Welcome back to our Hospitality Design Trends & Tips! The Hotel Drapery & Bedding team wants to help you with tips on the two subjects that we are considered experts: Window Treatments and Bedding. Our perspective and experience in the field can help you navigate through all the options out there. Drapery, Roman Shades and Roller Shades in the guest room have one of the most essential roles in the space; it must provide 100% blackout for the guest and because it is at plain e
Note: This only applies to pinch pleat drapery! Most of the time our clients ask if we can use their current hardware (which is a good way to save money). The answer is yes, it is possible. Thankfully, there are only a few factors to consider. 1. What kind of stiffener do you have? We use a plastic and grommet hardware that leads the drapery the way they open/close and they are called stiffeners. The stiffener is sewn onto the drape and is then attached to the master carrier
Wall-to-wall drapery can really spruce a room. However, it is not ideal for all properties to have this feature. Do consider wall-to-wall drapery if: -Your budget allows it (more fabric, wider hardware) - You have a larger window that takes up over 50% of your wall space. -You want to create an illusion of a longer and wider room. - Want to block as much light as possible. - Design of room compliments well with wall-to-wall drapery. Most of our clients who use wall-to-w
Certain clients will choose motorized shades or drapery for their hotel. To be completely honest, a motorized system is a splurge but if you have the budget for it, a motorized drape or shade will completely raise the bar on your property and set you apart. When choosing how to motorize your window treatment you can choose from the following systems (how your window treatment will power up): Plug-in: The cable coming from the roller shade will be able to be plugged into a wal
Blackout drapery creates privacy, noise reduction, UV light decrease, and a more comfortable experience for guests. Have you noticed your blackout drapes have little holes where light spills through? When making a blackout fabric it involves layers, or “passes”, of aerocellular acrylic foam. A 2-pass blackout is produced by applying 2 layers of foam to the fabric and a 3-pass blackout will receive 3 layers of foam. You can read more about this here. Sometime you will notice l
You may or may not know but there are several options of drapery style. Below is a picture of the different pleat styles you can choose from. However, only some work best for hospitality spaces. The best options for hotels would be: 1. Ripplefold: A best-selling style. It is sleek and modern, but also very functional and easy to operate. NOTE: Hardware cannot be hidden with this style. Learn more about Ripplefold drapery here. 2. Tailored Pleat: This style is fuller, and has
Clients frequently ask us which top treatment is best for their windows. The first step is to identify each one and then see which works best for you. A cornice box is made out of wood and then is either upholstered and covered with a fabric or painted/stained with a color. Cornice boxes are a great option if you want something solid and sturdy. It allows your window treatment to remain fully operational. Cornice boxes are a great way to hide hardware, block more light, and t
What kind of bedding for your boxspring do you have? If you have a bedskirt or boxspring cover this will hopefully give you some insight on why boxspring covers are great due to how customizable they can be. Or maybe you just use a general boxspring encasement. Here are some features about why boxspring covers are a great design item. You can customize the platform strip thickness so that if the mattress moves around you won't be able to see the white lining from the top. (Us
The bottom hem on the drape is the bottom part of the curtain that usually folds over and is sewn to create a border. Many clients do not know they have an option when it comes to picking out what kind of bottom hem they want. Most projects use double or traditional hem but many people like the features of the chain hem. Traditional Hems: 4” double fold with straight blind stitching. (left photo)
Chain Hems: ¼”Rolled Hem over a beaded chain weight is available upon request.
A drapery return is the last pleat or part of the drapery that wraps around the drapery rod corner and returns to the wall. Returns vary on width size because each project has different projections of the hardware to the wall. Returns are a great way to block any light that comes from the corners of a window. If you have drapery treatments that are wall to wall you will not need returns as the fabric will hit the corner of the wall blocking the light. A drapery return can ach
We always ask our clients, "do you care what way your drapery "stacks" when you pull the drapery back to let the light in?" Also, a client might have a view they don't want blocked. This matters because when you close the drape, the fabric that "stacks" together can block a view or a certain amount of space. Once you know if you have any elements that will rule what way your drapery has to stack, you have to decide wether to make the drapery either center-draw (two panels of
Hotels' top priority is making sure they are following all ADA rules in order to accommodate any guest needs. It can be a difficult to remember all of the codes. Below is a summary of what codes you must follow in order to make sure your property is following ADA guidelines when it comes to drapery/window treatments. #1 Easy to operate controls that do not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. 4.27.4 This is the appropriate drapery baton you must have i
Blackout lining is used to cover the light from the windows. It can be used as its own drapery or we sew it to the back of a drapery fabric as a layer. We have provided you all the best information from the manufacturer itself so you can know which option is best for you. What is a "Blackout" Drapery Lining?
A Blackout Drapery Lining (BDL) is a base fabric with a coating that prevents exterior light from entering through a window. Why is that important?
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