Frequent Questions & Answers
Over the years, we been asked the questions listed below at one point or another by either a colleague or a prospective client. Most of these frequent questions regard with drapery itself, and not our services and business; we prefer to answer those questions via email or phone so don’t hesitate to contact us directly. While we are always here to answer any of the general questions you may have, feel free to peruse through this list and reach out to us if further clarification is needed.
- Why should I choose custom drapery?
- What is the difference between thermal & blackout lining?
- What are some different pleat styles?
- How should I take care of my new drapery?
Readymade drapes and window treatments are now available everywhere, which is good because they are accessible to whomever wishes to adorn their windows. However, there is only one downside to readymade drapes and that is originality. For those who want a more sophisticated look, better quality, and an original piece custom drapes are the way to go. Custom drapes can be made in a variety of styles, and they can help you blend the fabric and style to your home décor. Custom drapes are often made to look fuller, and can be made using different options of pleat styles. In the end the most important element to creating custom drapes is having your own personal stamp and style show throughout its design. So choose carefully, thoughtfully, and consider contacting a drapery specialist today.
Thermal lining is made of 100% cotton, wool or polyester fabric. These fabrics are then coated on one side with an acrylic foam or with a layer of aluminum. The acrylic and aluminum are the materials that give these drapes an insulating property. Like thermal lined clothes, thermal lined curtains and drapes can keep the designated room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Here in Central Florida, thermal lined drapes have become increasingly popular because they help to keep homes cool all year round. Blackout lining is a bit different. It is made of a poly-cotton mix and is typically placed between the drapery fabric and a cotton lining. However, not everyone needs this much lining. Typically this “interlining” look is great for theater rooms and bedrooms. When used, blackout drapes are a great and effective way to reduce not only the sunlight but often times the cooling bills. Most believe that blackout lining is only appropriate for a bedroom or dormitory. However, when using certain fabrics, particularly silks, blackout lining can prevent these fabrics from being damaged by the sun’s UV rays.
Although traditional designs using cornices, swags, and trimmings are making a comeback; everyone can benefit from the simplicity of pleated drapery panels. There are however so many drapery panels pleat styles, and we believe that choosing the correct pleat style is very important. In my opinion, the pleat styles should not only agree with the chosen decor, but also with the function and intent of that particular window. Often times, a client can fixate on a particular pleat style not understanding that there are so many components to creating these custom drapes.
Everything from the hardware, like the drapery pole, to the daily use of the said drapery, will be called into question when creating custom drapes. Even the thickness of the chosen fabric will affect the overall outcome of a pleat style. That is why it is so important to work with a workroom that can assist your process.
Some of the more popular and commonly used drapery pleat style are as follows: pinch pleats, goblet pleats, pencil pleats, box pleats, swagged pleats, tab topped, cuffed pleats, and rob pocket pleats.
For a complete list of these pleats along with illustrations, please email us directly. We’d be more than happy to provide you with a downloadable link to our “drapery pleat styles brochure.”
One of the most frequently asked questions references drapery care and cleaning. Here we illustrate our advice on the subject. Although there are obvious differences in the way one would care for our drapery (usually this care would be dependent upon the type of fabric), there are a few similarities on how to properly care for your investment. Below we have put together a list of the top two ways your drapes can easily damage and how you can prevent it.
- Sunlight – Exposure to UV rays can weaken the fibers found in fabrics and overtime cause discoloration and fading. One way to fix this from occurring is to make sure that your drapes are lined with drapery liner. Another tidbit is to take advantage of eco-friendly options like window tint and film. Also, although the lighting is very important, you might want to consider keeping those blinds intact. In places where hot weather is predominant, motorized blinds or shades might be a good idea. Sheer drapery panels can always be placed in front of these for a nicer touch.
- Humidity – This is another factor that affects the fibers found in fabrics, however unlike sunlight damage, humidity can cause fabrics to do two very different things. Sometimes, depending on the fabric type once a lot of humidity reaches these fabric fibers the drape can shrink or stretch. However, most importantly mold can grow between these fibers and stain the fabric. If you live in high humid climate, purchasing dehumidifier can help control the levels of humidity in your room and often prevent damage to your furniture, floors (wood floors to be exact), and drapery.
Additionally, in order to protect your drapery investment to the fullest, there are a few things to take into consideration before you decide on fabric types and drapery styles. Properly maintaining your drapes would involve a commitment to clean them as part of your cleaning routine or tasks. Usually easiest of these tasks includes vacuuming your drapes with a brush attachment. This can be done every three to six months, depending on your living environment and dust conditions. However, of all the cleaning methods, the most important step to keeping your drapes and sheers as beautiful as when they were first installed will be to have them dry cleaned every two to three years. This is dependent upon dust conditions, your cooking habits, and other environmental factors.