Drapery Lingo

Custom DraperiesCustom drapery lets you choose the fabric, pattern, and type of drapery, so it’s sure to work perfectly in your home. At Crosstown Custom Shade and Glass serving the Manhattan area, our talented seamstresses and experienced designers can help you create a one-of-a-kind drapery masterpiece.

To get started, here is some drapery lingo to learn. Take a look!

Inside or Outside Mount – For a more contemporary look, mount drapery or other window treatments on the inside of the window frame. Mounting it on the outside of the window frame is more popular, however, and because it allows you to create window coverings that are longer than your actual windows, the windows will look bigger.

Break – The length at which the fabric hangs past the floor is called the break. From a design perspective, the floor is a visual break that causes a fold in a fabric. A three-inch break is popular.

Puddling – Puddling is an amount of extra drapery length that is spilled or “puddled” onto the floor. This technique is most popular with drapery panels. However, drapery that is opened and closed frequently doesn’t work well with puddling.

Drapery Vs. Curtain – Draperies usually fall all the way to the floor while curtains can vary in length. The term “draperies” also can refer to lined or backed curtains with a fuller and heavier feel.

Leading Edge – The leading edge is a sewn fabric edge at the opening of custom draperies. This part of the drapery can coordinate with a secondary color in your decor and can be used in other accents, such as pillows or throws.

Hem – A hem is any bottom, side or top portion of the drapery fabric folded and sewn toward the back of the treatment. A three-inch bottom hem is most common. Larger hems have a more high-end look.

Tieback – A tieback holds each drape away from the center of the window. Tiebacks can be braided cords, bands of matching fabric, or tassels. This drapery accessory can be toned back or dramatic, whatever works for your style.

Custom Drapery in the Manhattan Area

Serving the Manhattan area with two locations for over 25 years, we offer a full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments as well as custom glass, mirrors, shower doors and more. We take great pride in offering a high level of personal service to ensure that each and every job is handled on an individual basis. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority. Contact us for more details!

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