Mar 28, 2012

How to Measure for Custom Drapes

Measuring for custom drapes is relatively easy. There are only few things you need to know to ensure the width and height of the drapes is a proper fit for your windows. Never measure an existing drape because you will not get an accurate measurement this way.

Using a retractable metal tape measure, measure across the front of your existing rod from tip to tip. Do not include in your measurements the finials and end pieces. automatically adds the fullness and the extra material for the brackets at the ends of the rods where the drape returns back to the wall and for the overlap in the middle. This will be your width. For the height, place your tape measure on the top center of the rod down to where you want it to hang. Generally measure a minimum of 4” past the bottom of the window casing to provide sufficient for coverage for privacy and to reduce incoming light. To create a casual feel to a room, drapes should hang down to 1” above the floor or carpeting.

If a drapery rod has not yet been installed, the width measurement should be taken from the inside of the window casing, from one side to the other side of the window. Add 6 inches to the width measurement. This allows your drapes to extend 3 inches on both side of your window casing. Write the total width measurement. For the height, the measurement should be taken from the top inside of the window casing to the bottom inside casing. Add 8 inches to the height of the measurement then round off. This allows your draperies to extend 4 feet above and 4 feet below your window casing. If you have lower ceilings, you can add height to your room by hanging the drapery more than 4 inches above the casing or from the ceiling and barely touch the floor or pool to the floor. This adds the illusion of height.

Need to know more? Visit us at and click on How to Measure You can also visit our Video Resource Center and watch the short instructional video “How to Measure.” We also have our experts available on the phone M-F 8am-5pm PST to assist you and answer questions on how to measure for drapes. Call us today at 1-866-713-7273.

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Mar 26, 2012

Last Chance Sale! Save 60% off custom drapes

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Mar 8, 2012

Spring Clean your Drapes and Curtains

Spring is almost here. Have you started your spring cleaning yet?
Many people overlook the cleaning of drapes and curtains during their spring cleaning because they may appear clean even if they have been hanging for years. Drapes and curtains may not show soil for years and a lot of people believe they should only be cleaned when they look dirty yet drapes collect an immense amount of dust, oil, pollution, smoke, pollen, exhaust gases and bacteria over time.

Cleaning your drapes is necessary to preserve its life and for a healthier home. Have them cleaned according to the care label. You can also send them to a cleaner with experience and specialization in cleaning drapes. This will not only safely and effectively clean your drapes without damage or shrinkage to the fabric but it will also restore its original beauty and appearance.

As a regular maintenance, you should clean your drapes at least once a month using the brush attachment of your vacuum. While using a brush attachment on your vacuum, run it “lightly”up and down the folds and pleats of the drape to remove dust and particles. You can also “spot clean” most drapes with a damp soft cloth that has been wrung out. Do not use soap or detergent as is may leave staining around the spot. Dab away moisture with a clean cloth, air-dry. If the fabric has water spots, fade them with the steam from the garment steamer or iron. Lightly spray Febreeze fabric refresher to make your drapes smell fresh and clean.

In some cases replacement may be less expensive than cleaning. Buying new drapes directly from the manufacturer like at wholesale prices ends up saving you more money.

Happy Spring cleaning everyone!

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Mar 1, 2012

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