Do You Speak Drapery?

Custom DraperyLike any specialized service, custom drapery has a language all its own. Some of the terms are as unique as the drapery styles we create!  At Treasure Coast Window Fashions serving Port St. Lucie, our talented seamstresses and experienced designers will help you select the fabric, patterns, colors, styles and accessories to help you create a drapery masterpiece. One of the questions we get asked often is, what is the difference between drapery and curtains? Typically, curtains tend to vary in length, while draperies usually fall all the way to the floor. The term “draperies” also can refer to lined or backed curtains with a fuller and heavier feel.

Here are some more drapery terms you may want to be familiar with:

Puddling. Puddling refers to an amount of extra drapery length that is spilled or “puddled” onto the floor. This design technique is most popular with drapery panels. Drapery that is opened and closed regularly doesn’t work well with the function or style of puddling.

Break. The break in a set of drapery is the length at which the fabric hangs past the floor. From a design perspective, the floor is a visual break that causes a fold in a fabric. A 3-inch break is popular.

Hem. A hem is any bottom, side or top portion of the drapery fabric folded and sewn toward the back of the treatment. A 3-inch bottom hem is most common. Larger hems have a more high-end look.

Tieback. A tieback holds each drape away from the center of the window. Tiebacks can be bands of matching fabric, braided cords, or tassels. This drapery accessory can be as toned back or dramatic as you’d like it to be.

Leading edge. The leading edge is a sewn fabric edge at the opening of your custom draperies. This part of your drapery can be coordinate with a secondary color in your decor and used in other accents, such as pillows or throws.

Inside or outside mount. Mounting drapery or other window treatments on the inside of your window frame creates a more contemporary look. Mounting on the outside of your window frame is more popular, and allows you to create window coverings that are longer than your actual windows, making the windows look bigger.

Custom Drapery in Port St. Lucie FL

Treasure Coast Window Fashions provides more than just the finest window coverings. Our owners are involved in every project from start to finish to ensure your window covering project exceeds your expectations. We’re proud to serve the greater West Palm Beach area. Please contact us at 772-220-8870 or visit our showroom in Stuart, FL, for more information about our products and services. Contact us to learn more.