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May 11, 2019How Should Your Drapery Measure Up?

When it comes to custom drapery, one size does NOT fit all. Unlike box stores where the size is pre-determined for an “average” window, custom drapery is created just for your exact window. Because the thing is: there is no such a thing as an “average” window, and your style doesn’t have to fit under “average” limitations! You can achieve the perfect length and width based on your own style and taste. Furthermore, custom drapery help to give you privacy, reduce heating or cooling costs, and improve the overall look of your room by making windows appear larger. So let’s get you thinking…how should your drapery measure up?

What is my Household Like?
First you should think about what is going on in your house. What is the style of the room where you are getting custom drapery: formal or casual? Is this a high traffic area, or a room that doesn’t see many guests? Do you have pets and kids that will be running around? Do you open and close your drapery often, or keep them in place? What type of floor do you have: carpet, wood, or tile? All of these questions are important when considering style and length of custom drapery.

How Should They Lay?
When it comes to custom drapery, there are three possible lengths you can get, and your choice mainly depends upon function.

• The first length is a hover, which is where your drapery will drop to just above your floor. This is the most popular option for most clients, and the most casual look of the three options. For rooms that will get a lot of traffic, carpeted areas, and places you will open and close the drapery often, this is the most practical option. The hover allows the drapery to open and close smoothly and easily, as it doesn’t quite touch the floor.

• Think of nice trousers when thinking of a break; the drapery will have a slight fold in the fabric just above where it meets the floor. It is a slightly more tailored and designer look than the hover length. It would work best in rooms with hardwood or tile floors. We also suggest this length goes in a room where you don’t intend to move around the drapery too often.

• This is the longest length of the three, and should be used for drapery that is always stationary. This length is so long that the fabric gathers on the floor (between 2-8” past floor, depending on how extreme a puddle you prefer). It is a very romantic and formal looking style and works very well with silks. It is the best of the three when it comes to heating and cooling costs, as the fabric gathers around the bottom spaces of windows or doorways. One limitation is that this style would not work well in households with lots of pets or kids running in the room, as the excess fabric would gather dirt or potentially trip up tiny feet.

Special Circumstances
• When considering drapery for outdoor purposes, you should avoid these options and keep them a few inches off of the ground. The reason for this is that with rain, dirt, and other natural outdoor occurrences, the bottom will get too tattered and covered in debris otherwise. It’s also important to consider using an outdoor fabric to prolong the life of your outdoor drapery, despite any potential bad weather. Outdoor fabrics refrain from dulling in the sunlight, and better protect against mold.

Where Should They Hang?
Another important consideration is where your custom drapery should be hung. Many times, folks think that hanging the rod right above the window is the best option, but in fact, there is another option that makes your room seem much taller and more spacious. Hanging the rod closer to the ceiling and making the rod a bit larger than the actual window makes the ceiling appear to be taller and the window appear wider. We suggest either hung at ceiling for the most formal look, or 2” below the ceiling/crown molding. If your space doesn’t allow either of those, measure the space between the top of your window and the ceiling, and divide it by 3. You should then hang your drapery 2/3 of the way to the ceiling, with the larger part of the measurement below the rod.

Now that you’ve come this far, can you find the problem with these drapery pictured above? You got it: the drapery are too short & hung too far from the ceiling. This makes the room seem smaller, shorter, and draws the wrong kind of attention to the small window. Where as in the image below, the drapery are full length and make that window (that is the same size as the other one) look so much bigger and nicer.

Luckily for you, now that the wheels are turning, this is the perfect time to call in the experts at Curtain Call Creations for a consultation. We do all the measuring and installing for you—you only have to choose which option you love best. Give us a call today to make your first appointment!