Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom. I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does. Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.
DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China. We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others. We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.
Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made. It may make a difference to you.
We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom curtains and drapery eliminate. The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels. One of the curtains was made with blackout lining and one was made with standard privacy lining. The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon. The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic. When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality blackout lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you homes energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage. At DrapeStyle we encourage the use of blackout lining whenever the application is appropriate. It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.
Today DrapeStyle formally announced our new “Price Matching Program”. In short, DrapeStyle will not be undersold on quality custom window curtains and drapes for your home. There really has never been a better time or place to buy custom window curtains online than at DrapeStyle. You just can’t get better value, designs or quality fabrics from leading Mills like Schumacher, Rober Allen, Kravet and Fabricut just to name a few.
At DrapeStyle we have designs to suit nearly any style including Contemporary Grommet Drapery Panels, Floral Linen Pleated Drapes, Traditional Prints including Country Style Curtains and Shades. And, of course, ordering fabric samples couldn’t be easier at DrapeStyle. DrapeStyle also offers a huge variety of curtain hardware from contemporary glass and steel and
Please visit us and be sure to keep checking on THE | OUTLET where you will find discounts on overstock custom drapes at half price.
August 9, 2012 – Costa Mesa, CA; DrapeStyle, Inc. (www.DrapeStyle.com) has opened it’s new expanded Wholesale Drapery Workroom to the Interior Design Trade. The new Workroom will provide DrapeStyle with expanded production capabilities and faster delivery times to all US States and Canada. At the same time, DrapeStyle is hiring more skilled Employees in Orange County, CA.
DrapeStyle is very happy to introduce Robert Allen Fabrics + Custom Drapery to our Collection. Known for great design and reasonable prices Robert Allen has been a Designer’s fave for decades.
We are featuring some great new colorways and designs that will really lend themselves to gorgeous custom drapes. Our Staff favorites are the “Blossom” fabrics with a very classic “bird in tree” theme. We also love the “Scrolls” and “Belle Porte”. If you are looking for something a bit more simple you really can’t get any more simple than the “Simply” collection of solids in really great shades. We’ve also included a bold stripe that works great when we pleat your drapes and pattern match the fabrics.
Oh, and the best part is that they are all in 100% Cotton so they are quite reasonable and easy to care for.
When considering your next set of custom drapes, selecting the correct lining may be the most important choice you make. Designers have always had a little secret when designing custom drapes for their Clients; the lining and interlining.
“It may sound like just an insignificant part of the construction of a drape but the lining may be the most overlooked and critical part of the Designing Process”, said Christian Lee, Production Manager at DrapeStyle in California. “Most consumers who buy ready-made drapes just don’t really know what they’re missing, by adding the perfect lining we can give the Client much more value for their money when compared to imported or ready-made”, Lee Added.
So let’s explore the options and the benefits of each.
The lining is the backing fabric used in the construction of a custom drape. It is used to create more fullness and protect the fabric from the harmful effects of sunlight. “A good lining is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The cotton makes it soft to the touch and the polyester allows it to stand up to years of UV rays,” Lee said. “Use a 100% poly lining and it’s too stiff, use 100% cotton and it will disintegrate after just a couple of years,” Lee added.
Between the lining and the drape fabric is the Interlining. The interlining is sandwiched between the two fabrics. “The interlining is really where all of your options are and can make a huge difference in the value and lifespan of the drape”, Lee said. “You have great options today and there are some important considerations regarding the insulating factor of the curtain, the sound barrier performance and overall look of the product” Lee said.
“Most people are unaware that, according to the US Department of Energy about 25-30% of their homes energy is lost through their windows,” Lee added. “Installing custom drapes with a heavy-weight (6oz) cotton flannel interlining can reduce the loss of heat by 25% in the winter and also reduce heat gain in the summer by up to 33%” Lee said. When choosing an interlining material you should use a 100% cotton flannel material which will provide great insulation plus an added sound barrier.
For those who live in a frigid climate, you may also want to consider using an English Bump Interlining which is about twice the thickness of flannel interlining. As the name implies, English Bump is a traditional material that was used in the cold damp winters of England to keep homes warm. “You really have to know what you’re doing with Bump”, said Lee, “It is very heavy and difficult to properly sew but the results are amazing, it’s like wrapping a blanket around your house”.
Another common interlining is “Blackout” or “Outblack” which blocks about 99% of the sunlight from penetrating through the drape. “Blackout has never been more popular with our Clients”, said Lee. “We have always used blackout for many high-end hotels and restaurants and now consumers are asking for it for their home media rooms, bedrooms, etc.” Lee added. Blackout protects the drapery fabric and may also protect the upholstery in the room by blocking the harmful UV rays that can destroy upholstery fabric.
“There are some great options available today and when using the right fabric, lining and interlining combination you can get far more value out of custom drapes than ever before”, Lee said. “If you really do the math, buying well-made custom-drapes from the right place will often cost you less in the long-run than buying a ready-made product.”