What You Need To Know About Rod Pocket Curtains

The most classic and common of all methods of hanging curtains, a rod pocket is a sewn-in pocket, or casing, at the top of a curtain panel that easily slips over a rod and conceals it. 

Curtain panels hung this way bunch nicely and have a simple, casual look. All of DrapeStyle’s curtain panels can be hung using this method, and you don’t need any additional pieces or hardware (aside from your rod and finials) to make this look work.

One thing to consider is how often you’ll want to open and close your panels. For curtains you will be opening and closing a lot, you may want to consider another pleat style, as rod pockets tend to be a little stubborn to adjust as the fabric rests directly on the curtain rod. And if your curtains are very long, you may not be able to reach the top of the curtain to open and close them.


Rod Pockets work well with layered window coverings. Valances hung above the curtain hide the rod even when the curtain is open. Sheers can be mounted under the main panels. Casement curtains are often used on French doors and sidelights. Rods slip through casements at the top and bottom of the panels so that the curtains can be secured to the top and bottom of a window. Sheers are often used for this window treatment, providing privacy while allowing light to come through.   


DrapeStyle constructs a 3″ rod pocket as our standard. Since we are a custom workroom, let us know if you need something made a little differently. In our experience, the 3″ rod pocket is a pretty standard size as most customers will use a round 1″ or 1 1/2″ diameter curtain rod. A 3” rod pocket should be used on a standard 2 1/2” continental or dauphine rod or on a decorative rod up to 1 1/2″. By selecting the rod pocket as your pleat style, you won’t need to purchase curtain rings, saving you a bit of money.

Stylish and classic, DrapeStyle’s rod pocket curtains will look beautiful in your home for years to come.


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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be good to share some ideas on how to be more energy efficient. There are many things you can do to help make your home more energy efficient. Including our favorite, use interlined draperies in your home to keep the cold and heat out! Read on for more ideas that will help you save money in both the winter and summer months:

Get rid of energy vampires: cell phone chargers, electric toothbrushes, and other appliances still consume electricity even if they are not in use or turned off. By plugging them in just when they need to be used, you can save on average 6-8% of electricity, which accounts for an overall amount of $7 billion nationwide.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs: in 2014, manufacturers stopped producing 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs (100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out). But we’re not doomed to live in the dark. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient than your old incandescent bulbs. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.

Reverse your ceiling fan in winter: ceiling fans are more energy efficient than air conditioners, so if you can make the switch, do so. Secondly, ceiling fans can help keep your home warmer in the winter by simple reversing the fan’s direction to spin clockwise. In doing so, you’ll push the hot air downwards so that any heating that rises will be evenly distributed throughout your home.

Add Insulation to Your Attic: adding insulation to your attic can help seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. The amount of insulation needed to cover your attic depends on your home’s size and the climate in your region, but you will recoup your money in a couple of years.

Wash your clothes with warm or cold water: 90% of the electricity consumed by your washer is used to heat up water. The next time you put a load in, make sure that you use soap that can be used with cold or warm water and adjust the settings.

Switch to low flow showers heads: the average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, but changing them with low flow options you can reduce your consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute or less.

Buy Energy Star Products: Energy Star products, such as refrigerators, televisions, stoves, washers and air conditioners, meet energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. If you plan to replace an appliance soon, consider getting an Energy Star-certified product.

Window treatments & rugs insulate your home: window treatments and rugs can be strategically used to maintain your home’s temperature. In the winter draw your drapes or shades at night to block out the cold air and keep the warmth in. Interlining your window coverings can add added insulation properties. Contact us for more information on this.


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Drapery Seams Happen

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Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched

 

 

 

 

Seams happen.

But that’s ok, we can deal with seams beautifully and make it so you don’t even know they’re there and still create beautiful custom drapes.

 

 

Most of our fabrics start out at 54″. Then once you start sewing the pleats and side hems, the solid colored fabric will measure 26″ wide at the top of the drape when completed. This is 1 “width” of fabric. This is fine if your custom drapes are going to be decorative, meaning that they will be stationary and you don’t plan on opening and closing them. But what if you have a wide window or your need to  close your drapes? Then we start to sew together “widths” of fabric to meet your specifications.  If you need a drape that is 80″ wide, you would order a 3 width drape. And our seamstresses are so talented, that they will hide the seams in the back of the pleats so that you don’t see them. This goes for patterns and striped fabrics too. Check out our measuring guide for more information.

