Drapery Fabrics 101

Whether you’re revamping an existing set of draperies or starting from scratch, perhaps one of the most important decisions you’re going to be making in the entire process is choosing the best drapery fabric for your project. With a multitude of different options to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in a mix of prints, styles, colors and textures, but with our helpful guide, we’re going to lead you in the right direction.

Choosing your Color

One of the first decisions that needs to be made is choosing which color or print you’d like for the space. Do you want to add a pop of color to the room or perhaps a pattern that adds a hint of style? You will need to decide what you want to accomplish with your drapery treatments. Perhaps you want them to blend in with the space and choose a more neutral white or off-white tone. Narrow down your choices by deciphering what you want first and foremost.

Choosing your Material

Another aspect to consider when shopping for drapery fabric is material. The material you choose can impact how your drapery treatments function and hold up over time. Choosing a thicker fabric that is too heavy causes the window treatment to fold incorrectly. Experts recommend that while you’re out shopping, take the piece of fabric that you like, fold it like an accordion at the top and let it drape down. If the fabric begins to flare out and not flow nicely, you may want to consider another type of material. The following materials are best when choosing drapery treatments:

·         Linen

·         Silk

·         Velvet

·         Faux Silk

These fabrics tend to hang the best, and hold up over time, especially with the sun’s UV rays protruding into the window every day here in Southwest Florida.

Choosing your Length

Your drapery fabric needs to be a proper length for it to look and function properly. The first decision you will need to make is figuring out how far above the window you’d like your drapery treatments to be installed. Many designers agree that hanging drapery treatments slightly above the window gives height to the space, and recommend hanging your draperies at least six inches above the window frame. Once this is established, you will need to decide how low you want your draperies to hang. A more contemporary look has drapery treatments just brushing the floor, instead of bunching up in a pile under the window.

If you’re planning on utilizing your drapery treatments to block out the sun’s UV rays, be sure to add a liner to your drapery fabric. Specialized liners are made for blocking out light and help to protect your valuables from fading. Having a liner also protects the drapery fabric itself from becoming damaged from the sun’s light.

Choosing your Perfect Drapery Fabric

As you can see, there are quite a few choices to make when adding in custom drapery treatments to your home. Be sure to figure out what you’re looking for and consider not only style, but functionality as well. The experts at G & L Drapery/Upholstery Shop are ready to help you tackle your drapery project. Call (239) 596-5550 or visit www.gnldraperyshop.com to get started.

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