By Draperies By Design
This is something a lot of people seem to struggle with, just like deciding on what size suit a gentleman should wear.
If you want those draperies, shades and curtains to look absolutely tip-top, they've got to be not only the right color but the right size. And that not only goes for the window treatments themselves, but the rod as well!
Get on with it!
Okay, so to make it as easy as possible we've separated the three main problem areas we've encountered in the wide world of windows.
Length of the drapery
Drapes and other soft window treatments can be high water, just like the pants your neighbor should've donated to charity years ago. There are three lengths we suggest, and each one lends a strikingly different look.
First, there's The Highball as we like to call it. This is where the draperies or sheers hang less than an inch above the ground. For the vacation rentals in the area we recommend one to two inches of space between the draperies and flooring, depending on the amount of traffic a condo or vrbo property experiences near the windows.
Second we have The Kiss. And it's just as intimate of a relationship as it sounds. This requires the absolute most careful measurements to be taken as well as the use of those same measurements during the installation process. Fortunately for you, we handle all of this for you so you don't have to worry about a thing.
And the most elegant of all, there's the puddled look for that timeless, Victorian look. Nothing flaunts pure elegance and opulence like The Puddle. For the uninitiated, this is where the draperies are allowed to drape liberally over the floor. Very stylish. Posh, some might say. Talk about putting on the ritz, this is the way to do it. Not recommended for rental properties however!
Height of the rod
This is another way that drapery companies and designers alike can fall, well, short.
If you ask us, the best rule of thumb is 2/3 the distance to the ceiling at least. Anything less than that can be pushing it if it's not pulled off just right. Push, pull, get it?
Width of the rod
This is also very important! Not only from a design point of view, but from a function perspective. With all the beautiful beachfront condos and houses we have on the Gulf Coast, there's one heck of a view out there that we need to preserve.
Rods should extend a minimum of six inches to either side of the window. We prefer much more, however.
But what about my condo with wall to wall windows, you say?
Well we have a sort of innovation for that. We call it... (Drumroll please...) The Opti-View! What's that you say?
We use bent architrac rod technology and a little extra fabric to extend the drapery (typically blackout draperies in these beachfront properties) to allow most of the stackback to collect out of the way of that killer view!
If you're asking what stackback is, it's the width of fabric that collects to the side of a window when the drapery is open.
And as you might imagine, it blocks the view to the great outdoors. No bueno.
How wide should the panels of my draperies be?
This is the last point we have to cover for today, but my no means is it the least important. Most manufacturers make draperies approximately double the width of the window.
This ensures that when you close the curtains, they keep a nice, soft billowy appearance instead of just looking like a sheet hanging in front of your magnificent view.
For another fantastic article on drapery size and length, be sure to check out the following resources.
Robert Huey is the Emerald Coast's leading expert on window treatments. From a humble beginning as an installer for interior designers in the area, he has rapidly become an expert of every single type of window treatment, both interior and exterior.