How to cut fabric when matching a pattern
How to cut fabric when matching a pattern

Seams for Roman shades will be a little more obvious, but we have a solution for that too. We order enough fabric so that we can match up the pattern on all of your Roman shades. Does everyone do that? Not really, which is why you should do your homework before purchasing custom window treatments.

Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade
Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade

Flat Roman SHade, Stripes are pattern matched
Flat Roman Shade, stripes are pattern matched

 

Seams can’t really be avoided but they can look good. Your custom made drapes should have details like bottom weights, drapery pins, double bottom hems and headers and premium linings.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, French pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware
Striped Silk Veranda 3, French Pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our products are made from the highest quality materials right here in the USA. For more information or questions, please contact us.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, Inverted Pleat, Classic Iron Hardware

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Outdoor Decorating with Performance Fabrics

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It’s starting to warm up (finally!) and I think just about everyone experienced a colder than usual winter this year and we’re all looking forward to warmer days!

And as the weather gets warmer, we will start to venture outside. So, if your outdoor space ready for Spring? Do you need to freshen up your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillows?

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DrapeStyle has a large selection of performance fabrics to brighten your outdoor space and provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun. And as always, you can customize your outdoor drapes to your specifications.

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Sunbrella

The undisputed king of the outdoor textile industry, Sunbrella brings the same great qualities as their marine offerings to your home with their vast selection of high-quality upholstery fabrics. These 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics won’t visibly fade, making them perfect for sunrooms and south-facing windows, which receive the most sunlight throughout the day. Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are indoor/outdoor fabrics, so they’ll look just as great on your porch or patio as in your living room. They’re also stain resistant and easy to clean if you have messy kids or pets to consider.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk’s outdoor fabrics for Schumacher are bold, vibrant and dramatic. The color palettes used in her abstract and geometric designs are clearly influenced by her work as a modernist fashion designer in Southern California. Trina Turk has an incredible selection of colorful outdoor fabrics, ideal for upholstery fabrics and drapery fabrics. Whether you use the fabric for upholstery, drapery, or outdoor cushions, it is destined to be a great accent. Her geometric fabrics are a best-seller and have definitely landed her a place on our list of favorite designers!

 

Visit our outdoor drapery page or outdoor pillow page for ideas and available patterns of performance fabrics. Need a little help? We’re here to help you design your custom dream drapes, pillows and Roman shades. And since they’re custom made, you decide the length, width and details, all made right here in the USA.


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Decorating Tiny Spaces

Decorating Tiny Spaces

When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a 600 square foot apartment. It was just north of Los Angeles and it was all we could afford. But it was newly built, in a great neighborhood, somewhat cozy and I tried to make it as stylish as I could, with lots of hand me down furniture. We definitely had to make the most of our small living space and made use of every inch we had.

Streamline Your Space

What do you really need? When you are starting out in your first home, this may not be a problem because you may not have much. But if you are down sizing, ask yourself what is really essential? Do you really need three crock pots or two vacuum cleaners?

Use Visible Storage

Use bookcases, the back of doors, shelving under coffee tables. Bookcases can store items other than books, the back of doors can store jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Consider furniture that can be used for double duty; ottomans that you can store blankets in, coffee tables that offer storage or a bottom shelf to store books and remotes. Make the most of vertical spaces, think about going up. by utilizing shelving, bookcases, and cabinets.

Create Open Spaces

Open shelving, coffee tables, bookcases and create an open airy feel even when you have utilized these spaces for storing essentials. Mirrors, see through acrylic furniture, and shiny surfaces will make spaces look larger.

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I used to have an assortment of mismatched furniture. I painted it all black to create a more cohesive look and accented it with a deep forest green color. Choose one accent color to keep things simple and effortless.

