Drapery Lining FAQ

What is drapery lining?
Drapery lining is the secret to beautiful, long-lasting draperies. It is the fabric that is sewn onto the back side of drapery panels.
Why do I need drapery lining?
Lining your curtain and drapery panels provides protection to the face fabric from light, heat and moisture. It also adds fullness and structure to your fabric panels.
What is a standard drapery lining?
A basic drapery lining adds structure and filters light. Choose a 50% polyester/50% cotton like Challis for the best results. Challis lining is crease, water and stain resistant. B-Line which is 70% Polyester/30% Cotton which works well with lighter weight fabrics. Another popular choice is RocLon Rain No Stain - it is 100% cotton and made in the USA. It is crease and water resistant.
What is a blackout drapery lining?
A blackout lining blocks most of the light and provides the most room darkening possible. A 3-pass lining is probably the best choice if privacy and light control is your main goal. Suedline is an energy efficient semi blackout that features a 70% polyester/30% cotton face with a 100% acrylic foam backing. If you need a full blackout, we suggest Kasmir Midnight or Nocturne. Please be aware that needle holes create light specks where blackout lining is stitched.
What is Interlining?
Interling is sandwiched between the face fabric and the drapery lining. Interling is used to enhance draping, reduce noise and provide optimal thermal(heat) reduction. Interling acts as an insulator. Use a flannel interling for most applications; however, bump lining can be used to provide greater stiffness and insulation. Many designers choose Bump lining when working with silk and taffeta draperies.
Are drapery linings Flame Retardant?
If your draperies require fire resistance, request an FR rated curtain lining. Not all linings are treated or made to be flame retardant. Shop FR Drapery Linings >
Do I have to use lining?
Drapery lining is not required when making custom drapery and curtain panels. Please be aware that natural fiber fabrics benefit greatly from adding a lining as natural sunlight can quickly deteriorate silks, linens and cotton draperies. The benefits of using a lining greatly outweigh the added expense.
Are there fabrics with built in drapery lining?
Yes! There are several options available in many colors. Blackout and Dim Out fabrics feature a beautiful face fabric and the acrylic foam layer to combine the benefits of blackout lining with the fabric. Click here for Dim Out >
What is drapery header tape?
Buckram and Crinoline heading fabric is added to the top part of a drapery panel to facilitate the fabric pleats. It adds stiffness and stability to the top of the curtain. Also called Drapery Header Tape.

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