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Custom curtains or custom draperies?

Today I had somebody come into the store,  inquiring about custom draperies. This nice lady called them custom curtains, however was not sure if this is the proper terminology to use. We hear it all from side panels to draperies, curtains to window coverings. I found this quote online” Although many people think CURTAINS and DRAPES are the same thing, since they both cover windows, there is a difference by definition and use, even though most of us use the word interchangeably. Curtains usually are a lighter fabric, thin or sheer. They are not lined and won’t block out light”.

I agree to some point regarding the weight and quality of the window coverings, however I also think that draperies usually are “custom” and hand made, where as curtains can be found “ready made” at stores. Drapes usually are much nicer in quality, always lined or interlined (or with blackout lining), made out of heavier fabric like velvets, damask, nicer linen fabrics or blends. The top of a drapery panel is also usually pleated and there are several different styles of pleats available. Our most popular pleat is a pinch pleated panel because it stacks nicely and gives drapery panels the fullness they need. ( There are also pencil pleats, goblet pleats inverted pleats).

So there you have it :) the difference between custom curtains and  draperies.

Custom roman shades

 

Making functional Roman shades in our custom window treatment workroom  has gained  quite a bit in popularity over the last few years. Not only are they beautiful, but they also help with heating and air bills and usually require quite a bit less of fabric than full size panels. It is a different, more minimalistic look, but are a great solution for some windows, especially when combined with full size draperies in other areas of the house.  The three most common styles of Roman shades are either a flat Roman shade, a hobbled Roman shade, or a pleated Roman shade. They can also be light filtering or blackout (room darkening) which are very desirable for bedrooms, living rooms or movie rooms.

Of course another option would be to make your Roman shade motorized, or to accessorize it with a stainless steel chain versus a plastic continuous cord loop. The consideration usually is if your Roman shade is going to be an inside mount with in your window frame, or an outside mount. If it is an outside mount, then I recommend to create a valance on top of it in order to hide your Roman shade.  As you can see in the attached picture, the Roman shades are mounted inside the frame and do not require a decorative top treatment.

Fabric choice with Roman shades can be a little bit of a challenge.  You do you want to make sure that the fabric has a certain thickness which is appropriate to create folds, but not too thick where the cords on the back are not able to handle the weight of the fabric. Also heavy and bulky fabric will not be able to stack nicely when the shade […]

Window coverings and motorized drapes

I have been making custom window treatments, window coverings, custom bedding and draperies for about 20 years with my own company here in Knoxville.  I thought I have done it all, I thought I have seen it all, and  I always feel that there is no job too small or too big for us to handle in our workroom. Well, the job that we are currently working on might prove me wrong. The custom window treatments are  approximately 200 inches tall and on a motorized rod which is also around 200 inches in width. The draperies are pinch pleated with a decorative banding on the leading edge. We are fabricating 4 panels for a custom home and the necessary amount of widths to make this window treatment functional is 10 widths. Due to the amount of fabric (determined by the width and length) our draperies are quite heavy and we are getting quite the workout to complete these functional window coverings. The panels will be operated two ways. Either with a remote control or by wall switches which have been installed as well.