Keep walls neutral and light to create a larger looking space. Hang draperies high and wide, this will allow the eye to move up and make the brain think the windows and rooms, are larger than they really are. Keep fabrics light to allow more natural light to really open up the space.

Use decorative containers to hide clutter or store essentials. Baskets, bowls and pretty boxes can be used to store personal items.


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Draperies with Grommets

Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.

Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:

Will your drapery be “functional”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.

You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring.  The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.

 

 

We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.

 

Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.

If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.

Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.


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What is Drapery Stack Back?

Dupioni Silk Drapes
Dupioni Silk Drapes in French Blue

Stack Back is a term most designers know and use when I am helping them with a window project. But it is important for our retail customers to know about this term as well.

Stack Back is essentially the amount of space that a drape will take up when it is pushed opened. To make it easy, we usually calculate Stack Back as 25% of the width of the drape for French, Flat Panels and Parisian pleated drapes. For Inverted and Cartridge pleated drapes, figure 28%.

Solid Linen Drapes in Leather, French Pleat

This can be important if you are limited on wall space on the sides of your window or if you would like your drapes to completely “stack off the glass”. Meaning, that if you do not want to obstruct your view when your drapes are drawn open, you want the drapes to stack off the glass. This may also be important if your drapes are covering a door that you will need to open and close. You will want to make sure the drapes completely stack off the glass.

Stack Back will also help you determine how long your drapery rod should be. If you would like your drapes to stack off the glass, you will want to make sure that the drapery rod is long enough to accomodate the drape’s Stack Back. Stack Back can also give your windows the illusion that they are taller and wider than they really are, which makes your room look larger.

Custom Linen Drapes with Banding
Custom Linen Drapes with Banding

Remember to think about the whole design. And if you have questions, we’re here to help, just contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.
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Why Does DrapeStyle Sell Drapes Separately?

Why does DrapeStyle sell drapes separately? We get this question quite often and the simple answer is that every window and every home has different needs. The next questions I usually get is, “Do people really buy just one drape?”. Yes they do.

Most of the time our customers will purchase a pair of drapes. If you would like a pair of drapes, be sure that your quantity is “2” when you are ordering online. But what if you have a sliding glass door? Because we have the ability to make any width or length drape, we can make you one drape for the sliding glass door. Maybe your sliding glass door opens on one side. Maybe you don’t have any room on the side of your door to put another drape. If this is your situation, you may want to consider purchasing a traverse track to make is easier to open and close your drape.

What if you have windows on either side of your fireplace? Not a problem, we would essentially make a pair of drapes, but you would only need to put one drape on each window.

In a similar situation, you may only have room for one drape on either side of your bed. Order a pair of drapes, the same size but only hang one drape on each window.

 

Needing decorative drapes for a wall of windows? We can do that too. You may need an odd number of decorative drapes to separate your windows and we can absolutely make these for your specifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a unique situation? Contact us and we would be happy to help you figure out a solution for your window treatments. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we have experienced just about every situation. All of our drapes are handmade from the highest quality materials by the most talented seamstresses right here in Phenix, Arizona. The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think its worth it and we think you’ll be pleased.
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Window Dressing On A Budget

Love the way custom drapes look but looking for a more cost effective to achieve that look? Here are a few tips to keep the cost of your drapery down.

A drape made with patterned fabric may cost more than a plain fabric, because you have to buy extra material just to match patterns across the seams. The bigger the pattern repeat, the more waste there is, and there really isn’t anything you can do about it. To keep costs down, look for a plain cotton or linen, or something with a very small pattern repeat.

 

Did you fall in love with the most expensive fabric?  If privacy isn’t an issue or you find that you can purchase inexpensive shades to achieve privacy, you can use the drapes as an accent. Purchase smaller side panels, pillows and tie backs in your favorite fabric and you will still be able to enjoy that pattern you love.

 

It’s always best to use generous amounts of an inexpensive fabric in drapes to get the best bang for your buck. Love the look of silk? Maybe you can find a polyester that has a similar look and feel for less money.

Purchase ready made curtains and have a custom detail added to them like additional banding, a trim on the leading edge.

To stay within budget, look for discontinued fabrics or shop at outlets stores to find lower prices on fabric for your drapes.

