on the couch and watch a movie or a game.  We always try to suggest to them when considering their living room drapes to upgrade to our Blackout Lining option.  Blackout is a synthetic lining which blocks out about 98% of the light from penetrating through the drapery fabric.  The result is that blackout helps to convert your typical living room into a Home Theater Room.  And, maybe the best part is that you can upgrade to blackout lining for only $99 per panel – any size panel, at DrapeStyle.

One other added benefit is that the blackout lining is going to help protect your all of your interior fabrics from sun damage and fading, including your carpets.  And, if that is not enough, Blackout will also help reduce your energy bills by providing additional insulation.  If you are buying drapes for you living room, you really should give Blackout lining some serious consideration.

 

 

Belgian Linen Drapes

Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles.  This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles.  In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.  These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier.  The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully.  Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them.  If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.

We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons.  For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge.  None, zip, zero, so hurry.  If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!

Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy.  For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.

If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers.  They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.

 

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Belgian Estate Linen Drapes with Contrasting Edge-Band

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Belgian Linen Drapes in Oyster with Grosgrain Ribbon in Black

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

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Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

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Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Birmingham Alabama

Let’s Exchange Curtain Ideas Birmingham Alabama!

If you are looking for custom drapery in Birmingham Alabama you should be contacting DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been assisting customers worldwide, throughout the US and Canada, in creating custom drapes for over ten years. Our staff of experienced interior designers and drapery experts are waiting to assist you in creating the best solutions to treat your windows.
Do you have tall two story windows and need extra long drapes? Do you have a wall to wall sliding door and need extra wide drapes? No matter what kind of tricky window you may have, we have you covered! Our custom drapery consultants are here to help and walk you through the process. Confused about pleat styles? Unsure of color choice? Concerned about taking measurements? Let us take out the guess work from your project. Simply give us a call.
Don’t let your zipcode dictate where you shop. Whether you live in Birmingham Alabama or Scarsdale New York, you can own beautiful custom drapes hand stitched in our Orange County California drapery workroom. Let’s talk curtains and exchange ideas today!

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

Making Silk Drapes

At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes.  Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada.  Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm.  Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world.  India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.

Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each.  They are all 54 inches wide.  The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light.  We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it.  As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk.  At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject.  When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area.  Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins.  It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
Christian Sinatra

DrapeStyle Atlanta

If you are thinking custom drapes in Atlanta you should be thinking DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been manufacturing premium custom silk drapes, linen drapes and Roman Shades and shipping them to Atlanta for the past decade.  We are happy to provide you with free samples of some of the most exclusive fabrics from Mills like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet and Beacon Hill.  Plus we have exclusive DrapeStyle Silks and Linens that will compliment any decor.

If you have tall windows and need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes, we have you covered.  We manufacture each of our drapes and Roman Shades to order in our California Workroom.  Call one of our Designers and let us show you how easy it is to Exchange your Curtains for amazing DrapeStyle quality for a price that will wonder why you waited so long.

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

Christian Sinatra

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

The internet and eCommerce have literally transformed the way we buy everything today. Who would have considered buy appliances, clothing, even food through a website just ten short years ago. Today we have such amazing resources at our finger-tips. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest give us the ability to drool over images of things we want, need and most of the time can’t afford.

The Custom Drapery Industry, no exception. For good or for bad, the days of heading downtown to the local drapery store are over. Most of the main street storefronts have either migrated to the web or are about too.

As a Consumer we now have more information, more options and better resources than ever before. We’ve been in the Custom Drapery Business for a very long time and we thought we would give you as much information as we possibly can. Even if you end up buying your draperies elsewhere, we hope you appreciate the information.

Chapter I: My Sister Bought her Drapes from Restoration Hardware. Yes. It is true, and now the whole world will know. My Wife and I own a Custom Drapery Company and my little sister bought her drapes from Restoration Hardware. Now, a little background. We are from New Jersey. Working Class New Jersey where most of my Family still lives. My Sister and her husband bought a new home in a brand new upscale community in southwest New Jersey. They love it. Big beautiful new homes averaging over 4000 square feet each. These are the McMansions that became popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  Really huge tall windows with great views and vaulted ceilings.  Stainless steel kitchens with two dishwashers.

So Lori buys this new home and all of her new friends in the neighborhood are hiring Interior Designers / Decorators to help them all deck the places out. Lori calls me and asks what I think and I tell her to go ahead and hire this Decorator that she was referred too. You know, got to keep up with the Jones’. Well, a few months later and I get the call. “Ron”, her Decorator has suggested that she buy new drapes at Restoration Hardware. He does it all of the time she tells me. Now, they wont be wide enough but Ron has a resource where they are going to buy two pair of drapes and then sew them together. Oh boy.

Flash forward 2 years. Now, my Parents buy a house about two miles away from my Sister, also in a new development. This one though, no McMansions. These homes are, well, single level. No stairs. Wide hallways and a lot of hand-rails. You got me, right? But these houses are nice, I mean, really nice. And, Like Lori, all of these Ladies are hiring Decorators too!

So now I get the call from my Mother and I brace myself. If she tells me that she is buying Restoration Hardware Drapes I am going to have a brain freeze. Turns out that her Decorator suggested that you buy her drapes from a place called DrapeStyle! An “Online Company” she says. My Mom could not have been more tickled.

Now the best part. My Mom has DrapeStyle and she is 78. My Sister has Restoration Hardware and she is 44. My Sister goes to my Mom’s house and sees her drapes. Now the calls are really coming…

“How could you have let me buy that c…p, from Restoration Hardware!”, “Moms drapes are so much better!”

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

Here is the real deal. The Thai Silk Drapes from Restoration Hardware were really not all “that bad”, but they weren’t DrapeStyle. They were lined but not interlined, the fabrics were thin. The hems were short and cheap. They just weren’t “custom”.  And the reality is that they didn’t cost much less than DrapeStyle and by the time she paid the tailor to sew the two panels together, they really were about the same price as DrapeStyle 100% Custom.  Lori spent a lot of time and a lot of money on those drapes and now we are making her new ones.  She gets the “Family Discount” but she would have been much happier if she would have just ordered from DrapeStyle to begin with.

The Greek Key Viceroy Drape

We love the whole “Hollywood Regency” look.  You can really incorporate some of the design elements into a wide variety of decor.  The Greek Key is a timeless design that will lend itself to almost any interior.  We make these gorgeous custom drapes in your choice of solid silk fabric and apply the Greek Key Trim to the leading edge.

Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and choosing a dramatic and bold color.  We love the choice of yellow silk on this drape with the bold black Greek Key Trim.  Experiment a little and create a truly unique design for your home.  If you need some design advice, please call one of our Designers who will be happy to make suggestions and help you create an amazing focal point for your room.

 

 

Greek Key Custom Drapes

The Viceroy Drape by DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra