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  • How to Top Off Your Window Curtains

    When purchasing window curtains at retail, you are limited by the style selection. At the drape, you build a custom window curtain, selecting the hanging style that you want. We will explain many of the popular styles, when to choose them and what to expect. It is time to learn and understand the difference between a pinch pleat and a back tab. This short post will help you do just that. For more information, refer to our style guide. Top Style #1: Rod Pocket A rod pocket is a channel that is sewn at the top of the window curtain. This is a classic style that has stood the test of time. This style does not open and close easily. If you like the formal look and want to let light in, add holdbacks (also known as tie-backs) to keep the curtain panels open. They also work well on wide windows where they can casually hang on the sides of the window. Top Style #2: Grommet At the drape, we offer 3 grommet colors: black, brushed nickel, and antique satin. The grommet and the curtain rod should be the same finish. A grommet (or eyelet) is a metal ring that is pressed around a hole on either side of the fabric. To hang, the curtain rod is threaded through the grommet holes. The deep folds that are created look modern and stylish. This curtain will slide easily between the open and closed positions. Top Style #3: Back Tab A back tab curtain has a fabric tab hidden on the back side of the window panel. At the drape, our back tab curtains also have a rod pocket, so it is a two-in-one option. This style curtain looks good open and closed. The deep folds created are the perfect blend for a clean casual style. Top Style #4: Pinch Pleat At the drape, we offer a classic tailored pleat. Three layers of fabric are pinched together to create the pleat. On the back side of the curtain, we have stitched a narrow loop. An elegant and fashionable window curtain option, this design can be hung on a decorative rod or with the addition of clip rings or drapery hooks. Window Curtain Accessories Clip rings are an accessory that is purchased with the decorative curtain rod. It is an elegant way to hang many curtain styles. It is common to use clip rings with pinch pleat panels. However, they also look great with a classic panel like a rod pocket or back tab, creating softer folds. We are a custom drapery company and will make and design any style you are looking for. The above are the 4 styles are available for easy ordering on our website. If you have questions about which is right for your home, or if you want to explore an additional style option like tab tops or box pleats, send us an email at or set up a complimentary design consultation.

  • Fabulous Fall Decorating Tips and Trends for the Home

    My favorite season is always the one we are about to enter. Summer is wrapping up, school has started, and pumpkin season is upon us. This all makes Fall my new favorite. The official kick-off is September 22nd, but like all of you, I am starting early. Transitioning our wardrobe, dusting off boots, and pulling out sweaters, is a sure sign that summer is winding down. It is also time to transform your home décor. The holiday rush has not started, things are getting cozy, and we are slowing down. Activities are moving indoors, and this year, we are all more comfortable gathering in small groups. What home décor trends do you want to follow this fall? The two we will focus on are color and texture. Making big changes or small, it is time to get your pumpkin spice latte or mulled cider and redecorate. Fall Color Trends Earthy colors are in for fall. This is a broad palette encompassing neutrals and colors. This year we are moving away from the cool greys that have been present. The neutral palette encompasses colors like sand, walnut, mushroom, oatmeal, dove, and cream. Shades of grey with more red in them and are closer to wood tones have more legs this season. Colors that are rich and sumptuous will build on the earthy neutrals. Starting with burnt orange, caramel, cinnamon, clay, and terracotta in the red family. For yellow and gold, look for camel and honey. Muted earthy greens like olive and moss are here for another season and will transition into winter décor. Fall Color Combinations for your Home Having an accent color like burnt orange or muted clay layered into your décor will add a touch of the fall season. The accent can be small like a decorative pillow or candle, or a statement like window drapery. Windows are an important feature in a room, so they offer a canvas for creativity. Tonal palettes have a more modern feel. Use three shades within one color family. This always looks fabulous with neutrals. Start with a light neutral like cream and then add to it with a mid-tone neutral like natural and a darker shade like tan. Complimentary colors will bring fall into your home like a pile of leaves. Combine olive with honey gold and a clay or terracotta from the red family. A new color palette this season is the combination of white, green, and brown, which can transition into the winter holidays. Fall Fabric and Texture Layering fabrics and texture is a winning fall trend. Velvet is featured this season. We are seeing smooth and textured velvets, even some with a bit of sheen. Layer boucle, linen, and other nubby fabrics to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Textured textiles can be added in pillows, throws, and window curtains. Rich velvet window curtains in a neutral like dove will be the pillar of the room. Add unique textures in a variety of decorative pillows and a warm cuddly throw to complete a living room that welcomes your family and friends. Make Fall Your Favorite Season Embrace the cooler weather and the respite before the holiday season. Transition your home by adding warm earthy colors and textured fabrics. At the drape, we offer free video design consultations to assist with décor questions like fabric and color. Book your appointment today so you can have new custom window curtains for the season.