Consider installing the drapes yourself. With detailed instructions it really isn’t too difficult to hang drapery hardware and drapes.

Think about purchasing drapes as an investment. Purchasing drapes with energy saving interlining and linings can help lower the costs of your energy bill.

Contact DrapeStyle for more information on draperies, pillows or Roman shades. We have been in business for over 15 years and our trained consultants can help you design your dream drapes. Right here in the USA.


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What Pleat Style Do I Choose?

We are often asked by our customers, “Which pleat style do I choose?”. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.

What is the style of your room? Is it modern/contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?

How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?

Will the drapes be functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just framing your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our seven options is easy.

Rod Pocket-typically used in traditional spaces, this pleat style is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily. Keep this in mind especially is your drapes are long, you may not be able to reach them in order to move them.

Flat Panel (no pleats)– flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. This style will need to be dressed down to get an even fullness.

 

Grommet-clean and uniform by design, Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes and diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.

Inverted-if you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body, the Inverted pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but looses the lines as it falls towards the floor. This works with modern and transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.

Cartridge-the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of the flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drapes. This look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.

 

French Pleat (Pinch Pleat)-the French pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the three-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open and close this requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.

Parisian Pleat-a twist on the traditional French pleat, the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French pleat with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for modern or transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.

Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice. But if you need a little advice, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and everything is still made in the USA.


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Do You Have “Sticky” Drapery Rods?

Even if your wooden drapery rods work perfectly to start with, they can begin to stick after a few years, making pulling the curtains a frustrating operation!

There are several reasons for this:

  • The original paint or varnish finish on the rod can wear and roughen with use across the top.
  • An accumulation of household dust on the top of the rod can dry out the wood and makes it slightly ‘sticky’.
  • Changes of humidity can open out the wood grain a little and also cause the rings and rod to catch on each other.
  • If you have a telescoping rod, curtains may get stuck every time you draw them open or closed. The rings will catch on the transition between the two rods.
  • Height is a factor. The longer the drapes, the more weight you have to pull. Are your drapes lined and interlined? The added weight may be making the drapes harder to draw.

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But not to worry, there are some easy fixes:

  • Purchase curtain slide tape that adheres to the top of your drapery rod. The tape allows the rings to slide easily. In most cases your drapery rod is high enough and you won’t see the tape.
  • Purchase wands or batons can help draw your drapes. Attaching a wand or baton to the first drapery ring will allow you to pull your drapes more easily.
  • Consider a traverse rod to help with heavy draperies. Traverse rods are perfect for heavier draperies and DrapeStyle offers a variety traverse hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about drapery hardware DrapeStyle would be happy to answer them for you. We have been in business for over 15 years and we love helping our customers design their dream drapes. And everything is still made right here in the USA. For more information please contact us.


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Order Your Outdoor Drapery Now!

 

It’s the middle of February and half of the country is enduring ice-cold temperatures. The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”. So, lets all change the conversation! Let’s start looking forward to spring! Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.

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So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle.  We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows. Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered. Our designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.

Retailers such as Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware offer outdoor drapery with grommets. But what if you would like a different pleat style? These stores only offer outdoor draperies in 50″ widths. What if you need your drapes wider (or smaller) than 50″? When you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American made custom drapes at the exact width, length and pleat style you need.

We’ll need approximately six weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered the first part of April. Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs’ arrival!

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Need a little advice? Need a little help figuring out your drapery measurements? Contact us, we are happy to help.

 

 
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Houzz Awards-DrapeStyle Awarded Best of Houzz 2019

 

 

Best of Houzz 2019 – Client Satisfaction

This professional was rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

 

DrapeStyle is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service for the sixth year in a row! We are so thankful for our customers like you that made this possible.

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Candice Olson Fabrics

Houzz, Inc., the home renovation and design platform, recently announced its community’s picks for Best of Houzz 2019.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” says Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

The badge is awarded in three categories: design, customer service and photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users of Houzz.

Service awards are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the photography award.

The winners’ profiles will feature the 2019 badge to help homeowners identify top-rated professionals on Houzz.

