Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

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Custom Drapes Online

Most people think that if they are looking to buy custom drapes online they are going to have to give-up service.  After all most online drapery retailers are just huge call-centers that churn and burn sales people every couple of weeks.  You may have a catalog in front of you from one of these retailers and call their call-center to find that the person on the other end of the phone doesn’t know much more about custom drapes than you do.

At DrapeStyle, things are different.  We’ve had the same Team of Sales Designers for over 7 years.  They are not commission based and they aren’t trying to sell you anything that you don’t need.  In fact, our Designers are more concerned with having a happy Customer than making a sale.

Our Designers are also “real” Designers who have gone to school to learn there trade.  After School they have worked in Design Firms where they have actually met with Clients, prepared drawings and specified custom drapes for extra long windows, wide window and really every kind of window you can imagine.  We have to pay our People more than what a “call-center” would have to pay their People but we think it’s worth it.  As a matter of fact, we know that it’s worth it.  Our Designers are true “consultants” and they are very capable of making sure that when you order your custom drapes you are getting the right size, pleat style and lining option, including blackout lining, that your will work in your living room, bedroom or where ever.

 

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Custom Drapery Design for Extra Long Windows

Elegant Drapes

When you are measuring for your custom drapes you may want to consider adding 4-5 extra inches to the length as a puddle.  A Designer Secret for creating more elegant drapes is to add a puddle which spreads our on the floor beneath the drape.  A puddle will also give the illusion that your windows and ceilings are taller.  At DrapeStyle we often use drapes that puddle on the floor in our photo-shoots as they are more traditional and elegant.  If you need any help in measuring for your draperies, even if you have extra long windows please give one of our Designers a call and we can help you to determine the perfect length for an elegant puddle.  We would be happy to provide you with free fabric samples along with great advice.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been the very best place to buy custom drapes online.

linen drapes puddle

Custom Linen Drapes That Puddle on The Floor

You can add an elegant puddle to your custom drapes in either linen or silk fabrics.

elegant silk drapes

Silk Drapes that Puddle on the Floor. Add 4-6 Inches to your Length for a Elegant Puddle

 

Adding a puddle to striped silk drapes with a tassel creates a unique designer look.

 

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Striped Silk Drapes with a Tassel Which Puddle on the Floor Creating a Elegant Designer Look.

Custom Drapery Reviews on Houzz

It is really amazing that just 5 years ago websites like Houzz and Pinterest didn’t even exist.  Today, Houzz has grown to be the premier destination for all things related to home furnishings just has Pinterest has to fashion.  One of the many things that Houzz is great for is reviews.  We’ve been getting some great reviews from our Customers, both Designers and Homeowners and I thought we would re-print some of them here.  Please excuse us for bragging on ourselves, but sometimes we just have to do it.  After all if you are looking for Custom Drapes you are probably going to visit Houzz at some point.  Thanks to all of our Clients for entrusting us to make your custom drapes!

