Window coverings are more complicated than simply draping fabric from a bar. Drapery terminology can get confusing, so use this guide to get the look you want.
When buying custom draperies, most first timers think the toughest decision is choosing the fabric. Velvet or silk? Plaid or paisley? The fabric, color and pattern options are endless. But so, too, is the list of other decisions buyers must make, from their “fullness” requirements to which type of pleat or heading they prefer. Knowing basic drapery components and terminology enables customers to communicate better with vendors so that their investment brings satisfaction for years to come.
For starters, there’s a difference between draperies – sometimes just called drapes – and curtains, though their distinctions differ depending on whom you ask. In general, draperies are heavier, pleated at the top and more formal in appearance.