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A Guide to Buying Drapes For Window Treatments in Denver

March 28, 2018

Drapes are elegant, sophisticated, and timeless, which is why so many people choose to hang them over their windows. However, some people go with other window treatments in Denver because they aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to looking for the right drapes for their home. If you find yourself in this situation, use this helpful guide to buying drapes:


Practically any fabric can be used to create drapes, but there are some that are more appropriate choices than others. Heavy velvets and silks are great choices for formal rooms, whereas cotton blends or silky rayon fabrics are better for informal rooms.

Be sure to research how a fabric should be cleaned prior to making a purchase. For example, velvet and silk are dry-clean only, so they are more difficult to care for than other fabrics.


Before choosing a color, think about whether you want the drapes to blend in with the rest of the room or pop off of the walls. If you want the drapes to blend in, don’t try to find a fabric that is exactly the same shade as the paint on your walls. Instead, choose a fabric that is a few shades darker than the color of the walls.

The options are endless if you want the drapes to stand out. Patterned fabrics can achieve the bold look that you desire, but it’s best to only use patterned drapes if the furniture in the room is solid-colored.


Decide what look you are going for in order to determine the appropriate length of your drapes. People who want to create a light and casual look should purchase drapes that hover about an inch above the floor. To create a more formal look, the drapes should “puddle” at the floor, meaning they should be long enough to allow excess fabric to gather on the floor. A little bit of fabric gathered on the floor will exude sophistication, however if you want to create a much more opulent look, go even longer so more fabric puddles on the floor.


Finally, don’t forget to choose hardware for the drapes. You will need a rod, which will sit at the top of the window and hold the drapes in place. Most people who are purchasing drapes also use holdbacks, which are placed on either side of the window and can be used to draw the drapes back to let the sunlight in.

Be sure to choose holdbacks and rods that complement each other so they don’t look mismatched once they’re put in place. There are many things to consider when deciding to purchase window coverings.

Are you ready to find the right drapes for your home? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the experts at Design Craft! Design Craft is a family-owned business in the greater Denver area. We specialize in various flooring and window treatments, and pride ourselves on our customer service and attention to detail. Contact us today for an estimate by calling 303-683-7200!