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Allowance

Established guide lines used to figure yardages for window covering treatments. Examples; bottom hem, top hems, side hems, add to width, add to length, fullness,etc.

Bay

Window Where a group of windows meet each other and are set some degree of angle from each other.

Bias

The diagonal direction of fabric. The true bias is at a 45 degree angle to the grain.

Bleed thru

This happens when your front fabric is a lighter color and you line the back of the treatment with a darker color, Then when the light passes thru the back of the fabric it causes your main fabric to change color. Box pleat Pleats formed

Buckram

A stiff textile product that is used as a foundation for pleats in draperies, which causes the top to become stiff.

C.O.M

Customer's own material.

Center draw

Traversing pair of draperies, opening from the center of the rod.

Clearance

Distance from the back of the rod/pole to the wall.

Cleat (cord)

A piece of hardware that is mounted onto the wall which allows cords of a window treatment to wrap around to secure the position of shade.

Cord Lock

A piece of hardware that is attached to the blind or shade to lock the cords in place to secure the position of shade.

Finished Length

What you want your treatment to finish at from top to bottom. If your treatment is to puddle, break on floor, or bishop make sure it includes the allowances for this.

Finished Width

The actual width after the treatment is finished.

Fullness

This refers to how much fabric is added to the rod width or finished width to create the desired effect. Usually 2 ½ to 3 times are standard for custom draperies.

One-way-draw

Drapery draws to the left or right in one direction only. This is known as a panel.

Outside Mount

(OSM) Treatment is mounted on the outside of the window casing or walls. Overlaps The portion of drapery that overlaps (crossover) found on a traversing rod. It is also is referred to as the leading edge of the drapery that is drawn on a drapery rod.

Pair

A drapery treatment where there is a panel on the left and right of the window.(Can be multiple widths on a panel) Panel A drapery treatment where there is only one panel on a window, it will stack to one side only. (Can be multiple widths on a panel)

Pattern placement

Instructions to place a specific pattern of the material at specified points on the treatment..

Pattern Repeat

A pattern on a fabric that repeats itself horizontally or vertically. The vertical repeat is the most common and you need to make allowances to the cut length when sewing multiple widths together.

Projection

Distance from the front edge of treatment to the wall.

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