Happy “Thread The Needle Day”

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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”.  Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning.  Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew.  I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started.  What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store.  This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

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Keep an open mind.  Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it.  When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc.  Practice, practice, practice.  You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread.  Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills.  And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

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Make things you like.  If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it.  When I started sewing, I had a cousin that was a toddler.  That poor kid had the cutest, silliest, outfits made for him.  His mother was kind enough to actually have him wear them (or at least long enough to take pictures and send them to me).  Those photos will be great for embarrassing him later in life.

Search the internet.  Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials.  I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle.  We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002.  Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years experience so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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Make a Big Impact with Patterns…

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DrapeStyle’s Contemporary Cotton & Traditions Printed Cotton Drapery Collection combines the luxury of modern fabrics with the essence of traditional designs.

Offered in a wide range of both vibrant and neutral color pallets at an incredibly affordable price-point.  The collections include patterns from classic stripes and chevron designs to the more elaborate scrolls, links and the extremely popular gate design.  Whether you choose bold or neutral colors, custom drapery in these fabrics will add sophistication to any room.

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All of our cotton collection patterns start with heavy weight 7oz. cotton and cotton blend fabrics.  Beautiful patterns are printed on the fabric.  We then custom make your drapes to any length and width.  Our high quality privacy lining is added at no additional cost.  For higher insulation qualities, blackout lining and interlining are available for an additional charge.

All of our fabrics can be made into Pillows and Roman shades.  Simply contact us with your window dimensions and we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote.

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Experience how unique these patterned fabrics are.  Order a sample today or contact one of our design team members to learn more.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.

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DrapeStyle has also been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  Great customer service paired with the highest quality custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows.  You are sure to find exactly what you need to make your house a home.

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How To Care For Your Drapes

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How should I care for my drapes?  This is a question I get asked quite frequently.

The best answer I can give is, “Let a professional take care of it”.  With each drapery order from DrapeStyle, you will receive instructions on how to care for your drapes.  You shouldn’t try to clean them yourself.  You do not want to launder, wash or dry clean your drapes. Typical household cleaners can permanently damage the fabric.  You should have your drapes professionally cleaned by a company that has experience with draperies.  Not every dry cleaner knows how to properly clean drapes, so do a little research and locate a drapery cleaner so that you can protect your beautiful investment.

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Vacuuming and dusting your draperies can help. Regular cleaning reduces the build up of allergens like dust mites, animal hair and dander, and may offer some relief to those with allergies or asthma.  If drapes are touched often, natural oils in the skin can leave residue that builds up and attracts further dust.  Without proper and regular cleaning, dusty and grimy window treatments begin to look dull and discolored, detracting from the beauty of the window or door that they cover.  Regularly cleaning your window treatments prolongs the life of fabrics and keeps colors from becoming dingy.

bordered-linen-drapery-4Simply put; call a professional.  You don’t ever want to launder or scrub your drapes or roman shades.  The best way to care for your window treatments is to call a professional drapery cleaner who will take your window treatments down, remove the metal drapery hooks, have them dry-cleaned, reinstall the metal drapery hooks, and then return and re-hang for you.

Purchasing your drapes and roman shades from DrapeStyle is an investment.  And one of the best ways to maintain the look and feel of your window treatments is regular cleaning.  If you have any questions about how to maintain your window treatments, please contact us, and we would be happy to help you.

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Happy Independence Day!

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DrapeStyle wishes you and your family a happy 4th of July.  In honor of our nations independence, here is a little information about our country’s flag:

 

The national flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”), bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed starts arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars.  The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 state of the United states of America, and the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the United States.

The current design of the U.S. flag is its 27th.  The design of the flag has been modified officially 26 times since 1777.  The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959.  The 50-star flag was ordered by former president Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 55 years.

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Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a naval flag designer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board’s Middle Department.

