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How-To Guides
Bedding
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Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles. Learn how to take an ordinary bedspread to the next level with this easy application of gathers and ruffles.
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Follow these steps for creating a crib corona and sheer panels with welted contrast banding and coordinating window treatments for the perfect add-on nursery sale items.
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Turn any bedroom into a romantic and regal retreat by adding an elegant, fabric-covered bed crown. Whether designing a bed crown or cornice, this technique can be modified to fit any style of room from traditional to modern.
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Crib bedding is now a much regulated area. Get step-by-step instructions and tips for fabricating custom, unique and regulation-friendly crib bedding and accessories.
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Making a custom coverlet is a quick way to add detail and color to a plain bed. Our coverlet fits a queen bed but does not fall to the floor, as it was planned to be tucked into the bed surround. It has unique details like hand tacking and pattern-matched welt cord as well as a back fabric banding with mitered corners.
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This luxurious duvet is layered and then filled with a heavy down duvet insert for a timeless, comfortable duvet. Learn how to fabricate this duvet with step-by-step instructions.
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Learn the in's and out's of down duvets including: what materials they are made of, different construction types, how to choose, the difference between "all down" and “100% down", plus how to order samples.
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Adding contrast banding to custom home goods is an add-on embellishment that may be subtle or could add quite the color statement.
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Adding a bedskirt is an important step in dressing a bed. For this project, we've fabricated a 54"W x 75"L x 15" drop inverted box pleat skirt with coordinating fabric in the pleats. Learn how to cut the pieces and construct the bedskirt from start to finish.
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Fabricate a flange detail that can be added to pillows and duvets for the perfect accent.
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Find U.S. mattress sizes with diagrams in this quick reference guide.
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Duvet covers are a great way to freshen up a bedroom and can be relatively fast to fabricate. Easily add visual interest to a bedroom project with our custom duvet with welt cord detail.
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Learn the in's and out's of down duvets including: what materials they are made of, different construction types, how to choose, the difference between "all down" and “100% down", plus how to order samples.
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Workroom
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Get step-by-step instructions for adding a band to a mounting board including helpful construction tips and tricks.
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Get step-by-step instructions on cutting and sewing bias welt strips.
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Learn the steps to build a professional worktable - one of the most important tools used in creating custom window treatments, providing a stable, versatile surface for cutting, pinning and ironing fabrics, tabling drapery panels, upholstering cornices and more.
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Make a statement on any project with double welt cording. Get the how-to tips and tricks in this how-to guide.
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Get the instructions for creating lined, single width panels with square grommets that are super "E-Z" to set in place - giving your classic panels a modern twist in just a few quick steps.
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Get step-by-step instructions on how to construct a fabric laminated crown molding that adds a beautiful custom detail to many styles of window treatments.
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A drapery pleat style can set the tone for any window treatment. This how-to guide lays out the steps for a wide selection, including pinch pleats, goblet pleats, Euro pleats and more.
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Find illustrated instructions on how to use iron-on bonding tape to bond fabric around welt cording with and without a fabric tab.
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Use this quick tutorial to learn how to replace the pick-off replacement in our pinsetter.
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Find U.S. mattress sizes with diagrams in this quick reference guide.
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Get tips and tricks for creating the perfect upholstery corner including how to eliminate the bulk in the corner - something every upholsterer should know.
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There are workroom essentials that are must haves to start your business, wish list products that you will need for specific projects and tools that you will want to purchase to make life easier as your business grows. This guide provides all of the essential product recommendations to cover those transitions in your workroom business.
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Well-designed storage racks can make your workroom space more organized and efficient. Building customized racks that are catered to your workroom can be a fast and easy way to make the best use of usable square footage.
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Use this pinnable worktable underlayment size chart to determine what size underlayment you'll need for your worktable.
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We're updating the look of Ripplefold and pleating-to-pattern in this residential treatment.
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Pillows
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Learn the steps to fabricate a 12" x 16" pillow with a welted and angle banding detail, as well as a corner pillow used to fill space on the banquette cushions.
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Get tips on how to cut your pattern pieces, tools and materials needed and how to construct beautiful bolster pillows.
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Learn how to take your bolster pillows up a notch with a welt cording trim and glass bead embellishments in this presentation.
