How To Buy Draperies

How Hard Can It Be To Buy Draperies?

Anyone who has bought draperies knows that it is not as easy as it seems at first glance.  How long and how wide is just the start of all of the things you need to consider when buying drapes for windows in your home.  But admit it. How many of us have been disappointed at the outcome of drapes that we have bought at the store?  There are a few things that you need to consider.  Ask yourself, what are you trying to accomplish with draperies at your windows? Fabric at the window can really soften a room’s look from all of the hard surfaces.  They can help to muffle sounds that echo  from same such surfaces.  Draperies that close completely can help darken a room and add to privacy.  But how hard is it?  Here are a few things you may not even know, or did know but forgot, about buying panels of draperies.

How To Buy Draperies With Valances

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Fabric at the window can really soften a room’s look from all of the hard angles and surfaces. Valances need enough projection to allow for the draperies hardware under it. Typically add three inches of projection for each layer of window treatment.  So if you have sheers underneath, they would be at a three inch projection. Then the drapes   would be at six inches and the valance at nine inches.

 

How To Buy Draperies for the Bedroom

Draperies, like carpeting in a room, help to muffle sounds that echo from outside and hard surfaces. If you like patterned fabrics, it helps to unify a design theme like the circle motif here.

How To Buy Draperies For Room Darkening

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 Draperies that close completely can help darken a room and add to privacy. Sheers are great for diffusing the light during the day.  For a better night’s sleep, use room darkening lining on over draperies.

How to Buy Draperies for Privacy

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Draperies are great for privacy.  Ideally, If you will open and close draperies, they should be on a traversing rod or rings for easy open and close.

How to Buy Draperies That Puddle

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Puddled draperies lend elegance  to a room.  If you opt for puddled draperies to be hung at French doors or sliding doors, while elegant, they will need to be re-styled with each use. Better to have drapes just kiss the floor in this instance.

How to Buy Draperies for Added Layering in a Room.

 Layers are important for achieving a finished custom look. Obtaining a custom look takes planning and custom workmanship. For a custom look in window coverings, contact Mary Etta Designs for your custom window treatments including draperies.  Southern California residents – info@maryettadesigns.com