Video: When to Use Lined Drapes

Special thanks to Debra Dunham, a former ABC Blind & Drapery designer of 15 years, who came out of retirement to give current designers Britt and Kelly a special class in custom draperies.  We’re inviting you to listen in on their class!  This is the fifth video in the series.

When to use lined drapes 

Using lined drapes depends on the style of the room, the fabric, light control in the room and color contrast.  Sheers with no lining can also be a beautiful choice for a less formal room.


Speaker 1: On something that’s fairly tall like that where you’re covering, whatever it is, two or three rows of windows, are you interlining those panels, or just regular, standard lining?

Speaker 2: Interlining only … It depends on how dressy the room is. These don’t function, and interlining, it depends on the fabric. I would interline if it was really thin fabric. These could also be unlined, just sheers. A sheer can be lined. Interlining sometimes will make the drape look too full and too dressy. It’s like whether you’re putting a big petticoat on with your skirt or not.

Speaker 3: Your bustle?

Speaker 1: [inaudible 00:00:50]

Speaker 2: Well, but interlining sometime is required for certain drapes.

Speaker 3: What would be if they wanted to line a sheer? Why would …

Speaker 2: Well, for a little bit more light control. Another reason that you might want to line a sheer is you can color contrast. Let’s say we’ve got a cream and beige strip sheer fabric, and I want to make it look a little bit richer. I can put a beige lining behind it and really enhance that beige strip coming out. I’ll show you later about the contrast linings and how we do that.

Any questions about measures here on what you would need to know?

All of these measurements you can get your estimate right exact. And once you get used to doing this you could actually do a very basic estimate on site.

Speaker 3: What about if we’re going to do the … What is the name?

Speaker 2: Luna [ pee-ana 00:02:07]

Speaker 3: It’s Luna [pee-ana 00:02:08] but what is the actual product called, or that’s all they make?

Speaker 2: That’s the name of it. Yes. That’s all this company makes — lined drapes. This is sold all over the United States, and we’re very lucky that this company is in Austin, Texas and that ABC was the first retailer of this product.

Speaker 3: When you’re doing … Let’s say they go with that. That has to be pretty, I mean, completely exact.

Speaker 2: It has to be completely exact and that is done with a template. The installer is going to–

Speaker 3: Get up on the–

Speaker 2: –get up on the extension ladder, and he’s going to put some tape pieces and we’re going to–

Speaker 1: Cut out a couple of …

Speaker 3: Okay.

Speaker 2: Draw that off and cut out a template.

Speaker 3: So you can kind of tell them “It will look like this.” Then somebody comes back out?

Speaker 2: Yes.

Speaker 1: I’m not looking forward to getting up their either.

Speaker 2: It’s not that bad. Phil, I’ve done it.

Speaker 1: [inaudible 00:03:00] Mr. T., also known as “Template.”

Speaker 3: So, you’re templates?

Speaker 1: Yeah.

Speaker 2: You know, one thing that you can do to assist the installer is you get his piece of paper ready for him. I always went back with the installers when this was measured, because they’re up on a ladder. They can’t be writing. You need to be there with them.

Speaker 3: I’ll spot you.

Speaker 2: Yeah. They’re not going through drapery training of the design. They know how to install them, but everything else you need to know all these measurements for them.


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