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The concentric square pillow style is made by using striped fabric to create a concentric effect. View instructions for one finished 17” square.
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Making a custom coverlet is a quick way to add detail and color to a plain bed. Our coverlet fits a queen bed but does not fall to the floor, as it was planned to be tucked into the bed surround. It has unique details like hand tacking and pattern-matched welt cord as well as a back fabric banding with mitered corners.
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Follow these steps to add color and texture with uniquely shaped pillows to cover the outdoor bed frame and decorative throw pillows to relax on.
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Learn to fabricate 24" x 24" x 5" floor cushions with a raised, stitched edge detail.
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Add visual interest and dimension to a bed with this decorative pillow with welt detail. In these step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to construct the pillow and where and how to sew on the welt detail.
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Beef up your pillow repertoire with this round pillow using a cinching technique and finished off with a button accent.
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Learn how to make a pillow with knotted welt cord that can be used to enhance pillow edges, custom duvets, valances or upholstery.
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Discover how to micro pleat on the worktable, as well as on the machine and get instructions on how to create your own pillow with micro pleat detail.
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This non-slouching couch pillow is great for use on leather couches or chairs and will not slide or slouch down once it’s placed on the furniture. Learn the secret to this non-slouching pillow in this project list.
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This octagon floor pillow is a fun shape with handles that make it easy to tote across the room. Learn how to add simple details like handles and fabric covered buttons to take your pillows to the next level.
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Decorative throw or bedding pillows are an easy way to transform a room with minimal cost + make a great upsell item. See how we’ve incorporated unexpected materials like metal bead chain in our beaded pillows from the Stylishly Curated Living Roomscape.
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This how-to guide will cover how to make the coordinating decorative pillow for our Dining Room Roomscape Parsons Chair.
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Fabricate a flange detail that can be added to pillows and duvets for the perfect accent.
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Wow your customers with this pillow featuring a pleated-smocked front. Follow along and learn how to create this eye-catching accent pillow, from materials needed to step-by-step instructions.
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This style of pillow features a soft flange that is split at the corner. Get the expert tips & tricks to construct this pillow design without getting bulky corners where the flange sections meet.
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Go beyond standard pillows by adding ruffled design details. This guide will take you through fabrication of ruffled pillow shams, gathered-corner pillows and a fun, frilled bolster with beading accents.
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Pleats on pillows make a great detail when welt cord just isn’t “cutting” it. Take your pillow designs up a notch with these step-by-step instructions for creating two types of pleated fabric trims.
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This concentric striped pillow features a pleated boxing, as well as welt cord and button details. Learn the fabrication steps for this modern pillow design from our Living Room Roomscape.
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Use EZ-Set Grommets to add flair to a decorative pillow. Get tips for setting grommets to use in your pillow design.
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Learn how to measure and mark foam cuts for this shaped foam pillow that will add depth and function to your top-of-bed designs.
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In this how-to guide, you'll learn how to fabricate a velvet insert and surrounding for a velvet tufted pillow.
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Using banding, grommets and contrast fabric overlays will turn your pillows into one-of-a-kind creations with just a few additional steps.
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This how-to guide covers the steps to cut and fabricate the woven center field pillow with two mitered bands separated with micro-welt cord.
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Discover how to fabricate unique pillows with custom banded embellishments using our Bias Tape Folder.
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Decorative pillows are a great addition to any portfolio and are great upsells for living room and bedroom design projects. Generally they are quick to fabricate and can become a one-of-a-kind complement to any décor.
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Shades
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Hobbled shades are simple in style and can fit seamlessly with any design style. Many customers like the look of the permanent folds rather than that of a flat shade. Follow along for fabrication instructions on how to create this shade type to fit any space.
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London shades are a staple in the window treatment business whether used as a stationary shade / valance or as a fully functioning shade. Explore steps for fabricating a London shade with tips for dressing when the shade is raised and lowered.
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Get tips and tricks for fabricating a light-filtering sheer, cordless Roman shade in this how-to guide using our new EZ Rise Cordless Shade Systems.
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Learn to construct a flat Roman shade with a double row of decorative bands using the Sure-Shade™ Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tube and the Roller Spring system.
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Flat shades have a permanent fold at the bottom but stay mostly flat whether raised or lowered. Discover how to fabricate this simple shade plus tips for rib calculation and placement.
