DRAPERIES IN THE VAUGHAN, WOODBRIDGE, AURORA, MAPLE & KING CITY AREAS
Draperies are one of the most difficult window treatments to select because they come in so many different fabrics, styles, colors and patterns. When shopping for draperies, it must also be determined if they will be movable or stationary, or if they will provide insulating qualities and, if so, how much?
Most people consider drapes and curtains to be interchangeable, but there is actually a slight difference between the two. Drapes are made from heavier fabrics, usually contain linings, contain some pleated design at the head, or top, and provide the room with an elegant and formal look. Curtains differ in that they are made from lighter materials and are used in more informal settings.
How to Determine Drapery Fabric
Selecting the fabric for your draperies is one of the most difficult steps due to the vast selections which include linen, cotton, polyester, acrylic blends, silk, rayon and more. To make this process easier, you should consider the following points.
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- Purpose – There are various purposes for using draperies and the specific uses in your home must be determined. Consider if they will be used for decoration purposes only, provide privacy, completely block outside light or only filter it, or accent a nice view or help to hide an unpleasant one. Also, determine how much of an insulation effect will be expected. Draperies made from heavier material and using linings are extremely efficient at keeping room temperatures even and saving on energy bills.
- Look – Regardless of their function, all draperies add some degree of decorative feature to the rooms they grace. Besides color, patterns and textures, draperies also can be purchased with varying head or top designs which can be rod pocket, ripple fold, tailored pleat, pinch pleat, inverted pleat, grommet, or goblet. You should also determine if they will hang to the floor or off the floor. Also, will you use accessories such as tie-backs, valances, or swags for added decoration?
- Operation – Draperies can be moved to various positions which are most often determined by the types of windows they cover. They may need to be pulled to the sides, pulled up, or gathered at another angle depending if they are covering sash, casement, or sliding windows, all of which operate differently.
- Exposure – You also need to determine the amount of exposure draperies will have to various elements. Kitchens, laundry rooms and work areas can produce grease, smoke and other items which can damage certain fabrics. Draperies hung in busy children bedrooms or play areas can take an aggressive beating and cords can present hazards. Those hung in full sun windows can fade more rapidly than drapes hung in more shaded windows.
The large number of decisions required to make the right selection of home draperies can make the process daunting. However, there is no need to stress over the situation. Simply contact us at Solar Window Fashions and we will send an expert in window treatment design directly to your house for a free in-home consultation. Our expert will help you determine the right drapery choices that coincide with your exact needs of decoration, purpose, insulation qualities, operation and exposure. We will reduce the stress even further by having your new draperies hung by one of our professional window treatment installation crews.
Get in touch with us today and get the draperies of your dreams while avoiding all the stress!