The origin of the stars and stripes design has been muddled by a story disseminated by the descendants of Betsy Ross. The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington. No evidence for this exists either in the diaries of George Washington nor in the records of the Continental Congress. Indeed, nearly a century passed before Ross’ grandson, William Canby, first publicly suggested the story in 1870.  By her family’s own admission, Ross ran an upholstery business, and she had never made a flag as of the supposed visit in June 1776.  Furthermore, her grandson admitted that his own search through the Journals of Congress and other official records failed to find corroboration of his grandmother’s story.

The family of Rebecca Young claimed that she sewed the first flag.  Young’s daughter was Mary Pickersgill, who made the Star Spangled Banner Flag.  According to rumor, the Washington family coat of arms, shown in a 15th-century window of Selby Abbey, was the origin of the stars and stripes.

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The flag is customarily flown year-round at most public buildings, and it is not unusual to find private houses flying full-size flags.  Some private use is year-round, but becomes widespread on civic holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, and on Independence Day.  On Memorial Day it is common to place small flags by war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans.  Also on Memorial Day it is common to fly the flag at half staff, until noon, in remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting in U.S. wars.

So today, fly your flag proudly in honor of America’s Independence.  DrapeStyle will be closed on Monday, July 4th.  We will be back on the 5th to help you with your window treatment needs.  In the meantime, you may contact us and leave a message, and we contact you when we return.

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How to Choose the Right Curtains

Professional advice from:
Amanda Duffield of Unidrape Blinds & Interiors
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Curtains are much more than just window dressing. They can form the basis of a room’s whole look and atmosphere. Of course they’re practical too, offering privacy, warmth and energy-saving benefits. However, with so many fabrics, patterns and styles to choose from, it can take time to find the right curtains for your space. Start by looking at how these fabulous homes have embraced curtains and follow the buying advice of these experts.

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DrapeStyle’s Featured Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is an international designer who is widely known for his eclectic and always stylish interiors, mixing period and ethnic pieces into modern environments.  Whether designing commercial or residential interiors, Martyn’s palates are colorful and strong, yet always show a sense of humor.

He has expanded his brand to include furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, home fragrances and product licenses with some of the world’s most distinguished home collection brands.  To Martyn, modern luxury is comfort.

Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim, as well as the respect of such A-List clientele as Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few.

His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide and his book, ‘Live, Love, & Decorate,’ has given us a glimpse into his glamorous world of dramatic spaces and exquisite detail. Beyond the notoriety of his design firm, Martyn is also known for his fabulous line of products including furniture, fabric, flooring, fragrances, and soon to be fashion and jewelry.

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is celebrated for his trailblazing designs for luxury resorts, exquisite high-end retail shops, and lavish residential projects, as well as his affinity for mixing a broad range of styles in his eclectic, sophisticated, yet always comfortable interiors.

Bullard’s trademark attention to details, adventurous use of color and texture, and worldly and historical reference points are hallmarks of his oft talked about style.  He is also known for his veritable commitment to quality and oftentimes travels the globe in order to track down the world’s most beautiful objects.  Bullard continuously draws upon these intercontinental adventures as well as his penchant for studying and collecting both vintage decorative arts and pedigreed antiquities to create a constantly evolving, yet indefinable style.

 

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DrapeStyle features many of Martyn’s fabrics, and any of them can be custom made into Drapes, Roman Shades or Pillows.  Please contact one of our designers to learn more about custom window treatments.

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“National Sewing Machine Day”

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National Sewing Machine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated annually on June 13.   This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.   In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model.  This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.

 

Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832 and John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories.  This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.  Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the invention of the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts on the United States.

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Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing and draperies.  Places like crafts fairs, flea markets, and Etsy sell beautiful sewing machine-made clothes along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002.  Nothing at DrapeStyle is “Ready Made”.  The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes 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 most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

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Please contact one of our designers for more information on custom made drapes, roman shade or pillows.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Let’s Talk Texture. Handwoven Silk.

With Pillow                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silk is commonly thought to be one of the most treasured and luxurious fabrics in the world. The textile is a sign of high class and refined taste, and has been adored by designers and consumers for the entirety of its long and complex history.

Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, and China remains the top producer of silk today.  India is the second largest producer of silk but the largest consumer of silk.  Silk is one of the strongest fibers.  It can be weaken when exposed to too much sunlight.

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Drapestyle carries several types of silk, including beautifully textured, Handwoven Silk.  Available in 18 colors, our handwoven silk is soft with a touch of sheen.

Handwoven Silk is a bit different than Taffeta Silk.  Where Taffeta Silk has a smooth finish, Handwoven Silk is more textured and has slubs.  Slubs are soft thick fabric nubs purposely set for this desired effect.  At DrapeStyle, sateen lining and flannel interlining are complementary when you purchase silk drapes.  This helps insulate your windows during hot and cold months, protects the silk fabric from sun damage, and adds body and fullness to the drape.

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DrapeStyle also adds drapery weights to the inside of the bottom hem of all drapes, 1 1/2″ double side hems, 5″ headers and bottom hems, and all striped silks are patterned matched.  It’s details like this that has made DrapeStyle a favorite among designers and home owners since 2002.  And all of our window treatments are made right here in the USA.  Using the highest quality fabrics paired with a talented team of seamstresses and you are sure to love your drapes as much as we loved making them.

If you have any questions about the different types of silk DrapeStyle offers, please contact one of our designers.  We love helping our customer design their dream drapes.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row.  We invite you to read our Houzz reviews, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience.  You will be pleased.

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Sheer Elegance at DrapeStyle

 

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Subtle.  Classic.  Beautiful. Sheer drapes add so much to a room.  And now that the weather is warming up, I can’t help and think about how beautiful these light and airy drapes will look with a spring breeze blowing through them.

 

DrapeStyle carries a variety of beautiful sheers.  From 100% linen, to durable polyester, our sheers will create an easy, breezy feeling in your home or office.

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Our sheer voile drapes are beautiful on their own, or paired behind patterned drapes for a little privacy.  Made of the softest, finest polyester, our voile drapes will add elegance while softly filtering light into your room.  Optional five inch dupioni silk banding is available.

 

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Dramatic and contemporary, DrapeStyle’s designer sheers are perfect on their own. Our Summer Sheer and Lexus Sheer drapes are constructed with bottom weights, four inch clear buckram headings, and blind stitched.  Metal finishes are just some of the options available.

 

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Our 100% linen and linen blend drapes offer sheer designs with texture, while adding understated elegance to your windows.  Choose from patterns such as Tropez, Cannes, Vanderbilt and more.  Several neutral colors and patterns are available, perfect for any home.  Made in the USA with your choice of pleat style.

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Whether you are pairing sheers with a patterned or solid colored drape, or looking for sheers to stand on their own, DrapeStyle has what you are looking for.  Contact us with questions about measuring or determining the size sheer you need for your window. Our designers are happy to help you with all of your window treatment needs.  We want you to be as happy with your drapes are we were making them in our Phoenix, Arizona studio!

If you would like samples of any of our sheers, you can order them online or over the phone.  All of our sheers are on sale now, so act quickly for best selection.

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Window Coverings Association of America

wcaa logoThe Window Coverings Association of America is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and its dealers, decorators, designers, and workrooms who are our members.

WCAA was founded in 1986 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America.

Today the WCAA has almost 1,000 members in North America and the Caribbean.

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Our mission is to make available educational opportunities, to encourage a code of ethics for fair practices, and to work for the betterment of the retail window coverings industry.
Our goals are to make available educational and motivational opportunities, to work for the betterment of the interior fashions industry and to encourage a code of ethics for fair business practices.*

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has been a member of WCAA for many years and the benefits of this organization are well worth the membership fee.

Benefits includes networking events, educational programs, member discounts, marketing tools, and leadership opportunities are just to name a few.  The WCAA presents 10 webinars each month.  I have personally have gained so much from these webinars that are full of information.  From how to run your business more efficiently to showing you the latest and greatest products for making quality draperies and roman shades.