  • How to help your students get back into the groove.

    It happens every year. Summer ends and suddenly, it is time to go back to school. What can you do as a parent to ease the transition from summer and set your family up for a successful school year? Here are 4 tips that will help families and students big and small. Tip #1 - Time Management Students of all ages and their parents can benefit from building strong time management skills. Start now and it will be a lifelong asset. Layout the expectations with your students and then together build a plan and routine that will work for each of you. Allowing your student to select the type of planner, calendar, or time management tools they want to use will give them agency in their own success. The responsibility of the adult is to follow up and make sure they use what they chose and also to let them know it is ok to try different approaches until they find the one that works best. Tip #2 - Do the work The best-laid plan and schedule mean nothing if there is no execution. Make sure that your students stick to it. It is easy to get overwhelmed and distracted, especially at the beginning of the new school year. It may take a few weeks to get back into the groove, but as the parent, stay strong. This time of year presents new challenges and schedule changes for parents too. Tip #3 - Take a break and be social Set aside time as a family to connect. Busy schedules will try to get in the way. The brain will need a break. Try taking a walk or getting outside as a family. If game night doesn't work maybe a snack break will be a better fit as a time to touch base. Encourage after-school activities that involve friends and other students. Keep checking in with your student to see how things are progressing. Tip #4 - Stay Healthy Adults and students will all benefit from eating well, exercising, and a bedtime routine. Follow a balanced diet paying attention to the USDA recommendations based on age. Make sure that your children take breaks from the computer and screen and move their bodies. A sleep schedule sets everyone up for a great next day. Turn off the screens at least 30 minutes before sleep. the optimal sleeping space is a cool dark bedroom with comfortable bedding. How does a custom window curtain company help? At the drape, we are also parents and know that there is a lot to juggle. Every little bit of help can make the household operate smoother. What we can do is help with sleep. Our blackout liner blocks 100% of light and dampens outside noises. Add the lining to any fabric we carry to create the window curtains that you and your family need. Order swatches with code 5FREE so you can touch and feel the fabrics. Fast and free shipping.

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  • style guide | the drape

    STYLE GUIDE Your go to tips for best styling selections reasons to add curtains Block light and add maximum privacy You’re in luck! The blackout lining offers 100% blackout and can be added to any fabric you choose. ​ Just need a little privacy The privacy lining can be added to any fabric—even sheers. It will still allow light to enter but keep nosey neighbors away. ​ Filter the light entering the room but keep it nice and bright If you’d like to filter the amount of light that comes into a room without blacking it out completely, our sheers will do the trick. They will add a finished look to your home but will allow the maximum light to enter your space. ​ A color accent Each of our curtains comes in a curated collection of fabrics! We recommend the velvet for a lush, sophisticated touch. If you’re looking for something more casual, the cotton canvas is a great pick. styleAncho fabric selection Select your favorite fabric and color combo. Not sure what will look best with your decor? Order free swatches to see them in person. the cotton canvas A timeless solid that coordinates with all decor.. ​ the linen A casual fabric that looks and feels great. ​ the velvet Classic velvet with a matte finish and ultimate softness. ​ the textured velvet Luxe velvet with a textured surface and perfect amount of lustre. ​ the room darkener Tonal solid texture that blocks most light. ​ the cotton sheer Soft light filtering solid sheer. ​ the linen blend sheer Light filtering textured sheer. ​ the blackout lining Turn any curtain into a maximum blackout curtain. ​ the privacy lining Add a layer of privacy. custom lengths Other companies are flooded with standard sizes that barely fit your needs. With us you can select any length you need. Maybe you need one panel slightly longer than the other. Have different types of windows in your room? We’ve got you covered from 12” all the way to 150”. ​ If you have a specific need that we don’t cover, e-mail us and we will be happy to help. weighted hem This keeps your curtains positioned where they are meant to be. No bowing bottoms here. styling Select from five top styling options based on preference. The rod pocket/back tab combination is great for any space and provides two ways to hang the panel. You can elevate this styling option by hanging the panel from clip rings. Our grommet panels slide with ease and are ideal for curtains you are frequently opening and closing. We offer three grommet colors based on your design needs. Lining Options Unlined Provides natural light control Style Options Rod Pocket Sheers Sheer curtains softly diffuse light They provide privacy while allowing light to enter your home. Sheers can be use on their own or layered with panels. Panels Panels are opaque They are commonly used for darkening a room. Additional linings can be added to further darkening.

