We often get questions about measuring for custom draperies. DrapeStyle has a measuring guide online to help you with the process, but here are a few more tips you may find helpful:
Always measure using a metal tape to ensure accuracy. Drapery measurements are always recorded in inches (never feet) and the measurements are written down as width x length.
Mount your rod on the outside of the trim, both above and side to side, adding extra height and width for a more finished look and to keep light out more effectively.
If you would like your draperies to clear your window when drawn open, extend the rod beyond the width of the window at least 6-8 inches on either side.
For a more custom look, you may want to utilize the “return.” A return is created when the end of the drape is wrapped around the bracket to hide the mounting hardware, block out light and create a more polished look.
If you are looking to add more color or design element, and don’t really need the drapes to functions, chances are you are looking for a decorative set of drapes. I usually suggest ordering drapes 1/3 the width of the window width.
If you need to solve a problem like too much light, lack of privacy or drafty windows, you will want functional drapes. And most likely you will want to add an interlining to your draperies.
Custom drapes are an investment so protecting them and making sure they look great long term is important. Enemy number one is the sun. To help with this, adding blackout lining and interlining will provide the most protection against the sun and elongate the lifespan of your drapery by creating a barrier between the harsh rays of the sun and the fabric.
Man-made fabrics or synthetic fabrics are generally more color resistant due to either the color being ‘built-in’ to the fiber, or the ability to take stronger more caustic dyes. As with anything, the darker and more saturated the hue, the more prone to fading it is. But even with the right lining, all drapery fabric is susceptible to fading/damage over time.
If you have a very wide window and the fabric you’ve fallen in love with will break the bank, consider decorative side panels instead of full drapes. Meaning, the drapes you select won’t completely meet in the middle and cover the entire window. They are meant to be stationary. But if you need protection from the sun consider adding blinds or shades that can be raised and lowered as need to block the sun. With or without blinds, you’ll still want to add a protective lining to your drapery.
Do you have young children? Do you have pets? Will the curtains be in a room with high traffic? These are some of the questions I ask clients when they ask me how long their curtains should be. Think about your lifestyle, do you like the look of curtains that puddle on the floor and you don’t mind lifting them when you clean the floor? Would you like to be able to sweep under your curtains because they are in a high traffic area of your home?
Floor-length curtains are the most popular length, unless there’s a radiator or a deep sill in the way. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod. You’ll get the most current look if the fabric makes contact with the floor. This look is classic and tailored; it makes sense if you’ll be opening and closing the curtains often. The fabric should just touch the floor or hover half an inch above. This is also a great approach for café curtains (short panels that cover only the lower portion of a window and hit the sill), which work well in spots like the kitchen and bathroom, where long curtains aren’t practical.
Panels that extend onto the floor by one to three inches are another stylish option. They’re more relaxed than those that graze the floor but they still feel tailored—think of a pair of dress trousers. If you have uneven floors or are worried about precision measuring, this style is more forgiving.
In formal rooms, six inches of fabric or more, pooling on the floor can look romantic but is also high-maintenance. They’ll need to be cleaned more often and will have to be readjusted every time you vacuum or the cat lies on them.
You may need custom curtains made to achieve the length you want. And that’s where DrapeStyle comes in. We have been making custom curtains for over 15 years. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are happy to help you create stunning curtains for your home.
Why does DrapeStyle sell their drapes individually?
I get this question quite often. I explain to clients that sometimes it might be more convenient to have one drape. And other times the window may only require one drape. Let me explain. You may have a narrow window and one drape is more than enough to cover the window.
You may have a window on either side of your bed or a fireplace, for example. Space might be limited, but you require privacy or you may just want to add color or texture to the space. Or sometimes reaching behind the bed to open and close your window treatments isn’t possible.
One drape can be beautiful and functional, and may cost a bit less than two! A sliding glass door would be another application for one drape. Does your slider open on one side? Is the wall space limited on one side of the slider? Would it be easier if your view wasn’t block and one drape stacked to the side of the slider?
If you need a little design advice or help with determining what size drapery you need, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we love helping customers design their dream drapes! Whether you need one drape or two, we can create a look for you within your budget that you will love!
Benjamin Moore has announced their color of the year for 2020. A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.
