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!
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I know drapery can seem like a scary beast sometimes and we get all kinds of clients saying things like "I just don't know what to put on my windows so I've still got those paper blinds from Home Depot on them, HELP!" and that makes me feel sad because we can make drapery so simple. If you are a designer that is new or never done drapery we are happy to educate you through our Brunch & Learns or if you are a homeowner we have a few levels of service that you can use including free Shop at Home or online shopping here (starting in June!) but every level of service includes our help to get exactly what you need to have gorgeous window treatments without it being complicated, time consuming or difficult.
Our mission is to get every step of the process right and that includes adding custom details to our Q2 Perfect Panels to make them perfect for you. It can be so easy to customize our cobistyle Perfect Panels. The photo below is a perfect example of how we can meet any need with our cobistyle line.
The drapery panels in the photo are a stunning Telefina fabric that is an embroidered linen in a large medallion that is just to die for but because of the cost of the fabric for the panels, the sheers needed to be inexpensive AND still have great quality and texture and that's where cobistyle Dickens panel came in:
Shown here from our cobistyle collection as a single tunnel top panel we can make it into any size, style, valance, roman shade ~ anything really to suit your space!
In the case of the sheers in the dining room we used the Dickens sheer off the bolt and made it into sheers that were 2 Fold Pinch Pleated and 10 feet wide to suit the window. So simple for us to do this as we are manufacturing each order as it is placed so you can have it exactly how you want it! The cost on the sheers as shown in the dining room is $675 - a great price for custom sheers to fit a 10 foot wide window!!! The sheer itself provides privacy and light filtration and is a soft white colour which suits a variety of esthetics.
You can also add custom details to make them your own. Shown below with an Inverted Pleat and and a gross grain ribbon added, the Dickens sheer becomes a bit more sophisticated and tailored. The cost is a bit higher for this labour intensive add on and also there is a cost for the ribbon itself but for the end product it's totally worth it and the colours of ribbon available are endless!
We've also made Dickens into a soft roman shade with a small valance flap and it's just stunning! Soft and relaxed and just perfect for those windows that need a little pretty but not a lot of light blockage or lengthening with drapery...
The possibilities are endless and we would love to hear from you in the studio in Mississauga or in our email today about what you need to finally cover those windows with beautiful custom drapery. We are happy to come out to your home and help you shop in your space too! Hope to hear from you soon!