Curtain and Drape Styles

Curtains and drapes are great sources for giving a room privacy and or possibly blocking light or just to give it a decorative flair.  Curtains and drapes come in many styles, lengths, fabrics and textures. Once upon a time drapes were used as a means for insulating also, but with the efficiency and UV protection available on today’s windows, this is becoming less of a need anymore. Lets talk a little about the different styles of curtains we offer.

In today’s market tab top curtains are a very popular choice for providing privacy in the evenings, letting the light in during the day and offering a relaxed yet stylish look in today’s busy households.

The Back Tab Drape style is very refreshing and contemporary and will work well in a modern setting or in a traditional setting.  This newer curtain style can be used as a functional or stationary panel.

Pinch pleat drapes are an icon in the window treatment industry and will never go out of style.  These drapes are great for your more formal rooms, however, they are being used more often in less formal atmospheres with the use of decorative traverse rods or simply a decorative pole with rings. These window treatments when used on a traverse rod and are opened and closed by a corded pulley system.  Pinch pleat drapes are usually pleated to 2 1/2 times fullness to obtain the proper fullness.

There are of course your standard rod pocket style drape that are great sources to use under valances or alone, they can be tied back, opened or closed and offer a great look in any room. Rod pocket curtains are normally made with a 1 1/2 or 3 rod pocket depending on how you plan on displaying them. Normally if you are using the rod pocket panels under a valance a 1 1/2 rod pocket with no header would be used.  If you plan on displaying the curtain without a valance then you would normally want a standard 3 rod pocket with or without a header or heading.

Stationary drapery panels are again normally associated with the more formal decor, since they are stationary they remain open and still at all times, this type of drape is not the type of drape you would typically tie back. These drapery panels look best when used with a decorative pole in a rich fabric.

Lastly there is all the functional uniform grommet top drapery panels.  Grommet panels are a contemporary modern curtain that offers casual yet very stylish decor to your room.  The word grommet in this case is referring to a hole that is made in the drapery material that is reinforced with a metal ring.  The grommets are available in several finishes, antique brass, antique copper, black,  brass or nickel.  A decorative pole no larger than 1 3/8 should be weaved in and out of the grommets when hanging this treatment.

As you can see there are many types of drapes today designed to accommodate a diverse assortment of tastes and budgets. For those that need drapes over 120″ length or would like to use interlining just give us a call with your specifics and we will get you a custom quote.

What Window Treatment should I use?

We get asked this question all the time. And to be honest sometimes the question is pretty simple and at others times a picture of the situation definitely helps. There are so many choices in today’s market it can be overwhelming at times. Most homes today use a combination of drapery panels, pleated blinds, sheers, roman shades and valances.

Lets first talk a little about styles of rod pocket style valances and rod widths. When it comes to valances, the width of rod you need can play a major part in determining which styles of rod pocket treatments can and can not be used.

Gathered valance styles give you more flexibility when it comes to what size window treatment you will need than a flat rod pocket style has. Since the gathered valance is gathered on the rod, the exact rod width is not so important. Fullness of most window treatments is averaged at about 2 times rod width. A lot of times you can use multiple valances on a rod in order to get the fullness you desire, however, this is not always true. You need to make sure the valances when placed on the rod together look as if its one treatment. We have listed all of our valances as to whether inserts can be used to get a wider treatment or multiple treatments can be used on one rod.

The flat rod pocket styles are great alternatives to having board mounted valances that can cost 3 – 4 times as much. The only concern with the flat rod style is that there should be no gathering of the rod pocket which means the width of your rod and the returns will play a major part in determining whether that particular style can be used. Depending on the style of flat rod pocket valance you are considering, some of the treatments can be made any width up to a certain size, whereas others are only available in the sizes given. So if you have a rod width of 40 and 2 returns each 3, you would need a flat rod style width of 46. If the treatment width cannot be altered and is only made in lets say a 52 width, then you could (if you have the wall space) expand the face width of your rod to 46 and the treatment could be used then, keep in mind 6 is for the return on each side.

