The devil is in the details when it comes to draperies, which makes them an intimidating design decision, but one well worth your time and money.

If you choose to have custom draperies made for your home, seek out a workroom who can guide you through the design process. Alex, inquisitive by nature, always asks plenty of questions when designing, and he recommends three essential ones when getting started on drapery design.

First: What drapery heading is going to work the best for your home? The heading is the way the drapery is pleated and attached to a ring or other hardware that slides on the drapery rod. It’s important because it sets the tone for how the fabric will drape and stack at the edges of your windows when the draperies are open. Certain headings evoke a more traditional, formal ambiance, while others have a more modern look.

For the loft’s plunging draperies, Alex selected the Brisby pleat, which combines modern and traditional styling and gives the draperies a clean, tailored look from the top all the way to the floor.

Second: Should you line your drapes? The Sunbrella fabric Alex used – Spectrum Dove – has a tight weave and does not require any lining to block light. However, it’s lined because, like all fabrics, it benefits from the added body and weight that lining creates. Fabrics with a loose weave need to be lined to block heat and light from a space such as a media room or bedroom that require absolute darkness.

Third: Should you use hand-sewn rings or drapery clips? Alex prefers hand-sewn rings because they tend to have a more tailored, finished look, and they don’t pop off the rod. The benefit of drapery clips is that they are easier for cleaning and maintenance.

If you find a drapery workroom with plenty of experience, take their advice to heart. They can help you make your draperies what they should be – the unifying element of your space.

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