With designs for custom homes becoming more and more creative and more options are made available for spec homes, ‘normal’ sized windows aren’t so normal anymore. The trend for windows (and ceiling heights) are getting higher and higher and purchasing ready made window coverings isn’t really an option any more.
Made-to-Measure curtains are more expensive as they require expert craftsmanship, each curtain and Roman shade we make are made with precision and care. But what you receive in return is a finished product that will last for years as they are crafted with expertise.
Pinch pleat, French pleat, Inverted pleat, Grommet; these are just a few choices of curtain heading styles that are available in Made to Measure. Variations of curtain headings are not common with Ready Made curtains as they are more complex and more expensive to make. DrapeStyle can create any type of heading you wish, contact us for information on the best selection for your application.
Are you looking for curtains that can block out unwanted light, or are you looking for curtains that can keep your home warm during winter and cool during summer? There are various types of lining with the main types being standard, blackout, interlining, thermal and acoustic. Having custom curtains made means you choose your lining option. Read more here about DrapeStyle’s lining options.
Our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. At DrapeStyle, nothing is ready made. We custom make your dream drapes and curtains to your specifications, right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Please contact us for more information.
Curtains aren’t just for adding some design element to your room, they provide privacy and in some cases, much needed insulation. Read on to find out the benefits that will make you want to add a lining to your curtains.
Sun Protection-Curtains fabrics, of any material, color and design need to be taken care off from the harsh sunlight as UV can damage the color and the curtain folds. Adding interlining for the curtains not only help to limit sun exposure inside the room, but it also protects the fabric from UV ray damage and increases the life of the curtain itself.
Volume– Lined curtains are sometimes a great way to add body to the curtains that sometimes have a tendency to look flimsy and lifeless. With custom drapery, silk or taffeta curtains are ideal for interlining and add a certain flair to the interior look. Interlining, in short, makes sure to give off an expensive look that a normal fabric may not have. This is one reason why DrapeStyle includes interlining on all of our silk curtains.
Noise and Insulation-If you live in extremely cold or hot areas, then adding a specific fabric for interlining can help in insulation from the natural elements or heat loss and transfer. Besides protecting the valuable furniture and fabric from sun exposure, interlining your curtains and blinds can also guard you against unwanted noise pollution.
If you have questions about your specific application, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been making custom curtains, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. Our talented team would be happy to work with you to create your dream drapes and curtains.
What is Houzz? Have you been on this website? You should, there is an overwhelming amount of information and ideas on this website and a great resource for professionals that can help make your house a home.
Started in 2008 by Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen as a result of their own remodeling project. Houzz is a place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too. Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world.
Soon after Houzz started, DrapeStyle jumped onboard after seeing the impact this could have on the interior design community. Getting feedback helps other customers learn more about a product or a company. This is essential for an online company like DrapeStyle.
Not all of our reviews are favorable, but we try our best to resolve any issues to the satisfaction of our customers. But we ask all customers to review their purchase in hopes of sharing their experience with others.
On DrapeStyle’s Houzz page you can look through images of past projects and get ideas for your own window treatment project. Our blogs are also listed there for even more information. And yes, you can read our reviews.
DrapeStyle is proud to partner with Houzz and proud to say that we have earned the Best of Houzz Award for Client Satisfaction six years in a row. Contact DrapeStyle for questions we are happy help!
Refreshing your home by season or just when you feel you need a new look, here are some easy ways to accomplish this.
Throws and pillows.
Be daring and perhaps try a shade that you normally don’t include in your home, as pillows and throws can be found at any price point and are easy enough to change out on demand.
Whether you’re using fresh or faux florals, they just brighten your home! Try adding some to various rooms in your home. Make small arrangements and larger ones, and try using different objects for vases.
They won’t break the bank and you can easily switch them out in the kitchen or bathroom to add some color and freshen up your rooms. Refresh your home with a new rug and you’ll immediately see a difference! Rugs have a special ability to add warmth and definition to the spaces they’re in. So, if you’re looking to redefine your space, there’s no better way to do it than with a new area rug.
Bedding. Your bed is essentially the centerpiece of your bedroom. Therefore, if you’re looking to bring some more life to your bedroom design, then there’s no better way to do it than by updating your bedding. Switching out bedding as the seasons change can be an easy and inexpensive way to update your look. Check out places like Ross and Marshall’s for fun fresh colors at inexpensive prices.
