FAQ

Pinch Pleated Drapes, You are going to measure across the front of the “existing drapery rod” from tip-to-tip. Do not measure around the ends of the drapery rod or the drapery rod brackets. This is called the return and we will add that for you. Just measure across the front of the drapery rod only from one tip-to-tip. We add the Overlap and Returns to the drapes for you. Overlap is where the drapes meet in the middle. Returns are the part of the drapes that wrap around the end of the drapery rod.

SECONDLY, Measure from the top center of the “existing drapery rod” down to where you want the drapes to end up hanging. The drapes are made to the finished height you select. If you have a standard traverse rod currently hanging, measure from the top of the drapery rod to where you are going to want the drape to hang too. For a custom rod, you are going to measure from 1 inch above the whole the drapery pin is going to be inserted. After you have your sizes, you can select a Pair or Panel. A Pair is 2 Pieces that will cover that area. A Panel is One Piece that will cover that area. For Pinch Pleated style, we add 2 to 2 and half times the width of fabric so the drapes hang correctly and flow nicely.

Grommet Top Drapes, you are going to measure the rod from tip-to-tip. Then, you will measure from the top of the rod to the height you would like them to hang. After you have your sizes, you can select a Pair or Panel. A Pair is 2 pieces that will cover that area. A Panel is one piece that will cover that area. For Grommet Top style, we add 1 and half to 2 times the width of fabric so the drapes hang correctly and flow nicely.

Pocket Top Drapes, you are going to measure the rod from tip-to-tip. Then, you will measure from the top of the rod to the height you would like them to hang. After you have your sizes, you can select a Pair or Panel. A Pair is 2 pieces that will cover that area. A Panel is one piece that will cover that area. For Pocket Top style, we add 1 and half to 2 times the width of fabric so the drapes hang correctly and flow nicely.

How to Measure for Pinch Pleated Drapes

Custom drapes take between 3 to 5 weeks to manufacture, then shipping. In most cases they can ship as fast as 21 to 30 business days. Then the standard transit times. For Bulk orders like Hotels and Motels, manufacturing will take longer depending on the size of the order. For these larger orders, we usually have to order fabric specifically for you order. Fabric can take be turned around right away in some cases. Most of the time fabric manufacturers have to make the fabric before they ship it to us. Then the we have to manufacture the ship your order.

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Our orders are shipped USPS or UPS. As soon as your order leave our warehouse, we will provide a Tracking Number so you can check on status of your Ready Made or Custom Made Drapes at anytime.

Our custom drapes take between 3 to 5 weeks to manufacture, then shipping. In most cases they can ship as fast as 14 to 21 business days. Then the standard transit times. For Bulk orders like Hotels and Motels, manufacturing will take longer depending on the size of the order. For these larger orders, we usually have to order fabric specifically for you order. Fabric can take be turned around right away in some cases. Most of the time fabric manufacturers have to make the fabric before they ship it to us. Then the we have to manufacture the ship your order.

Many drapes are simply made skimpy; the seller uses less fabric, fewer pleats and fullness to cut corners and costs. Also, often the parts of the drapes such as the thread and pins are cheap knock offs to make more profit at the expense of the customer. However, at American Custom Drapes, we take great pride in hand making a sturdy, beautiful, long lasting product that you can enjoy for many years to come. It is that simple: our drapes have “double” fullness, extra strong thread, heavy duty pins and hooks; all with great attention to detail!

Yes we do make custom sizes. If you do not see the size you are looking for in the list of sizes we offer, please contact us at 888.309.9044. You can also select the closest size in the list and add the size changes in the notes section. If you do add a size change in the notes section, you may want to follow up with us to verify the size change. For Oversize Drapes, you will have to contact us for a special quote.

Pinch Pleating is the way in which the fabric is folded into narrow vertical folds as it hangs. The pleats are spaced at intervals which controls the fullness. The more fabric that is pleated into the drapery panels, the fuller the draperies become. Our Pinch Pleated Drapes come with 250% fullness. They have a 3 Finger Pleat, also known as a French Pleat. This is the standard for Apartments, Homes, Hotels and Motels.

A sheer curtain or drape is an elegant and light weight fabric often used behind a drape. Sheers provide light filtering while still giving you privacy. The material has a translucency that enables you see through it, but, other people cannot look into your home. They usually can only see shadows and distorted images. When opened, drapes by themselves let others see into your home whereas sheers prevent this from occurring. The next time you buy a drape, be sure to consider adding a sheer curtain behind it. A drape and a sheer are a winning combination!

