The choices for draperies has expanded as fabrics became more sophisticated to include the wide array of colors and textures we know today. A blackout drapery panel is used to block light and heat from the room.
Drapery Style Basics
There are several different styles of draperies used for home and office decor, from custom-made draperies to bargain window treatments purchased from a discount store to handmade draperies in a country style home. Here is a list of some of the different styles of draperies sold in retail stores.
Pinch Pleat Draperies – Regular pinch pleats are three folds of fabric sewn together. This make a pleat that fans out at the top and bottom.
Goblet Pleats – Small pleats are held with a stitch four inches down from the top. This create a goblet-shape that can be left empty or filled for a fuller goblet.
Pencil Pleats – A feminine, tailored look, pencil-pleating tape is sewn to the back of the top of the drapery that has strings for cinching the fabric into long elegant pleats.
Box Pleats – Box pleats are another beautifully tailored treatment for stationary panels. Here the pleats have been detailed with a fabric-covered button.
Swagged – These pencil-pleated panels have been draped with a swag of fabric edged with silky tassels.
Flat Panel Draperies on Pegs – One width of fabric can be hemmed and hung from any type of hook or peg. It’s an inexpensive look that doesn’t require complicated pleating.
Flat Panel with Folded Cuff – Flat panels can also be lined with a coordinating lining fabric that is exposed when folded over at the top edges between drapery rings. Notice too the short “return” of fabric that spans the area between the rod and the wall.
Flat Panel with Pleated Top – Add interest to flat-panel drapes by attaching a contrasting fabric folded into three tailored pleats. This type of detail could also be used to update traditional pinch-pleat draperies.
Tab Top – Country interiors are the usual place to find tab-top drapery panels. These plain white drapes have been embellished with stripes of brown ribbon and brown buttons to hold the tabs in place.
Pinch Pleats – Update pinch-pleated draperies by hanging them from small metal rings strung into a narrow iron rod. The floor-to-ceiling placement is another contemporary look, with the hem just breaking onto the floor.
Cuffed – The top edge of these drapes has been decorated with a stripe of checked fabric that forms a cuff over the pleats.
Sewn-In Valance Look – These draperies has a sewn-in valance treatment on the top to add design and flair.
Rod Pocket Ruffles – Any type of pole can be covered with rod-pocket panels. These are easy to make at home and can be detailed with ribbon or fabric borders, tassels, or tiebacks. This window shows two pairs of rod-pocket panels — floral and striped — on two separate rods.
When it is time to decorate your windows with window treatment, make sure you understand the different types of window coverings that are available. There are a large number of options for window treatments and there are a lot of different ways to use a pair of draperies to cover your windows. The information above can help you when you go shopping for draperies.