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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.






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.

Cannes - Ivory  Summer Flax  Tropez - Ivory  Pure Stripe





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.

Top band

The Parker Drape in Pewter / Parchment Banding

The Hotel Drape in Linen











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.





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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:



Guaranteed Chanukah Delivery on Custom Drapes!


The Linen Hotel Drape in Eggshell with Silver Banding and Inverted Pleat

Order by October 16th for Guaranteed Holiday Delivery!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows or drapery hardware before the holidays?    Before you know it out of town relatives and friends will be dropping by for holiday merriment.  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.  And if you order by October 16th, you are guaranteed Chanukah delivery for a flat fee of $21.99.*

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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.


So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, start by addressing fabrics (or lack thereof).  Fabrics can add texture and color to a room, and you won’t find a better selection or better customer service than at DrapeStyle.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle was awarded the Best of Houzz customer service award for 2015.

If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order to insure delivery by Chanukah.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 16th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed UPS ground delivery by Chanukah for only $21.99.*

The Silk Hotel Drapery CollectionPillow 3

DrapeStyle Luxe Custom Drapes











*Standard UPS ground delivery for all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces applies to in stock fabrics for custom drapes and roman shades only.  Oversized 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 offer.  Offer expires October 16, 2015.


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.

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Custom Roman Shades as a Window Treatment Option!

Trellis Citrine





We love the look of drapes, so much so it’s even in our name!  

But did you know DrapeStyle also makes Custom Roman Shades?

When lowered, Roman Shades can provide light control, privacy and insulation to your windows.  When raised, they look like a decorative valance-what an easy and inexpensive way to transform your space!

Standing alone or paired with our custom drapes or custom curtains, DrapeStyle’s Roman Shades are a stand-out!  Each shade is made-to-order according to your specifications right here in our Arizona studio. Choose from any of our Silks, Linens, Cottons, or Polyester blends, along with noise reducing, privacy, or blackout lining options. The customization continues with your choice of cord position and outside or inside mount options.  All shades include cleats and mounting hardware.


Flat Striped Roman Shade

   Relaxed Linen Roman Shade     Flat Trellis Midnight Roman Shade


Inside or Outside Mount?

Inside Mount

Once you’ve selected your fabric from DrapeStyle’s 450 fabrics choices, you will need to determine whether you want to mount your Roman Shades inside or outside the window.  Would you like a more tailored look?  Do you have beautiful molding around your windows you would like to showcase?  You may want to consider Roman Shades that are mounted on the inside of the window frame.  When measuring for your Roman Shade, take three measurements for the width; at the top of the window, the middle and the bottom.  Your width will be the smallest of the three measurements.

For the length, again, take three measurements; left side, middle and right side.  Your length will be the longest of the three lengths.  A minimum depth of 1 ½” within the window casing is needed in order to mount the shade.

Flat Gate Black & White Flat Roman Shade

Trellis Navy Flat Roman Shade     Flat Gate Black & White 2 Roman Shades


Outside Mount

Would you like to create the illusion that your window is larger than it really is?  Would you like to hide an unattractive window?  Are there any obstructions that might hinder you from mounting the Roman Shade inside the window frame?  Outside mounted shades offer more flexibility for mounting.  For instance, the shade can be mounted anywhere above the window. You can create the illusion of a larger window by hanging your Roman Shade higher than the top of the window frame.  This is also a good option when there is not enough depth within the window casing to mount the shade inside.  The outside mount will also provide the best light blockage and privacy.

To measure for an outside mounted Roman Shade, measure the total width of your coverage area.  We recommend that you add 1-1 ½” to each side beyond the casing of your window.  This will be your ordering width.  For the length, measure the height of the coverage area and add 1” above the top casing for mounting.

Whichever mounting option you select, Custom Roman Shades are a great way to dress up a window and enhance your living space.

Relaxed Gate Grey Roman Shade

Relaxed Linen Large Roman Shade     Flat Patterned 2 Roman Shades


What is Control Position?

This is a simple one.  Would you like the continuous cord that raises and lowers the shade, to hang on the left side or the right side of the shade?


Which Shade Style Do I Choose?

