Mar 30, 2011

What is a sheer curtain or sheer drape?

A sheer curtain or drape is an elegant and light weight fabric often used behind a drape. Sheers provide light filtering while still giving you privacy. The material has a translucency that enables you see through it, but, other people cannot look into your home. They usually can only see shadows and distorted images. When opened, drapes by themselves let others see into your home whereas sheers prevent this from occurring. The next time you buy a drape, be sure to consider adding a sheer curtain behind it. A drape and a sheer are a winning combination!

Mar 24, 2011

You choose the savings through the end of the month . . . Up to 50 % Off

That's right. It's all up to you.

30% OFF ALL ORDERS (incl. rods) OVER $500 - Code: 30off500

40% OFF ALL ORDERS (incl. rods) OVER $1000 - Code: 40off1000

50% OFF ALL ORDERS (incl. rods) OVER $1500 - Code: 50off1500

Mar 23, 2011

What are blackout drapes?

Blackout drapes are room darkening drapes similar to what you find at most hotels and motels. This is a popular window treatment option for bedroom use. They are also effective and cost efficient in eliminating unwanted light from entering a room. Of course, if you want light, just open up your blackout drapes. These drapes also reduce exterior sounds from the street or yard and insulate too from both heat and cold. Many customers also add sheer curtains underneath their blackout drapes. Sheers allows light to enter a room while still providing privacy that is important to many people. Any drape fabric we carry can have a blackout lining attached to it. You can even buy it with an inherently fire retardant lining as an extra measure of protection for your family and home.

Mar 10, 2011

Watch For Discounts This Weekend and Answer Your Phone

Throughout the weekend we will be offering a number of special discounts. Please watch our site and answer the phone if we call you. It could save you hundreds of dollars....

Mar 8, 2011

How to Choose Window Treatments and Save Money

By Kathy Woodard

Whether you want curtains and draperies, or custom valances, window coverings can be a large part of your decorating budget. Since window treatments cover such a large area in any room, you want to make sure that you choose wisely and get the best value for your money. Here are some great tips on how to choose window treatments and save money!

Pick the appropriate window covering for each room.

You will want to think about what purpose the window treatment in your room will provide. Is it all about privacy, or are you simply wanting to add warmth and style? Do you need both? Do you need insulated drapes or curtains for energy savings? Once you answer these questions, you can narrow down your choice. The most common window treatments are curtains, drapes, blinds and valances.


The words curtains and drapes are often used interchangeably. Curtains tend to be more casual, and are usually gathered on a rod. They are well suited for more relaxed rooms such as bedrooms and dens. Curtains tend to be made of lighted fabrics, and don’t block the light completely. 


Draperies are usually a more formal window treatment for the home. They are often lined, and are good at blocking sun and keeping out cold. Draperies can be pleated, tab top or grommet. Some require specialty rods. Draperies are a good choice for living rooms, and are often made of more substantial fabrics.


Blinds are very common today, due to their ability to control light. They are wonderful layered underneath other window coverings for their practicality. Installing blinds alone can leave a window looking unfinished and cold.


A valance is decorative fabric that tops a window. Its purpose is merely to add style, color and warmth to a window that does not require privacy, or to dress up another window treatment. They come in hundreds of fabrics and several styles, ranging from formal to very casual. They can be an inexpensive way to add that special custom touch to your windows.

You have a couple of options on where to buy your window treatments once you have a plan. Your local department store offers a variety of styles, but they tend to be the more expensive choice.  One of the fastest growing options is to buy curtains online, along with other types of window coverings. Not only are the prices cheaper because you eliminate the middleman, you have a much wider variety of choices. Additionally, it’s unlikely the neighbor next door will end up with the same thing!

Choosing window coverings can make or break any rooms design, and any decorator’s budget. Use these easy guidelines to choose well for each room in your home, and make the most of each dollar by getting a good value in return.

Visit Factory Direct Drapes and use their free Virtual Room Designer to help you choose the best draperies and curtains or valances for your home.

Kathy Woodard is a freelance writer and home decorating expert. You can visit her at

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