An example of a custom drapes installation by Blind Infusion in a Calgary area home.

Drapes are window treatments that hang on a rod on top of the window and run down in full length to the floor. There are a variety of drapery styles and drapery designs ranging from casual to formal. The drapes are usually lined and cover the top of the window to the floor. Window drapes are attached to a traverse rod by hooks to allow for easy opening and closing. They are made from fabric and are pleated. They function to block out light and cold and offer a higher level privacy if you were only to use blinds or curtains alone.

Types of Drapes

Pleated Drapes

Pleated draperies are a drape design that is formal and classic, or casual and flowy  The panels may be hung on traverse rods and use a cord-and pulley system to open and close the panels, or you can use a fling rod and travel with your drapes to close them. Pinch pleat drapes are a traditional style – others include inverted pinch pleat, ripplefold, pencil pleat, or box pleat.

Ringed Panel Drapes

In this case, the drapes hang from ring panels. The draperies have rings in which the rods are inserted. They are stylish and often use decorative wooden or metal rods. There are many ring bases. drapery designs, colors and patterns that you can choose from, so it is easy for you can mix and match different combinations to create a finished look that is all your own.

Blackout Drapes

As the name suggests, blackout drapes have heavy lining that make them block out light. They also insulate the house by blocking cold and heat from entering through the windows.

Sheer Drapes

These custom drapes are made from lightweight fabric and are used to add a sense of delicate charm to the room. They don’t provide much privacy and they let light in. You can use these drapes as a lining to further accent blinds or shades.

Rod Pocket Drapery Panels

Rod pocket design is made from light weight drapery fabric. The drapes have a sewn channel where the curtain rod pulls through. Such panels are held in a closed position or tied with decorative tie backs.

Drapes by Location

Bedroom Drapes

Accentuate your bedroom décor with color and pattern with either bright colored drapes or a color darker than your bedroom wall. Blackout drapes are ideal for their light blocking properties. For those days that you don’t mind some light in the bedroom, sheer drapes are a great choice to let air in the bedroom.

Drapes for Patio Windows

Patio windows need to be easily accessible. Ring drapes are ideal for patio windows because they are easy to open and close. Read our blog post for more information about window coverings for large windows and patio doors.

Living Room Drapes

Pleated drapes create a formal but stylish look in the living room. Depending on the color that you choose they can enlarge the room and add a splash of style.

Custom Features

  • Drapery rods where the drapes are inserted in.
  • Drapery panels with a set of drapes for the window.
  • Drapery rings that are attached to a rod.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure that you select the right type of drapery header whether you need ring panels or the rod panel.
  • Consider the color and style of the drapes – does it suit your interior
  • Gently shake the drapes as you draw them at night to remove dust and prevent it from lodging in the fibers. Vacuum the drapes every month using a soft brush or a handheld vacuum.
  • Consider fabric according to the room you want to place the drapes. Blackout drapes made with heavy weight material is perfect for the bedroom. On the other hand, sheer drapes can add an airy feel to the living room.


Drapes are made from light to heavy weight fabric and function to block out light from outside. They are available in different patterns, colors and styles.