Selecting a shade style will depend on your style and usage of your Roman Shade.  All of DrapeStyle’s fabrics can be used to make any style of shade.  If you need a little help, we’re here to guide you through the process: 800.760.8257.  Here are some helpful descriptions of different types of shades:


Flat Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shades are made with one piece of fabric and lay flat against the window.  They offer a clean uncluttered look.  Whether you are using a pattern or a solid fabric, the Flat Roman Shade is a classic way to enhance your room!

Flat Checkered drapes & roman shades

Flat large striped roman shade    Flat roman shade rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Flat Shade



Pleated Roman Shade

Soft, overlapping folds are created with the Pleated Roman Shade.  Silk fabrics offer an elegant look when made into this style of shade.  The Pleated Shade is also a great choice if it will be raised and lowered often.

Pleated Roman Shade Redering

Coffee Pleated Roman Shade

Red Pleated Roman Shade

Custom Roman Shades, Pleated Shade




Relaxed Roman Shade

Relaxed and unstructured, the Relaxed Roman Shade is great for decorative use.  Mounted outside or inside the window frame, this shade is casually beautiful.

Relaxed Stone 2 Roman Shades     Relaxed Green 3 Roman Shades   Relaxed Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Relaxed Shade



Cascade Roman Shade

Made with evenly spaced pockets reinforced with rods, excellent functionally and a great look are created by the crisp pleated style of the Cascade Roman Shade.

Cascade Roman Shade Rebdering

Cascade flowered 3 roman shades

Cascade beige 3 roman shades

Custom Roman Shades, Cascade Shade



London Roman Shade

The London Roman Shade never fails to make a statements.  A classic, timeless design, this shade looks great in both solids and patterns.  The wider the window, the fuller the London Shade, therefore it is not recommended for very narrow windows.

London Linen Roman Shade

London Patterned Roman Shade  London Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, London Shade


Do I need Lining?

In one word, YES.  Lining not only gives the Roman Shade weight so that it drapes beautifully, but lining your Custom Roman Shades protects the fabric from damaging sunlight.  Selecting the appropriate lining for your room will make all the difference.

Will the shade be in a room such as a nursery or a theater room where you don’t want any light to come through?  You will need Blackout Lining.

Would you like privacy but still want some light to come through?  Select Sateen Lining.

Are your windows drafty in the winter or does the sun pour through in the summer?  Select Bump Lining to repel the heat and absorb cold.


Your Order is Complete!

And there you have it!  In just a few easy steps you can order Custom Roman Shades to properly fit your windows.  Or, if you still have questions, you can contact one of our designers and they will be happy to assist you with designing your very own Custom Roman Shades.  For more inspiration and ideas, please visit: http://www.drapestyle.com/custom-roman-shades.html
























Having Trouble Decising Between Silk Drapes or Linen Drapery?

We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes.  Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”.  Why not?  Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade.  We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta.  We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers.  After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom.  No ready made drapes here.

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle


Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen.  We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands.  These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it.  If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.


The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding





Making the Silk and Linen Custom Draepry





Always Gratefull for Wonderful Reviews from Our Clients!

As the daughter of a professional seamstress, I was at first hesitant to order custom drapes online. I was quickly won over by the speedy shipment of the sample fabrics I had ordered. The fabrics were of the highest quality and every question or concern I had was easily put to rest by the outstanding customer representatives. I ordered my first pair of double width french pleated silk curtains for my dining room. The drapes arrived beautifully wrapped and with such care that it was obvious the company took great pride in its product. The lining, stitching and detail work are all incredible. I was so reassured that I hired them again to create treatments for my study a few months later. The typical turn around time is 5-8 weeks. As the 8 week mark approached, I received notice that my fabric was still not available from the mill and I was given the option to wait for it’s arrival or change my fabric choice. I decided to wait. In the meantime, the fabric was further discounted. The representatives at DrapeStyle did not hesitate to adjust my order to my benefit. Furthermore, they expedited my order so that once the fabric arrived, it would be only a week before the drapes were in my hands. Once again, they are stunning. And so for the third time, I have placed an order with DrapeStyle to custom make drapes for my living room. I know they will be greater than I can even envision. Thank you so much, DrapeStyle, for truly providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product quality.
Melissa Bowman, MD

Betsy Ross – Drapery Seamstress

So we just returned from our summer sojourn to the East Coast.  This year we took the kids into Philadelphia for a couple of days to explore the historic sites.  We hit all of the normal stuff.  Saw Ben Franklin’s tomb, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the People in the City of Brotherly Love were pleasant and helpful.  We really had a great trip.

