1. Would you recommend a "break" or "puddle" (drapery skimming the floor)?
In many cases having your drapery
made long enough that it will hit the floor and "break" (think of
a pair of men's slacks) is a great idea. First it gives you some fudge
when it comes time to install and certainly helps to mask uneven floors
and walls. Secondly a little bit of extra length will keep your drapes
from ever looking like "high waters" (think of a pair of men's
slack that are too short) as many materials will expand and contract
slightly with the weather (crazy but true). Now of course common sense
does come into play here so if for instance you are ordering white silk
drapery that will open and close daily you might think to order a length
that will ensure your drapery NEVER touches the floor as it could likely
get dirty or even ruined. Same is true for drapery being purchased for
commercial application where perhaps a cleaning crew might mop daily.
general if considering a small break or puddle on
your drapes we recommend about 1-3"...any longer and it may look too
messy. However if you plan on leaving the drapes tied back you might
consider a few inches more
2. Will draperies help insulate my windows?
Assuming you select either
blackout lining or Privacy + interlining your drapes will certainly
provide and additional layer of insulation.
to maximize your draperies insulation capabilities? Choosing our privacy
+ interlining option will ensure you minimize heat loss. In addition
to our standard all cotton privacy lining, out cotton flannel interlining
was made popular in England where it was used to help keep
large drafty estates, flats and fine homes
warm during the long cold winters.
3. Can draperies block out all the light?
The level of light blockage
and privacy you will get from a drapery is mostly the result of the
material you select and the lining(s) you choose. Generally speaking,
the heavier the material, the less light will come through. By adding
a privacy liner + interlining you will block the majority of light....a
black out liner will block even more. Keep in mind that if your are
installing these draperies on decorative hardware that light will come
in at the top of the drape.
only way to get a true "cave effect" and block all of the light
is to go "hotel-style" and treat your windows with blackout draperies
that close and a cornice above [to prevent this light seepage from the
4. If I am not concerned with light blockage should I still line my drapes?
The Short answer is YES. While
there are situations (we seldom if ever would recommend lining sheers)
the benefits of lining a drape are great: For starters all of our linings
will help insulate and may actually save you money on your heating and
cooling bill. Lining also protects the material from the harmful rays
of the sun and gives draperies a fuller look and a generally better
hang. Again there are exceptions as we too are fans of the image of
light-weight unlined silk panels blowing in the wind next to an open
door...but the reality those are commercials and the best (non-sheer)
drapes are typically lined.
you were leaning towards your draperies being unlined but are now thinking
of adding a liner perhaps a privacy liner would be your best bet as
it will still allow some light through and is the least expensive of
the lining charges.
5. Is Interlining worth it?
To some its an absolute necessity,
to others perhaps over kill. It really comes down to personal preference.
To us (and most designers) in most cases it only helps. It gives the
drapes a heft that you simply don't get any other way. Silks
for instance always look great in drapery and even better interlined.
ordering "non-functioning" or stationary drapes consider interlining
as you can often get away with purchasing a drapery that has less coverage
(which will save you money) and interline it which will give it some
6. Are Grommet Draperies easy to operate?
While in some limited capacities
Grommet drapes are functional we usually recommend them for people who
will leave them stationary. If functionality is your biggest concern
then Pinch Pleat, Tailored Pleat and Ripplefold are the easier styles
you love the look of Grommet Drapes
but are concerned about the functionality, consider doing the drapes
just as stationary, non-functioning side panels
and adding a shade behind it. This will give you the functionality you
require while still getting the look of this beautiful drapery style.
Often time the $ saved on cutting down on drapery width more than pays
for the shade.
7. What should I do if I don't really need my drapes to close?
Many people who order custom
drapes literally don't close them. We call these "side panels"
or "stationary panels". The following chart gives our recommendations
of what size panels you can order to ensure you save money and the finished
look isn't skimpy.
If this approach is of interest
to you please contact Customer Service who can help advise you on how
best to order.
in this case your drapes will not be wide enough to close we recommend
going with a lining that will give more body and substance to the drapery
and while non-functional, it will still look substantial.
8. Why don't most other companies offer custom made draperies?
The reason is simple: no one
has the skill to make them properly. The few workrooms that perhaps
can manufacture custom hand-made draperies do so at at a price point that
is significantly higher than what we offer. Our staff of skilled craftsmen
have been making drapes for some of the world's top interior designers
for literally decades. The time and effort that goes into each drapery
is something that larger workrooms simply won't do. Simply put: nobody
does it better.
9. All your draperies look great in your photos, will mine look like that?
There's no magic to the photos
we show you, just some good taste, careful installation and some amazing
interiors that we install them in. Your Drapes will be made by
the exact same people, the exact same way. Lots of things will influence
how things "look" in your space: size of shade, material / lining
selected and of course the environment it is going in. All of our Drapery
shown in photos have also been steamed. To ensure each customer gets
a great looking set of drapes, we carefully package all drapery and
many wrinkles will naturally hang out over time.
interested you can contact customer service for info about where you
can buy an inexpensive hand-held steamer ($25)
10. I love the look of these draperies but am concerned that even when open they will block much of my window. What can I do?
If you have the room the best
thing to do is to extend your drapery to the right and left of the area.
This will make the area you are covering wider and take more material
off the window. If you don't have space to extend out you might consider
using a sheer which will still allow natural light to filter in or consider
purchasing a tie back [see link] to help hold the material off the window.
great way to work around not losing much light is to simply do thinner
stationary Draperies and then add a functional shade behind it this
way you get the over all aesthetic w/o sacrificing the space