January in Kansas is often a cold month so we tend to think about lined draperies as a source of warmth in January. I guess that is why we always have our free lining special in January every year.
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.
Why do we interline draperies?
Interlining adds the 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. And many shades on the market have additional insulating qualities such at Duette® shades from Hunter Douglas. They are a cellular shade – from the side it looks like a honeycomb. Hunter Douglas’ standard honeycomb shade has a cell within a cell so there are multiple layers of insulation and that “dead air space”. That space allows the cold air to warm slowly before it gets into the room and keeps you comfortable.
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 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 look good.