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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?”

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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.


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!


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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:



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.

living room drapes that puddle on the floor



Silk Drapes on Sale

It is really incredible how much the costs are increasing for Silk Fabrics we import from India.  In the last month they have increase around 15% and they are up over 35% for the year.  We are doing our very best to keep the prices of our Silk Drapes as low as possible but if you are looking for Silk Drapes Online you should really hurry.  When our current sale pricing expires we are going to have to increase our prices on our Dupioni and Taffeta Silk Drapery.

From what our Suppliers are telling us the increase in Silk Fabric Prices are increasing due to a lower than normal harvest of raw silk which usually comes from China, where most of the Worlds Raw Silk Production comes from.

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.


Silk Drapes

One of the most common questions that we get at DrapeStyle is about our different silk fabrics.  We offer three types of silk, all of which are perfect for making beautiful silk drape but each have slightly different characteristics.  All of our Silks are 100% natural silk fabrics.  They do not contain polyester or other fibers that are often woven into silk.  When Polyester is woven into Silk it obviously reduces the purity of the silk and ultimately it’s value.  On occasion we will offer a “Silk / Linen Blend” where fibers of silk and linen are blended together.  These are fairly common fabrics and have some very unique qualities that many Designers like.  For now, we are just going to describe our two primary silk fabrics.

Silk Fabrics are woven from raw silk that is produced from silk worms.  The vast majority of raw silk production comes from China where they have been harvesting raw silk for thousands of years.  About 200 years ago some raw silk production began to migrate to Thailand.  Thailand is now a fairly large supplier of Raw Silk to the Global Markets and is considered to be “decent” quality.  Most of Thailand’s premium quality silk stays within its own Country where it is used for silk textiles, primarily clothing.

Most experts would agree that the finest Raw Silk in the World is still produced in China.  Once the raw silk is produced, however, it is shipped to India to be woven into fabrics.  Although China is the World Leader in Raw Silk Production, they do not weave very much silk fabric at all.

When India receives that Raw Silk from China it is graded and then woven into a variety of Silk Fabric types:

Dupioni Silk Fabric:  Dupioni Fabric is a bit less refined than Taffeta Silk and is used word-wide in textile manufacturing.  The Dupioni Fabric can either be hand-woven or machine-woven and is distinguished from it’s close relative Taffeta Silk by the signature “Slubs” which are present on the fabric.  These Slubs are just the natural build-up of raw silk that is present when the raw silk is spun into silk thread.  When silk thread is destined to be woven into Dupioni Fabric than the Slubs are left in the thread which is then woven into fabric.  The result is a fabric with numerous bumps created by the slubs.  Silk Dupioni is used in garment production all over the world and is the primary fabric used in home furnishings including upholstery and, of course, silk drapes.

Taffeta Silk Fabric:  The primary difference between Dupioni and Taffeta fabric is that the Slubs are removed prior to the fabric being woven.  The extra step of production takes the raw silk thread and refines it removing all of the slubs so that all of the thread is uniform in thickness and quality.  This extra step also gives the thread more sheen and makes it a bit stiffer than Dupioni.  When the Taffeta Thread is woven into Taffeta Fabric the result is a cleaner and crisper fabric with a higher sheen.  Because Taffeta goes through more “processing” it also generally costs about 20% more than Dupioni.  Silk Taffeta is very often used for the manufacturing of wedding dresses as well as home furnishings.  Because of the sheen and texture of Taffeta it is also a very popular choice for making Taffeta Silk Drapes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

dupioni silk fabric

You can see the small Slubs in the Dupioni Silk Fabric

silk taffeta

Silk Taffeta is a Smoother Fabric with fewer natural flaws and Slubs.




Hand-Woven Silk Matka

Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of Silk Drapery Fabrics we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of Silk are Dupioni, Taffeta and Hand-Woven, also known as Matka.  All of our Silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.  Silk Dupioni is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture.  The natural texture and slubs in the Dupioni yarn give it a slightly less formal look, which makes it a timeless choice for any Decor.  Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave.  Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style.  DrapeStyle’ s  European influenced, 100%  Hand-Woven Silk Collection is the new look of Silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of Silk and the natural texture of Linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers.

silk matka drapes

Hand-Woven Silk Matka Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle


The Weave of Silk Matka makes the fabric perfect for extra long drapes and Roman Shades.  Silk Matka is resistant to stretching, if you need longer drapes like 125 inch custom drapes, 126 inch custom drapes, 127 inch custom drapes or even longer than Matka may be a good option for you.  Call one of our Designers and let us help you determine your perfect length, width and pleat style.