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Learn the steps to fabricate a flat, slatted Roman shade using the Roller Clutch lift system and Sure-Shade™ Lift Bands.
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Learn the fabrication steps for making a hobbled Roman shade using the EZ-Rig™ Lift System and Sure-Shade™ Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tape.
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Discover how using a spring roller lift system ensures child safety while still allowing you to set spring tension and a stop position for the shade when it is up, without the cords.
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Walk through the steps to fabricate a London Roman shade using the Soft Shade Traversing Lift System and Sure-Shade™ Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tape.
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Learn the fabrication steps for making a stationary, mock Roman shade.
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Get step-by-step instructions for fabricating this relaxed, Roman shade featuring an elegant pleat and curved bottom edge.
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While flat shades are probably the most fabricated shade, doing one with an arched top is a bit more challenging. This shade has ribs to keep the width consistent and an arched top to fill our arched window. Explore this shade fabrication and what lift systems it can work on.
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Learn the fabrication steps for this bright, relaxed, stationary roman shade. Based on your needs, the shade could be fabricated to function by utilizing standard-approved shrouded lift cord and a lift system.
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Learn how to create a relaxed style Roman shade, perfect for any room or client looking for an "unstructured", casual window treatment.
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Discover the steps to create a reverse mount hobbled shade and a box pleated valance.
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Roman shades can be fabricated many different ways and the classic flat Roman shade is one of the most subtle yet elegant styles. Add another layer of style by incorporating a color block banding to the hem that coordinates the shade with the rest of the design elements in the room. The shade is fabricated to function by incorporating a standard-approved shrouded lift cord and a lift system.
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Drapery Panels
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Follow these steps for creating a crib corona and sheer panels with welted contrast banding and coordinating window treatments for the perfect add-on nursery sale items.
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Follow along as we share full fabrication steps for the Ripplefold drapery panel from our Decorative Traverse Roomscape.
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Learn the steps to fabricate a center pleat panel using contrast pleat fabric, micro welt cord detail with the pattern matching across the width of the panel.
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Turn any bedroom into a romantic and regal retreat by adding an elegant, fabric-covered bed crown. Whether designing a bed crown or cornice, this technique can be modified to fit any style of room from traditional to modern.
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Color-blocking is an easy way to bring additional color to a room and can be used to add length or width to your window treatment. Learn how to add a top and bottom band of color, as well as a band on the leading edge for width.
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Contemporary layered Ripplefold takes less fabric length than a traditional pleated panel since it only uses 1" in the header. Learn to replicate this popular look to wow your customers with this how-to guide.
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Learn the steps to fabricate a flat, functional Roman shade and stationary double pleat panels.
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Follow these steps to add shade and privacy to your cabana by installing decorative pinch pleat panels and sheers designed with outdoor fabrics.
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Discover how we’ve created a double treatment to fit a single rod, taking into account the corner and window specifications, then calculating bracket placement accordingly for a designer window treatment.
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Get the instructions for creating lined, single width panels with square grommets that are super "E-Z" to set in place - giving your classic panels a modern twist in just a few quick steps.
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This formal treatment features an embroidered silk panel with a silk swag overlay. Get the step-by-step instructions on fabricating elegant silk panels for any room.
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Learn how to fabricate this clean, tailored pleat that is pinched at the top and open at the bottom, allowing the fabric to flow seamlessley from the top of the drapery to the floor. Follow along with step-by-step instructions for creating these custom panels.
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Ripplefold drapery panels are a great fit for both residential and commercial applications with a clean, stylish look and easy operation.
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A grommet panel, anchored by Grom-A-Links™ and a convenient front baton is the ideal treatment for a sliding door. Follow this guide to fabricate such a panel, set off by contrasting fabric in the header.
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Create a unique band for panels using grommets and contrasting fabrics, and make one-of-a-kind tiebacks with even more grommets.
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Inverted pleat drapes create a flat yet slightly folded drapery header which showcases window treatment fabrics with intricate patterns. In the Master Bedroom Roomscape, we’ve designed and fabricated pleated panels with a color block banding which adds color and texture to the bottom.
