How to Train Your Drapes

Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.

If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.

Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.

Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.

If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.

And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.


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Still Made in the USA

DrapeStyle has been in business for over 17 years and still makes all of our custom products; drapes, Roman shades and pillows, right here in the US. Our workroom is located in Phoenix, Arizona and our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products in a timely fashion.

custom roman shades and drapes

Why do we feel it is so important to purchase goods made in the USA?

Some of the repercussions of products not made in the us includes:

  • Poor working conditions. Many times working conditions in other countries are lower than in the US.
  • Longer production times. When goods are made over seas, it takes longer for the product to reach the US
  • Poor quality control. Many times workers work on producing quantity, not quality
  • Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. 

Some of the benefits of buying in the US:

  • You’ll be keeping jobs here in America. And by creating more jobs you will be putting money back into our economy.
  • Lower Carbon Footprint: Goods shipped from overseas to America, burn fossil fuels and spew out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel. Purchasing goods made in the USA won’t have to travel as far creating a cleaner environment for generations to come.
  • Many foreign labor standards allow unsafe working conditions in many countries. When you buy made in the USA products, you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.

DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

For questions or advice, contact us and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes!


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What Does Custom Mean?

Dupioni Striped Silk in Veranda 9, Matte Nickel Grommets

What does it really mean to have something custom made? At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made to your specifications. Read on for more information.

Any length or width-really! We’ve made some of the largest drapes you’ve ever seen!

Custom means hand sewn. A real human being hand sews your drapes and Roman shades to order. No puckering, no bunching, no gaps.


The Fairmont Drape in Seashell with Pebble banding, Cartridge Pleat

Custom means that we can hide the seams. If you need a wide drape, we may have to sew a couple of pieces of fabrics together. But no worries, we will hide the seams within the pleats so you don’t even know they’re there!

No over looking mistakes. We give the drapes a once over before they are shipped out to make sure your drapes are just as you ordered them.

Schumacher fabric in Ambala Oyster

At DrapeStyle we have been making drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials, and made by a team of talented seamstresses who an average, have 25 years of experience.

Schumacher fabric in Amboise Linen Zinc

Need a little design advice? Not sure what size to order? Contact us and we would be happy to help! Because we are a small family owned business, you will talk to a real person when you call that can help you with the ordering process. We feel that the DrapeStyle way of making custom window treatments takes a little more time, cost a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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Ideas for Camouflaging Problem Windows

Do you have different sized windows in the same room? Do you have an awkward sized window? Want to give the illusion that there’s a window? Off center windows can really make decorating difficult. Here are some ideas on how to camouflage challenging windows.

Extend the drapery rods beyond the frame molding. 12 inches if you have the space. Or extend your drapery from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. This tricks the eye and you can’t tell where the windows start and stop, making you believe the window is larger than it is. This will give the illusion that your window is wider than it is.

Layer curtains and shades. By hanging shades just below the drapery rod it will make the window appear taller than it is. This layering look also makes your room look high end.

Use sturdy, thick fabrics. This will give you a high end look and the treatments won’t look skimpy. Use fabric with a vertical pattern or stripes that will draw your eye up. Fabric with a horizontal pattern or stripes will give the illusion the window is wider than it really is.

Outside mounted roman shades. By buying shades that are wider and longer than your window, will give the illusion the window is longer than it really is. And when the shade is pulled up, most of the glass will be exposed.

Need more ideas or suggestions? Feel free to contact one of our designers. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 16 years and we are great at problem solving!


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Window Covering Myths

Jeffrey Alan Marks Oceanview Shade

Drapes should be hung on the window trim

Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.

DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

Window treatments will make my home too dark

Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.

Kravet fabrics

Window coverings will block my views

Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.

You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.

Minimalistic window coverings

Window treatments are all the same

If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.

Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc

A retail chain will have the best pricing

Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.

For more information or questions, please contact us.


