Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Posts Tagged ‘custom linen drapes’

Is Linen The Best Fabric for Custom Drapery?

One of the most common questions were are asked when speaking to a Client about new custom made drapery is “what is the best fabric for my drapery?”.  The simple answer is that it “depends”.  Linen is, and has been becoming more and more popular for our Customers in the US and Canada.  It seems like we’ve been seeing Linen Drapery in more and more catalogs and larger Retailers like Restoration Hardware and Ethan Allen which may have added to its spike in popularity.  Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years.  In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.

Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves.  Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color.  When it comes to drapery there are a few features of Linen that are important to consider;

Linen hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles.  Over time, when used as custom drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process.  We use great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our Clients receive them.

For the most part, linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time.  Especially when exposed to direct sunlight.  Be sure to use a very high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely.

At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of Linen Drapery to choose from.  If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blended linen and poly fabric.  The Poly component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles.  Plus, our Manhattan Linens are a great value.

If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please call one of our Designers who can walk you through all of the options available.

Linen Drapes

One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling.  It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper.  The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.

First:  Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible.  We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed.  As soon as they are boxed they are shipped.  We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time.  I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck!  Once you get your drapes hung they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.

Second:  If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out.  Don’t use an iron but get your self a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water.  You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”.  It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.

Finally:  Really bad wrinkle?  You will have to break out the iron.  Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric.  Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.

We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes, we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection.  The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce or even, eliminate wrinkles.  These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester.  Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.

 

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Our Manhattan Linen Drapes are wrinkle resistant.

 

 

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.

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Custom Linen Drapery Pricing Comparison

Shopping for Linen Drapes?  We’ve done a little shopping of our own to compare pricing on custom linen drapes.  The results are attached and will give you current pricing as of May 2014.  We used some “standard sizes” as one of  the Retailers in the Study does not offer custom sizes.  Restoration Hardware offers ready-made sizes, so to be fair, we used their sizes as the basis of the comparison.

Custom Linen Drapery Price Comparison:

Drapery RetailerDrapery LengthDrapery Finished Width Drapery FabricDrapery Pleat StyleLiningDrapery Panel Price (Per Panel)
Restoration Hardware120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$455 per panel
DrapeStyle120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$387.91 per panel
The Shade Store120 inches46 InchesLinen Blend (97% Linen, 3% Cotton)French PleatPrivacy Lining$681.30 per panel

Notes:  All of the drapery panels we priced are Privacy Lined, Not Interlined.  The Shade Store only had an option for a Cotton, Linen Blend.  97% Linen and 3% Cotton.  No option for 100% Linen.

 

 

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