Friday, December 31, 2010

Ottawa - Saving Energy with Insulated Drapery Panels

Save up to 30% on energy costs by using properly insulated drapery .

When considering your next set of custom drapes, selecting the correct lining may be the most important choice you make. Designers have always had a little secret when designing custom drapes for their Clients; the lining and interlining.

"It may sound like just an insignificant part of the construction of a drape but the lining may be the most overlooked and critical part of the Designing Process", said Christian Lee, Production Manager at DrapeStyle in California. "Most consumers who buy ready-made drapes just don't really know what they're missing, by adding the perfect lining we can give the Client much more value for their money when compared to imported or ready-made", Lee Added.

So let's explore the options and the benefits of each.

The lining is the backing fabric used in the construction of a custom drape. It is used to create more fullness and protect the fabric from the harmful effects of sunlight. "A good lining is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The cotton makes it soft to the touch and the polyester allows it to stand up to years of UV rays," Lee said. "Use a 100% poly lining and it's too stiff, use 100% cotton and it will disintegrate after just a couple of years," Lee added.

Between the lining and the drape fabric is the Interlining. The interlining is sandwiched between the two fabrics. "The interlining is really where all of your options are and can make a huge difference in the value and lifespan of the drape", Lee said. "You have great options today and there are some important considerations regarding the insulating factor of the curtain, the sound barrier performance and overall look of the product" Lee said.

"Most people are unaware that, according to the US Department of Energy about 25-30% of their homes energy is lost through their windows," Lee added. "Installing custom drapes with a heavy-weight (6oz) cotton flannel interlining can reduce the loss of heat by 25% in the winter and also reduce heat gain in the summer by up to 33%" Lee said. When choosing an interlining material you should use a 100% cotton flannel material which will provide great insulation plus an added sound barrier.

For those who live in a frigid climate, you may also want to consider using an English Bump Interlining which is about twice the thickness of flannel interlining. As the name implies, English Bump is a traditional material that was used in the cold damp winters of England to keep homes warm. "You really have to know what you're doing with Bump", said Lee, "It is very heavy and difficult to properly sew but the results are amazing, it's like wrapping a blanket around your house".

Another common interlining is "Blackout" or "Outblack" which blocks about 99% of the sunlight from penetrating through the drape. "Blackout has never been more popular with our Clients", said Lee. "We have always used blackout for many high-end hotels and restaurants and now consumers are asking for it for their home media rooms, bedrooms, etc." Lee added. Blackout protects the drapery fabric and may also protect the upholstery in the room by blocking the harmful UV rays that can destroy upholstery fabric.

"There are some great options available today and when using the right fabric, lining and interlining combination you can get far more value out of custom drapes than ever before", Lee said. "If you really do the math, buying well-made custom-drapes from the right place will often cost you less in the long-run than buying a ready-made product." Donna Robichaud
Custom Draperies and Design
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
At Ottawa Custom Draperies and Design we specialize in Custom Draperies, Curtains and Drapery Design serving the Ottawa Valley from , Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Arnprior, Stittsville and Kanata.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ottawa Custom Draperies and Curtains

I have just read an interesting article from Better Homes and Gardens distinguishing the need for Draperies or Curtains which will definitely help to enhance your home in Ottawa. I have posted the article for your review.

If the look for your home is formal or casual, contemporary or traditional, use draperies or curtains to accentuate your decorating scheme.

Normally lined, pleated, and floor-length, drapery panels often attach by hooks to a traverse rod. A cord mechanism that hangs behind either the left or right panel draws both of the panels open and closed.

Because of the way a traverse rod works, drapery panels don't always retract as compactly as curtain panels do, so if a window has minimal wall space around it, you may want to consider curtains or another type of treatment.

Before you purchase draperies, check their stackback, the technical term for the width of a window treatment when fully retracted. Very wide windows require more fabric, resulting in a wider stackback. In this case you'll need to increase the length of the traverse rod to keep the stacked fabric from covering the window glass when the drapes are fully open.

Because draperies are typically pleated and more tailored in appearance, they generally lend a more traditional look to a decorating scheme. However, newer pleating styles can offer a more updated and casual look for contemporary interiors. Look for fan pleats attached to simple rods with clips and rings.

Fabric selections can dress a drapery panel either up or down. Velvet, damask, and silk generally require a more traditional or formal room, while linen and cotton fabrics offer a more casual look.
Curtains are typically lightweight, unlined, and suspended from a rod by simple tabs, rings, or a rod-pocket casing. Most can be drawn back by hand to create a simple, casual-looking window treatment.

Basic curtain panels are easy to make and install. They may cover the full length of the window or reach from ceiling to floor. Lining the panels and adding decorative accessories and top treatments can make curtains look as elegant as any drapery panel.

Cafe curtains cover only the lower portion of the window, allowing light and views through the top half of the window.

Panels shirred on rods at both the top and bottoms are somewhat stationary and are good solutions for swinging doors and for casement windows that swing in.

To begin your custom draperies contact:

Donna Robichaud
Custom Draperies and Design
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
At Donna Robichaud Custom draperies and design we specialize in Custom Draperies, Curtains  and Design serving the Ottawa Valley from , Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Arnprior, Stittsville and Kanata.