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How to Achieve the Perfect Puddle for Your Drapes

One of the questions we hear most is how to properly puddle drapes. While we refuse to choose favorites between cut-off curtains and puddles curtains (you wouldn’t choose a favorite child, would you?), we will say that a puddle can certainly add flair, dimension, and personality to a room. Choosing the right puddle style for your room, however, may get tricky.

Here are some tips on how to achieve your perfect puddle.


Break Puddle (½ - 1 inch)

The simplest puddle to achieve is the Break Puddle. To get this look, add a half of an inch to an inch of extra material to your curtains so that the drapes won’t just cut off when they reach the floor. Naturally, this will create a break in the fabric, giving your curtains a laid back vibe. If you are working with a pleated drape, the result will be a tailored break, as opposed to a casual break with soft top drapes.


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Medium Puddle (2-4 inch)

This style is a happy medium between the small break puddle and the dramatic true puddle. There is enough material to fan out on the floor, but it will mostly fall underneath itself rather than take up room like a dramatic fan might. Add around 2 to 4 inches of material to your drapes to achieve this style.


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True Puddle (6-16 inch)

A true puddle is, as it sounds, the original puddle. Adding somewhere around 6 to 16 inches of material to the bottom of your drapes will result in an elegant and sophisticated train of fabric. The drapes will fan out at the bottom in oh-so classic white wedding gown fashion. Sound tempting yet?


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Fold-under puddle (16 inches and counting)

If you’re a go big or go home kind of person like us, you’ve skipped to the end of this post to find the grand slam of all puddles. Adding more than 16 inches of extra fabric may sound daunting, but the key is to fold that extra material underneath the bottom of the drape. Once laid underneath, poof the material at the bottom into a cloud-like shape, which will result in the most soft, dreamy, and natural puddled look.


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