Curved hardware is usually specified for decorative public space, angled or curved windows and from a design perspective, it is frequently used at columns or to separate rooms. It is also suggested for corner windows when the window mullions are not thick enough to prevent light bleed.
An often overlooked feature for drapery panels is the drapery return. It is not uncommon that designers and purchasing agents will have some confusion around this term. Though, in theory, it is rather straight forward and even overlooked due to its simplicity. A clear grasp on the terms meaning and usage will help assure the design also has the function of light fastness.
Valances as we defined in our blog “Is it a Cornice? Is it a Valance? Are those words Interchangeable?”, are made with a wood top board and fabric hanging from the front and sides. Valances are in many ways simpler than cornices as there are not as many options.
Nevertheless, we will run through the most notable options below in an attempt to offer some inspiration and inform you, the designer especially, about the styles available for your next hospitality or healthcare project.
As we know there are 2 main types of top treatments; cornices & valances. For those of you that think those two words mean the same thing check out “Is it a Cornice? Is it a Valance? Are those words Interchangeable?”. The most simplistic answer to those three questions is “No, those words are not interchangeable. Cornices are constructed of wood on all sides while valances have a wood top board with fabric front and sides.”
Most hotel drapery isn’t handled often enough to merit cleaning on a regular basis such as bedding, which is obviously laundered nearly every day. It is quite possible to keep your drapery looking clean and fresh with simple light vacuuming and brushing. That being said there are certain situations that may cause the need for cleaning drapery and so its important to know what exactly you should do and what you should not do.
Have you ever been a guest in a hotel and cranked your AC down to the max? Well of course you have because isn’t that what everyone does in hotel rooms. Anyway, in doing so have you ever then experienced the subtle noises throughout the night of drapery blowing out into the room, tapping the glass and continuing like a broken record throughout the night? The sound is always just loud enough to be very disturbing to sleep but not quite obnoxious enough to merit getting up and turning down the AC. Regardless that movement of the drapery into the room is what the industry calls ‘billowing’ and it is a factor we try our best to solve.
There is an element of Hospitality and Healthcare Drapery that is rather essential but often times overlooked. That item is the drapery baton. It is used in every single manual traversing treatment and there are more options than you may think. Often times batons are not specifically specified by designers and drapery manufacturing project managers often times have to go back to the purchasing agent and on the designer to formalize exactly what is expected.
In the hospitality industry safety is of utmost importance. We’ve discussed some other safety related topics in blogs such as “How do I ensure that a hotel property meets Child Safety Specifications?”, “ADA Code for Hospitality Window Treatments”, and “What is Blocking?” Today we are excited to discuss the topic of Fabric Flammability Ratings. In order to pass safety inspections all fabric used within a hotel or healthcare property must be certified as Fire Retardant. That certification is not incredibly simple though, as there are multiple different options for fire ratings (FR). In this blog we will outline each of the five fire ratings and offer some tips into ensuring your fabric is FR treated or having fabric FR treated after the fact.
Paradigm Design Group is the brain child of Lisa & Carl Haude and has served the hospitality industry for 17 years. Paradigm believes that there is a narrative waiting to be told through each and every design they complete. Their careful and meticulous research of context, coupled with their enthusiasm for fresh and unique design make them an indispensable partner in any renovation or new project. Quiltcraft is currently working to make Paradigm’s design for Marriott Oakland a reality and we could not be more excited.
We understand in the life of a designer an important part of the job is a cost analysis. In designing a hotel room or an entire property you need to be able to estimate how much each piece is going to cost and as we are working with fabric subsequently how much fabric you are going to need. This is a more complex question than you may know, as there are multiple factors that go into the production of single drapery panel. Therefore, estimating the fabric is not necessarily as straight forward as you may like, yet armed with a bit of information and a list of formula’s it is definitely doable!