And once your business becomes a member, all employees will have access to the benefits.  I encourage you to join this wonderful organization if you own your own business or are part of the trade.  More information can be found here: www.wcaa.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So not only does DrapeStyle create some of the most beautiful window treatments, but we continue to learn and expand our knowledge so that we can continue to bring you the best products and customer service.  We are happy to help you with your window treatment needs.  Simply contact us with any questions you may have.

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Deep Discounts to The Trade!

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Did you know that DrapeStyle offers discounts to our Trade Customers?

If you are a designer, architect or commercial group, we invite you to apply.  It’s fast and free.  Once approved, you’ll be eligible for deep discounts on the highest quality custom made Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Drapery Hardware.

 

DrapeStyle’s Trade Program highlights include:

  • Generous trade discount on Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Hardware.
  • When you call DrapeStyle you will not be speaking with a “Sales Person”, you will be speaking with a Design Professional who understands your business and respects your time.
  • DrapeStyle is your single wholesale source for luxurious fully lined and interlined Custom Drapery, Roman Shades, and Custom Drapery Hardware.
  • We can confirm your renderings or provide you with a rendering to share with your client prior to production.
  • Our designers can consult with you to determine correct specifications for your projects.
  • Each member of DrapeStyle’s talented production team has at least 25 years of experience in fabricating draperies for the trade.
  • Enjoy access to over 2000 fabrics including Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen, Sunbrella, Celerie Kemble, Trina Turk, Vern Yip, as well as DrapeStyle’s own branded silk and linen.
  • We accept COM orders for trim and banding with prompt return of excess material.
  • Full service workroom for residential, commercial and hospitality installations.
  • DrapeStyle Features Hanes ® linings and interlinings.
  • Exclusive incentives and trade promotions throughout the year.

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DrapeStyle also offers a Trade Package which includes over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, trims and ribbons.  Once your company is registered as a DrapeStyle Trade Customer, you can order DrapeStyle’s Trade Package for only $99.

When you order a Trade Package from DrapeStyle you will receive the following:

  • Over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, ribbons and trims.
  • Samples are approximately 5″x 5″ on heavy card stock, labeled with fabric name and fiber content.
  • A dedicated support representative.
  • Your $99 purchase price is refundable with your first order of $999 or more.

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After placing an order with DrapeStyle, your client will receive their custom made window treatments within 4-6 weeks (if the fabric is on back order, we will contact you with an estimated in stock date).  Expedited orders are excepted, additional charges may apply.  To make payment easy, DrapeStyle excepts American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card, company checks, PayPal and PayPal Credit.  Ordering is easy, simply give us a call and one of our design representatives will be happy to assist you.  For more information, take some time and read through our To The Trade page.

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At DrapeStyle we are committed to helping our trade partners be as successful as possible.  We are more than a drapery workroom or supplier, we are your marketing partner. Our goal is to provide our designers and trade partners with the very best marketing resources available, while providing the highest quality custom drapery.  Made in the USA since 2002, you can be assured that you clients will receive the highest quality window treatments on the market today.

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Tiffany Blue Trending Now…

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Just the words, “Tiffany Blue” conjure up thoughts of a little, blue, box, with a white satin bow.  Then your mind starts to dream up the beautiful things that little box can hold.

The color known as Tiffany Blue was selected by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany for the cover of Blue Book, Tiffany’s annual collection of exquisitely handcrafted jewels, first published in 1845.  Also referred to as robin’s-egg blue or forget-me-not blue, this distinctive color may have been chosen because of the popularity of the turquoise gemstone in 19th-century jewelry.  Turquoise was also a favorite of Victorian brides who gave their attendants a dove-shaped brooch of turquoise as a wedding day memento.

Tiffany Blue was later adopted for use on Tiffany shopping bags, as well as in advertising and other promotional materials.  True to the founder’s vision, the Tiffany Blue Box became an icon of luxury and exclusivity.

 

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Pantone (the company responsible for developing the standardized color reproduction system) developed, and closely guards, the formula for the Tiffany Blue color.  No one else can legally use THE Tiffany Blue color.

