Custom Drapes FAQs

You have questions, and we have answers! Find our most common custom drapes FAQs here. Still have questions? Live chat us, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Should drapes be lined?

Drapery lining offers many practical benefits including protecting the drapery fabric from fading or deteriorating from the sun’s UV rays, increased opacity for privacy and increased sound dampening and insulating properties. There are many different types of linings and drapery fabrics, both serving purposes for style and functionality. The only drapes that should not be lined are sheers.

Are custom window treatments worth it?

Absolutely! Investing in custom window treatments allows you to choose from innumerable combinations of product types, styles, patterns, and textures, all of which are more durable and longer lasting, than their big-box store counterparts.  Southern Shutter Home’s experts are here to guide you through the process of product selection, while offering professional measurements of your windows and offering professional installation of all product selections.

What should I know before buying curtains?

Consider the environment you want to create. What are you seeking to achieve? Privacy or blocking the afternoon sun? Or both? You can achieve all your window treatment goals by contacting a knowledgeable Southern Shutter Home consultant to explore your design options and provide answers to your questions.

Should curtains touch the floor?

This is strictly a personal preference. To achieve a streamlined tailored look, consider curtains designed to hang ½-inch above the floor. If a more luxurious style is preferred, allow the drapes to flow to the floor, with up to 6 inches puddling on the floor. Note: The latter option will obviously require more cleaning. For smaller windows, such as above the kitchen sink, a good rule of thumb is ½-inch above the sill. Our experts are happy to walk you through, which length or overlap is best for your personal home design.

Are blinds better than curtains?

It depends on what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. In fact, they are often combined for a more refined and polished look. Our website offers an overview of both window treatments. When selecting window coverings which will be coupled for a designed appearance, it’s advisable to contact a Southern Shutter Home professional.  Our knowledgeable professional team member will evaluate your needs and offer a variety of solutions, best suited to your home.

Do you need blinds if you have drapes?

Not necessarily, but they are often combined for versatility. Installing both options add an extra level of privacy and energy efficiency; allowing for greater versatility in selecting light coverage or view.

Do curtains and blinds go together?

Certainly, and it is sometimes recommended to select them both as an ideal window covering option. Depending on your unique circumstances, design preferences or architectural challenges, it will be beneficial to you, to contact a Southern Shutter professional today.

Do you have to put curtains on all windows in a room?

Depending on the size and location of the windows in the room, the addition of curtains will compliment and/or add a sense of continuity by using the same or complementary colors or patterns. Window placement and size often varies, although adding shades or blinds and accentuating with curtains may be an option to achieve a formal appearance. Selecting to forgo blinds or shades by choosing only draperies will offer the option of complete view & optimal light when opened. Southern Shutter Home offers a wide variety of similar patterns and color palettes, in their diverse selection of window treatment options, which offers you a considerable selection of quality products.

Can you mix curtains in the same room?

Consistency is the key to mastering interior design challenges. It is ideal to match draperies in the same room. An exception may be a window of a different size in a location, in the room or an adjoining room, that could be highlighted using a different, but complementary color or pattern. Using the same fabric in a different style of drapery, will continue the design flow aesthetically from one space to another, for a cohesive design. Our design experts know good design is easier to achieve with an expert to assist you. We offer free design services to our clients, to assist them in achieving the desired window treatments to accentuate the windows in their home. A Southern Shutter Home professional will have a consultation with you to determine the overall best window coverings to compliment your home décor.

Do you need sheers with drapes?

Though they are not a requirement, sheers add style and functionality by complementing your draperies with a classic design element, adding dimension and creating an extra level of privacy and natural light for your space.

What is the best fabric for drapes?

Fabric is an essential part of the drapery selection process. The material chosen, and the lining will dictate the longevity of the draperies. You’ll want to consider factors such as; how you want the drapes to hang, the amount of “stack back” when in the drawn position, and how often you change the look of the space. When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are great selections; because they tend to have more body when hanging and fold crisply. In rooms with abundant sunlight, faux silk is least likely to deteriorate, especially when the appropriate lining is used. Another variable to consider is whether to add an insulating material to the lining, which also has sound dampening qualities. Southern Shutter Home professionals can alleviate the guesswork, evaluate your desired aesthetic and bring your rooms together for a cohesive look to your entire home or commercial space.  Our Southern Shutter in home design experts will guide you through the process of choosing the best products, for your needs and budget.