Many people ask us if our custom silk and linen drapes are still available via Costco and/or Costco.com, they are not. We enjoyed a great relationship with Costco but our drapery styles and process has evolved to being a much more “custom” product that did not lend itself to high-volume, low-touch retail. As more and more online retailers are selling “ready-made” or “out-of-the-box” custom silk drapes and linen drapes we at DrapeStyle decided to focus on higher-end custom that you just can’t find from any larger Retailer like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen, etc. So if you are still looking for DrapeStyle custom drapery at Costco you won’t find us there but you can still find us at DrapeStyle.com.
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I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality. There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.
1. Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”? By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary. 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 you will attach to the leading drapery rings. The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, 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.
If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse. Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons. You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.
Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”. Grom-O-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.
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 hung and “dressed” 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.
2. The second major consideration is sun exposure. How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too? If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection. You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined. Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time. You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric. The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel. If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want to consider blackout lining. Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.
Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy. If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight. Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive. Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them. This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.
3. Outdoor Curtains and Drapery. When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella. Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices. The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would. Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.
So I was sitting in my local Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island last week. I really do love that store, they have really great stuff. I’m sitting in that new “aero” looking chair with the leather and stainless steel. Might be aluminum with the rivets showing. Really cool Howard Hughes looking chair. I really do love it.
So, I’m sitting there and next to me sitting on the matching couch to the chair is this really nice couple. They are speaking to one of the Sales Associates about buying some drapes for their large windows. Now look, if you are looking for ready-made drapes that are pretty good quality. And, you need them NOW, than by all means go visit your local Restoration Hardware and see what they have.
Now here is where things got a little bit off track. So, this Couple has extra long and extra wide windows that they need drapery for. So they are going to buy eight ready-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware and have them sewn together. My ears have perked-up a bit. They do the calculations to figure out exactly how much coverage they need and determine the 8 panels will handle it. Sew 4 together for each side. I’m thinking this is pretty creative. They were not crazy about the rod-pocket pleat option or the fact that their local seamstress was going to charge them $300 to sew them all together but they were committed to the idea.
I’m still admiring the leather and aluminum chairs.
The next thing I know they are up at the register checking out. I hear the Sales Associate give them their total. It came to almost $2,000 for their Cotton / Linen Blend Drapes. Youser! Now on top of the $2,000 they are going to pay their seamstress to sew the panels together to make two large panels – keep in mind, these are still rod-pockets! They are spending $2,300 for ready-made drapes.
Of course I bit my tongue. Would not be polite to me to say something while I am sitting in Restoration. After all, I really do love their stuff. But let me get this off my chest. If you are going to buy ready-made drapery panels and sew them together to make larger panels, please call us. Tell us what you need and what your budget is. I will almost guarantee that the difference in price will be negligible and the quality will be much better. I promise. In the long-run you will be much, much happier.
Now, if you are looking for a really cool leather-aluminum chair, I can’t help you their, go to Restoration Hardware for sure.
Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom. I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does. Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.
DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China. We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others. We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.
Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made. It may make a difference to you.
Thanks as always.
Effective ideas that will help you transform your old home into a modern one
Interior design ideas are very important when deciding on the decoration pattern to undertake while transforming your old house to a new house. This transformation is usually very important especially for people who have old furniture and other house items and see the need for change. There are different ways through which you can be able to upgrade your house while still using the old furniture in the house. This is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy and economical to transform your house. You do not have to replace your old furniture with new ones as this might prove to be quite hard and even uneconomical. In addition to this, you may not be in a position to be able to dispose off the old furniture.
In order to spice up the interior decoration of your house, you should change the decoration pattern that exists in the “old” house. This change is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy for one to be able to note a difference in the house. You should recessed lighting to replace the already existing hanging light fixtures in the house. You should also consider upgrading the paint in your house to a modern paint, one that is very attractive and appealing to the eye. You should carry out an extensive search on the best color combination that matches the furniture and other items in your house.
It is equally advisable to give your house a feel of custom made drapery. This decoration is a high quality decoration that is able to effectively complement the house’s lighting, painting and even furniture among other items. This decoration should mainly be used in the living room and in any other room that you may feel like. The main aim of interior design and decoration ideas while upgrading an old house is so as to bring out a very clear difference, one that clearly stands out for identification. This also helps in giving your house the much needed luxurious touch.
While upgrading your old house, you should ensure that you use the already existing furniture and other items instead of purchasing new ones. However it requires you to be quite resourceful in order to identify the best interior design idea to use in order to achieve an excellent decoration. You can rely on the internet and other resource centers in order to be able to identify the best idea to use. Old furniture is better than new furniture in that the old one has a better sustainability as compared to the new one. As such the old furniture is usually more resistant to damage and breakage.
Once in a while we get the chance to be part of a really cool decorating or restoration project. Our most recent was in Paris California at the March Air Force Base. The Base is well over 50 years old and they had the opportunity to re-decorate the Officers Club. The Club was, well, it was tired. But it also had tons of character. You could sit in the 1950′s era deep red leather lounge chairs and just think of the conversations that Officers must have had in them back in World War II. I think most of the paint and wallpaper was pretty original and the bar top – definitely. The Team in charge of the re-model kept all of the that nostalgia and just freshened it up a bit. They really maximized their budget.
DrapeStyle was awarded the bid to make all of the new custom curtains and drapes. The Design Team chose a classic sheer curtain style and roman blinds that worked really well and didn’t break the bank. We’ve done many commercial drapery projects at DrapeStyle but this was our first time doing a Project for the Military. We really felt proud to have been selected and to have been able to make the new drapery right here in the USA. I guess at the end of the day it just made us proud to be Americans.
Thank you very much to all of those who serve.