Jul 29, 2010

New Fabrics For July

We are happy to announce that we have added four new fabrics to our increasingly growing repertoire. The style of fabric is called Chenille Velvetine and is a 100% polyester Velvet material. It comes in Black, Brown, Claret, and Navy. It is heavy, soft, durable, and blocks out most of the light.

An interesting fact about the history of Velvet is that to date its origins are unclear, unlike many other popular fabrics where the origins are known.  “Scholars from all over the world have discussed and debated for many years. It is now a general belief this fabric, originally made of silk, arrived in Italy for the first time from the Far East, transported by Arab merchants, and was then spread throughout Europe, in turn, by the merchants from Lucca, Venice, Florence, and Genoa (TextileAsArt.com).”

Here are some High Definition pictures of the four new fabrics.

Chenille Velveteen Black

Chenille Velveteen Brown

Chenille Velveteen Navy

Chenille Velveteen Claret

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Jul 20, 2010

Top 10 Most Interesting Interior Design blogs

Are you looking for some inspiration for your next design project? Check out our list of the top 10 most interesting interior design blogs.

1.) Design Sponge Online

2.) Décor 8 

3.) Fresh Some 

4.) Apartment Therapy

5.) Brilliant Home Decor 

6.) Pure Style

7.) CocoCozy 

8.) Material Girls 

9.) Patricia Gray

10.) SFgirlbybay 

Jul 13, 2010

How to Measure Your Window for Drapes

The most common question we have here at Factory Drapes is how to measure a window so you know what size drape to order. You can follow these steps to get the correct measurements for your next drape.

1.) If you already have a rod, then the width will be based on that rod. Measure the area only where the drape will be hanging. If there are any decorative pieces on the end then do not include that in the measurement of the width. Measure tip to tip for rods without decorative ends.

2.) If you do not have a rod, then add 6 inches to the total width of the window. For example, if the window is 96 inches you will want a drape that is 102” inches. This is our standard recommendation but this can change depending on the style you select and the look you are trying to achieve.

3.) For the height of the window, we recommend 4 inches above and a minimum of 4 inches below. Again, depending on what style you are going for this will vary.

4.) If you would like full-length drapes then you will want to have the drape stop an inch before the floor.

Note: Our factory will add the width needed to wrap around the side and to overlap in the center of pinch pleated drapes.

For a more in-depth details on how to measure a window for its window treatments then check out our page How to Measure.

We have also produced a video on How to Measure Drapes located. Please click here to watch it.

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