One of the interesting things that we learned was on the tour of Betsy Ross’s home.  Well, for one, her real name was not Betsy Ross but actually Elizabeth Griscom.  We were also happy to know that her profession was that of a Seamstress.  She repaired upholstery and made bed-linens.  Her primary job was actually making custom drapes and curtains for paying Customers in the Philadelphia area.  She was know for very high quality which is why General Washington asked her to sew the very first American Flag.  When Washington asked her to sew the flag she confided that she had never even made a flag before but he was so impressed with her sewing skills he engaged her to sew the Flag.



Introducing Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle

We are really happy to have a new line of Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle.  Mulberry Silk is simply the absolute finest quality of Silk Fabric you can buy.  This Silk is harvested from Silk Worms that have been raised in climate controlled rooms and fed nothing but a diet of pure Mulberry Leaves.  The result is the finest, softest most uniform Silk fibers available.  The fibers are so consistent that just one thread can be as long as 180 feet.

When woven into silk fabrics the long, uniform threads mean that the resulting fabrics are thick, uniform and free of almost all nubs or imperfections.  We are one of very few Manufacturers in the US that have been able to purchase the Mulberry Fabrics and we ordered them in 14 amazing exclusive Designer Colors.

Please order sample of this fabric and feel the difference for yourself.



Making Some Extra Long Drapes Today!

We’re making some really long and really wide custom drapes today for a Client in New York.  These are Linen Drapes in our Hotel Collection and they are just over 15 feet long and 9 feet wide.  These are really big drapery panels and adding the trim is not an easy task.  The trim is hand cut out of silk fabric, tacked to the linen drapes and then sewn on.  These are true Artisans at work!  Notice how she is using a straight-edge to guide the silk trim on the linen fabric.


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Extra Long Linen Drapes with Silk Trim by DrapeStyle

Amazing Seamstress’s

Our Industry is dying.  Yes, it is really dying.  We work in a creative Field of talented Men and Women who have been mastering the will of complicated machines to create works of Art for decades.  They are not making them anymore. Not making the machines and not making the Men and Women.

The amazing People who make your Drapes don’t text or Instagram.  They don’t have “Smart Phones” of Facebook Accounts.  They work in the world of Art and Science.  They take rolls of fabrics and bend and fold them.  They cut them and steam them.  Finally they sew them and fold them.  Iron them and hang them.  The end result is often “Perfection” the way so few of us get the opportunity to know.  Perfection comes from mastering a skill that very few ever can, and even fewer even try.  These Men and Women are true Artisans and Masters of a dying Craft.

So, what of our Future?  Who will take their places? Who will work these machines?  Once these machines were cutting-edge technology.  To many of us they still are.  Like the People who run them they are 2/3 iron and 1/3 fluid.  They are 100% capable.  They are 100% dependable.  And, they are beautiful work of Arts.

We are blessed to have the People we have.  They will not be here forever and there are very few who are learning their Art Form.  We make drapes of silk and linen and, in doing so, we are trying to keep an Art-form alive.

Whether you are looking for Custom Silk Drapes, Custom Linen Drapes, Extra Long Drapes or any other Custom Drapery Style, we at DrapeStyle think that we are simply the best place online to buy custom drapes.

Thank you for supporting our efforts.


Sale Pricing

We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing at DrapeStyle.  Until May 9th you can get our Signature Custom Silk Drapes at 20% Off Retail.  This is about the deepest discount that we have ever offered.  If you compare our pricing on Silk Drapes with practically any other big-box retailer or online retailer you’re not going to get a better value, period.  At these prices there really is never a reason to settle for ready-made drapes when you can have the perfect length, width and pleat style for less than ready-made prices.  We are also extending our promotion on Blackout Lining.  For a limited time, you can upgrade your drapes to Blackout Lining for only $99 per panel.  You are not going to get a better deal on custom blackout drapes than at DrapeStyle.  And, our Blackout comes from Hanes, which is the Industry Standard in quality blackout drapery linings.

