Leading Edge Trim on Drapery

We are self-proclaimed fabric junkies and unofficial members of the fringe friends club (borrowing that term from Jana Phipps- the Trim Queen herself!). Trim is every drapery designer’s best friend. Adding trim is a great way to achieve the custom look that our clients desire. Drapery designers and interior designers especially love to add trim on the leading edge of drapery panels.

Why use trim on your window treatments?

Trim is great for adding decoration as well as tying colors together from the drapery fabric or in the space itself.

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What is the leading edge of a drapery panel?

The leading edges are the inside vertical edges of two drapery panels that touch each other. Adding trim here gives a pop of color and texture whether the panels are closed or they are opened and hanging. On on large wall of windows with three or four drapery panels, these flat trim choices may be added to both vertical sides of each panel as a leading edge and an ending edge for trim.

For a custom look, some designers put together two contrasting fabrics on drapery panels. The contrasting fabric is usually added as a horizontal stripe near the top or the bottom of the drapery panel and trim is often used bookend the seams of those contrasting fabrics.

Now that you understand where trim can be used on drapery panels, we will break down the different types of trim available to designers.

There are three main over-arching categories of trim: tape trim, cording, and hanging trim.  Each type has it’s own benefits and uses, read below to learn how they are generally used in customizing drapes.


  • Jacquard Border: A flat, woven pattern that ranges in size from 2.5 to 6 inches

The decorative tape trim can be used at the top for an accent, for tie backs or for a combination of trim at the bottom and along the leading edge.

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  • Cording: Characterized by thick twisted cords that either work alone or are added as an accent to a fabric tiebaces
  • Picot Braid: Characterized by the small looped or scalloped border
  • Flat Braid (aka galloon): Available in a variety of fibers and varying in size from 1.5-3 inches, it is characterized by a woven flat braid

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Hanging Trims

The category of hanging trims includes braids and fringes that are attached to material at the top flat area and then they hang downward in a loose fashion. The main types are:

  • Fan-Edge Braid: Characterized by the looped cords in an undulating pattern  sequence
  • Fringe: Characterized by a “skirt” of twisted cords and available in a variety of styles, including Campaign, Brush, Bullion, Looped and Tassled

The hanging style of these two trims lend themselves to a focal point as trim on the bottom of a valance or a trim for a cornice.

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Our expert designers can help you decide which trim is perfect for the custom drapery or window treatments that you want for you home. High Country Drapery Designs has a huge variety of decorative trim from which to choose your perfect window treatments.

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