Whenever in doubt about any of our products, please take a moment and give us a call and we will try to help you decide on what would be best.

Determining Rod Pocket Sizes

What size rod pocket do you need?

Here are some basic guidelines for determining what size of a rod pocket you will need for various sized curtain rods.  Having the correct sized rod pocket will make all the difference in how the drapery will look once it is shirred (gathered) onto the curtain rod or pole. Having too large of a drapery pocket will make the curtain panel “swim” on the rod. By the same token too small of a pocket and you’ll be need to get hardware.

“Take up” refers to the distance the drapery will shorten (inch up) after it is shirred onto the hardware. This number is especially important when using thick round diameter poles.

• Rod Size    2” diameter round pole
• Pocket        4 – 4 ½”
• Take-up      2”

• Rod Size    1 3/8” – 1 ½” diameter round pole
• Pocket        2 ½ – 3”
• Take-up      1 3/8”

• Rod Size      3/4” diameter round pole
• Pocket         1 ½”
• Take-up       3/4”

• Rod Size      1/2” curtain rod
• Pocket         1”
• Take-up        7/16”-1/2”

• Rod Size      2 ½” wide flat continental rod
• Pocket         3 – 3 ½”
• Take-up        3/8”

• Rod Size      4 ½” wide flat continental rod
• Pocket         5 – 5 ½”
• Take-up        3/8”

Measuring for a Table Runner

Table runners tend to add a decorative appeal to the overall look of not only your table, but the entire room. It is important in determining the length of the runner to keep one thing in mind, most importantly, there is no right or wrong, its more about what you envision for your space.

For a more traditional look, you will want to measure the length of the table and add twelve to fourteen inches for overhang (six to seven inches for each end). This is probably the most common way people display their table runners, but did you know that you can also display the table runner over the width of the table instead of running it down the length of the table? Well, you can and there are many people who prefer to do it this way.

How you lay the table runner can be factored by either the occasion you are using it for, or it can based solely on personal preference. If you use a runner on your kitchen table on a daily basis, you may not want it to hang over the ends of the table, especially if you have little ones in the house who might get hold of the ends and pull it off. In this case, try using a shorter decorative runner so that it does not drape over the sides of the table. We suggest keeping the ends roughly three or four inches from each end of the table if you decide on the no hang style.

Possibly you use a runner to set a table centerpiece on or possibly napkins, salt, pepper etc. If that is the case, you may want to use an even shorter runner, one that is about one third the length of the table, this allows just enough coverage for be decorative and useful.

Popular Valance Styles

Fashion Window Treatments offers over 100 different styles of semi-custom valances and window treatments. With what could be the argued as the biggest selection available on the internet today, how do you choose what style best fits your home? We wanted to take a moment to tell you a little more about a few of our most requested semi-custom valances available from this site. These five are some of the most popular valances that we offer.

The Cameo Valance

The Cameo valance is available in up to eight different widths to fit windows ranging in size from 38 inches to 150 inches wide. The Cameo is created using the two fabrics of your choice and is a beautiful window treatment that gives the illusion of being a custom board mounted window treatment when hung to lay flat. If you choose, you may also hang shirred onto a rod to offer up to two times the fullness.

The Box Pleat Valance

The Box Pleat valance offers the ability to order a valance in the exact width that you need up to 150 inches wide. Like the Cameo valance, this valance can also be purchased with two different contrasting fabrics. You may also order the semi-custom valance with only one fabric by choosing the same fabric as your main fabric and your contrasting fabric. The main fabric is the fabric used for the boxes and the contrasting fabric is selected for the pleats between each box. The Box Pleat valance is fully lined and has the ability to add optional buttons to the window treatment.