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DrapeStyle offers Linen Fabrics from Kravet

Did you know Linen is one of the oldest and best loved fabrics of the world?  Linen has so many outstanding characteristics it’s no wonder that it is one of DrapeStyle’s most popular fabrics for custom Draperies, Curtains and Roman Shades.Here are some facts you may not know about Linen:·

  • Linen is a top choice for fine upholstery and window treatments, table furnishings and handkerchiefs.  It can be used to make pillows, sachets, quilts, and just about anything.
  • Linen is prized for its smooth, cool texture, its strength, and its crisp, clean, stylish, and sophisticated appearance.
  • It is twice as durable as cotton, three times as durable as wool and it is grown naturally and safely without chemicals or pesticides.
  • Linen never causes allergic reactions and it is resistant to bacteria, fungus, noise, dust mites, and even radiation.

 

DrapeStyle is proud to offer several beautiful Kravet fabrics for Customizing your Draperies, Curtains, Roman Shades and Pillows.  Established in 1918, Kravet is an industry leader for the home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world.*DrapeStyle is proud to feature the following fabrics, all in 100% Linen:

The Ikat print, Bansuri, is made of 100% Linen and is available in 3 colorways:

Bansuri - Bramble     Bansuri - Iris     Bansuri - Slate

 

One of DrapeStyle’s featured designers is Thom Filicia.  From his exquisite line of fabrics, we offer Prospect: 100% Linen, ikat print, available in 2 colorways; Rattan and Shadow.

Prospect - Rattan     Prospect - Shadow

 

From the Kravet Couture collection, Fluid is 100% Linen with a beautifully embroidered pattern that you must see in person to appreciate.  Available in Mineral and Quince.

Fluid-Mineral     Fluid-Quince

 

The Riad pattern comes from the innovative Los Angeles based designer Windsor Smith.  Riad is printed on 100% linen and is available in 6 colorways.

Riad - Clove     Riad - Coconut     Riad - Dune

Riad - Ivory     Riad - Seafoam     Riad - Indigo

 

At DrapeStyle we are committed to delivering the highest quality Custom Window Treatments at the absolute best pricing and value anywhere.  If you have any questions regarding Kravet, linen fabrics, custom drapes, Roman Shades, drapery hardwarepillows or the current sale on linen drapes, please contact one of DrapeStyle’s designers and we will be happy to walk you through all of the options available.

 

*Originally posted on: http://www.kravet.com/aboutus/

Kravet Custom Drapery in Fluid Mineral.  Tie Back in Abbey Road          Custom Drapery in Kravet Banusuri Bramble with French Pleat

 
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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.

When it comes to selecting custom window treatments it is always best to call a qualified Designer or Retailer early.

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Time Trial Window Treatments Where to Get Last-Minute Coverage in Curtains

Reprinted from House and Garden Magazine.

1.  Ballard Designs

What we ordered:  84-In silk panels in Dutches Blue, lined with cotton.

Delivery:  Overnight for $18 plus standard delivery charges.

Quality:  The 2-inch flange above the rod pocket is a pretty detail.

Fast Track:  Simple and Basic.  No overnight delivery for online orders.

 

2.  Anthropologie

What we ordered:  Tuscan Rose cotton panels with valance trimmed in pom-poms.  $68 each.

Delivery:  Overnight with a $24 charge; three days $19.

Quality:  Not much in the way of frills but the price was right.

Fast Track:  Perfect for a little girls bedroom.

 

3.  DrapeStyle

What we ordered:  Pink silk taffeta panels with red edge banding, lining, interlining and French pleats, $757.

Delivery:  Our rush order arrived in one week with a $49 charge, but count on three to four weeks for fabric in stock.

Quality:  Beautifully made to order.

Fast Track:  Choose from 29 silks or 16 tasteful linens.  Plain curtains may be ordered on the web, but for fancy touches you must call.

 

4.  The Curtain Exchange

What we ordered:  Mica silk taffeta embroidered panels in taupe, $1,795

Delivery:  Grab-and-go, 80 designs at 22 stores nationwide.  Custom orders in a mere two to four weeks.

Quality:  Opulent, as you would expect for this price.

Fast Track:  Big store selection, small-store convenience, allows 48-hour trial period.

 

A review of Curtain Retailers by House and Garden Magazine

 

 
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