Custom Curtains / Drapes Design & Installation

3 Blind Mice Window Coverings always has the latest fabrics, styles, and accessories to help you design the perfect window with custom curtains and drapery window treatments.

3 Blind Mice Window Coverings always has the latest in fabrics, styles, and accessories to help you design the perfect custom curtains and drapes. Our innovative designers will work with you to create a custom window treatment that will be sure to make your home shine – all with your personal touch.

Functional and stylish, draperies can be lined to block out light & heat, combined with sheers to add privacy, or topped with a valance to add an elegant touch. You can also combine multiple curtains on a track system to offer privacy sheers during the day and blackout curtains at night – a perfect window treatment for the bedroom!

Draperies come in numerous sizes, styles, fabrics, colors, patterns, and accessories. And when it comes to custom draperies, the options are endless. Our designers will come to your house and work with you to create a custom window treatment to make your home shine with your personal touch.

Why Curtains & Drapes?

  • Light Control - Curtains and drapes can be lined to block out light and heat.
  • Privacy - Add blackout curtains or liners to keep intimate spaces private.
  • Versatility - You can use a track system to combine multiple curtains, allowing you to have privacy sheers during the day and blackout curtains at night – a perfect window treatment for the most intimate of spaces, like the bedroom!
  • Options, Options, & More Options - Curtains and drapes come in endless sizes, types, styles, fabrics, and opportunities to accessorize. The only limitation in your custom drapery design is your imagination.

Curtains and Draperies? What is the difference?

Both window treatments are great options for your windows and doors, especially wide windows and patio doors. The difference is in the cut, the weight, and how they are hung. Curtains are fabric panels generally cut to fit a window or door or drop a few centimeters below. They are usually simple and lightweight and hung simply on a curtain rod. Drapes, on the other hand, are also fabric panels but usually are comprised of heavier, thicker fabrics and cut to floor length or longer, so they slightly puddle on the floor. Drapes are sometimes lined, providing more privacy and light-blocking options, and hung using a header or mount, like a valance, cornice box, or medallion mount. The terms "curtains" and "drapes" are often used interchangeably.

Draperies are typically divided into three categories: simple, pleated, and specialty. Simple draperies are casual and flow freely, pleated draperies are tailored with deep folds along the top, and specialty draperies are accessorized with rare features like accent fabrics and top treatments.

Casual Custom Draperies

Since they do not have pleats, casual draperies tend to have less fullness. Additionally, the same amount of fabric will cover a larger area, although this will also depend on the thickness of the fabric and the type of lining.

Drapes come in many styles, the most common being rod pocket drapery. This style gathers the fabric on a drapery pole. A 3-inch rod pocket is best with a drapery pole 1-3/8 inches in diameter.

There are many style options with rod pocket drapery. For instance, you could add a header above the rod pocket so that once gathered; it creates a natural ruffle on top of the drapery. This option is great when paired with a solid cream or white fabric to achieve a Hollywood glam or feminine feel. It is also a common option for French country designs.

Rod pocket draperies also work well as decorative curtain panels. However, drapery rings or traverse tracks may be more to your liking if you draw them open and shut regularly. Another casual drapery design option is to use curtain rings hung on a matching drapery pole without any pleating. Flat curtain panels have tape in the back, allowing for stainless steel pins to be inserted in the back. The pins can be positioned so the drapery can be hung on a decorative pole or a traverse rod.

The simplicity of casual drapery styles gives them a very modern design. Other casual draperies include a tie top, rod pocket, top tabs, bottom tabs, grommet top, and rings with clips.

Pleated Custom Draperies

So many pleats…

Drapes come in many styles, the most common being rod pocket drapery. This style gathers the fabric on a drapery pole. A 3-inch rod pocket is best with a drapery pole 1-3/8 inches in diameter.

Pleated draperies have a tailored look, a result of the pleats themselves. The richness of these treatments makes them a go-to and obvious choice for any formal space, like a formal dining room, living room, or bedroom. That's not to say that you cannot have casual pleated draperies. Consider a playful fabric or pattern and turn your pleated draperies into the focal point of any casual and modern space in your home.

There are many different pleats, but don't be overwhelmed. This is where our in-house designers can help you decipher these subtle nuances and choose the right drapery pleats for your home's windows. Some common pleats include pinch pleat, Euro pleats, goblet pleats, cartridge pleats, pencil pleats, or inverted box pleats, as well as countless others.