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Take a traditional window treatment and make it modern with these step-by-step instructions for fabricating 2-width wide Italian strung panels with grommets and box pleats in the header. Discover embellishment tips that will take your treatments to the next level.
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Get step-by-step instructions for creating a 3-layered window treatment with lead edge details and interlining. Also discover tips for selecting the perfect drapery hardware and accessories to complement your designs.
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Learn how to fabricate and install an arched drapery treatment on medallions from the AriA® Antiquities metal collection and use finials to create custom holdbacks using the new Finial Wall Mount Adaptor.
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Follow along in this how-to guide for making a six-width, double layered Ripplefold panel with pattern match and join seams that fall into the folds for a clean look.
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Walk through the steps to plan fabricate and install a stationary, pleated-to-pattern panel with a center godet.
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Discover how to add texture and elegance to any room with classic pencil pleat panels that can be traditional or contemporary.
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Easily transform a simple pleated panel with a unique leading edge with grommet details for style and interest.
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Learn to fabricate a window treatment featuring both pleats and grommets in the header to create visual interest, installed on AriA® Metal Hardware rod with mixed-media Artisan Collection finials in a stone and metal combination and tied back with a custom designed tieback incorporating grommets as the finishing touch.
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Follow along as we fabricate four drapery panels that are pleated-to-pattern with inverted box pleats and a double header. Also, we’ve created unique tiebacks from AriA™ Antiquities hardware and metal bead chain that seamlessly fit into our stylishly curated living room space.
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Learn how to add scrunchies to a standard tab top panel to make a fashion statement. Get tips for best fabric choice for the scrunchies to get the best look for your treatment.
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Learn to create a swag treatment and install it to the ceiling with decorative AriATM Metal Hardware.
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Bathrooms need love too! Learn how to dress up a custom shower curtain with an inverted box pleat including tips for easy operation.
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Create exquisite stationary panels with custom swag, tassel trim and delicate details for a traditional and tailored design style. This panel style can be hung on decorative rings or mounted under a cornice board.
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Grommets are an easy way to add interest and movement to a drapery panel.
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A beaded swag overlay is the cherry on top of a formal window treatment. Learn how to fabricate the swag overlay, as well as tips for final decorative elements.
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Our versatile window treatment includes a panel treatment that has unique pleated detail accented with decorative upholstery nails and installed on Finestra® Wood Hardware, which can also be covered by a modern cornice board, creating two distinct looks in the same window.
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The window treatment from our Winter Wonderland Master Bedroom Roomscape features Godets as the center pleat, which add fullness to the bottom of the drapery panels for a professional and stylish look.
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Hardware
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Follow these steps for creating a luxurious cabana frame as the perfect retreat to add comfort, color and shade in any outdoor space. The frame combines products from our AriA®Abode and H-Rail Traverse collections, and it is anchored with Rapid Set® Concrete mix in custom made wood columns to withstand outdoor elements.
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Ripplefold panels are gaining popularity in the residential market. This guide will help you to clarify carriers and track combinations for your projects.
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Traversing Window Treatments
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Follow along as we share full fabrication steps for the Ripplefold drapery panel from our Decorative Traverse Roomscape.
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Contemporary layered Ripplefold takes less fabric length than a traditional pleated panel since it only uses 1" in the header. Learn to replicate this popular look to wow your customers with this how-to guide.
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Ripplefold drapery panels are a great fit for both residential and commercial applications with a clean, stylish look and easy operation.
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Follow along in this how-to guide for making a six-width, double layered Ripplefold panel with pattern match and join seams that fall into the folds for a clean look.
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We're updating the look of Ripplefold and pleating-to-pattern in this residential treatment.
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Accessories
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Adding a colorful and coordinating changing table pad to any nursery is an easy and fast way to generate add-on sales. Get the upholstery instructions by downloading our project guide.
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Add a custom touch to pillows, bedding, cornice boards and more with these decorative buttons made with ContourFlex™.
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Transform the design of a room by updating existing office furniture with stylish slipcovers and custom accessories that add texture, color and pattern. Get step-by-step instructions and tips and tricks with this project guide.
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Show the pets some love too with this fluffy, soft and cozy pet bed.
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Memory Boards can be made in multiple sizes and shapes and trimmed out in a variety of ways. Learn the basics with this how-to guide, and switch out the fabric to match any room.
