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How Long Should Your Drapes Be?

How Long Should Your Drapes Be?

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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:

Clearing

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

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!

Breaking

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!

Resting

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).

Puddling

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!