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!
Most fabrics have patterns. Sometimes those patterns may be stripes, other times they may be images but one thing remains constant. Regardless of how crazy the pattern may look there is a repeat ie. logic to it. That logic to the fabric weave or the repeat is what the industry calls a ‘fabric repeat’. Many designers come to us asking this exact question. We hope to proactively place a tool in your tool belt for solving fabric repeatesque problems. So read on!