Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers. Please feel free to call us with any additional questions at 800-760-8257
What is a Drapery "Width"?
When we make your drapes we roll out fabric which is generally 54" wide. If you wanted a simple rod-pocket or flat panel we would hem the edges and your final width for your drape would be 48" wide. If, however, you wanted a pleat like a French or Inverted we would have to gather the fabric at the top of the drape to make the pleat. When we gather the fabric you would lose some of the final width of the drapery panel so your final width would be, depending on the pleat, about 26 inches. If you are looking for a wider drape than we would sew the "widths" together to get the desired finished width. Our "Width Guide" will display the final width in inches as you price out your drapery selection. The width will vary based on your pleat choice.
What is the difference between Taffeta and Dupioni Silk?
This one of our most commonly asked questions. Both Taffeta and Dupioni Silks are made from natural silk which is harvested from silk worms. Almost all of the raw material, "raw silk" is produced in China. The raw silk is rolled and generally shipped to either India, Pakistan or Italy where the silk is converted into fabrics. India is the oldest and largest producer of Silk Fabric in the World and they have been weaving silk fabrics for thousands of years.
Both Taffeta and Dupioni Silks are woven in varying weights and qualities. The primary difference between the two is in the texture and sheen. Taffeta is smoother and crisper with a higher sheen. Dupioni silk is a bit softer and has unique "slubs" in the fabric. These "slubs" are just natural imperfections in the silk thread when it is woven which are removed when weaving Taffeta. Both Taffeta and Dupioni are perfect for drapery and Roman Shades and they have been considered one of the highest quality of textiles. Taffeta is generally more expensive than Dupioni as there is more processing that is required to produce Taffeta Fabric and there is less yield. So, Taffeta is generally 10-20% more expensive.
Can you explain the difference in Lining options?
One of the most important considerations you should make when ordering your drapes is what lining to use. The lining is a critical component and choosing the correct lining will add years of life to your Roman Shades or Drapery. The primary purpose of any lining is to protect the fabric from sunlight which can fade or erode the drapery fabric. Specialty linings, such as blackout or bump have unique characteristics to consider.
Standard Lining our Standard Lining is made from a poly / cotton blend and is used on the back of the drapery panel. Our Standard color is white. A standard lining will protect your fabric from sunlight and provide the drape with a little extra fullness and body. We typically only use a "lining only" option when trying to create a very light weight drapery such as linen, cotton or a sheer linen.
Interlining, like linings, Interlining comes is a variety of weights, colors and blends. We use a Cotton Flannel in white which is a medium-heavy weight and is considered a "premium interlining". The Interlining is sandwiched between the lining and the drapery fabric. Although you don't see the interlining, it is probably the most important component in your drapery or Roman Shade because it provides "body" to your drape or shade. When Clients feel our drapery and compare them to a panel they would buy from a retailer like Restoration Hardware you can literally feel the difference in the weight of the panel. This added weight results in added body and fullness to the drapery panel. The difference in weight between our panels and typical store-bought panels is why we don't recommend using drapery hardware you can buy in a retail store. Our panels will generally bend a typical packaged drapery rod, especially a telescoping drapery rod.
Blackout Lining We love blackout lining at DrapeStyle and really encourage you to consider it. Blackout is used on the back of the panel instead of "standard" lining and blocks about 98% of all light from penetrating through to the front of the drape or Roman Shade. Blackout provides the greatest protection for your fabric, provides great insulating value and is recommended for bedrooms or home theaters when you want to eliminate as much light from entering the room as possible.
Bump Interlining is basically a "double-thick" flannel interlining. Bump creates the most body or fullness to the drape or Roman Shade and also provides the best insulating value. Bump is usually used when in colder climates or older drafty homes where Clients are trying to create the best insulating window treatment possible. One note about Bump is that it really adds a lot of weight to the drapery panel or Roman Shade so you need to be sure that your hardware is capable of supporting the panels.
How do I clean my Drapes or Roman Shades?
This is really an easy one...you call a professional. Please don't ever try to launder or scrub your drapes. A light dusting, sure, but never get your drapes wet. The best way to clean your drapes is to call a local professional drapery cleaner who will remove them, have them dry-cleaned and then return and re-hang for you.
Do you make Drapes longer than 200 Inches?
Yes. We can literally make any length of drapery or Roman Shade. We've actually made drapery for theater stages that had to be trucked to our Clients. If you need a longer length than what you see on our website, please give us a call for a custom quote.
Do you offer more fabrics than what is on your website?
We have the ability to source almost any fabric that is available worldwide. Just give us a call and tell us what you're looking for.
Do you sell Blackout Drapes?
All of our drapes, with the exception of our Sheers and Sheer Linens can be ordered with Blackout Lining. Adding the Blackout Lining will block about 95% off the light from penetrating through the lining.
Are there any financing options available?
We offer PayPal's "Bill Me Later" Program which provides "No Payments & No Interest" for 6 months on purchases of $99 or greater. This Program is administered by Bill Me Later and is subject to change.
Does DrapeStyle offer Coupons? Where can I get one?
Coupons are available for promotions and special offers. The best way to be included on our Coupon List is to join our email list below.
Swags, Cornices and Valances?
Depends. Although we can make Swags, Cornice Boxes and Valances, depending on the size and weight, they may not be cost effective to ship. Please call one of our Designers and we can tell you if we can accommodate your request.
I don't see the pleat style I'm looking for on your website, can you make it?
Our Seamstresses have been making Custom Drapes and Roman Shades for over 25 years each on average. If there is a pleat style out there, they can make it. Just give us a call and let us know what you're looking for.
Do you offer Design Advice?
At DrapeStyle we only hire talented, qualified Interior Design Professionals to become Sale Designers. This means that when you call to discuss your Window Treatment Project you are not speaking to a "Sales Person" but a Designer. Our Designers have either attended Design School, such as Interior Designers Institute (IDI) or a 4-year University. Our Sales Designers do not work on commission. We want our Designers to help you create the perfect custom window treatment with our Drapery, Roman Shades, Valances or any combination of them all. We will also be happy to provide sketches to give you a "visual" of what your Project will look like when it is completed.
Do you offer installation?
We work with a national network of professional independent drapery installers who cover most of the US and parts of Canada. Our installers can also provide professional measuring services for drapery, hardware and Roman Shades.
Can I come pick my drapes or Roman Shades up and avoid the shipping charges?
Sure. Just let us know if you would like to pick-up in our Phoenix, AZ Facility.
What is the difference between a "Curtain" and a "Drape"?
Ah, the age old question. We've been in the business for about 15 years and have heard so many varying opinions on what defines a "curtain" vs. a "drape". After all of the years we've come to our own decision, there isn't any difference. You probably use the term you grew up hearing and we'll be happy to accept either one.
Does DrapeStyle offer In-Home Consulting?
We sure do. We currently offer Shop at Home Services for Drapery and Roman Shades in Phoenix, AZ. We are adding additional cities all of the time.
Does DrapeStyle offer Motorization for Drapery and Window Treatments?
No we do not offer Drapery and Shade Motorization.
Where do you ship?
We ship worldwide. If you don't see your Country on the drop-down at checkout just give us a call and we will manually run the order for you.