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Drape Specifications


  • Maximum finished dimensions: 150″L x 288″W (standard in all styles.) If your needs exceed these dimensions, please contact us for a quote.
  • Pinch pleats are made with a three-fold French pleat at the top.
  • Headings are 4″ doubled with a non-woven buckram. If fabric is too bulky, a 4″ single top will be constructed.
  • Fabric is surged to the crinoline on single tops.
  • Rod pockets are made with double heading and pockets unless specified, or if fabric is too bulky, single tops will be constructed.
  • Standard overlaps and returns on pinched draperies are made at 3 1⁄2″. Please specify if different size return is required. Note adjustments in “Order Notes”.
  • Comparable fullness will be used for spacing between pleats on all pleated draperies that will be hanging in the same room.
  • To get comparable fullness in draperies, the fullness is adjusted to allow 1⁄2″ to 1″ difference in spacing between pleats.
  • Heavy duty zinc pin-on drapery hooks will be inserted 1 3⁄4″ down from the top on pleated draperies.
  • Covered lead weights are inserted into corners and at seams of sheer draperies at no charge upon workroom discretion.

Folding Methods For Shipping

  • Flat draperies, such as rod pockets, are flat folded.
  • Pleated draperies are fan folded and carefully packaged in custom-built boxes.
  • Pleats are staggered and folds beneath the pleats are aligned, and the panels are snugly wrapped in this position. Crinoline must be “broken” at installation when the panels are dressed.
  • At times on large pleated draperies (over 5 widths per panel or over 108″ in length) it may be necessary to flat fold the draperies to eliminate the possibility of shipping by truck. Because this method may increase the chance of wrinkling during shipping, please indicate if you do not wish to have your pleated draperies flat folded.

Lined Draperies

Lining Options
Single lining – standard 70% polyester / 30% cotton
Interlining – classic napped 100% cotton
Thermal light fusing – 70% polyester / 30% cotton
  • Lined draperies are made with a 1 1⁄2″ double bottom hem on the lining. Lining will be railroaded when possible.
  • The lining is placed under the side hems and blind stitched to the side hem. At the heading, lining is turned and folded with the face fabric. Face fabric is exposed 4″ on the back side of the heading.
  • Interlined rod pocket draperies or valances should be made with the pocket size 1⁄2″ larger than normal to allow for extra take up when gathered onto the rod. Please include rod pocket size on the work order as we will not add this allowance.
  • When blackout lining is used, black pigment may show through at the stitch lines in the heading or when tacking pleats.

Unlined Draperies

We will use a single top on unlined drapery orders if we believe it will not affect the appearance of the drapery.

Sewing Thread Information

VOLYPOLYRAY 30 (T-60) is polyester wrapped polyester core sewing thread designed to provide excellent performance in the sewing of medium weight fabrics.

Seaming & Hemming

  • Side hems are 1 1⁄2″ doubled and blind-stitched. Lock stitching may be used on open weaves.
  • Bottom hems are 4″ doubled and blind-stitched.
  • Multiple widths are joined by surging, which cuts away selvage edges and overlocks the seam.
  • All seams are hidden behind pleats on pinch pleated draperies. Seams on grommet tops draperies cannot be hidden, but our workroom does their best to place the seam where it will be least visible after installation.

Pattern Matching

  • All drapery widths are pattern matched, starting at the bottom.
  • Vertically striped fabrics will be pleated with the stripe falling randomly within the drapery. When vertical stripes require “hand-pleating” to pleat on pattern, please call us for a quote.

Prints, Woven Fabrics, Embroidered Fabrics, Woven Horizontal Stripes, Checks Or Plaids

Our workroom will automatically pattern match from the top down on some prints, wovens, embroidered, all plaids, checks, or woven horizontal stripes. An extra charge per width will be added to your invoice when needed on all orders using these fabrics. We cannot be held responsible if prints, woven, embroidered fabrics, plaids, checks, or woven horizontal stripes do not match at seams. In these fabrics unevenness in warp tensions can cause wavy horizontal lines. This will make the job of matching pattern lines difficult, if not impossible. Specify if you DO NOT want to pattern match from the top down. Our workroom will match these fabrics to the best of their ability and DCS will not be responsible for any labor or fabric cost due to these types of fabric issues. If your fabric has horizontal stripes and you want it railroaded so the stripes will run vertically, this must be specified on the work order. Depending on the length of the product, horizontal seaming may be necessary if the cut length is longer than fabric width.

Silk Fabrics

All silk fabrics are inherently woven with flaws, such as slubs, snags, or runs, coming from the vendor and will be used “as is” by our workroom without prior notice. The exception is if there are holes in the fabric. DCS will not be responsible for labor or fabric costs to remake products made from silk fabrics.

Casement Fabrics

Loosely woven casements are extremely sensitive to atmosphere changes and may shrink or stretch in varying weather conditions. DCS will not be responsible for handling or environmental conditions. We suggest draperies made from this type of fabrics be unlined and the finished lengths at least 1″ off the floor.


DCS will not be responsible for stretching or shrinkage after the product has left our workroom. Our products are custom-made to your specifications and are measured before shipping. On any treatment made, we will allow up to a 1⁄2″ tolerance in the width or the length of the product. All fabrics are inspected for flaws before cutting. Fabrics with minor defects or characteristic flaws may be used at the workroom's discretion.

Drape Lengths

Floor Length
The drapes are positioned 1⁄2″ off the floor for a more traditional, tailored look. This length is best for traversing drapes. To measure for Floor Length drapes, measure from the bottom of your pole to 1⁄2″ above the floor.

Trouser Length
The drapes are positioned at floor level. This length is best for stationary drapes. Stationary panels are not recommended to be moved. To measure for Trouser Length drapes, measure from the bottom of your pole to floor level.

Puddle Length
The drapes have approximately 6-10″ in length added beyond the floor. This length will set off a more dramatic look and is best for stationary panels. Stationary panels are not recommended to be moved. To measure for Puddle Length drapes, measure from the bottom of your pole to the floor. Add 6″-10″ to your length, depending on how much you want your drapes to puddle.

Please specify your desired drape length style upon ordering.

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