The Tiffany Blue has been a popular trend, and you can purchase just about anything in this shade, including window treatments. DrapeStyle has several blue fabrics that would work well with this classic theme.  We would be happy to send you fabric samples of any of our beautiful blues, and your first $10 in samples are free.  Everything DrapeStyle makes is custom made, so you are free to design your very own drapes, Roman Shades or pillows in any of our over 500 fabrics.

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TIFFANY & CO., TIFFANY, the color TIFFANY BLUE and the TIFFANY BLUE BOX are trademarks of Tiffany and Company.


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Shabby Chic Interiors

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Shabby chic interiors evoke a warm, comfy, casual feeling.  It is an extremely popular trend in home decorating, weddings, crafting and more.  Some of the characteristics of Shabby Chic are layering on the texture such as wicker, linencotton, and burlap.  Don’t be afraid to mix furnishings in different finishes, colors and styles, or from different eras.  Introduce painted, stained and distressed woods, as well as metals and iron.  Vintage fixtures, hardware and accessories married with white or pastel-painted cabinets are the essence of today’s shabby chic style.

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Another characteristic of Shabby Chic is well worn furniture with beautiful patinas.  For a truly unique piece, create your own patina by removing some of the paint on furniture with steel wool.  Use a piece of furniture differently than that it was originally made for.  What a great way to reuse, re purpose and up-cycle!

This neutral toned nursery in beige and white centers around leaf-detail rug, with all-white furnigure including shelving and dresser, with corner slipcover armchair under oval wall mirror.

Need more ideas for Shabby Chic?  Add lots of fun, feminine touches like ruffles, ribbon, florals.  DrapeStyle has dozens of fabrics that could be used for the Shabby Chic trend!  Check out the Shabby Chic page for more ideas.  Any of our fabrics can be used to make Custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows.

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All of our fabrics can be viewed online and ordering samples is quick and easy.  We’ll even give you your first $10 in samples free. Simply use coupon code “SAMPLES” at checkout.  We’ll have your fabric samples to you within a few days and when you’re ready to order, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.  And you do too!  Thanks to great customers like you, our feedback and reviews are excellent.  We have been awarded the Best of Houzz in customer service three years in a row.  So if you need a little help with measuring, fabric advice, or even if you would like to place your order over the phone, we’re here to help.

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Beautifully Made Custom Tiebacks

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Last week I was working with a designer who was working with a couple that was remodeling their home.  They absolutely loved one of the Schumacher fabrics featured on our website.  They loved THE most expensive Schumacher fabric DrapeStyle offers, but having drapes made from this fabric was a little out of their price range.

 

I suggested that they consider having their drapes made in a linen fabric in a solid color.  DrapeStyle’s Belgium Estate Linen fabrics are beautifully textured and come in a range of colors.  They could then have tiebacks and pillows made in the Schumacher fabric they loved.  By doing this, they would save money and would still get a punch of color throughout the room, in the beautiful Schumacher Hot House Flowers fabric they loved so much.

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The designer’s client loved the idea, and they were able to purchase beautiful custom drapes, tiebacks and pillows, save a bit of money, and still create the look they were hoping for.

 

Still considering tiebacks?  Don’t forget the outdoors!  When your outdoor drapes aren’t in use, tie them back for a finished look.  You can add matching tiebacks to your order or try a complementary fabric for an added punch of color.  Your tiebacks will be made with the same sun and mildew resistant fabric as your drapes.  Please see our outdoor page for more details.

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For $39.99 each, you can purchase tiebacks in any of DrapeStyle’s custom fabrics.  For a designer touch, select a complementary fabric for your tiebacks, the possibilities are endless.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match the fabrics for the pillows either!  Contact one of our designer’s for suggestions or ideas, fabric samples, or a quote.  We love helping our customers create their dream drapes.  In fact, DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service for three years in a row.  Great customer service paired with the most talented seamstresses, and no detail gets overlooked.  We are here to help you every step of the way.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Make A Splash! Custom Made Shower Curtains by DrapeStyle

Add a splash of color to your bathroom by adding a custom shower curtain.  We have fabrics for every style!