If your room is the outfit, then the window treatments are like the jewelry of that outfit. Don’t neglect your windows, window treatments are the finishing touch to any room. Layer window treatments by using shades and draperies then switch out the draperies as the seasons change.
DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over 15 years and shipping them all across the US and Canada. And our most popular fabric for draperies is silk. Know for its luster, strength, and drapability, silk is one of the most beautiful fabrics and is a perfect choice for draperies.
Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the silk worm. Most raw silk is harvested in China and then shipped to India where it is woven into silk fabric and shipped all over the world. India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.
Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each and the fabric is 54 inches wide. The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes, is to roll the fabric out against a light. We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it. As a natural fabric, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections.
At DrapeStyle we have set standards of what we allow to pass and what we reject. When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area. Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins. It’s not the way other manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do. We make every drape as if it is going into our own home, we use only the finest materials and workmanship.
The result are beautiful draperies you can be proud to hang in your home. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience and they make each drape by hand in our Phoenix, Arizona workroom. The DrapeStyle way of making custom draperies takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. Contact us for more information on how we can help you design your dream drapes.
One of DrapeStyle’s most popular designers is Sarah Richardson. We invite you to view her fabrics and read more about this talented designer.
Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. She launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, she is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience. Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.
Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.
DrapeStyle can custom make Roman shades, pillows and draperies in your choice of Sarah Richardson fabrics. For more information contact us and we would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.
Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.
If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.
Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.
Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.
If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.
And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.
Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:
Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.
Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you?
A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!
Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world!
Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.
Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.
Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing? A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.
On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.
Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew? A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.
In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living.
Q. What are your best small space living hacks?
A. My answer is two-fold:
1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.
2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.
The classic sheer drapery panel that never goes out of style. Whether your style is relaxed and casual, or classic and refined, DrapeStyle can custom make a sheer for you.
Choose a simple yet elegant flat panel or personalize them by adding an optional top-band or custom pleat style. When you buy your custom drapes from DrapeStyle you are buying “factory direct”.
Our sheers are available in linen blends and polyester. They are perfect alone or paired with a pattern drape. Each made from the highest quality materials, fabricated right here in Phoenix, Arizona.Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you design your sheers.
I recently helped my in laws replace their window treatments. They had a few challenges, and it dawned on me, “standard” isn’t really “standard”. Every home has a unique design, unique windows and unique situations. But not to worry, there are solutions. And DrapeStyle can help.
My in laws have two corner windows that emphasise their beautiful view. They are on a hill so privacy isn’t an issue. However, the afternoon sun can be pretty intense, and they were looking for solutions to block the sun, so they came to me for suggestions.
Like I mentioned, they don’t need window coverings for privacy and they are working with a budget. They have a lot of wood in their home so naturally, my first suggestion was to add drapes to add color and softness to their home. Compared to shutters or shades, drapes are a less expensive alternative. Drapes will also draw your eye up and out, making the room and windows look larger than they really are.
The first step was to address the drapery hardware. When purchasing drapery hardware, you’ll first want to confirm that the collection has a swivel corner connector. This will be the item that connects two drapery rods in a corner. If it swivels, it will be much easier to work with.
If you need the drapes to be functional, meaning that the drapes will be opened and closed often, you may want to consider by-pass brackets and rings. If you need the drapes to completely close and meet in the corner, they will need to slide past the brackets allowing you to do this.
DrapeStyle offers a variety of different solutions for your window hardware, including corner hardware. Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.
How do you protect delicate fabrics such as silk, from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun? We are frequently asked by our clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight. The answer is, yes.
The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight. DrapeStyle only uses Hanes brand linings and interlinings. Hanes is one of the best companies out there and they produce some of the highest quality linings in the business.
DrapeStyle includes our standard white lining and white flannel interlining on all silk draperies. Not only will this significantly protect the fabric against sun damage, it will add body and weight to the drape making it look more full and lush.
If more insulation is needed we suggest selecting blackout lining. The blackout material is comprised of a synthetic membrane that is about 99% impenetrable from the sun. In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets in the same room, from fading as well. Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves. DrapeStyle only charges $99 per drapery panel to add blackout lining which is a great deal considering what it could cost to replace sun damaged furniture and drapes.
Most Interior Designers will suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their clients. They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.