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It is a matter of personal taste and preference. But, here are a few helpful tips: First, try to pick a color that complements the room’s décor and color scheme. A neutral color drape blends in with almost anything. So, consider off white fabrics, whites, earth tones, etc. A neutral color drape will often allow you to later change the furniture or even wall color and not have to replace the window treatment again. Also, in smaller rooms go with a lighter color drape to make the room feel larger. In small rooms, dark color drapes can make the room appear smaller.

The addition of a cloth lining to the back of a  lined drape fabric creates three distinct advantages over an unlined drape. For example: 1) A lined drape has superior insulation value against winter cold and summer heat. It can thereby help reduce your utility costs which is a good thing wherever you live. 2) Lined drapes also dampen or reduce sound from outside sources. 3) If privacy is something you value, then you have got to buy lined drape. They offer you complete privacy and comfort. 4) Because the lining protects the face cloth from damaging sun rot, lined drapes can last 10 to 15 years longer than unlined drapes. 5) Light reduction – lined drapes greatly reduce the light pouring into your rooms. 6) Blackout – if you want to darken the room perhaps for sleeping, just add a blackout lining to your drape. Unlined drapes are good alternatives when you want the most economical window covering. There are many colors and styles to choose from with unlined fabrics.

Sometimes you can wash drapes, but, it is generally not advisable. Unless the drape you own has a cotton/polyester or polyester composition, you probably should not wash it. Dry cleaning is a gentle approach to cleaning although you should only do it if necessary and every few years if needed. Oftentimes, you can just spot clean a drape with gentle cleaner or detergent, of course, depending on the fabric.

Grommet Top Drapes have a 2″ inch Grommet with a 1.5 inch opening for a pole to go through. There is 1″ of fabric above the Grommet. Grommet Top Drapes come with 150% to 200% fullness, depending on the fabric break. The Grommets have a 2 inch opening for a rod to go through. This is more of a modern look and works great as a decorative sheer or a blackout drape.

Pocket Top Drapes have a 2″ inch opening for a pole to go through. Pocket Top Drapes come with 150% to 200% fullness. This is the easiest way to do drapes. They simply slide over the rod and gather. It is also the least expensive way to go.

Blackout Drapes are done by adding a Blackout Lining to any fabric. Our Blackout Lining is a 3 pass Blackout Lining made of Cotton and Acrylic. The Blackout lining is great for not only Blacking out a room but also great for Insulation.

Side Note: The Black Dots on the Stitching happens from the Blackout Lining. Blackout Linings are made from Cotton and Acrylic. As the Drapes are being stitched, the sewing needle is hot and causes the Acrylic to show in light color fabrics. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop this from happening.

A Pair Drape is 2 pieces that covers the total width of the rod. We add overlap and return to the width on top of the total width that you measure.
A Panel Drape is 1 piece that covers the total width of the rod. We add extra to the drape for the return on one side.

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We do Bulk and Quantity Orders. They are quoted separate from the website. To get bulk pricing, you need to order at least 10 of the same product, size and fabric. For Bulk orders like Hotels and Motels, manufacturing will take longer depending on the size of the order. For these larger orders, we usually have to order fabric specifically for you order. Fabric can take be turned around right away in some cases. Most of the time fabric manufacturers have to make the fabric before they ship it to us. Then the we have to manufacture the ship your order.

Payment for bulk orders need to be paid half upfront before manufacturing. Then the final payment before we ship the order.

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We do take and ship orders to Canada. You would have to call your order in. The site will not let you process an order outside of the United States, sorry. We will have to process the order for you. Shipping will be quoted during the order process. You would also be responsible for Duty Fees.

All of our raw materials are sourced from China, with the exception of our Organic Cotton, which is also sourced from Turkey and India. All manufacturing takes place in China and India.

Our organic offerings are fully certified by IMO, Control Union, OCIA, NOP or Ecocert. Copies of certificates may be requested by customers upon purchasing our product.

The dyes used on our fabrics are all Procion low impact, fiber reactive dyes. These dyes are nontoxic, safe, and eco friendly. They require only low temperature water processing and only salt and soda ash as auxiliary agents. They yield excellent results, especially on natural fibers, in which the dyed fabrics have vibrant hues and superb colorfastness. Many of our white or off-white “natural” color fabrics have been semi-bleached using hydrogen peroxide instead of harsh chlorine. In addition, we do not use any optic brighteners in our products.

We do make Oversize Drapes. You will have to contact us for a custom quote.

The Black Dots on the Stitching happens from the Blackout Lining. Blackout Linings are made from Cotton and Acrylic. As the Drapes are being stitched, the sewing needle is hot and causes the Acrylic to show in light color fabrics. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop this from happening.