The Cuff Top Valance

The Cuff Top semi-custom valance is available in nine different lengths to fit windows ranging in size from 26 inches to 107 inches wide. The Cuff Top valance is made from two different contrasting fabrics and is hung by use of clips and rings on a decorative rod. The contrasting fabric is shown on the folded down cuffs. If you prefer to hang your Cuff Top valance with knobs and post extensions, you may want to consider our Cuff Top valance with loops. This valance is also available in nine different lengths ranging from 4 cuffs to 13 cuffs.

The Grandeur Valance

Like the Cameo semi-custom valance, the Grandeur also gives the appearance of being a custom board mounted valance when hung flat. This semi-custom valance style is available in six different widths ranging from 50 inches to 150 inches wide. This semi-custom valance offers the ability to create with the choice of two fabrics. The first fabric is the main fabric that is the top layer and a bottom layer that is made from a contrasting fabric.

The Kaitlin Valance

The last of our top five semi-custom valances is the Kaitlin. The Kaitlin is available in seven different lengths that fit windows with widths of 20 inches to 147 inches. This semi-custom window treatment also provides your choice of two fabrics and offers an updated look for your home. The valance is hung with decorative knobs, tie backs or hold-backs. You may also customize the valance with decorative trims.

No matter what your style, you will be able to find the right look for your home at Fashion Window Treatments. Our expert consultants will help guide you through the variety of choices available on this site.

Decorating Your Bathroom

One of the least decorated rooms in your home is often your bathroom. Whether it’s your master bathroom, your guest bathroom or your kid’s bathroom, chances are you that you may not have very many decorations in the room. Your master bathroom is typically only seen by you or your spouse where the other bathrooms in your home are seen more often. We’ve put together our list of items that you will need when decorating your custom bathroom.

The Window Treatments

One element in your bathroom is your window treatments. Some of your bathrooms are interior rooms and may not have windows. Other bathrooms may have either small or large windows. While you may decide to do sheer curtains in the other rooms of your home chances are you will want more privacy in your bathroom than the other rooms of your home. Most bathrooms have smaller windows but if your bathroom has larger windows you will want to choose something closer in style to drapes rather than a valance. Bathroom windows are never typically a standard size. The fabric that you choose and the style you choose for your custom window treatments is important. The right colors, the right size and the right style can bring your bathroom to life.

The Shower Curtain

Another item that you can’t live without in your bathroom is your shower curtain. Your custom shower curtain provides not only a decoration in your bathroom but also an necessary item. Your window treatments should match your shower curtains, either the same fabric or a complimentary fabric. Finding a shower curtain can be difficult if you have a custom bathroom. You may need an extra-long shower curtain or an extra wide shower curtain to properly cover your shower. In these cases you will need to custom order a shower curtain made specifically in the size needed for your bathroom.

The Bathroom Accessories

More than likely you have chosen a theme to decorate your bathroom in. With this being said, now that you have picked out your window treatments and your matching custom shower curtain you have to decide upon the bathroom accessories that are needed. Your bathroom accessories include your soap dispenser, your toothbrush holder, your towels and more. Your bathroom accessories are important completing your desired theme.

The Bathroom Wall Decor

Another often forgotten item to finishing your bathroom design is your wall decorations. You may choose a decorative paint with a patterned trim. Your wall decorations may instead include photos or paintings instead. Maybe you have an antique mirror that would look appropriate in the bathroom. Wall stickers have become another popular wall decor in many rooms not just your bathroom.

Your bathroom is your own private retreat within your home. Your room decor sets your desired mood and welcomes you in. Finish your custom bathroom with your own custom decor!

Sewing Using Customer’s Own Materials

We at Fashion Window Treatments think we have some really great fabrics, but regardless what we think, we know there are thousands of fabrics that are just as great that we don’t stock. Whether we carry one hundred or one thousand fabrics, we know there are still always going to be times when we just don’t have what a customer is looking for. That is why we fabricate all of our window valances, swag curtains, shower curtains, bedding, pillows, everything in any of our three hundred and fifty fabrics or we’ll use our customers own materials!

