How Long Should My Curtains Be?

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.


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The Art of Handcrafted Textiles

Reposted from Fabricut’s blog:

There is something unmistakably appealing about the handmade. The rich history of textiles as one of the oldest forms of art continues to influence textile design today, with handmade techniques passed down through generations of textile designers. As we continue to find inspiration in handcrafted textiles, we’ve pulled together several new products developed with handcrafting processes and images of the artisans at work.

Employing handcrafting techniques including screen printing, fabrics like Ion Damask are printed at our mill by artisans who apply the pattern by hand down the bolt of fabric. Ion Damask’s natural linen ground is the perfect backdrop for the hand-screened damask design, bringing a more relaxed look ideal for bohemian or globally inspired interiors.

Using the same screen printing technique, pattern Amaris Stripe’s small-scale design is printed onto a cotton/linen blend ground. Hand-screening the fabric design lends the fabric a uniqueness unlike anything made entirely by machine.

If you are interested in any of Fabricut’s fabrics, let us know! DrapeStyle can custom make draperies, Roman shades or pillows in any of Fabricut’s fabrics. Contact us for more information.


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Why Buy Single Drapery Panels?

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!


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Why Buy Made-to-Measure?

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.


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Top Reasons to Interline Your Curtains

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.


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Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Bold Prints-If you want to make an interior design statement, then go for the bright and bold prints that are coming back in trend this season. Big prints in mustard yellow or indigo make for a perfect autumn look to complete your room. Keep the textile in the room simple and go big with prints on curtains or blinds with different fabrics like silk, linen and cotton to get the best look possible with a softer edge.

Sheers-If you want to add more subtle touches to your living rooms, then try adding sheer curtains with a neutral base and some bold and bright red or orange curtain appliqué to get playful. The translucent fabric makes sure the light is plenty and the prints and design embody the autumn season inside your home.

Autumnal Colors-The easiest way to change up a room, especially if you have a neutral coloured room decor is by adding bold and bright orange and red curtain hues for the season. You can add different layers and shades of the same colour with an ombre curtain look, to add more volume and amp up the season festivities by going all out! Remember to stick to one color theme and don’t go overboard with the textiles in the room!

Organic Materials-Natural woven blinds in bamboo and matchstick. They filter the light and provide just the right amount of privacy. Woven blinds are often eco friendly and sustainable and they look great paired with fabric curtain panels.


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Custom Made with Sarah Richardson

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.


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How to Train Your 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.


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Get to Know Vern Yip

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.


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Threading the Needle

This week, on July 25th, we celebrate “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.

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.

Make things you like. If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it. 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 each been threading the needle for an average of 25 years so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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Ideas for Tall Windows

 

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You decided on the house with the big, beautiful, panoramic windows. But now what? The windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes. If you visit the typical retailers you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows. Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches. And that’s where DrapeStyle comes in. Everything we make is custom made, so yes, we can make drapes for your windows.           Any width.  Any length. Any fabric.

 

Do your tall windows offer an incredible view that you don’t want to obstruct? Consider adding sheers to your windows.  DrapeStyle carries sheers in several different colors, style and fabrics so you are sure to find one that works for you. Sheers can add drama and softness to a room, without breaking the bank. Whether you are looking for a classic sheer or something more modern, DrapeStyle has plenty of reasonably priced sheers to choose from.

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Another option for adding a little color and pattern to your windows, would be decorative panels. Drapes that do not open and close, they instead are stationary and provide much needed color to the walls.

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Need privacy? Consider adding our sateen privacy lining or for a truly room darkening effect, add blackout lining. Perfect for darkening the room when you want to watch a movie or take a nap.

 

So where do you start? We suggest that you go through our fabric samples and select a few that you like. You will receive your samples within a few days and you will be able to see for yourself how each fabric looks in your home, in your light. Then, check out our measuring guide to determine the best fit for your window. Or, if you need a little help, please contact us. One of our designers will help you through the process and determine the best size draperies for your tall windows.

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At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, curtains, pillows and Roman shades available anywhere since 2002. Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer. After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, valances and Roman shades for over a decade. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
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Extra Long Curtains and Drapes

It seems that almost all of the new homes that are being built lately feature huge, extra long and panoramic windows.  These windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes.  If you visit most of the typical Retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows.  Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches.

At DrapeStyle we make each drapery panel to order and we can literally make any length or width you can imagine.  We “specialize” in “custom”.  Nothing is ready-made and we seriously don’t have any templates or restrictions, and we can ship your drapes, no matter how long or wide they are to almost anywhere on the planet.  We’ve made extra long drapes for Clients as far away as Australia, and, I don’t think you can get much further away from Orange County, California than Australia.  We can make longer curtains for Homeowners, Churches, Hotels, Restaurants and really any location.  Here are a couple of photos of extra long drapes we made here at DrapeStyle.  Oh, and we can also arrange to have your extra long or wide drapes installed as well!

We made these extra long drapes for a restaurant in San Francisco.  They were over 25 feet long.

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Here is another angle of the same really, really long drapes.

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We can ship your extra, extra long drapes to almost anywhere on the planet.  Here are a set of drapes that were 240 inches long going to a Customer in Australia!

At DrapeStyle we LOVE Extra Long Curtains and Drapes!

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Extra Long Drapes going to Australia

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