DrapeStyle is now offering a pair of matching pillow covers with every order placed. These pillow covers will be made from the same quality fabrics and materials that go into your draperies. These will be 18″ pillow covers, with a hidden zipper and knife edge detailing.
Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made and now we are offering custom made pillow covers to match your drapes at no cost to you!
For more information contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and costs a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.
Oceanview seeks to create a relaxed upscale retreat, mixing fashionable fabrics and decorative trimmings. Inspired by serene ocean waves, the collection offers powder blue and subdued chalk white as a classic pairing, while also incorporating linen and grey neutrals with pops of citrine, indigo, and teal. Marks says a major color inspiration for him was imagining the sea under the shining moonlight.
Some of this collection’s highlights include a variety of printed and woven textures, as well as fresh contemporary sheers.
GRIDWORK is a modern print that is then pin-tucked with embroidery pleats, KAHUNA and LITTLEROCK are textured velvets, and for the window, LACHMAN is a contemporary take on a fishing net made of 100% silk. The collection also includes two washed linen sheers, LUNADA and TEMESCAL, offered in soft neutral colorways.
Other patterns originate from the Kravet archive, like IMMERSIVE, a heavy jacquard chenille; WHITECAP, a screen-printed pattern that mirrors its namesake tidal influence; and SURFWOOD, updated using a modern teal color.
Marks also includes an updated color story for some of his best-selling prints: BRANCHES, a modern silhouette of trees, and CHROMIS, an ethereal printed texture with metallic accents.
Oceanview includes three unique trimmings made to complement the fabrics in this collection and offer the opportunity to personalize each design. FISHERMAN’S NET includes a wide cotton border and natural twine cording to resemble an actual fishing net; SHELL COLLECTOR is a naturally dyed cotton indigo ground embellished with seashells and cotton rope; and WAVE CURL features a freestyle embroidered design inspired by undulating ocean waves.
Firmly rooted in a coastal living lifestyle, Marks naturally gravitates to all things inherent to nature; honing in on sea shells, jute, cotton and linen. This small collection of border band trimmings provides the perfect accent to the polished fabrics in this collection.
DrapeStyle features Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics and we can transform them into beautiful draperies, Roman shades or pillows. At DrapeStyle we manufacture designer quality drapery, in the USA, at prices similar big box retailers imported drapes. Please contact us for more information or to have fabric samples mailed to you.
“Made in the USA”. What exactly does that mean? Does that really matter?
DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start. Why is this important? We not only design here, we manufacturer here. This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces. The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship. I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made. I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.
A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:
In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York. DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics. To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows. Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
So as you can see, DrapeStyle supports many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.
Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?
When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy. The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment. These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions. By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
Quicker turn around times. Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!
Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”. Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it. And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience. We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.
For many people their family room is a place to gather, to visit with others, to play, to read. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.
If you like to watch movies in your family room, you may want to consider blackout drapes. Choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better viewing. Blackout drapes are also a natural choice, blocking light as well as some sound, and creating a quiet sanctuary. Blackout drapes will also block out bright street lights at night.
To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. DrapeStyle makes all drapes with returns (which bring the drapery fabric all the way around to the wall) which is another way to guarantee the most light will be blocked.
To keep your family room cool or warm, choose drapes with flannel or bump interlining, which will insulate your windows from heat or cold. Lined drapes allow you to cut back on air conditioning and heating costs and create a dark retreat during the daytime. Lined draperies also look more luxurious and regal.
Because family rooms are typically high-traffic rooms, use fabrics here that are durable and will last over time. Also think about the length of your drapery. Drapes that puddle on the floor make look regal and luxurious in a low-traffic area like a dining room, but think about kids, pets and traffic patterns, where puddled drapes will get walked on. Drapes that are 1/2 inch off the floor are a good choice here.
If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your family room feel free to contact DrapeStyle. One of our talented designers would be happy to help you with your selections and guarantee the proper fit for your windows. We have been making custom draperies for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes.
Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.
Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:
Will your drapery be “functional”? By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often. If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.
You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring. The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands. Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.
We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.
Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.
Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.
If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.
Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for metal grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.
Phoenix, Arizona, February 27, 2020 – DrapeStyle.comof Phoenix, Arizona has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Theonline custom drapery company was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.” Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz for more information, ideas and inspiration.
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You’ve read the reviews, you’ve scrolled through images showing beautiful craftsmanship and you’re ready to order custom made draperies from DrapeStyle. What should be your first step? Ordering fabric samples.
At DrapeStyle, we know the draperies you order will be exquisitely made of the highest quality materials, right here in the USA. But we want you to be completely satisfied on your selection. Many computer monitors can skew colors (when was the last time you calibrated your monitor?!) so we want to be sure that what you receive is exactly what you were hoping for.
Also, lighting can vary. I’m sure the lighting in our showroom, where many of the drapery pictures were taken, varies greatly compared to the lighting in your home. And even your lighting in your home can vary from different times of the day. I’ve had many customers admit to me that they taped many fabric samples to the wall near their window and lived with them for a few days in order to determine which color they like best.
In fact, we want to be sure you are happy with your purchase so if we see that you haven’t ordered fabric samples, we may just pop a sample in the mail for you to approve before we process your order. Our samples are mounted to heavy card stock with the fabric name and fiber content on the back for easy reference.
If you’re thinking of ordering window treatments or pillows, please order fabric samples first. As you check out, enter the coupon code SAMPLES and receive $10 in free fabric samples. And as always, if you have any questions, please contact DrapeStyle and we will be happy to help you design your dream drapes.
For many people their bedroom is their sanctuary. A quiet place that they can relax, read, and decompress from the day. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.
