Ceiling Mount Ripplefold in D98 Robins Egg Blue - Simple, Elegant, Clean

Ripplefold has been around for years, but we believe they have come back into popularity because they look terrific , are affordable, (requiring about 25% less fabric), and offer a low maintenance window treatment solution.  Ripplefold is named for the soft, ripple-like folds that flow smoothly from one end of the track to the other. The result is a gently tailored drapery suited to both commercial and residential installations.

Ripplefold draperies may be used with either cord-drawn or baton-drawn track rods.  At Drape98, we always recommend baton drawn Ripplefold track because of strangulation risks associated with cord drawn products, but we can attend to either cord or baton as our customers request.  We start Ripplefold draperies by fabricating a flat panel.  We then use snapped tape sewn into a one inch header.  The snaps on the flat panel are then attached to the spaced carrier system in the track. Carriers are evenly spaced and connected with string, giving it a “ripple” effect and keeping each fold even and clean with little “stack back”.   The fullness of Ripplefold draperies is achieved by the ratio of the spacing between the snaps on the panels, to the spacing between the carriers.  We offer 60%, 80%, 100% and 120% fullness. As the fullness increases, so does the amount of fabric required.

Ripplefold draperies are also easy to clean and maintain.  Because they are fabricated as a flat panel, Ripplefold panels have a low maintenance factor, making it particularly attractive to specifications for commercial institutions like hospitals, hotels, nursing homes and rental properties. The draperies are easy to take down and re-hang. They can be washed (or dry cleaned – depending on fabric specifications), and then pressed flat. Folds fall easily into place when panels are rehung.
The key to Ripplefold draperies is the hardware.  There are several sources for Ripplefold hardware but most sell to the trade only. Drape98 sells Ripplefold panels and hardware to the trade as well as directly to homeowners. Exact measurements are required, particularly if the drapes are going to hang from the ceiling -so we take special care with our measurements and charted hardware information to know exact requirements for each installation.
Ripplefold drapery offers a crisp, clean, modern look.  Whether you are wanting a contemporary update for your home, 2nd home or condominium or require a simple solution in a commercial application, Drape98 can assist and provide exactly what you need.

Ripplefold in an Atlanta high rise condominium


2009 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Show House

Don’t miss the Atlanta Homes Christmas Show House, now open.   This William T. Baker designed New England style home on West Wesley Road is stunning.  Several top area designers and retailers have showcased their wares and talents and it truly is something to see! The ever talented Courtney and Randy Talinski of Bungalow Classic commissioned Drape98 to fabricate treatments in their carriage house design space. We used our signature Oatmeal Linen and kept the shades unlined and simple to offer softness and warmth to this classic, cozy space.

This is one home you don’t want to miss.  The house opened to visitors on November 14 and will remain open until December 6th – Hurry!  Online tickets are $20.  Adult tickets are available for $18 in advance and $20 at the door.  All proceeds benefit the Atlanta Children’s Theater. This is a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and inspire great ideas for your home!

Drape98 Oatmeal Linen single shade in large window seat area - Note the light still filtering through!

Two single shades on windows over stairway

Defining Space with Drapery

December 2, 2009

Drape98 recently created highly custom drapery panels for Vivian Bencich of Square Feet Studios in Atlanta.  For this recently remodeled Atlanta bungalow, the homeowner specifically requested that Vivian use paint in a particular  shade of green and wanted select family furniture to remain in every room while also adding new pieces to her collection.  In order to maintain her clients requested color choices and incorporating already owned furniture pieces while still adding style and updated luxury, Vivian commissioned Drape98 to help with a drapery design that would bring luxury and high design, without overpowering the room.  The panels must remain relaxed but still be beautiful.

Vivian designed the panels to include a 9″ band at the bottom and leading edges of the drape. Soft europleats were fabricated in a “Dogwood” silk as the face fabric.  By using silk as the face of these panels and then by asking Drape98 to interline, (we chose to work with a soft, flannel) the panels lent a luxurious warmth to the room.  Finally,  by adding a loose weave linen to the back of the panels, a comfort and ease is also created- incorporating all of what this homeowner and Vivian were trying to achieve.   Vivian also wanted the panels to look as wonderful from the street looking in as they were while actually in the room.   By using complimentary face fabric on both sides, she creates a rich softness that looks great from both outside and inside the home.

Overall, Vivian successfully used high end, custom draperies that don’t overpower.  Her interior design is accentuated by the panels which help define her space without detracting from the overall “look” of the room.  Clearly the drapes play an important role while still remaining understated.  Best of all, we understand that her client was thrilled with the result!

The fireplace, hand crafted mirror and decorative accent balls are balance by green silk panels

a 9" Band, face fabric of silk, lined with a face fabric linen and custom tailored tiebacks in matching fabric.

Okay – I know I’m a drape nerd.  I live, eat, sleep, breathe drapery- fabrics, hardware, fabrication techniques, best buckram in best situation, adhesives, sheer liners – you name it.  I’m always looking for what’s new, what’s next.  The bottom line is that when Drap98 makes drapes, whoever the client, each one of us is always excited to see the finished project completed. It makes us feel good!  Some clients are more appreciative than others but lack of enthusiasm on anyone else’s part never dampens how I feel when I’ve completed installing what we’ve built- what we’ve helped design – and our work – our panels always HELP the room.  The fact of the matter is that drapes make a difference.  I always say that drapes are like paint (although a bit more expensive!) In minutes they’re up and the room is changed.  And when the short, extra mile is taken to hang custom hardware and custom panels… wow – it always, always gets a reaction.  So here’s a photo – recent install – very high end client who wanted something really beautiful – and the designer gave it to her.  He came to us for the panels and hardware.  The finished product, “sheer” perfection.  And though this gorgeous room was stunning on it’s own, now with the simple, helping hand of fabulous drapery panels.. it looks complete.  It is now finished.  All brushes have gone back in their cases..  the Artists have proudly left with a grand sense of completion – knowing they made a difference!


What a Difference

What a Difference

We’ve had an exciting couple of months at Drape98.  We just celebrated our 2nd anniversary – and in this challenging economy we could’t be more proud of our little company.  We also just completed two fabulous Idea Houses.

The first is featured in this month’s Southern Living Magazine – the 2009 Southern Living Idea House at Tarpon Run in Port Aransas, Texas.  We were thrilled when Tracery Interiors asked us to fabricate all the drapes and provide all the hard ware (our custom D98 line) in this house.  Paige Schnell and all the staff at Tracery did a wonderful job combining spicey yet tasteful colors and creating beautiful, comfortable and sophisticated interiors.   Hats off to Dungan Nequette Architects for creating a spacious, liveable floorplan and design – perfect for today’s beach family.

We also just completed the Designer Show House for the Arts in Alys Beach, Florida.  Dale E. Trice of “Design” asked us to provide custom fabrication and our stock, custom hardware to help creat one heck of a dining room!  The drapes are a focal point as they both define and soften the space.  What Dale creats is another stunning room that is formal and still inviting. When you visit, you really do want to sit down to dinner!

Designer Show House - Alys Beach

Designer Show House - Alys Beach