January 31, 2017
While careful decisions about fabric color and drapery hardware are common, even more important is the part few will ever see: the lining. Without a carefully selected bump natural cotton interlining, your curtains will fall flat and lifeless with no resistance to fabric-damaging UV sunrays.
Review these drapery-lining basics before you commit and fall short.
The layer of material that lies between the lining and the inside of your chosen fabric is called the interlining. Sewn to the outer facing curtain, this protective layer- or layers- is outwardly undetectable by the naked eye, but has a huge impact on the overall aesthetic.
Most interlining is made from a thick flannel fabric known as Bump. This innermost material protects your curtains from sun, insulates your room and is a popular choice for adding volume.
Adding body to your custom window treatments can mean the difference between lux curtains that look plush and inviting or inexpensive drapery that appears flat and lifeless. Natural fabrics like taffeta or silk are popular choices for master bedrooms, and benefit greatly from the bolstered drape and hang from a bump lining.
Interlining also adds the necessary weight to help showcase the upscale fabrics and design of your custom window treatments. Let GP Drapery advise drapery hardware that’s equally sturdy to support the added weight.
Much like your skin, curtains must be protected from the sun for them to experience any chance at longevity. UV rays can quickly damage and fade fabrics. Adding an interliner is a protective measure that lessens sun exposure. It’s especially critical for light face fabrics with any amount of silk content or for windows that face west and north where the sun is strongest.
The thicker the bump, the more power you have to guard against noise pollution, unwanted sunlight and insulation from the elements. If you live in climate extremes where temperatures are very hot or very cold, interlining can help reduce heat loss or transfer.
Ultimately, for the amount of money you’ll spend to outfit your residential or commercial space with high-end drapery, you can’t afford not to protect your window treatments with interlining.
Need an elegant wow factor for your custom window furnishings? Contact the design professionals GP Drapery!