To keep your bedroom dark, choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better sleep. Blackout drapes are also a natural choice, blocking light as well as some sound, and creating a quiet sanctuary. Blackout drapes will also block out bright street lights at night.
To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. DrapeStyle makes all drapes with returns (which bring the drapery fabric all the way around to the wall) which is another way to guarantee the most light will be blocked.
To keep your bedroom cool or warm, choose drapes with flannel or bump interlining, which will insulate your windows from heat or cold. Lined drapes allow you to cut back on air conditioning and heating costs and create a dark retreat during the daytime. Lined draperies also look more luxurious and regal.
Because bedrooms are typically low-traffic rooms, it’s possible to use fabrics here that you might not use other places, like silk or velvet. There are thousands of choices when it comes to patterned drapery and in a smaller space like a bedroom, this may be the perfect place to try something different with pattern or color.
If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your bedroom feel free to contact DrapeStyle. One of our talented designers would be happy to help you with your selections and guarantee the proper fit for your windows. We have been making custom draperies for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes.
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.
Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles. This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles. In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.
These custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier. The weave is little more relaxed and the hand is beautiful. Like any natural linen fabric, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them. Care cards are always included with each order to guide you so that you can hang your drapes yourself, beautifully.
We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons. For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge. If you would like one of our designer fabrics as the edge-band, we can do that too for an additional fee.
Like with silk drapes, our linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy. For $99 per panel, the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.
If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please contact one of our designers. They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our clients.
Tiebacks, holdbacks, medallions, tassels, they are called many things but they all do the same job; hold back your draperies.
Tiebacks can be a beautiful way to add color, style or a little whimsy to your draperies. They are also very functional if you want to be able to pull your drapes to the side to let in more light or if you would like a swoopy, formal look. They are also a nice way to showcase the view outside your window.
A tieback is usually something that attaches or wraps around the drape, and is easily removable. There are many sizes and styles of ready made tiebacks. Matching the fabric of the drapery or using oversize tassels are classic looks. Adding something like cording, rope or braided fabric are also beautiful alternatives.
I usually think of a holdback as something that is attached to the wall near the draperies and holds or pulls, the fabric back. Mount a curved metal bracket, peg or rosette on the wall about two-thirds of the way down the window. Matching the room and the drapery rod for style and finish is an elegant touch. Drapes can easily be pulled back or closed without much effort. This is a great choice is you are opening and closing your draperies often.
Whichever tieback you choose, let it be a reflection of your style, sophistication, and interior design. See DrapeStyle’s line of tassels, tiebacks and holdbacks for adding that final touch to your draperies.
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!
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.
Drapery hooks, what are they? DrapeStyle uses a lot of these little things and you probably don’t even know that they’re there. But they can make all of the difference when creating custom draperies.
DrapeStyle uses heavy duty, silver metal drapery hooks on our custom draperies. Why? to hold up the heaviest of draperies and to ensure that the pleats look as good as they did when they were created. One of the final steps in creating your custom drapes, drapery hooks are installed by hand on each drape on the header, on flat panel and pleated drapes.
The drapery hooks then slide into the eyelet on your drapery ring. We highly recommend purchasing drapery rings as appose to clips on rings. Clip on rings can have a tendency to snag to tear the fabric. And if the drape is heavy, the drape can slide out of the clip.
It takes a bit more time and money to install metal drapery hooks but that’s one of the many differences between DrapeStyle and other retailers. At DrapeStyle, we take the time to hand make every pillow, drape and Roman shade as if it was going into our own home. With a team of seamstresses that each have an average of 25 years experience, you know you will receive window treatments made with the highest quality materials and standards. And as always, everything is made right here in America.
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.
The most classic and common of all methods of hanging curtains, a rod pocket is a sewn-in pocket, or casing, at the top of a curtain panel that easily slips over a rod and conceals it.
Curtain panels hung this way bunch nicely and have a simple, casual look. All of DrapeStyle’s curtain panels can be hung using this method, and you don’t need any additional pieces or hardware (aside from your rod and finials) to make this look work.
One thing to consider is how often you’ll want to open and close your panels. For curtains you will be opening and closing a lot, you may want to consider another pleat style, as rod pockets tend to be a little stubborn to adjust as the fabric rests directly on the curtain rod. And if your curtains are very long, you may not be able to reach the top of the curtain to open and close them.
Rod Pockets work well with layered window coverings. Valances hung above the curtain hide the rod even when the curtain is open. Sheers can be mounted under the main panels. Casement curtains are often used on French doors and sidelights. Rods slip through casements at the top and bottom of the panels so that the curtains can be secured to the top and bottom of a window. Sheers are often used for this window treatment, providing privacy while allowing light to come through.
DrapeStyle constructs a 3″ rod pocket as our standard. Since we are a custom workroom, let us know if you need something made a little differently. In our experience, the 3″ rod pocket is a pretty standard size as most customers will use a round 1″ or 1 1/2″ diameter curtain rod. A 3” rod pocket should be used on a standard 2 1/2” continental or dauphine rod or on a decorative rod up to 1 1/2″. By selecting the rod pocket as your pleat style, you won’t need to purchase curtain rings, saving you a bit of money.
Stylish and classic, DrapeStyle’s rod pocket curtains will look beautiful in your home for years to come.
I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality. There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.
1. Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”? By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary. If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed. You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that you will attach to the leading drapery rings. The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands. Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric.
If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse. Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons. You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.
Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”. Grom-O-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric.
If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them hung and “dressed” by your Installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.
2. The second major consideration is sun exposure. How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too? If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection. You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined. Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time. You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric. The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel. If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want to consider blackout lining. Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.
Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy. If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight. Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive. Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them. This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.
3. Outdoor Curtains and Drapery. When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella. Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices. The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would. Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.