Popular Drapery Fabric Types

There are several different types of drapery fabric. Drapery designs can be made from virtually any type of fabric but a few are particularly common and more popular than others. Each one fills a different need and has it's own uses. What you choose will depend entirely on your needs. You might want drapery fabric that can frame a view from your window or to cut out the light completely. Among the different types of drapery fabric, there’s usually something for everyone.


Cotton is probably the most common and most durable type of drapery fabric. It can be lined, it won’t fade easily and it wears very well. If it is lined, it’s great at blocking out light. Some types of cotton, such as velvet, will also help keep a room much warmer. Cotton will wash well without shrinking. It's ability not to pull is ideal for drapery fabric so it can keep looking good over the years. An added advantage is that cotton drapes are readily available in different lengths and colors, making them ideal for many different types of window.


Silk might be the luxury choice in drapery fabric but certainly not for perfect for everyone or for every room. It’s more of a fabric that ideal for aesthetic purposes than keeping out light or covering windows. The fact that silk can become dirty and grubby so easily means that you shouldn’t use it where children and pets will be. The fact that silk is so delicate means it’s often unsuitable as a drapery fabric because it’s so susceptible to tearing. It’s also a very expensive fabric which puts it out of the reach of many people as a choice for windows.


Wool is also an expensive fabric to use for drapery. It offers many advantages such as keeping warmth in the room by insulating the inside area of a window. The nature of wool means that it won’t fade in color or be prone to wrinkling like other fabrics. When properly woven as a drapery fabric, it won’t pull easily and can be very effective in keeping out light. Wool is not particularly susceptible to dirt and this is a big plus because your drapes won’t need to be cleaned as often. If washing, however, you have to be very careful because wool can easily shrink if you don’t follow the washing instructions closely.


Acrylic fibers are synthetic so they’re resistant to many thing, including fading, wrinkling and dirt. This makes them a popular drapery fabric choice that's probably second only to cotton. They’re cheap, widely available and sold in a very board range of colors and sizes.


Nylon is mostly used as a drapery fabric for net curtains, although you do find it in the making of proper drapes as well. It’s a long lasting, man-made fiber that's generally easy to take care of. However, it can be prone to tearing if it's not used carefully. Since it’s a light material, it often needs weight in the hems in order to hang it properly as a drapery fabric.