Communicating Successful Drapery Design

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A Lunch & Learn presentation to assist Architects and Designers communicate designs to the workroom

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Communicating Successful Drapery Design

  1. 1. Communicating Successful Drapery DesignorDoes Drapery Design Drive You Nuts?<br />
  2. 2. Questions:<br />Are you bombarded with questions because you specs are insufficient?<br />Do you designs end up a disaster with you footing the bill?<br />Do you have to scramble after the project is completed with fabric content for cleaning instructions? <br />
  3. 3. GIGO<br />Garbage In – Garbage Out<br />Do the work upfront = Big Payoff!<br />
  4. 4. “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson<br />Daniel Burnham said: <br />“Function Dictates Form”<br />
  5. 5. Residential Treatments<br />
  6. 6. Contract or Commercial <br />
  7. 7. Design<br />Light Control<br />Privacy Issues<br />Stack Backs<br />Mechanisms<br />Mounting<br />Style<br />When in doubt, request a Mock-Up<br />
  8. 8. Documentation<br />Type of Construction<br />Hardware and Mechanisms<br />Pockets and Stack backs<br />Fullness and Lining Selection<br />Installation Instructions<br />Care & Maintenance<br />
  9. 9. 6 Elements of Successful Drapery Design<br />Function & Design<br />Hardware & Mechanisms<br />Pockets & Stack backs<br />Fabrics & Linings<br />Installation Instructions<br />Care & Maintenance<br />
  10. 10. Function & Design <br />Selecting treatments that meet design requirements without sacrificing practical day to day function.<br />
  11. 11. Flat Roman Shades<br />Constructed vs. Unconstructed<br />Any Size or Fabric<br />Offers Dependable Function <br />Flat good for shades left in the raised position<br />Soft Fold good for shades left in the lowered position and for blackout lined. <br />
  12. 12. Soft-Fold Roman Shade<br />
  13. 13. Snap Pleat Drapery<br />Created with tape with snaps sewn into top edge.<br />Creates a “S” shape design<br />Fullness 80%, 100%, 120%<br />
  14. 14. A Few Attributes: <br />Soft Flowing Appearance<br />Suitable for Commercial or Residential<br />Works well on Interior Applications<br />Panels can be pressed flat<br />No hooks or pins needed<br />Low Track Profile<br />Smaller Stack back then pinch pleats<br />
  15. 15. Hardware & Mechanism Options<br />Are the controls out of reach?<br />Is the treatment heavy to lift?<br />Are there obstructions in the way?<br />Is safety a concern?<br />
  16. 16. Cord Lock<br />Good for small sizes<br />Small Headrail for flush mounts<br />
  17. 17. Clutch Lift<br />Good for Large and Heavy Shades<br />Chain remains same length<br />
  18. 18. Motorized<br />Hardwired or Plug n’ Play<br />Remote or Wall Switch<br />
  19. 19. Snap Pleat Drapery<br />Cord Pull, Wand Pull, Motorized<br />
  20. 20. Track and Master Carriers<br />
  21. 21. Wand Pull<br />Cord Pull<br />Good for Health Care<br />Easy to operate with light weight fabrics<br />Less maintenance then cord draw<br />Works like other Traverse Rods<br />Center Split or One Way Draw<br />Curved Tracks<br />
  22. 22. Motorized<br />Easy to install <br />Plug n’ Play or Hardwired<br />Curved Tracks <br />
  23. 23. Pockets & Stack Backs<br />Planning for the functioning and esthetic elements of window coverings.<br />Creating pockets to hide hardware and stacking. <br />
  24. 24. Roman Shades<br />Horizontal stacking varies with height, style and fabric weight<br />
  25. 25. Snap Pleat Drapery<br />Tracks can be recessed into ceiling or hidden inside pocket. <br />Stack backs can be configured to clear windows. <br />See chart at back<br />
  26. 26. Suitable Fabrics & Linings<br />Choosing Fabrics that meet:<br />Fire Codes<br />Necessary Linings <br />Fabric Widths 54” or 118”<br />
  27. 27. Fire Retardant Fabrics<br />Inherently Fire Retardant Fabrics & Linings<br />Fabrics treated with Water-Based Fire Retardant Solution<br />
  28. 28. Installation Instructions<br />Providing the necessary instructions for the installer on how to mount, steam and dress the drapery.<br />
  29. 29. Roman Shades<br />Inside or Outside Mount<br />Inside: Screw through headrail<br />Outside: “L” Bracket<br />Steaming <br />Coordinating with Electrician?<br />
  30. 30. Snap Pleat Drapery<br />Inside or Outside<br />Inside with bracketsor through track<br />Steaming and Dressing<br />Height off floor?<br />
  31. 31. Care & Maintenance<br />Care and Maintenance after the installation.<br />This Includes cleaning& repairing.<br />
  32. 32. Cleaning Instructions<br />Provide fabric content and cleaning instructions upfront. <br />
  33. 33. Repair Issues:<br />Roman Shades goes up uneven<br />Broken Cords or Rings<br />Snap Pleat off snap<br />Snap Pleat out of order<br />
  34. 34. Contact Information<br />Neil Gordon<br />Decorating with Fabric<br />14 Nicole Way<br />Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977<br />845-352-5064<br />neil@dwfcontract.com<br />www.dwfcontract.com<br />

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