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Learn how to create this no-sew shaped tieback for window treatments, traceable pattern included.
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Tie backs can be made in any shape, length and width. Learn how to cut and sew panel tie backs in this step-by-step how-to guide.
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Embellish valances, cornice boards, swags, tiebacks and more with this adorable accent. Get step-by-step instructions, including a rosette pattern.
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Create intimate spaces with a custom privacy screen using Rowley’s exclusive FirmaFlex™ Fiber Board. Discover tips for adding decorative accents and details that will set your designs apart from others.
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Think outside of the expected nursery projects with an upholstered diaper pail. Get the steps to complete this unique and innovative add-on sale item for your next Roomscape.
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Explore a range of nursery accessories that generate add-on sales for your business. Discover the steps for fabricating a lamp base and shade, stylish diaper stacker and cuddly blanket that tie the elements of the room together.
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Put a professional, designer touch on your client's holiday trees with a custom, hand-beaded tree skirt. Our scalloped-edge skirt features fabric covered buttons, gem nailheads and lots of beading.
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Headboards
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This headboard utilizes a traditional upholstery technique with a large scale print for a more contemporary look. Learn how to construct this 58"W x 40"H headboard with this project list.
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Learn how to construct this classic upholstered headboard design that has been updated with hand-finished Finestra® Wood Hardware.
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Adding a custom headboard and bed surround to a bed is a quick way to add detail and to brighten up a plain room. Our project fits a queen bed, with the headboard being unattached pieces for a multitude of arrangements on the wall.
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Customize an off-the-shelf crib with the addition of an upholstered slip-cover headboard. Find out how to take our exclusive FirmaFlex™ and transform it into a sophisticated crib headboard.
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Turn plywood, foam and fabric into a custom designed and fabricated headboard accented with double welt cord and gold nail head embellishments.
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Get the fabrication steps for this upholstered wall that also doubles as a floor-to-ceiling headboard. Learn how to plan, measure and cut then wrap, staple and install.
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Upholstered headboards are easily the star of any bedroom. While our headboard is a traditional center-field with rolled edges, it is updated with modern gem nailheads to add interest and to emphasize the unique, contoured shape.
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Cornices
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Adding a cornice to a window treatment makes a big statement. Using Rowley's exclusive FirmaFlex™, get step-by-step instructions for fabricating this custom, fabric-covered cornice board.
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Add flair to any window treatment with an "over-the-top" awning made from our exclusive FirmaFlex™. Learn how to create this easy-to-construct project from start to finish, including: materials needed and step-by-step instructions.
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Add style and charm to an arched window with this roll-top cornice project made from our exclusive FirmaFlex™. Follow along as guest Holly Bucciarelli, of Holly's Custom Window Treatments, gives step-by-step instructions.
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Adding a second layer that peeks through to the front on a cornice is a nice way to tie panel fabric to the cornice. Learn the steps to create this light weight cornice using FirmaFlex™ or ContourFlex™.
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Cushions
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Refresh old dining chairs with this technique. Learn how to cover a removable seat cushion for a new look and feel!
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Follow these steps to add color and texture with uniquely shaped pillows to cover the outdoor bed frame and decorative throw pillows to relax on.
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Learn to fabricate 24" x 24" x 5" floor cushions with a raised, stitched edge detail.
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Learn how to plan and construct no-slip banquette cushions using a little thought and math for a proper fit.
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Adding a cushion to a hard chair is an easy way to add immediate comfort. This how-to guide will walk you through the steps to make a simple, hand-closed cushion with hook and loop ties.
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For our veranda slipcovers and cushions, we chose one solid textural fabric and four print fabrics. Varying the scale of the pattern repeats in the fabrics is the key to doing this well.
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Re-covering a removable seat is an easy and fast way to update a chair. This how-to guide teaches a technique that anyone can do - even a first time upholsterer.
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Tablescapes
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Learn the steps to fabricate a fun placemat with built in utensil holders for kids, a quilted placemat with a coordinating napkin set for daily use and a placemat with a name card holder and coordinating double-sided napkin set for formal entertaining.
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Learn how to fabricate napkins and placemats to match your window treatments in dining rooms and kitchens.
