FAQ

1. Measure the Width FIRST.
Measure across the front of the “existing rod” from tip to tip. Do NOT measure around the ends of the rods or the brackets, just measure across the front of the rod only from one tip to the other tip.

2. Measure the Height SECOND.
Measure from the top center of the “existing rod” down to where you want the drape to end up hanging.
Example: four to six inches below the window opening or one inch above the floor for “floor length”.

After you pay for the order, we will ship your ready made drape out to you within 48 hours of “Order placement and payment”. Then, allow a few days for United Parcel Service to deliver it to you.

Sure, we will provide a tracking number so you can check on status of your ready made drape at anytime. You can also call us to help to get an update.

Each ready made drape order is shipped within 48 hours or sooner once you have first processed your order and paid for it.

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 Window Ware, 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!

No we do not customize or make “special order sizes”. For a larger size than we carry on our list, we recommend that you simply order the “next larger” In Stock Sizes we carry to save you both tons of money and the time it would take to make a special custom drape. To accommodate a larger size, just move your rod out or buy a larger rod. A custom drape made to your exact size can easily DOUBLE the price of a drape compared to easily and quickly purchasing a Stock Size Ready Made Drape.

Pleating is the way in which the fabric is doubled 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.

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!

Ultimately, 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.