Drapery Dilemmas to Avoid


 You’ve bought all the latest design magazines.  You’ve pored over them for weeks or even months at a time.  You jumped in and bought ‘ready made’ window treatments.  And yet you hate the way they look.  They just don’t look like what you imagined and certainly not like the picture on the box!

Well, let me reassure you that you’re not alone.  I find that many of my clients and homeowners make several attempts at a variety of window treatment solutions before realizing that what they’ve got is just not ‘cutting the mustard’.  They’ve spent too much time and too much money and they don’t like the results they’ve gotten.

“Ready made” store bought  drapes are never going to look as stunning as custom window treatments but the good news is that you can achieve a much better look by eliminating some common window treatment mistakes

Drapes that are Skimpy

The beauty of draperies is in the fabric and the fullness.  When you put up skimpy draperies, they scream ‘skimpy budget’.  Make sure there’s adequate fullness in the draperies.

Draperies that are too Short

When your draperies are too short it looks like they ran out of fabric and they look awful!  Proportion is important to remember when designing window treatments.  If the situation warrants having a short treatment, change from a drapery to a fabric shade instead, like a roman shade.

Tab Tops Sitting Pretty

When’s the last time you saw a tab-top drapery in a magazine or model home?  They look great don’t they!  Usually they are stacked on either side of the window, just sitting there looking pretty.  The trick is when you try to close them.  The tabs at the top of the drape get jumbled up together and don’t slide across the rod very well.  Save the tab-top draperies for decorative purposes and select another style of treatment when you need to close your drapes for privacy or sun control.

Wimpy Rods

Expandable rods are the ones that show a size range on the package.  It may say something like ‘expandable from 86″-128″‘.  One problem with these types of rods is they typically come in smaller diameters (1/2″, 5/8″, 7/8″) which don’t suit larger windows.  When the diameter of the rod is too narrow it can bow in the middle.  Secondly, if you want to use rings it can be difficult to get the ring over the bump where the rods join.  To use these rods choose a window treatment that is decoration only and not too wide.