We get asked all the time how long drapery should be and the answer is really a personal one!
Here's a quick break down of the options and things to be mindful of:
Drapery should never be shorter than 1/2" off the floor otherwise it looks like it wasn't made correctly much like pants that are too short! Clearing the floor is a safe bet for homes that have young children and pets (like mine!). By having the drapery off of the floor you maintain the cleanliness of the bottom hem and it works well for drapery that is open and closed often.
Kissing the floor is our most popular ordered length and the hardest to get just right! When the drapery is kissing the floor it is just meeting the floor surface without creating any folds in the fabric. A light smooch if you will!
This is when the fabric is on the floor 1/2" to 1" and breaks like the hem of a pant on a shoe. We see this ordered very frequently. This creates a soft and luxurious look and also helps to anchor the folds of the pleats. It's great for fabrics that are susceptible to stretching and shrinking in humidity like linen as it masks the length variance. It's also great for homes where the floors are not entirely level. It can mask a multitude of sins!
When a drape is resting on the floor the fabric sits 2"-3" on the floor. A bit more added luxury than the break and gives an even greater amount of fabric to anchor the shape of the pleats. We love to see the fabric bend at the floor and be dress so it looks tidy yet relaxed. We joke that drapery that is resting is more a french kiss (wink wink).
A much more traditional choice is when a drape puddles on the floor. This puddling is standard 8" on the floor but applies to anything 5" or longer. A true puddle allows you to turn the hem of the drape under and create a pool of fabric at the base of your treatment.
The best way to get the exact finish at the floor you want is to have your drapes made custom and with our workroom we work within an eighth of an inch accuracy so it's a perfect finish every time! We offer shop at home service to homeowners in Southern Ontario and we ship our online product all over North America! We are always happy to help walk you through the process of getting perfect drapery so please contact us today!
Now available in our online shop, perfect bench seats! You can't just go out and buy bench seats or perfect window seats and have them fit properly so we thought it might be nice to offer a fully customizable, perfectly fitting bench seat to our valued online clients! They come standard at 3" thick with a dacron wrap but we can make any size you like if you need something more custom. Currently available in our House Linen which is durable enough to withstand a bit of wear and also comes in great colours. You can select a contrast piping colour too which gives it a bit more custom finish! If you need help measuring or figuring out what to order we are always happy to help walk you through it! Just drop us a line!
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New Year = Fresh Start! Update your home with custom drapery with Q. Design's Shop At Home service! We bring our showroom to your door for selecting your fabrics and high quality hardware for your perfect window treatments in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Toronto, Etobicoke, Vaughan and Woodbridge. We have a wide range of fabric and hardware along with blinds and shades to suit any budget or space. We pride ourselves on helping you fit your style and colour scheme or if you need more help we can support you in selecting paint colours and other items as they coordinate with our perfect drapery. We can also make custom bedding, valances and we offer upholstery and reupholstery if you need it! Our pricing is exactly the same as other workrooms in the area like National Drapery. If you have a quote from National Drapery we will match it and our quality is second to none! Our previous clients have given us great reviews on Homestars and Houzz and are always impressed that we exceed their expections. Our drapery and curtains are the best available in the greater Toronto area. We hope you shop with us today! We look forward to providing you with the best custom drapery and curtains, high quality blinds and shades, even motorized! As well as great toss cushions, upholstery and reupholstery, custom valances and custom bedding! Call us at 905-607-1040 to schedule your free shop at home appointment today or email us if you prefer!
We surprise ourselves here sometimes. Making beautiful custom drapery and roman shades, toss pillows and valances is what we do best. We do it perfectly every day. This morning was no exception except that when Marilyn came into my office and I remarked how lovely my close friends new home (at the drywalling stage) is going to be she said "I saw the photo of the great room coffered ceiling on Katie's instagram and the first thing I noticed was a lack of space for the drapery hardware they selected" - in other words "we have a problem"!
Katie Campbell Interiors is doing the design work there and I immediately called her to let her know we foresaw an issue with the amount of space to mount the hardware she had carefully selected long ago when the house was still in the plans stage. You see, drapery is the last thing that happens in a custom build (or any home really) and so there have been so many other stages in the process that can hinder the drapery part. So while other drapery workrooms might not be on instagram, or they are on there but lack the experience to know that this photo wasn't just a lovely shot of a work in progress but it was a sign we needed to make sure the next step (adding trim) was done in such a way that it will allow the drapery that has been spec'd to go in!
What do you see when you look at this photo?
As experts in custom drapery, the first thing that we see is a small amount of space between the window and the bulkhead. Once the trim goes in that means the drapery will have to mount on a channel track under the bulkhead flush. Totally doable but if they add a crown or other detail we could end up in a situation that would mean redesigning the drapery for this space - not ideal. These high ceilings and large spaces need vertical fabric to create warmth and texture. The hard surfaces of flooring and tile need the fabric to absorb the echo. Our job is to work with the builder via the interior designer to ensure the drapery can still happen the way the design requires.
This was a lucky save on a cold December morning. It's part of the service we offer and it's why we are a bit pricier than other places. We have a lot of experience. We take our time and get it right. We watch out for our designer clients to make sure their design can become a reality. We have a passion for perfect drapery. We love what we do and we are doing it even when we are scrolling our Instagram!
It was a pleasure to work with Jenna Cadieux on this project! Click the photo to see the whole video - enjoy!
It's a busy time of year at Q. Design and we are so excited to be producing record amounts of custom drapery and custom bedding along with installing blinds and shades for our many local clients in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Toronto, Etobicoke, Woodbridge, Vaughan and anywhere else in the GTA we can get to! We have been seeing alot of pinch pleated curtains along with fully lined and interlined silk drapery going through and the colour range from grey to red and everything in between. The new style called ripplefold has also been a big seller and comes with decorative channel track hardware that mounts on the ceiling or the wall to suit any space! We have also had a lot of roman shades and valances going out to coordinate with the custom drapery orders and of course, those lovely toss pillows that just finish everything off!
Our specialty is custom curtains and drapery along with roman shades, valance and bedding. We offer free shop at home and are happy to work with your existing decor to make sure you get the right fabrics and window treatments to suit the style and function in your home. If you live in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Toronto, Etobicoke, Woodbridge, Vaughan and anywhere else in the GTA we can get to we would be happy to visit you in the comfort of your home today to get your order placed!