Candice Olson Fabrics
Candice Olson Fabrics

For more information or to read our reviews please visit our Houzz page.

At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, curtains, pillows and Roman shades available anywhere since 2002. Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer. After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, valances and Roman shades for over a decade. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

The DrapeStyle Team
The DrapeStyle Team

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We Set High Production Standards

You’ve decided on having custom drapes made. What makes DrapeStyle different from other retailers?

DrapeStyle’s online business has been around for 15 years. The small business owner has owned her local workroom for over 35 years.

Read our reviews. We have had thousands of satisfied customers and many of them have shared their experiences: https://www.drapestyle.com/houzz-custom-drapes.html

DrapeStyle sets high production standards.

We still believe in hand making each order. From the time your order enters production, your fabric will be cut by hand, patterns and stripes will be matched and even the DrapeStyle tag is hand sewn for a professional, finished look.

Small details like these make all the difference:

  • Blind stitching
  • Drapery pins installed
  • Bottom weights on all drapes, indoor and out
  • Metal grommets are used instead of plastic grommets
  • All seams and hems are sewn-not glued together
  • We color match the thread to the fabric instead of using a clear nylon monofilament
  • If you order pleated drapes over 25″ wide, there will be seams.  However, we hide the seams towards the back of the pleats so it is not visible
  • Made in the USA-we are located in Phoenix, Arizona

And real, live, people answer the phone to help you with your window treatment project. We are here to help! Contact us for more information about DrapeStyle, fabric samples or just when you need a little advice.

DrapeStyle’s high production standards when making custom drapes takes little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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Are Linen Drapes a Durable Choice?

 

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One of the most common questions I am asked about custom made drapery is “What is the best fabric for my drapery?”. The simple answer is that it “depends”. Linen is becoming more and more popular for our customers in the US and Canada. It seems like we have been seeing linen drapery in more and more catalogs and large retail locations 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.

Estate Linen Drape with Banding

Estate Linen Drape with Banding

 

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

Manhattan Linen Blended Drape

Linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to use a high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely. It is for this reason that DrapeStyle’s linen drapes include Hanes high-quality white sateen lining at no extra cost.

Linen comes from the flax plant and because of this, it is sustainable. Every part of the flax plant is used, it is resilient, it can grow in poor soil conditions, and it needs less water than cotton to grow.

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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 blend of linen and polyester fabric. The polyester component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles. Vern Yip’s Napa fabric is also an excellent choice for a linen blended fabric. Both blended linens are a great value.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from the highest quality materials and handmade to your specifications. If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please contact us and we can walk you through all of the options available.

Amboise Linen Roman Shade

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Why Line Your Curtains?

Curtain linings may seem an unnecessary expense, but there’s more to curtain linings than you might think. Here are five good reasons why it’s a good idea to use them in your next curtain project.

Silk and Linen Drapes

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Sheer Linen Ivory Drapes

 

1     Windows, particularly windows without double glazing, are areas of great heat loss. Lining your curtains adds an extra layer, and increases the insulation. Thicker curtains will also insulate a room from noise outside, absorb sound, and make a room feel cosier.

2     Adding a lining to curtains will help keep out more light, especially if you use a blackout lining. This is a lining which has had a coating applied which blocks the pores in the weave which normally allow the light to pass through, so no light passes through the fabric itself. Look for a blackout lining which retains its soft characteristics and isn’t stiff and plasticky. Note that blackout lining on it’s own will not block all the light from a window – some will creep around the edges of a curtain or blind. It’s very difficult to actually blackout a room completely! But blackout lining will certainly help get a child off to sleep.

Privacy Lining vs. Blackout Lining

3   Linings also protect your beautiful curtain fabric from fading. The light from south and west facing windows is particularly damaging to fabrics.

    Add designer style to a window treatment with colored linings. Some of the most glamorous interior decorator- styled curtains use an alternative fabric, such as a coordinating check or stripe, as a lining, so the curtains look great front or back. Get the look without expense by using a colored sateen lining – most suppliers have a range of colors as well as the standard cream and white. DrapeStyle’s standard lining is white but ask us about other colors available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5     Finally, curtain linings are not just functional, they add to the aesthetics of your curtain project. Just a simple lining will make your expensive face fabric drape better, and look fuller and more glamorous.