  • FAQ | the drape

    FAQ Your curtain questions answered What is the difference between a Curtain and a Drape? Drapes are for fancy houses and curtains are for everyone else? WRONG! There isn’t a difference. Tomatoe, Tomato. ​ What is the difference between blackout and room darkening? Light management comes in many levels. Our blackout lining blocks 99% of light. Pair this lining with any of our other fabrics and your room will be quite dark. Room darkening will get dark, but once your eyes adjust (like in a movie theatre) you will be able to sense some light. ​ I’m hoping to mix and match sizes. Is there a custom option? Yes!! Each panel is made just for you. Shop by panel, and design the perfect fit for your home. Need help? Email us at , or schedule a complimentary design consultation and we can discuss options together. ​ I don’t see the size I need. What should I do? Not a problem. We are here for you. We can accommodate all lengths (within 1” increments) and multiple widths as special orders. Customer service is here for you at ​ Is there someone I can speak with to help me make my choices? Yes, we offer complimentary design consultations. Easy scheduling here . We can discuss sizing, linings, styling options, and anything else you need assistance with. ​ Can you help me with the measurements? Of course! Email us at or contact us here . Take a look at our how to measure page to find more information. To make it easier, we can email you a measuring sheet to record your numbers. ​ Is there a way to see/feel the fabric? Absolutely! We offer free swatches so you can compare colors and fabrics at home. We cover the shipping costs. Use code 5FREE. ​ Are curtains lined by default? No, our curtains are unlined by default. You can add a privacy lining or a blackout lining based on your personal light management needs, or aesthetic desires. ​ What is your turnaround time? We custom make every order in our workroom and ship them directly to you. This takes 2-4 weeks. ​ How much is shipping? We offer free shipping to 48 states. If you are super excited and, in a rush, to get your new curtains, we do offer faster options for a fee. ​ What are your shipping methods? We provide free shipping via FEDEX for curtain panels. Swatches are shipped free of charge via USPS. ​ Can I cancel or change an order? We custom cut and sew every order. Send us an email and we will do our best to assist you. ​ What is your return policy? At the drape we want to do everything to make your shopping experience the best we can, and that includes a 30-day return policy. For more details on our policy, click here. ​ How do I clean/ launder my curtains? We recommend vacuuming and dusting curtains. Read this blog for guidance. If there is a stain, try spot cleaning. If a deeper cleaning is needed, dry clean for best results. ​ I just received my curtains and they have some wrinkles and creases. What is the best way to remove these? We steam all the curtains before we ship them. It is common for certain fabrics to be prone to wrinkles. We suggest that you hang up your curtains and see if some of the wrinkles fall out. A portable steamer is a great way to remove persistent wrinkles. ​ Do you sell to Interior Designers or the Hospitality trade? Interior Designers and Hospitality is a core business. Please contact us at and check out our design trade and commercial orders and page for more details ​ Do you sell curtain rods? Not yet. We are happy to assist you with suggestions during a complimentary design consultation .

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