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.
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!
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!
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.