Do you have a particular color or design of fabric you love?  Have you had a difficult time finding the size of shower curtain you need? Would you like your shower curtain to match the window treatments in your bathroom?  You should consider having your shower curtain custom made.

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Adding a custom shower curtain can add height, drama and privacy to your shower or tub.  DrapeStyle has been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  And yes, we can make your shower curtain too!    Select any of our fabrics, and for a designer touch, try adding additional details.  DrapeStyle has so many trims, ribbons and tassels, the combinations are endless.

 

 

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For a truly custom look, tie in your window treatments with your shower curtain.  DrapeStyle can custom make Roman Shades for any window. Roman Shades are an inexpensive way to add color and privacy to your bathroom. We have hundreds of coordinating fabrics to choose from.  We make our custom Roman Shades in our own studio right alongside our custom drapes.  Our Roman Shades are available in any of our 400 Designer Fabrics. Roman Shades are available in widths up to 96″ and lengths up to 102″ in a variety of styles.

 

 

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Many customers like the look of a double drape.  These can be decorative or functional, it’s up to you, because everything here at DrapeStyle is custom made.  DrapeStyle makes curtains, drapes, shades and pillows to order in our Arizona Studio.

 

And just like your drapes, you want to hang your shower curtain “High and Wide”.  This will give the illusion that the walls are taller and the room is larger than it actually are.  In need of coordinating hardware?  Drapestyle offers several different types of drapery hardware, from classic to contemporary, in a wide array of finishes, you’re sure to find something that fits your style.

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So whether you are looking for a custom shower curtain, or a creative way to hide an unsightly shower, DrapeStyle has a solution.  Order samples of any of our fabrics and see the quality for yourself.  Pair that with a talented team of seamstresses, that have an average of 25 years experience, and you’re guaranteed the highest quality products, made here in the USA.  When you buy your drapes from DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Please contact one of our designers for more information or if you need a little help designing your shower curtains, drapes or Roman Shades.

 

 

 


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DrapeStyle offers FREE shipping!

 

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Yes! you heard us correctly!

DrapeStyle is now pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING!

The highest quality fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship, made in the USA…and now there’s another reason to love DrapeStyle:

FREE Shipping within the 48 contiguous states!

Free standard UPS ground shipping is now included on all drapery, Roman Shades, outlet purchases and pillow orders at no extra cost. (Some items that are too large or too heavy for ground shipping may incur an additional oversize freight charge).*

So whether you order one drape, or a whole household of pillows, your shipping is FREE!

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If you have been thinking about updating your home with custom drapes, curtains, or roman shades, NOW is the time to act!  DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics to choose from, 7 pleat styles to choose from, several lining options, and now FREE SHIPPING!  Extra long drapes?  No problem.  Designer fabrics?  No problem.  Drapes and curtains on sale?  No problem!  Save up to 20% now at www.DrapeStyle.com.

Should you have any questions regarding free shipping or any of DrapeStyle’s products, please feel free to contact our designers at: 800.760.8257 or at: question@drapestyle.com. We are happy to help you with your project.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has received the Best of Houzz Customer Service Award three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  For well over a decade, DrapeStyle has manufactured the finest custom drapery available for designers and homeowners.  And as always, your drapes, curtains and roman shades will be made here in the USA.

*The fine print: Standard UPS ground delivery within the 48 contiguous U.S. states applies to Custom Drapes, Roman Shades, Outlet Purchases and pillows only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and expedited shipping may incur additional charges. Please see www.drapestyle.com for more details.

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IKAT trends

 

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IKAT (pronounced ee-kot) continues to be one of the hottest trends in home and fashion today.  Ikat comes to us from places like Indonesia, India, and central Asia.

Ikat is defined as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.

What does this really mean?  You can easily add a bit of this fun, global style to your home without breaking the bank!