Our Handwoven Silk Drapes are also discounted at 20% Off as well.  If you haven’t seen this fabric you really need to order some fabric samples as soon as possible.  The Mill does not have much of the Handwoven Silk left in stock.


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Custom Drapes On Sale at DrapeStyle



Cartridge Pleat Drapes

Yeah!  DrapeStyle has it’s very first Patent!  In the drapery business we have always just sort of done things they way they have always been done for a hundred years, but not at DrapeStyle.  When we make a Cartridge Pleat Drape we basically make a cylinder or a cone.  The inside of the cylinder is empty and just about every custom drapery manufacturer in the world will stuff that cylinder with paper or pillow-fill or something else to keep the cartridge pleat, well, shaped like a cartridge.  When you “stuff” a cartridge pleat or a goblet pleat with paper or whatever you run into a couple of problems.

The first problem is that if you crush, pinch or otherwise misshape the pleat they are not going to “bounce back”.  As a result you get pleats that are either misshapen, crooked or just not, well a cartridge pleat.

Problem number two, is that when you fill the pleat with “material” you leave little spaces in there.  Little dark spaces.  And, we know who likes little dark spaces, right?  Yes, little crawly creatures.  They like to move into cartridge pleats and build themselves little nests.  And, once they have a nest they like like to fill that nest with little baby crawly things.  Before you know it you have a little crawly thing condo happening in your drapes Cartridge Pleats.  Not at all what you had planned!

So, introduce the DrapeStyle Solution to the little crawly thing happening in your Cartridge Pleats.  The Pleat Plug.  Yes, this little device may seem innocent enough but it is the answer to colonies of little crawly guys forever.  Plus, with the new Pleat Plug Technology with your Cartridge Pleated Drapes or Goblet Pleated Drapes you now end up with perfectly formed pleats that will last the lifetime of the drape.  And, DrapeStyle gets themselves a Patent for “Drapery Technology”!!


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The Cartridge Pleat Plug by DrapeStyle!




The DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

We’re excited to introduce the new DrapeStyle Luxe Collection for 2014.  These contemporary drapes are available in 25 amazing fabrics including the Parker which features the Nautical Knot Embroidery.  Our Luxe Collection is available in any of our pleat styles including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat and Grommets.  These fabrics are in short supply so order your samples as soon as possible!

Most of the Luxe collection is comprised of Linen / Poly Blends or 100% Polyester which is wrinkle resistant and durable.  You can get an extra long drapery panel at 135 Inches long and 46 inches wide, lined and interlined in the Parker Sapphire as shown below, for under $500 per panel.  Once again DrapeStyle is proving that you can get high-end luxurious custom drapes without over-paying!  These prices are valid until May 9th.


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The Luxe Collection by DrapeStyle shown in Parker Sapphire with Parisian Pleat.



Design Delema, Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition.  Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done.  We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own.  For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows.  When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process.  Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation.  Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free.  Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths.  After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric.  If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice.  It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice.  Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission.  You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person.  If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience.  At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”.  When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction.  When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.  At DrapeStyle we only hire Sales Designers who have completed advanced classes at either Design Schools (Such as Interior Designers Institute (IDI) in Newport Beach) or a 4-year University.  We love to bring in Interns who are Students at IDI and then, after they graduate, have them come on as full-time Sales Designers.







Interior Designer Advice, Selecting Your Curtain and Drapery Fabric

I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric  for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality.  There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.

1.  Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.  You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that you will attach to the leading drapery rings.  The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric.

If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse.  Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons.  You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.

Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”.  Grom-O-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel.  There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric.

If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them hung and “dressed” by your Installer.  For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from.  You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

2.  The second major consideration is sun exposure.  How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too?  If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection.  You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined.  Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time.  You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric.  The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel.  If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want  to consider blackout lining.  Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.

Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy.  If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight.  Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive.  Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them.  This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.

3.  Outdoor Curtains and Drapery.  When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella.  Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices.  The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would.  Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.