Pleated Drapes

When it comes to pleat options for custom drapes, there may not be anywhere that provides you with a wide selection of pleat styles than DrapeStyle.  Here are some of the “standard” drapery pleat options we offer with sketches.  Please keep in mind that these are just “standard” options.  Since we manufacturer all of our custom drapes internally, we have the ability to make any pleat style you can imagine.

Images are below but let’s give a brief description of each drapery pleat style:

  • Inverted Pleat:  The Inverted Pleat is a very clean and tailored pleat which is considered a more contemporary pleat style.  Our Inverted pleat is 4 inches in length and is available in all drapery fabrics.
  • 8-Inch Inverted Pleat:  The 8-Inch Inverted Pleat is the same as the standard inverted pleat but the actual pleat is twice as long than the standard inverted style.
  • Flat Pleat:  The Flat Pleat is the most basic custom drapery panel wherein the top, or “header” of the drapery panel is not pleated but left flat.  These panels are hung using drapery pins which are installed on the back of the panel.
  • Cartridge Pleat:  The Cartridge Pleat is somewhat “Transitional” in style meaning that it can be used in “Traditional” style homes as well as more “Contemporary” style homes.  At DrapeStyle we used a Patent Pending process to make our Cartridge Pleats wherein we fill the void in the center of the pleat with a foam insert.  The insert supports the pleat so that is maintains a uniform size and also prevents insects from “living” in the pleat of the drape.  We also offer a Goblet Pleat (not shown) which is similar to the Cartridge with a shorter and wider cartridge that looks like a wine goblet.
  • French Pleat:  The French Pleat is probably our most popular pleat style.  The French Pleat is also the most traditional and recognizable drapery pleat we offer.
  • Parisian Pleat:  Similar to the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat consists of three “fingers” that are sewn together.  On the Parisian Pleat the fingers are then “tacked” at the top of the pleat creating a “pinch”.  Because of this “pinch” the Parisian Pleat is also referred to as a “Pinch” Pleat style.
  • Grommets:  Grommet Drapery Panels are the most contemporary of our pleat styles.  We offer several options of grommet colors and sizes including those which are made for use on outdoor drapes.  All of our grommets are inserted by hand in our own Workroom.
  • Rod-Pocket:  We offer two versions of the traditional rod-pocket drapery panel.  The most basic is a simple rod-pocket where a pocket is sewn into the top of the drapery panel where the drapery rod is inserted.  We also offer a rod-pocket with flange where we leave a 2-inch portion of fabric at the top of the panel which will remain above the drapery rod.  Neither of the rod-pocket options will include drapery pins or hooks that are used to attach the panel to rings.

When it comes to selecting the right pleat for your custom drapes, there really isn’t a “correct” pleat style to choose.  Call one of our Designers and we’ll be happy to send you more images and help you select the perfect pleat for your window.

 

 

 

Lisa Sinatra


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Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

Let’s face it, you can buy your standard size typical drapery panels anywhere.  The panels, which are typically made in China are often inexpensive and the quality is “OK”.  But if you are looking for some really unique custom drapery styles in silk and linen than you really need to give one of our Designers a call. At DrapeStyle, we have dozens of unique drapery styles available online but we also will create a “one of a kind” custom drapery design just for you.  And, they often won’t cost you more than the standard sized drapery panels you will find at a Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen Store.  As a matter of fact, we can design your entire room of silk or linen drapes, Roman Shades and valances without you ever walking into a curtain or Shade Store.  If you need extra long panels, wider panels or drapery to fit an odd-shaped window, we have you covered.  You can even send us photo of the window and we can create a sketch for you to give you a visual of how your drapery and hardware will look.

 

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Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Where Designers Buy Custom Drapery

Have you ever wondered where Interior Designers buy their gorgeous and luxurious custom made drapery and Roman Shades?  Well, for over a decade Designers in the US and Canada have been buying them from DrapeStyle.  After all, that’s how DrapeStyle was began.  You see, we had an idea that if we could reduce our costs by selling directly to Designers over the Web we could sell our drapery at a lower price and still have enough profit left over to run the business.  That’s how it all started.  We have grown to be one the Nations largest online retailer of Custom Made Drapery, Roman Shades and Curtains selling to both Residential and Commercial Designers as far away as Australia.  Our drapes help to furnish some of the most majestic homes in the nation but mostly they are in homes just like yours.  Since when you buy drapes from DrapeStyle, your buying directly from the Manufacturer.  No middleman and no middleman mark-up.  Just amazing high quality drapery and Roman Shades at affordable prices.  And, because we are the manufacturer, we can make your drapes in any length, width or pleat style you can imagine.  Lining Options?  Oh, do we have lining options.  Blackout, Bump, Heavy Flannel.  Whatever lining you can imagine we have it.  We literally have dozens of lining options to choose from.

Now, for the best part.  We also give plenty of free advice from real Designers, not Sale People.  Our Designers do not work on commissions so there is no pressure.  Just good advice and a genuine concern for making your you love your drapes as much as we did making them.  Keep in mind that if you don’t see exactly what your looking for on our Website, please call one of our Designers for help.

 

 

 


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The Growing Trend of Motorization for Custom Drapery

We are really seeing more interest in providing “motorization” to our Clients. At DrapeStyle we have experience with complex motorization projects which we offer to our local Clients in Southern California.