If you have found the fabric of your dreams and would like to have some custom curtains made, just give us a call.  A couple of things we do need to know when you call is exactly what you want made, the size you need made (or at least the measurements of your window, bed, table or whatever and we can assist you in deciding the size), and the vertical repeat of the fabric. We will then be able to quote you labor prices and tell you how much fabric you will need to purchase and send to us.  Why do we need to know the vertical repeat of your material you ask?  When we sew window treatments, sometimes we will need to sew the fabric together when making wide (horizontal) products, such as a 300” wide valance or a bedspread. We will need to match the fabric design at the seam, so that it is not noticeable  the fabric has been sewn together.  Or if you are having multiple window valances or curtain panels made,  you may want all the products to look identical, which means sometimes it will take a bit more material than normal in order for everything to be what we call pattern matched, so that is why we will need the vertical fabric repeat.  Solid fabrics and striped fabrics do not have a vertical repeat, so no need for this information if that is your case.

So if you would like to have us sew products for you in your fabric, just give us a call.  Again, we will quote you labor prices and yardage.  Once we receive your fabric, we will write up your sales order and begin your order and ship the order to you in about a week. And you thought we just fabricated using our fabrics.

How to Hang Swag and Jabots on a Curtain Rod

Hanging your rod pocket style swags and jabots is easier than it may appear.  Here we will describe how to hang your swags and jabots using one, two or three swags on your curtain rod. Typically you will use a double one inch curtain rod when you are using an odd number of swags and a triple curtain rod when using an even number of swags. Have a custom look without hiring a decorator.

One swag and a set of jabots: see video: View Video

Using a double curtain rod as described above, you will place one jabot on each side of the front curtain road, keeping the straight side of the jabots against the wall.  The swag will then be placed on the inner curtain rod and as you mount the inner rod to the bracket, make sure the swag hangs over the front rod and on top of the jabots. Then do minor “dressing” in and you’re done.

Two swags and a set of jabots:

Here you will need a triple curtain rod.  The jabots will still be placed at each end of the front rod (this doesn’t change). One swag will be placed on the center rod and slid to the left side of the rod (only use the front of the rods, not the side returns when hanging the swags) then mount the rod to the inner bracket, again making sure the swag hangs over the front most rod.  Then take the innermost rod and place the second swag all the way to the right of the rod and mount it onto the innermost bracket stem and this swag will hang over the front rod as well. Then just finish adjusting the window treatment and you’re done.

Three swags and a set of jabot: View Video

You will use a double one inch curtain rod.  Place the left jabot onto the front rod, then put one swag in the center of the front rod (making sure the fabric side faces out) then put the right jabot onto the front rod.  So now you should have both jabots (one at each end as always) and a swag that should currently just be hanging straight down in the center.  Now take the last two swags and place them on the inner curtain rod, slide one swag to the left and the other to the right. Then mount the rod to the bracket, making sure both swags hang over the front rod.  At this point, you will take the swag that should be hanging directly in the middle of the front rod and you will take it under, behind, up and over the inner rod so that it is now hanging on top of the other two swags.  Do some minor adjusting and you’re done.

View Semi-Custom Swag and Jabots

Drapery Styles of Today

Drapery Panels;  gone are the shrouds of yesterday that used to adorn windows. Growing  up we had antique satin pinch pleated draperies with heavy foam thermal back lining hanging on all of our windows. Forty some years later the choices in drapery headings, linings, fabrics, hardware and trim are so numerous that it is sometimes difficult to determine the best look for your window.  Below we have outlined some of our favorite looks.

Here are some of the most popular drapery styles in the current market:

• Pinch Pleated Draperies– One word says it all classic; fabric is gathered and pinched together in a pleat to create fullness.  The closer the pleating the fuller the drapery is. They can be hung on traverse rods or decorative rods using pins on the back to hang them and there are many styles in pleated drapes for different looks.

