June 6, 2017
If you are considering the purchase of new drapery, you may think it’s a relatively simple procedure. There are the drapes and the rod you hang them from. But this is a simplistic view of what drapery is all about. Drapery comes in many different forms and styles, and there are a range of window treatments available, depending on the type of window, the room and the décor.
So, it would certainly be to your advantage to familiarize yourself with some of the many different offerings. To help you along, here are some of the terms you may encounter when discussing drapery with a professional:
This is a treatment that covers the top of the window. The fabric for the valance can match that of the drapery itself or be made of some contrasting color to make it stand out. The valance often has a casing at the top and is collected onto the rod.
This is a long stretch of fabric draped in a very informal way over the drapery rod at the top of the window. The fabric is pulled down slightly at the center of the rod in a gentle dip.
This is a panel of fabric that is three times as wide as the window. This width is often used for sheer and lightweight draperies.
This is the cording, braid or fringe that is attached to the edges of the drapery. It can match the color of the drapery, or contrast with it.
This can be a long or short section of fabric that hangs down the side of a swag or valance. It is usually pleated and tapered.
This is the name for one or more sections of fabric that are draped over a rod at the top of the window. They are used with jabots.
This is a fabric panel that acts as a foundation for the drapery underpinning the drapery itself. This extra layer adds weight and heft to the drapery and can be used to filter out light or for added privacy.
These are window treatments that cover only the bottom part of the window.
Box pleats are deep, tailored pleats that are flat on the right to create a square look. Butterfly pleats have two instead of three folds to set them off from pinch pleats.
We always love to “talk shop” when it comes to drapery, so come talk with us when you want to change the look of your entire home – or just one room. Or every room in your hotel or resort. We have offices in Los Angeles and Dallas. Pick the one closest to you and give us a call!