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Some easy ways to incorporate Ikat into your home are:  Ikat Room

Pillows

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color and the latest Ikat trend.  Available in a variety of prints, DrapeStyle has several options for custom made pillows.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns within the same hue.

 

 

 

 

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Wall Art

Another inexpensive way to add style and color to a room.  Ikat wall art is available almost anywhere.  You could even make your own art by purchasing a bold Ikat fabric and “frame it” over canvas stretcher bars you can purchase at any craft store.

 

 

 

 

Home Decor

A tray, vase, rug, footstool or pouff; items like these throughout the room can really add a punch of color and carry through the Ikat theme.

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Drapes or Roman Shades

This is where DrapeStyle can be a tremendous help.  We have several Ikat patterns available for custom drapes in any style you choose.  Ikat patterns also look great made up in a Roman Shade and pillows.  At DrapeStyle, little details like matching up patterns, weighted bottoms, blind stitching, and 3 1/2″ returns, have made DrapeStyle one of the largest suppliers to home owners and designers throughout the US and Canada.
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So whether your decor is traditional, rustic or eclectic, Ikat patterns can be incorporated into your room’s decor.  DrapeStyle has many Ikat fabrics to choose from.  We carry designers such as Robert Allen, Kravet, Schumacher and Trina Turk, and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Once you have received your samples, feel free to contact one of our designers that can help you design your dream drapes.  At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  We love our customers and it shows!  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in customer service for three years in a row.  Pair that with our talented team of seamstresses, who have on average, 25 years of experience, and you have a winning team!  As always, your drapes will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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Hover, Break or Puddle? What Length Should My Drapes Be?

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.

These are examples of drapes that are too short:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special circumstances

If you are designing outdoor drapes, you may want your drapes a couple of inches off the ground.  Keep in mind that on your patio, water may puddle, dirt and leaves may collect, so by shortening your drapes two inches you will prevent the bottom of the drapes from getting dirty:

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DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over a decade.  We have thousands of satisfied customers because we truly care about helping you design your dream drapes.  There are guide lines that can provide you with the information you will need when ordering your drapes.  Still need a little help?  We’re here to help you every step of the way and we can determine the best width and length for your drapes.

DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz for customer service, three years in a row.  We LOVE helping our customers create their dream drapes!  Pair that with the most talented, experienced, studio staff who will take great care in custom making your drapes, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.  For current promotional offers, please see our website: www.DrapeStyle.com.

 

 

 

 

 


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The Power of COLOR

How should you decide on a color for your room?  Ask yourself these questions:

~What is the main purpose of this room?  Entertaining, family time, sleeping?

~What colors DON’T you like.  Yes, you read that correctly.  By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.

~Do you have an inspiration piece?  Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room?  You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.

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Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.

Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

 

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men.  Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black.  Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.

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White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity.  White is a neutral, it goes with everything.  Brides wear white to symbolize purity.  Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.

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Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.  Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.

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Pink

The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing.  The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing.  Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.  Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

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Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.  Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination.  As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.

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Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter.  While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more.  It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused.  Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads.  It also speeds metabolism.  With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect.  It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

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Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature.  It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision.  Green is a calming, refreshing color.  People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax.  Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients.  Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility.  Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.  Green is the color of balance and growth.
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Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors.  It causes the opposite reaction as red.  Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms.  Blue can also be cold and depressing.  Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.  People are more productive in blue rooms.  Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.  Blue is the color of trust and peace.  It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.  While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing, blue food is rare in nature.

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Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication.  It is also feminine and romantic.  However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.  Purple is the color of the imagination.  It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.

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Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature.  Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather.  Brown can also be sad and wistful.  Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.  The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.

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Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph.  Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

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Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides.  It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.  Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant.  Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.

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Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one!  Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy.   Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room.  At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home.  Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you.  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row.  We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.

For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA.  Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry.  With each member of our production team with over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.

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You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

 

 

These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:

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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?

 

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

 

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

 

Here’s a chart to help you:

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Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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