• Goblet Pleated Drapes– This header is a softer more formal look; the fabric is gathered leaving an opening that looks like a cone and can vary from 3-6 inches in width to create a goblet effect and pinched together below the goblet.   Adding a decorative or fabric covered button on the bottom of the pleat or draping twist cord between the pleats adds another element of elegance.  They look best hung on a decorative rod with rings and finials.

• Flat Curtain Panels– These are literally flat panels that are finished at the top by using clip rings or sewing on rings or decorative ties. You can create several different looks depending on how you space the rings or clips.  They tend to look more casual and are typically hung on narrow wood or metal rods and are a great option when needing lower cost functional draperies.

• Grommet Panels– A variation of flat panels; grommets are spaced and pressed in the panels.  There are multiple choices in grommet colors and sizes to create a more contemporary simplistic look.  They are hung on decorative rods sized to fit the grommets so that they can slide easily on the rod.

• Rod Pocket Curtains-Another classic look that can be varied to create different looks; fabric is turned over at the top to leave an opening to slide on the rod.  You can create a header at the top above the rod pocket to add additional depth.  This treatment is cost effective and easy to fabricate.

• Back Tab or Hidden Tab Panels – This style has been extremely popular the last few years.  Tabs are hidden behind the panel for a decorative pole to slide through.  The panels themselves have uniform tailored up to date look that are appealing to many.

These are just a few of the headings available in the custom and ready-made market today.  When designing a window treatment you also want to coordinate the fabric style to the header style; for instance plaids look great on a tailored style like box pleated panels.  The other item we can’t stress enough is lining; adding lining to any of these treatments adds fullness and drapeability and aids in protecting the fabric from the sun.

Mastering the Bedroom

The most often overlooked room in the home is the master bedroom; which I don’t know about you, but next to work, it is the place I spend the most time in.  When I moved in my home I spent the first year to two years furnishing and decorating my living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and then my two daughter’s bedrooms.  Then I hit burn out!  My husband kept asking are you ever going to do our room?  I kept putting it off because I seemed to have hit a decorating block. 

Finally I sat down and decided to organize my ideas for the bedroom, so I created a list.  My list wasn’t as lengthy as some clients as I had bedroom furniture already which gave me a basis for style and design.  I quickly realized my hurdles were color and bedding selections.  With so many options in custom bedding, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had it all figured out. Below are some things to consider when decorating your bedroom:

• How do you want your room to feel? Color is the biggest influence in how a room feels; cooler colors like blues and greens are more restful and peaceful colors that help you wind down at night while warmer colors like red tones and yellows create a vibrant wake me up in the morning look.  Neutrals with accents of warm and cool colors can combine the best of both worlds.
• How formal or informal do you want your room to be? This is where furniture and bedding come into play.  Traditional furnishings tend to dictate a more formal look while contemporary/transitional furnishings lean toward a more casual look.
• Next is dressing the bed with a custom bedspread, comforter, duvet or coverlet or combination of.  Traditionally a bedspread or comforter with a dust ruffle has been the most popular choices. The trend now is layering your bedding.  Adding a base layer with another layer such as a duvet or coverlet. This allows you to change things seasonally with the light layer used for summer and to give you a change of pace in looks.
• Decorative Pillows for your bed are a must, but how many decorative pillows do you add?  I would say to try to only add decorative pillows that can be functional.  For instance Euro shams can be embellished and decorative, but also add a function; they are large enough to prop behind your head if you read in bed.  Small rectangular or lumbar pillows are great to put in the small of your back.

Adding decorative trims and mixing patterns, fabrics and textures to your bedding will assist in creating the bedroom of your dreams!  Whatever combination you do; remember this is your retreat where you go to recharge for the next day and is one of the most important rooms in the home.  Make it a priority when decorating your home.