Specialty Custom Draperies

Look beyond simple and pleated draperies for endlessly unique window draperies and a real show stopper.

When starting your custom specialty drapery design, consider your fabric choices, accessories and embellishments, valances, and installation options - all elements that will elevate your custom drapery design to truly be one of a kind.

Fabrics

For a genuinely innovative drapery design, insert a bold, contrasting fabric inside pleats with an inverted box pleat drapery design. Consider a richly decorative brocade, luscious velvet, or silk.

Add Embellishments

Consider fringe, ribbon, buttons, or other decorative accents. Fringe options can include tassels or acrylic beads on the leading edges of your draperies. Or ribbon trim inset a few inches from the sides of the drapery or add buttons or decorative accents at the base of each pleat.

Drapery Hardware

Necessary to hang your curtain and drapes, but with countless options, the details of drapery hardware like curtain rods, brackets, finials, and tiebacks can instantly enhance your drapes.

Attached Valances

Many times pleated draperies have attached valances. Often, a bustle swag valance will be used, or the fabric can even spill down the sides of the windows; these tails are known as jabots. Purely decorative, swags will soften the geometry of a window. More simple swags may incorporate a short fringe or even be left untrimmed. Swags or swag-and-jabot combinations can be either formal or informal. Play with matching and contrasting top treatment fabrics for a one-of-a-kind window treatment. But remember, with one of these toppers, you will not see the curtain hardware, so opt for something straightforward and functional.

Installation & Mounts

Elevate your draperies by upgrading the installation to a board or medallion mount. Rather than hanging your drapery on a decorative pole, have it mounted on a heavy lumber board to create a waterfall effect as it cascades from behind the board.

Medallions

Or, hang your draperies on medallions. Medallions are evenly spaced decorative knobs that hold the drapery fabric loops at the pleats. The drapery needs fabric loops sewn into each pleat to use this type of installation (medallions). If opting for a medallion mount, remember that a single wide (50-inch) drapery will usually require about 4 or 5 knobs to hang correctly.

High-Quality Curtains & Draperies

Quality is in the details.

When shopping for your drapery window treatments, ensure you have high-quality drapery and look for these absolute must-have features.

FULLY LINED

Drapery should be fully lined with a good quality lining. A good quality lining is not flimsy or has substantial light between the fibers.

Floating Bottom Hems

When looking inside your curtains or drapes from the bottom, you should be able to see between the lining and face fabric. When the lining and curtain fabric is sewn separately at the bottom of the drapery, this is called a floating bottom hem. Without floating bottom hems, your drapery will bunch up awkwardly at the bottom.

Blind-stitched Hems

On the side and bottom hems of your drapery, you should have minimally visible stitches, known as invisible or blind hems.

Weighted Bottom HeMS

Custom draperies must have small metal plates on the bottom hem's left and right sides. These plates are sewn into the drapery so that you won't see them. They serve as weights and ensure that the drapery fabric will not curl up from the bottom but that it has a proper drape and hang,

Large, Deep Pleats

There is significant variation in how pleats are created. While some may create tiny pleats to save on fullness, the truth is that pleats require a lot of fabric. So, do not be surprised to find that, in the end, a 50-inch drapery only covers about 20 inches of your window once it's been appropriately pleated.

Styling Your Curtains & Drapes

Layering your curtains and drapes will get you style points, but it can also result in added function.

Soundproofing

If you're looking to reduce the sound entering your home from a street-facing window, soundproof curtains might be precisely the solution you need. While soundproof curtains cannot block out sound entirely, they can make great strides in quieting your indoor space, dampening incoming sounds up to 75%. The best drapes for this purpose are constructed with heavy, dense fabrics and sometimes multiple layers.

Energy Efficiency

An added benefit of installing dense, lined curtains and drapes is increased energy efficiency. Windows are great for showcasing views but so good at keeping heat and cold out. Up to 50% of heat gain in your home comes directly from sunlight on the windows and 10% of your home's total heat loss. Soundproof, blackout curtains can help reduce your home's summertime utility bills by as much as 25%.

Light Control/Filtering

Curtains and curtain panels are available in four main light levels: Sheer, Filtering, Darkening, and Blackout. The type and density of the fabric or material are the main factors in determining the amount of light that enters your living space. For instance, a linen curtain panel will not filter as much sunlight as a tightly woven blend of polyester and cotton, as is common in blackout curtains drapes.