Carol Silverstein

Relationship: Internet order
Drapestyle provided me with perfect custom made French pleated, cotton draperies.. The workmanship is flawless, the measurements are exactly to my specifications and the fabric is full and beautiful. Just gorgeous! They also arrived within 6 weeks after placing the order.. It was an excellent experience from beginning to end!
Relationship: Client
Project Date: March 2014
Project Price: less than $1,000
This is the first time I used an online company to purchase custom drapery. I was apprehensive about the process given the fact that measurements for this type of project need to be accurate. The company was very responsive in getting fabric samples out to me quickly. I contacted them a few times to make sure that I had the correct dimensions on my order and they were very helpful in walking me through the process. The quality of the finished product is excellent as well as the customer service and the drapes fit perfectly.
Relationship: My decorator placed the order with them.
Project Date: October 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
My drapes were custom made by Drape Style. The quality and workmanship was superb. The attention to detail was incredible. The packaging of the finished product was carefully done which prevented any wrinkling/damage to the fabric during shipping. The quality o the drapery hardware was also excellent. I could not have been any more pleased with this order. I also appreciated that they were made in America.
Relationship: Client
Project Date: October 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I love my drapes! They are exactly what I wanted and were beautifully made. They’re in eggshell silk dupioni, interlined, and blackout lined. Custom length, custom width, and they even honored a special request to have the drapery rings sewn in. The quality of the fabric and craftsmanship are terrific, and the fabric color matched the sample perfectly. I just ordered a roman shade for an adjoining room and am sure to use them for drapes in all our home decorating projects. Thanks Drapestyle for a job well done!
Relationship: Client
Project Date: June 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I can not say enough good things about this company. We recently finished remodeling our home and needed that final touch to bring it all together which meant getting some amazing drapery for the windows. I looked at many companies but nothing compared to the fabric options, quality and cost that Drape Style offered. What you get for their price point is amazing to what you can pay elsewhere. Our drapes are gorgeous and made from designer fabric with a very nice weight to them. It is the first thing everyone notices when they come to our home and probably my most favorite detail to the home. Good drapery really does bring your house all together.
I worked with one of their designers who came out to my home for a consultation and she was amazing. Come armed with so many amazing fabric options and was forthcoming with very good advice.
As well their website is great for easy navigation and purchase of drapes or shades if you just want to go for it on your own. Which I had done previously for our dining room with no regrets. I highly recommend Drape Style to anyone that is looking for dine drapes and shades.
Relationship: Client
Project Date: February 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I absolutely love my drapes from Drapestyle! They were made exactly as I asked and beautifully done. I bought 2 sets. The quality is amazing and after I got them, I had them make coordinating pillows. The fabric choices are that California contemporary that makes my home stand out from my friends! Thanks, Drapestyle ;-)
Relationship: Client
Project Date: April 2012
Project Price: $10,000-$49,999
We use DrapeStyle on a regular basis for in-store design elements. I have found the entire team to be incredibly professional, upbeat, and ready in a moment’s notice to lend a hand and offer guidance. When working on any type of design project, time is your biggest demon. The design team at DrapeStyle goes above and beyond for us – something not many vendors will do. We consider DrapeStyle part of our DNA for success in getting our stores open on time and beautiful for our customers. Thank you DrapeStyle – we appreciate your partnership!
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: January 2013
As an Interior Designer, I have used Drapestyle many times for my drapery & Pillow needs. The quality and customer service that I receive from Drapestyle is impeccable. The assortment of fabrics to select from makes Drapestyle a one stop shop. All of my clients have been extremely satisfied with the end result of Drapestyle . I highly recommend Drapestyle for any window covering and pillow needs. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Andrew Joseph Designs
Relationship: Client
Project Date: January 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I was having a party and needed drapes to complete my family room refurb. With not very much time on my hands, I turned to Drapestyle. Lisa was above and beyond helpful with everything from advice, color picks and samples. She took care of my order from start to finish and did not tire, (I think) of my endless phone calls and questions. The drapes came in enough time and looked gorgeous. I was not expecting the unbelievably high quality of craftsmanship for the price. I had been locally to price compare. I would definitely by again

DrapeStyle and Costco

DrapeStyle is no longer selling our custom drapes at Costco via Costco.com.  If you have ordered fabric samples for our silk drapes or linen drapes from Costco and have any questions regarding our Products please call one of our Sales Designers at 800-760-8257.  If you have already purchased our drapes via Costco and have a warranty related question you can direct those questions to Costco or a Costco Warehouse Location.

Amazing Seamstress’s

Our Industry is dying.  Yes, it is really dying.  We work in a creative Field of talented Men and Women who have been mastering the will of complicated machines to create works of Art for decades.  They are not making them anymore. Not making the machines and not making the Men and Women.

The amazing People who make your Drapes don’t text or Instagram.  They don’t have “Smart Phones” of Facebook Accounts.  They work in the world of Art and Science.  They take rolls of fabrics and bend and fold them.  They cut them and steam them.  Finally they sew them and fold them.  Iron them and hang them.  The end result is often “Perfection” the way so few of us get the opportunity to know.  Perfection comes from mastering a skill that very few ever can, and even fewer even try.  These Men and Women are true Artisans and Masters of a dying Craft.

So, what of our Future?  Who will take their places? Who will work these machines?  Once these machines were cutting-edge technology.  To many of us they still are.  Like the People who run them they are 2/3 iron and 1/3 fluid.  They are 100% capable.  They are 100% dependable.  And, they are beautiful work of Arts.

