The question is often asked, to line or not to line? The use of drapery lining has benefits both aesthetically and functionally.
Lining custom draperies adds a richer, lusher look, and it’s very important to help protect the main fabric from fading, fraying and moisture damage. Lining adds a protective layer against harmful UV rays from sunlight, which can damage not only the face fabric of the drapery but can also damage other furnishings in the room such as rugs, wood flooring, and furniture.
Drapery lining fabric comes in different thickness, ranging from light–filtering to room-darkening or black-out. Which one to use depends on client preferences and the goals that one wants to achieve.
As far as protection from moisture that often causes mildew and stains, there are lining fabrics specifically designed for that. These types of lining are most often used in bathrooms or over the kitchen sink.
For some people, the morning light is very bothersome – especially on weekends when most want to sleep in. If that is the case, black–out lining is the route to go. Black–out lining is made using two to three coats of membrane that are sprayed on the cloth to give it the ability to keep out all light.
Drapery lining is also used as an insulator. Lining and interlining create an insulative layer to help keep heat in the room in the winter and to help keep hot air outside during the summer. The Bump is a type of heavy interlining used in high–end interiors, such as palaces and sometimes museums. This type of interlining is the best choice for insulation, and it also creates an acoustical barrier to cut street noise and keep interiors quieter.
A fire-resistant lining is available and commonly used in commercial buildings because it complies with fire code regulations in most areas.
As far as colors, one can select from white, ivory, off white, tan, gray and black. I always select the color that works best with the main fabric, and I pay attention to the colors of building exteriors and select a color that will blend well with not only the color of the exterior but also with the materials used (brick, stone, wood, etc.). As in many downtown areas, Chicago condominium and apartment building managers require that draperies must be lined with only white, off-white, or ivory fabrics.
As for cleaning, dry cleaning or cleaning on site are the only ways to clean custom draperies. Personally, I recommend periodic gentle dusting.
Often drapery lining is used as the drapery itself! We have done that in many condos to cut down cost and at the same time, it looks cool in a modern or a contemporary setting!