Guide to Drapery

Guide to Drapery

drapery Window Treatments
What to Consider During the Buying Process

Finding the right custom window treatment design is not an easy task, especially when it comes to drapery. Here are a few things to focus on during your buying process. This list is especially helpful if you are looking to hire a designer, as it can help them create a window treatment solution that is specific to your needs and preferences.


  1. Functionality

What will be the purpose of your new curtains?  Are you looking to install new drapery for aesthetics (an elegant statement piece) or do you prefer for curtains that are more functional?

Functions Include:

  1. Room darkening
  2. Light filtering
  3. Insulation
  4. Privacy


  1. Hardware

    When most think of hanging curtains, they picture your every day manual curtains attached to rings on a statement rod, but drapery has evolved to much more than that. There is a huge selection of hardware in which you can choose to showcase your drapery on. A few popular modern options include:

    1. Tracks: Best for locations with floor to ceiling widows which leave little room to hang a rod. Tracks are usually mounted onto the ceiling or to the head of the window frame. Tracks also create a nice clean look without any a bulky hardware that can take away from the décor. (Tracks are also great if you are looking for motorized options.)
    2. Traverse Rod: A perfect mix of a traditional rod with the function of a track. A traverse rod allows you to hang your curtains ring-free and offer ease of motion when opening and closing your window treatment.
    3. Drapery Arm: A very short segment of drapery rod usually used for stationary side panels.
  2. Style

The right style of window treatment can bring personality to any space. When looking to mix form and function, its best to research the different styles of curtains to see which fits better with your space and your personal style. The most popular styles include ripple fold and pinch pleat. However, the options don’t end there. There are other styles such as tailored pleat, inverted pleat, Goblet, Grommet, Rod Rocket and more that you can choose from.


  1. Panel Length

    Panel length is one of the most common mistakes made, especially if you’re opting to purchase store bought curtains. Most drapery panels are sold in a standard 84-inch length. With this standard sizing you’ll find that it is usually not enough fabric, giving you the look of “high water” window curtains or causing you to lower the location of your drapery hardware in a way that takes away from the designer look and feel you were going for. Having a designer custom measure your windows is the best way to go to avoid any sizing mistakes.


Shopping for window treatments and making sure you are getting the right product, look, and feel can be a bit overwhelming. Having an experienced window treatment company can help take this pressure off your shoulder and create a perfect, seamless design you’ll love.


For more information on custom drapery designs, or to schedule a FREE on-site consultation with one of our expert designers, call us today!