Should I Choose Grommets?

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.

Celebrate Summer With Sunbrella!

Here are our top five ways Sunbrella will make your summer easier:

1. Water Resistant: Looking to spend time poolside in style? Because Sunbrella is water resistant, one of its best uses is by the pool. Perfect for draperies and pillows.

2. Easy to Clean: In addition to being stain repellant, Sunbrella is extremely easy to clean, making it the perfect fabric for parties or anywhere spills are bound to occur.

3. Durability: Sunbrella’s industrial grade fabrics are highly durable and can withstand jumping pets, wild weather, and active children. You won’t have to replace it as often as other fabrics because Sunbrella is engineered to last two to ten times longer than conventional fabrics.

4. Indoor/Outdoor: Sunbrella fabrics transition beautifully between indoors and outdoors, helping you maintain the design flow of your house. With hundreds of fabrics to choose from, you’ll definitely find something you love!

5. Health and Eco Benefits: Sunbrella fabrics make stylish, functional awnings that also help protect against UV rays. Shady areas may also reduce your home’s air conditioning bill. Studies show that the shade created from fabric awnings or draperies helps prevent the sun’s heat from entering the home through windows.

Quality custom made Sunbrella draperies, shades and pillow are available from DrapeStyle. Made in the USA for over 16 years, DrapeStyle will deliver a product you will be proud to feature in your home. Order samples of any Sunbrella fabric or contact us for more information.

Outdoor Decorating with Performance Fabrics

It’s starting to warm up (finally!) and I think just about everyone experienced a colder than usual winter this year and we’re all looking forward to warmer days!

And as the weather gets warmer, we will start to venture outside. So, if your outdoor space ready for Spring? Do you need to freshen up your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillows?

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Dimone Sequoia 8031-0000

Canvas Terracotta 5440-0000

DrapeStyle has a large selection of performance fabrics to brighten your outdoor space and provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun. And as always, you can customize your outdoor drapes to your specifications.

Sunbrella

The undisputed king of the outdoor textile industry, Sunbrella brings the same great qualities as their marine offerings to your home with their vast selection of high-quality upholstery fabrics. These 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics won’t visibly fade, making them perfect for sunrooms and south-facing windows, which receive the most sunlight throughout the day. Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are indoor/outdoor fabrics, so they’ll look just as great on your porch or patio as in your living room. They’re also stain resistant and easy to clean if you have messy kids or pets to consider.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk’s outdoor fabrics for Schumacher are bold, vibrant and dramatic. The color palettes used in her abstract and geometric designs are clearly influenced by her work as a modernist fashion designer in Southern California. Trina Turk has an incredible selection of colorful outdoor fabrics, ideal for upholstery fabrics and drapery fabrics. Whether you use the fabric for upholstery, drapery, or outdoor cushions, it is destined to be a great accent. Her geometric fabrics are a best-seller and have definitely landed her a place on our list of favorite designers!

Visit our outdoor drapery page or outdoor pillow page for ideas and available patterns of performance fabrics. Need a little help? We’re here to help you design your custom dream drapes, pillows and Roman shades. And since they’re custom made, you decide the length, width and details, all made right here in the USA.

Time to Order Your Outdoor Drapery!

I know – Seems crazy.  It’s the end of February and half of the Country is enduring ice-cold temperatures.  The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”.  So, lets all change the conversation!  Let’s start looking forward to spring!  Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.

So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle.  We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows.  Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered.  Our Designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.

Of course, we also have a full line of outdoor drapery hardware that is made to endure years of outdoor weather exposure and can also be customized to your exact specifications.  Ask one of our Designers for help selecting the hardware components you will need as well.  Please don’t be intimidated by the word “custom”.  At DrapeStyle “Custom” does not mean “Expensive”.  As a matter of fact, we can probably make you amazing custom outdoor drapery at pricing lower pricing than you will find at many larger retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen!  And, when you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American Made Custom at the exact size and fabric you need.

We’ll need 4-6 weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered in mid-April.  Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs arrival!!

 

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes
Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

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