We are blessed to have the People we have.  They will not be here forever and there are very few who are learning their Art Form.  We make drapes of silk and linen and, in doing so, we are trying to keep an Art-form alive.

Whether you are looking for Custom Silk Drapes, Custom Linen Drapes, Extra Long Drapes or any other Custom Drapery Style, we at DrapeStyle think that we are simply the best place online to buy custom drapes.

Thank you for supporting our efforts.

 

Custom Drapes, Value Pricing at DrapeStyle

In our never-ending quest to remain the leading Online Custom Drapery Retailer we have changed our pricing method a smidgen.  We call it “Value Pricing” and here is what we have done.  The vast majority of our Clients don’t really need extra long or extra wide custom drapes, they need the “standard sizes”.  When we say “standard size” we mean 84 inches to 105 inches.  About 90% of our Customers would fit into those drapery lengths and we want to be sure that we are as aggressively priced as possible.  Going forward, on the majority of our draperies you will not be charged anything extra for your exact length from 84 to 105 inches.  So if you need a 99 inch custom drape it will cost the same amount as a 102 or 84 inch panel.  This should also help if you really need a 96 inch panel but would like a little more fabric to get that “puddle” on the floor.  Now you can add a 4-5inch puddle and pay the same price.  We really should call this “Puddle Pricing!”.  We really hope this new pricing helps you extend your budget a bit and get the luxurious custom drapes in silk and linen that you want, at the length you want without having to resort to “ready-made” panels.

 

Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

Let’s face it, you can buy your standard size typical drapery panels anywhere.  The panels, which are typically made in China are often inexpensive and the quality is “OK”.  But if you are looking for some really unique custom drapery styles in silk and linen than you really need to give one of our Designers a call. At DrapeStyle, we have dozens of unique drapery styles available online but we also will create a “one of a kind” custom drapery design just for you.  And, they often won’t cost you more than the standard sized drapery panels you will find at a Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen Store.  As a matter of fact, we can design your entire room of silk or linen drapes, Roman Shades and valances without you ever walking into a curtain or Shade Store.  If you need extra long panels, wider panels or drapery to fit an odd-shaped window, we have you covered.  You can even send us photo of the window and we can create a sketch for you to give you a visual of how your drapery and hardware will look.

 

Unique Custom Drapery

Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition. Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done. We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own. For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows. When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process. Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation. Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free. Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths. After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric. If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice. It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice. Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission. You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person. If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience. At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”. When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction. When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.

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

Short and Sweet Reviews

We just love when we get little tiny short and unsolicited reviews from our Customers. There are like tiny little hugs.

Although we don’t like “bad reviews” and, yes, we get them. Making custom drapes is as much an Art as it is a “Science” and sometimes we make mistakes. Our process for poor reviews is more important than the process for good reviews for obvious reasons. When we get a poor review we embrace it and try to learn from it. We share it Company Wide. And then, we meet and to discuss it and determine “what happened” and “how to make sure it never happens again”. The reality of the matter is that everyone is going to get the occasional bad review. They should really be looked at as “learning opportunities”. What we learn from them is often priceless.

Here is a nice one from today..

Just installed my drapes and they look great and fit perfectly. Thanks to your company’s assistance I was able to get the correct dimensions. Will be recommending your website.

Keep them coming and thanks for reading.

Custom Drapery Price Comparison

If you are in the market for new custom drapes or Roman Shades than this little price comparison may be helpful.  We’ve compared the top three online retailers of custom drapery and roman shades and compared their prices for comparable fabrics and linings.  When we could we actually compared the exact same fabrics from Mills like Robert Allen.  We hope this is helpful and makes your shopping experience a little easier!

  • Our First Comparison is for a Solid Silk Dupioni Panel:

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$600.10
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$311.94
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$541.35

  • Our Second Chart is for the same fabric – wider drapery panel:

 

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$883.15
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$438.59
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$1,262.25

  • Our Third Chart is for the same fabric – Blackout Lining:  (Note:  DrapeStyle includes Interlining with Blackout)

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$520.20
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout Lining Pinch Pleat$522.19
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$481.20