Silk Drapery Construction

More goes into making a high-quality Custom Silk Drape than you may think.  Here are some of the quality construction elements of why our custom silk drapes have been Designers favorites for over a decade.  These are the drapes that House and Garden Called “Beautifully Made to Order”.



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Quality Construction Features of our Custom Silk Drapes


A: 100% Brass Grommets: Grommets are one of the most popular Pleat Styles for Silk Drapes. At DrapeStyle, we only use high-quality 100% Brass Grommets on all of our drapery. Brass Grommets will resist corrosion and will not discolor the drapery fabric. Our Grommets are also powder-coated (when a color is selected) which is much more resistant to peeling and chipping than paint. Finally, we hand-press each Grommet into the drapery panel. Hand-Pressing helps us to protect our fabrics from pulls, tears and “puckering” that are very common with “machine-pressed” Grommets.

B: 1-1/2 Inch Double Side-Hems: At DrapeStyle, all of our drapes are made with Double Side-Hems. Double Side-Hems really define “Custom” are are typically never seen in “store-bought” drapery. When making our side hems we use double the material, including linings and interlinings to create a very thick and heavy edge for the drapery panel. Making double side-hems uses twice the fabric than single side-hems but are one of the defining characteristics of High Quality Custom Silk Drapes.

C: 100% Indian Silk: We import all of our Silk Fabrics directly from India, many of which, are exclusive to DrapeStyle. India is the indisputable leader in weaving premium Silk Fabrics used in textiles worldwide. In fact, India has been weaving silk fabrics for literally thousands of years. At DrapeStyle we use Indian Silk exclusively, and never use lower quality (although cheaper) Thai Silk or any other inferior silk fabrics. Before we make your drapes we inspect the fabric by unrolling it in front of a back-light which shines through the material showing the fabrics flaws. Unacceptable flaws in the fabrics are rejected.

D: 4″ Double Bottom-Hem: Like our Double Side-Hems, we also use a 4″ Double Bottom-Hem on all of our silk drapes. Using a double-thick Bottom-Hem gives the drapery panel more fullness and allows it to “puddle” on the floor with more weight and thickness. Interior Designers and Decorators who know custom drapes would never specify anything other than a Double Bottom Hem.

E: Bottom Weights: We sew-in steel weights to the bottom corners of all of our custom silk drapes unless instructed otherwise. These weights are unique to “custom drapes” and are absolutely critical to the appearance of a well-made drape. The bottom-weights make the drapery panel hang straight and uniform and keep them from blowing in the slightest breeze. If you want “lighter” drapes that will blow more easily in the wind you can ask that we do not install the bottom weights.

Christian Sinatra

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

Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

A frequent Designer Dilemma is how to be sure that delicate and expensive fabrics are protected from the damaging UV Rays of the Sun.  We are frequently asked by our Clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes, they will.  We have Clients who purchase luxurious blue silk drapes, yellow silk drapes or our deep red silk drapes and are understandably concerned about fading of the rich colors in the fabrics.  The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight.  If possible we always suggest “blackout” lining as the blackout material is comprised of a sythetic membrane that is almost 100% inpenatrable from the sun.  Blackout lining is the best way to protect you silk drapes, or any drapery fabrics from fading.  In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets from fading as well.  Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves.  Most of the better Interior Decorators will almost always suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their Clients.  They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset Client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

The Simple White Silk Drape

When we look at all of the custom drapery style that we make and sell everyday here at DrapeStyle we make some observations.  One truth that we see year-after-year in our business, as interior design trends change, is that there are a few styles that endure.  Think of them as the short black cocktail dress of fashion.  In Drapery, one of the classic styles that is a cornerstone of interior design is the classic white silk drapes that we make month after month.  It just seems that in any length, width or pleat style, the simple white silk drapes seem to compliment any interior.  We make them for Homeowners, Designers and even hotels and restaurants.  You just can’t go wrong with classic elegance and versatility.  White is always a “Designers best friend”.  It may often seem to be the “safe choice” but often times it is the best choice.  It has certainly proven itself to be an enduring classic for many, many years.

Oh, you may also want to try them paired with Sheers, Roman Shades, Roller Shades or even Shutters!


White Silk Drapes

The Classic White Silk Drapery