How to Measure for Drapes & Curtains

The measurements will vary depending on how you intend to mount your curtains or drapes. For curtains that extend beyond the window, you will need to measure the frame's height and width. However, measurements will need to be taken from the casing height and width if your curtains sit inside the window.

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Additionally, you will need to consider the style and desired length of your curtains or drapes. Remember, depending on the desired look; pleated drapes will require more fabric or panels. For more details on installing and measuring curtains and drapes, check out our Definitive Guide to Curtains & Drapes - The Buying Guide.

Leave it to the professionals!

3 Blind Mice took accurate and precise measurements, so I didn't have to worry about missing a single step. The no-obligation complimentary design service is where my interest peaked, and the designers (thank you, Mike!) helped us through every stage of curtain and drape design. Plus, we got to see samples in our own home, which helped make it easy for a visual person like myself.

-Gretchen Williams

 

Curtain & Drapery Mounting Options

Your curtain and drapery mounting options may, in part, be dictated by the type of curtain style, fabric, or function. For instance, blackout curtains, soundproofing drapes, and floor-to-ceiling installations are best mounted above the window frame. Whereas an inside window frame mount is better for limited spaces or if you want your treatments to rest directly on a window sill or there is a need to keep them out of the reach of children and/or pets.

What is the ideal installation for your curtains or drapes?

How to Measure for Drapes & Curtains

Your curtain and drapery mounting options may, in part, be dictated by the type of curtain style, fabric, or function. For instance, blackout curtains, soundproofing drapes, and floor-to-ceiling installations are best mounted above the window frame. Whereas an inside window frame mount is better for limited spaces or if you want your treatments to rest directly on a window sill or there is a need to keep them out of the reach of children and/or pets.

What is the ideal installation for your curtains or drapes?

Materials

Which material is best for curtains?

More transparent fabrics, on the other hand, such as voile, nylon net, and lace, do not lend well to the lining but are great options for pairing with a second set of curtains. Doubling up two layers of curtains is one way to get more light control or to simply have options depending on the time of day.

Draperies and curtains, like all of our window treatment options, come in various materials to fit your personal needs and tastes. Whether you prefer trendy fabrics or renewal material, 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings and our in-home designers have the perfect solution for all your windows and doors, no matter how big or small.

Lightweight and medium-weight fabrics such as silk, linen, and cotton can be lined to increase their light-blocking ability and sound and heat insulation properties.

 

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Custom Sheer Curtains & Draperies
Sheer curtains are a beautiful, breezy way to add texture to your window without a lot of fuss. We offer a variety of colors, from light sheer to semi-sheer to darker with less visibility as well as a variety of styles like flat panel, grommet and rod pocket.
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Top Window Treatment (Valances & Cornice Box)
Top window treatments such as valances and cornice boxes are unique in that they only cover the top portion of a window. They can be paired with different window treatments or installed on their own as a decorative piece. We have available such as wood blinds or shutters for more control over light and privacy.

Key Considerations

Shopping for curtains or drapes?  Read our definitive guide to curtains and draperies first! We’re here to put an end to the curtain confusion with this curtain and drape buyer’s guide.

The addition of a fabric liner sewn to the back of a curtain is what makes a window treatment considered a drape. The liner on a drape serves several functions including helping to block light and UV rays that will come into the room, as well as protecting the fabric of the drape. This is especially important if you are considering a drape with a delicate fabric that may be damaged by the constant sun and heat coming in through the window.

Custom curtains and drapes add essence and style to finish off your windows and décor. The sky is the limit on what you can achieve with the right custom drapery or curtain. We have a variety of custom fabrics, trims, and rods that can be incorporated into any type of design. Curtains or drapes can be used alone or in combination with the many other types of window treatments that we have available. We offer sheer curtains, blackout & darkening curtains and valances in addition to a wide variety of motorized options for each. Styles of curtains we offer include: flat panel, tab top, grommet, and rod pocket.

If you’re looking to completely darken your room but maintain elegance in your decor, using technology to motorize curtains and drapery tracks is a good option. Newer drapery tracks can curve around your curtains for an optimally dark room. And you have many options when it comes motorizing these treatments or setting up a manual pull system. View our gallery of blackout curtains and blackout shades.

Addition of a window valance on top of the curtains can add instant style to any room. Valance can turn a basic look to an elegant to a luxurious to a modern look in a snap. Valence will keep the sunlight out maintaining the room at a cooler temperature helping with energy saving benefit. Privacy is also another reason why many choose to hang window valances. Best of all, the valances are incredibly affordable!