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Table cloths set the framework for additional layers that can be quick up-sales for your business. Get the fabrication steps of the table cloth in this how-to guide.
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Table napkins add a pop of color and set off beautiful table cloths, runners and placemats for additional layers that can be quick up-sales for your business. This how-to guide covers the steps for creating table napkins.
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Discover the fabrication steps for creating a table runner with shaped ends and knife pleat detailing in this how-to guide.
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Learn how to create coordinating table runners and placemats to dress up any dining room table or kitchen countertop with this how to guide.
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Upholstery
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You don’t want to miss this upholstery how-to guide! Explore the steps for creating a deep tufted ottoman that doubles as a coffee table including how-to build the frame and plan your tufting pattern using grid paper.
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Sometimes the perfect furniture piece to complete a room may not exist. In this case, why not design, build and upholster to your own specifications, completing any space with a one-of-a-kind furniture piece that fits the design style.
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Using Rowley’s exclusive FirmaFlex™ Fiber Board, we’ve designed and fabricated four pie-shaped pieces that also join together to create one large circle ottoman. Explore our steps for completing this show-stopping ottoman that creates a versatile and cozy conversation area in any space.
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Hand beading and unique trims offer your customers something they truly cannot get anywhere else. In our Oval Back Chair, we’ve incorporated stylish welt cord trims and metal bead chain on the back for a one-of-a- kind accent chair.
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Parsons chairs create beautiful and comfortable formal seating. This how-to guide will walk you through how to measure for needed yardage, lay out and cut fabric and upholster with a few decorative details.
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Walk through the steps to tear down, paint and reupholster, from the frame up, an antique chair.
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For this project, we've combined a semi-attached pillow top ottoman with a shaped base. Learn how to construct and cover the base and the top cushion, then finish out the ottoman with banding and decorative elements.
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From wood construction to fabrication, learn step-by-step how to make this shaped seating cube.
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Find out how to create this unique, double-duty ottoman with pouches on the inside for additional storage. Get step-by-step instructions for fabrication using Rowley’s exclusive FirmaFlex™.
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Seating cubes can combine both fashion and function in a space where versatility is key. In this how-to guide, get steps for creating a modern seating cube from the frame to fabric with pattern match tips and designer details.
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From wood construction to batting and fabrication, get the step-by-step instructions for creating your own upholstered seating cube.
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Learn the steps to re-upholster an Accent Chair. Our project turned out to be a “first” in that the seat needed to be completely removed from the back in order to complete tear-down and re-upholstery.s
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Customize a nursery furniture staple to help generate add-on sales. Get step-by-step instructions for re-upholstering a glider/rocker and footstool to take it from retail to one-of-a-kind.
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This how-to guide covers the steps to upholster a decorative bench, including how to figure hides and special tips for working with leather.
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Learn the steps to upholster a dining room chair, covering the inside and outside back with decorative fabric to make a huge design impact.
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Take a basic wood frame chair and turn it into a statement piece with this project list and instructional guide on upholstering the outside back, inside back and seat of the chair with welt cord details and a decorative pillow.
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Follow along as we disassemble this chair in two pieces to complete full upholstery fabrication, including reassembling the frame and bonus tips for a complex chair project.
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Add timeless style to any décor with the iconic wingback chair. Update this traditional chair frame with modern yet classic fabrics, add pops of color with different pattern styles in pillows and fabricate reversible cushion designs to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece.
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This how-to guide covers the steps to prepare a wingback chair from the frame up. It includes how-to’s for setting and tying springs and applying foundation padding.
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Channel back chairs are a more advanced upholstery project due to the multiple steps needed to complete the inside back. Most any backed chair can be channeled with fore-thought and a lot of planning.
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Slipcovers
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Discover how to transform a decorative chair by adding a slip-cover with romantic pleats and a detailed skirt for a truly custom look.
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For our veranda slipcovers and cushions, we chose one solid textural fabric and four print fabrics. Varying the scale of the pattern repeats in the fabrics is the key to doing this well.
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Swing Door Treatments
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In this guide on swing door kit construction, you'll learn tips from measuring and planning to construction and installation, as well as creative ways to use swing door kits.
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This how-to guide will walk you through the steps for a Stagecoach treatment with a mock Roman shade, using the Swing Door Top Treatment Kit.
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