If you would like more information about insulating, blackout or flannel linings, please see our lining guide or contact us. We’re here to help you create your dream drapes.
DrapeStyle has been in business for over 17 years and still makes all of our custom products; drapes, Roman shades and pillows, right here in the US. Our workroom is located in Phoenix, Arizona and our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products in a timely fashion.
Why do we feel it is so important to purchase goods made in the USA?
Some of the repercussions of products not made in the us includes:
Poor working conditions. Many times working conditions in other countries are lower than in the US.
Longer production times. When goods are made over seas, it takes longer for the product to reach the US
Poor quality control. Many times workers work on producing quantity, not quality
Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA.
Some of the benefits of buying in the US:
You’ll be keeping jobs here in America. And by creating more jobs you will be putting money back into our economy.
Lower Carbon Footprint: Goods shipped from overseas to America, burn fossil fuels and spew out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel. Purchasing goods made in the USA won’t have to travel as far creating a cleaner environment for generations to come.
Many foreign labor standards allow unsafe working conditions in many countries. When you buy made in the USA products, you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
For questions or advice, contact us and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes!
What does it really mean to have something custom made? At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made to your specifications. Read on for more information.
Any length or width-really! We’ve made some of the largest drapes you’ve ever seen!
Custom means hand sewn. A real human being hand sews your drapes and Roman shades to order. No puckering, no bunching, no gaps.
Custom means that we can hide the seams. If you need a wide drape, we may have to sew a couple of pieces of fabrics together. But no worries, we will hide the seams within the pleats so you don’t even know they’re there!
No over looking mistakes. We give the drapes a once over before they are shipped out to make sure your drapes are just as you ordered them.
At DrapeStyle we have been making drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials, and made by a team of talented seamstresses who an average, have 25 years of experience.
Need a little design advice? Not sure what size to order? Contact us and we would be happy to help! Because we are a small family owned business, you will talk to a real person when you call that can help you with the ordering process. We feel that the DrapeStyle way of making custom window treatments takes a little more time, cost a little more money but we think it’s worth it.
Do you have different sized windows in the same room? Do you have an awkward sized window? Want to give the illusion that there’s a window? Off center windows can really make decorating difficult. Here are some ideas on how to camouflage challenging windows.
Extend the drapery rods beyond the frame molding. 12 inches if you have the space. Or extend your drapery from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. This tricks the eye and you can’t tell where the windows start and stop, making you believe the window is larger than it is. This will give the illusion that your window is wider than it is.
Layer curtains and shades. By hanging shades just below the drapery rod it will make the window appear taller than it is. This layering look also makes your room look high end.
Use sturdy, thick fabrics. This will give you a high end look and the treatments won’t look skimpy. Use fabric with a vertical pattern or stripes that will draw your eye up. Fabric with a horizontal pattern or stripes will give the illusion the window is wider than it really is.
Outside mounted roman shades. By buying shades that are wider and longer than your window, will give the illusion the window is longer than it really is. And when the shade is pulled up, most of the glass will be exposed.
Need more ideas or suggestions? Feel free to contact one of our designers. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 16 years and we are great at problem solving!
In India, Matka means “rough handloom silk fabric.” Matka comes from thick yarn spun from the silk worm and results in some irregularities in the fabric. Matka silk resembles the tweed fabric in texture. In spite of the irregularities of the Maka Silk texture, it is considered unique. The thickness of Matka Silk can vary as per the amount of yarn used. This results in a controlled thickness of the fabric which contributes to its varied uses in different industries of clothing, home furnishing, and textiles.
Making silk is a delicate process and takes a number of steps. The first step is sericulture, which is the silk worm cultivation. Maintained in a controlled environment, the worms eventually form a cocoon. Farmers gather the cocoons and transport them to the factory for filature process, which is unwinding the strand from the cocoon to make a thread of raw silk. This raw silk is combined with approximately 10 other threads and wound onto a reel. The reels are sent to the mill, where the silk fabric is woven.
Matka Silk takes dye beautifully and is very versatile. It may be used for dresses, sarees, suits, draperies, pillows and more.
DrapeStyle’s Handwoven Matka Silk is woven in India. We offer 18 different shades of Handwoven Silk and invite you to view this luxurious fabric for yourself. If you have any questions about Handwoven Silk or any of our fabrics, please contact us.