Hems & Weights may not be seen as very big deal in the spec writing process for window treatments but it is a detail that drapery project managers will always notice and therefore should be something that you are well informed about. We’ve created a resource card that explains how each of these hems are made, so in this place we will not be rehashing that same information. Download it here and keep it at your desk for easy access.

The purpose of this post is to highlight some common understandings and design aspects that may guide you in your decision process.

It should be noted that all drapery treatments need a bottom hem, side hems & a top hem. The top hem is almost always dependent upon the Pleat Style that is chosen. The side hem is typically a 1 ½” Double, and if this is not specifically specified this becomes our fall back. The bottom hem is where the need to truly decide comes in. The bottom hem as small and nuanced, as you believe it may be, draws attention of the eye and therefore, is extremely important in finishing a drape. There are 4 typical types and 3 of them create very distinct looks; they are the 4” double, ¼” hankie, ½” clean & 2” double.

There are some generalizations for each of the hems listed above that we want to offer as guidance in your spec writing.

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Remember to download the resource card as well to have a quick cheat sheet of all the hems & weights that are avaialable.