To begin lets discuss what exactly is custom drapery motorization? Almost everyone has seen the movie where the owner of a mansion pushes a button to have her drapery slide open to reveal an incredible view of the ocean. Or, push a button in a home theater to darken the room in the middle of the afternoon to enjoy a movie. This is drapery motorization. When we motorize drapes we are adding an electronic engine to the hardware to automatically open and close the drapes.

There are several types of motors and hardware systems available and the prices of those systems are really becoming more affordable to the average homeowner. With the most basic system you can purchase a track with a battery powered motor that does not require any wiring and is operated by a simple remote control. These systems are available from manufacturers like Somfy and start at just in the couple-hundred dollar range. The limitations of these systems will require that the weight of the drapery to be within the requirements of the system. These systems are also available for Roman Shades and Roller Shades as well.

More complex motorization systems will require that a Contractor / Electrician hard-wire the system into your home. These systems will generally be part of a “whole-home automation” package where lights and drapery or shades are all integrated into a system that controls the homes lights, audio and other electronics. Fully integrated installations are often installed as part of new home construction or a major remodel due to the extensive internal wiring and installation.

If you are looking for a hybrid system there are plenty of options available that will require some wiring to be completed by a Contractor or Electrician without major demolition or remodeling. In a typical drapery motorization project, our DrapeStyle Installer will coordinate and in many cases recommend a contractor who can facilitate the wiring while our installer manages the installation of the drapery, shades and tracks.

For more information on drapery motorization please contact a DrapeStyle Designer at 800-760-8257


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Using Roman Shades in Conjunction with Custom Drapes

Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.

Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!

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Custom Drapes and Roman Shades used to create a great window treatment together.

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DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction

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DrapeStyle Awarded “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction On Houzz.com

DrapeStyle celebrates their award for Outstanding Client Satisfaction from the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz.com.

COSTA MESA, CA (March 6, 2014) – Enjoying the benefits of their company’s attention to detail DrapeStyle in Costa Mesa, California celebrates their recent Outstanding Client Satisfaction award from Houzz.com. Lauded as the largest residential design database in the world Houzz gave the coveted “Best of Houzz Custom Drapes” award to DrapeStyle in January. Giving the highest level award for client satisfaction the home remodeling site has to offer, the Houzz community weighed in with a resounding vote. Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle said of the award, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Houzz in any regard. However to be recognized by the site’s community for something we pride ourselves in well, we just couldn’t be happier.”

Always pleased by well-deserved recognition DrapeStyle has also been featured in popular publications such as Southern Living, House & Garden, Veranda and The Nest. Described by House & Garden as “Beautifully Made to Order”, DrapeStyle’s designs resonate with a wide section of the marketplace. Understandably so given their commitment to making every order, regardless of the handiwork involved, in their own California studio. Providing hundreds of exclusive handmade fabrics from North America, Europe and India the window treatment manufacturer makes custom drapery and curtains for indoor or outdoor use as well as Roman shades. Additionally, DrapeStyle offers custom pillows in myriad designs and colors.

Staying true to the customer service commitment DrapeStyle makes it simple for clients in specific markets to shop for window treatments from home. The “Shop at Home Consultation” program offers clients a design professional that will walk them through fabric, texture and color selections all complimentary to their home or office. Catering further to their clientele DrapeStyle offers a manufacturing and workmanship guarantee.

About DrapeStyle:

DrapeStyle is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of designer quality custom made drapery, curtains and Roman shades. The company is available for in-home consultations in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as well as Central New Jersey, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The custom drapery manufacturer sells to home owners and designers in the US and Canada.

For more information visit www.DrapeStyle.com. To read about the “Best of Houzz” award click on http://www.houzz.com/pro/drapestyle/drapestyle.


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Shopping at Home Expanding!

We’ve received some really great feedback from our Shop at Home Drapery Services in Southern California so, away we go. So far we have added Northern California (the Bay Area) as well as Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chicago. We will continue to add more Markets as we find great Designers to partner with.

If you are not familiar with our Shop at Home Services here is a quick recap. At DrapeStyle we work with very talented Interior Designers all over the US and Canada. Some of them ‘specialize’ in Window Treatments while others are either generalists or have other specialties. We have asked those who have an interest or specialty in drapery to see if they have an interest in partnering with DrapeStyle for our Shop at Home Program. It’s really a win-win-win relationship as we are able to service more Clients and our Designers get to meet more new Customers as well. I think the biggest winner is the Customer who can shop for their Window Treatments in the comfort of their own home with a talented Designer. I stress “Designer” because these are not your typical “Sales Person” but an actual trained Interior Designer who has experience in all facets of Design.

In addition to our Shop at Home Services we are also currently looking at some great new Showroom Locations to be opened this Spring. We are currently looking in Central / Northern New Jersey primarily the Parsippany Rt 22 Corridor. In addition to New Jersey we are also looking in the Chicago Suburbs.

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DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

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.

Thanks as always.

 

DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California
DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California

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Amazing Blackout Custom Curtains and Drapery

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.

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes
A good comparison of blackout lined curtains vs. normal lining

 


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DrapeStyle is Simply the best place to buy Window Curtains Online

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.

 

 

 


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DrapeStyle Opens Wholesale Drapery Workroom

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.

For more information please visit DrapeStyle at www.DrapeStyle.com


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DrapeStyle Welcomes Robert Allen to our Collection!

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.

Keep checking back for more new options soon!

Robert Allen Custom Drapery at DrapeStyle
Robert Allen Custom Drapery at DrapeStyle


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How to Choose the Correct Lining for Custom Drapes

Choosing Drapery Lining
Choosing Drapery Lining

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.”


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