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Marimekko-Finnish Design House

One of my favorite design houses is Marimekko. I recently had the pleasure of visiting New York City and made a stop at the Marimekko flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Read more on this incredible design house that has been around for so many years.

 

It all began in 1949

Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinki-based textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex.

One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex.

A lot of admirers but no buyers – how do you use such unusual fabrics?

Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with color, style and exceptional patterns! The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen were literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, on 25 May 1951. The following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. What Vuokko did for Finnish women can be equivalent to what Coco did for French women; one should be able to move freely in one’s clothes. Alongside her radical loose-fitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern.

Jacqueline Kennedy purchased seven Marimekko dresses in Massachusetts and wore one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960, increasing popularity in the United States.

Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living.

Today

Marimekko’s global expansion has been in full swing in the ’10s. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney, and several new markets haven been opened up in Asia.

Marimekko fashion has been prominently showcased in the international arena. The Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Copenhagen Fashion Weeks have all seen premiere presentations of Marimekko collections. A true never-before-seen event was Marimekko’s fashion show in collaboration with the world-renowned Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai’s People’s Park in 2012.

Among new additions to the team of fashion designers are award-winning Satu Maaranen and Teemu Muurimäki whose Unikko (poppy) dresses created in celebration of the iconic pattern’s 50th anniversary were featured in a number of international fashion magazines.

Design collaboration with two famed international brands, Converse and Banana Republic, brought Marimekko high global visibility. In 2012, Marimekko and Finnair began a unique partnership: two Unikko-patterned aircraft fly from Helsinki to Finnair’s long-haul destinations, and passengers on all Finnair flights can enjoy textiles and tableware with Marimekko patterns.

The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine.

In 2015, Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko and Mika Ihamuotila assumed joint responsibility for the running of the company. Tiina acts as the President and CEO and Mika as the Executive Chairman of the Board.


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Drapery Length

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

Finishing Touch

Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

     

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

Salaam Dupioni Custom Silk Drapery

White Linen with Sand Border and Velvet Ribbon Detail

Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:

Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
 Double Bordered Dupioni in New Ivory + Cashmere Border

Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

Shown: Milano Lucia with Optional Emperor Tassel in Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.


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Why Add Interlining To Your Curtains and Drapes?

Drape with Bump

Interlining is a thick, soft blanket-like fabric which is sandwiched between the decorative fabric and the lining. Once you have seen and experienced curtains and blinds that have been interlined, you will want to have all of your curtains interlined!  Here’s a guide to interlining and how to use it successfully.

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•   Interlining makes curtains look luxurious and drape elegantly.  It’s the key to getting a grand, full, lush look.

•   Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and heat, than curtains with just lining.

•   Interlining is not just for curtains. You can also interline Roman shades.

•   Interlined curtains can’t be washed, and must be cleaned by a specialist.

•   Interlined curtains are considerably heavier than curtains that are just lined.  Make sure that your track or pole is able to take the weight.  Metal tracking is a worthwhile investment – plastic tracking may deform and perform badly under the weight of interlined curtains.

•   The interlining is held in place between the face fabric and the lining with vertical lines of loose locking stitches.  This is done by hand and adds an extra process to the making up of curtains, which adds to the cost if you are having them professionally made.

Dupioni Silk Gothic Red

Bump

A thick cotton-based fabric which drapes well.  Bump gives the most body to curtains, and is the type favored by most professional curtain makers.

Flannel

A lighter brushed cotton interlining for small curtains where heavy bump would be out of proportion.  It’s also used to interline swags and tails, pelmets and valances to give them a soft padded look, to match the interlined curtains beneath.

Interlining curtains is highly recommended for that lush, full look. It will also help with insulating your windows from the cold and heat. Take a look at the different lining options available here. DrapeStyle offers interlining on all of their curtains. For more information, or for samples of linings, please contact us.

Silk Drape with Bump

 
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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2019.

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

“In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind,” Pantone said in the news release. “Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

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