Apr 2, 2019 | By: Kristen Stevenson
We suggest starting on our video "What is railroaded fabric?", so you can get a better understanding of how we work with most 54" wide drapery fabrics to make your custom panels!
FUNCTIONAL, TRAVERSING PANELS will move back and forth across your rod to cover your window.
In this case, we will typically make draperies to fit the width of your rod.
In contrast, DECORATIVE, STATIONARY PANELS will not move across your rod.
In this case, we DO NOT need the measurement of your rod to make your draperies.
Instead, stationary panels require the designer to specify the number of WIDTHS PER PANEL.
But...what exactly is a "width" specification for your decorative drapery panels?
The term stems from the original FABRIC width that is used to make your panels, typically measuring 54" wide.
For most pleated drapery styles, we will make 5 pleats from 1 width of 54" wide fabric.
For panels with a "half width" we will cut a 54" wide piece of fabric in half and seam this together with the full width.
The half width accommodates 2 additional pleats.
Keep in mind the above pictures show THREE PRONG PLEATS. Different pleat styles are made with different fullness, and finish with different width coverages.
TWO PRONG PLEATS are made with 2x fullness. LESS fullness means that we use LESS fabric to make the pleats. This leaves more fabric for the drapery width.
See how the above pictures show a 1.5 width THREE prong pleated drapery finishing with less width than the 1.5 width TWO prong pleated drapery.
But the width coverage measurements above are NOT exact because every fabric and pleat style is different!
Also, keep in mind that these widths do include the projection measurement.
- Provide the ROD WIDTH for functional, traversing panels.
- Provide the NUMBER OF WIDTHS preferred for decorative, stationary panels.