February in Kansas is often a cold month so we tend to think about lined draperies as a source of warmth in February.
Why do we line draperies?
Adding lining to your fabric of choice will add another layer of insulation and “dead air space” just as if you were wearing a jacket or coat. Even though we now have windows that are more insulating, a window has an R factor much below the R factor of your wall, so additional insulation is always good for decreasing your heating bill and for added comfort both from the cold and the hot summers.
Why do we interline draperies?
Interlining adds layers to our windows as we add layers to our body. We put on a shirt, a sweater and maybe even a coat. Interlining draperies adds an additional layer of felt to your lining and your drapery fabric. Interlining can also be used to give fabric more bulk and hand. We often use this method with silks or silk-like fabrics to give the silk, which is very thin, more body.
Of course you can add lining and interlining to roman shades too. Roman shades can be make flat, with battens in the front or the back of the shade, or with a continuous soft fold down the front. Roman shades stack at the top and not the sides like draperies do. They work well for windows in a confined area since draperies might cover too much of the window as they are drawn to the side. Roman shades are a more tailored look but still have a soft fabric feel that you get from draperies.
How are draperies different from panels?
Very simply, panels are stationary. They hang on the sides of the window and look nice, adding texture, pattern or just color without overwhelming the room. They frame the window without covering the view. They are not made wide enough to cover the window.
Draperies draw across the window to give you privacy and insulation. If they are just the size of the window, they may cover some of the view as the fabric stacks over the glass on the sides. But if there is room, you could extend the rod onto the wall so when open the drapery stacks on the wall and does not cover any of the window or the view.
Is puddling still popular?
Pudding is when the draperies are made too long and sit in an artful heap on the floor. Puddling used to be a sign of wealth – saying that the person has enough money to make their draperies longer than they need to be. But this has changed with clients wanting a different look. Puddling is really a stationary treatment – meaning once you get them arranged they should stay that way.
Traverse draperies that move back and forth across the window are not suitable for puddling. You would have to arrange them every time you draw the draperies and they would get dirty and worn as they would be dragged back and forth on the floor.
Today puddling is mostly used for two story windows or very long draperies. The longer the drapery gets the more likely the hem will be uneven as the weight of the fabric can cause uneven stretching with the long length. Puddling can help hide this imperfection and your drapery panels will still hang well and look good.