Draperies with Grommets

Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.

Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:

Will your drapery be “functional”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.

You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring.  The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.

 

 

We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.

 

Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.

If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.

Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.


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What Pleat Style Do I Choose?

We are often asked by our customers, “Which pleat style do I choose?”. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.

What is the style of your room? Is it modern/contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?

How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?

Will the drapes be functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just framing your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our seven options is easy.

Rod Pocket-typically used in traditional spaces, this pleat style is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily. Keep this in mind especially is your drapes are long, you may not be able to reach them in order to move them.

Flat Panel (no pleats)– flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. This style will need to be dressed down to get an even fullness.

 

Grommet-clean and uniform by design, Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes and diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.

Inverted-if you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body, the Inverted pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but looses the lines as it falls towards the floor. This works with modern and transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.

Cartridge-the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of the flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drapes. This look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.

 

French Pleat (Pinch Pleat)-the French pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the three-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open and close this requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.

Parisian Pleat-a twist on the traditional French pleat, the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French pleat with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for modern or transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.

Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice. But if you need a little advice, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and everything is still made in the USA.


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Cartridge Pleat Drapes

Yeah!  DrapeStyle has it’s very first Patent!  In the drapery business we have always just sort of done things they way they have always been done for a hundred years, but not at DrapeStyle.  When we make a Cartridge Pleat Drape we basically make a cylinder or a cone.  The inside of the cylinder is empty and just about every custom drapery manufacturer in the world will stuff that cylinder with paper or pillow-fill or something else to keep the cartridge pleat, well, shaped like a cartridge.  When you “stuff” a cartridge pleat or a goblet pleat with paper or whatever you run into a couple of problems.

The first problem is that if you crush, pinch or otherwise misshape the pleat they are not going to “bounce back”.  As a result you get pleats that are either misshapen, crooked or just not, well a cartridge pleat.

Problem number two, is that when you fill the pleat with “material” you leave little spaces in there.  Little dark spaces.  And, we know who likes little dark spaces, right?  Yes, little crawly creatures.  They like to move into cartridge pleats and build themselves little nests.  And, once they have a nest they like like to fill that nest with little baby crawly things.  Before you know it you have a little crawly thing condo happening in your drapes Cartridge Pleats.  Not at all what you had planned!

So, introduce the DrapeStyle Solution to the little crawly thing happening in your Cartridge Pleats.  The Pleat Plug.  Yes, this little device may seem innocent enough but it is the answer to colonies of little crawly guys forever.  Plus, with the new Pleat Plug Technology with your Cartridge Pleated Drapes or Goblet Pleated Drapes you now end up with perfectly formed pleats that will last the lifetime of the drape.  And, DrapeStyle gets themselves a Patent for “Drapery Technology”!!

 

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The Cartridge Pleat Plug by DrapeStyle!

 

 

 


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Pleated Drapes

When it comes to pleat options for custom drapes, there may not be anywhere that provides you with a wide selection of pleat styles than DrapeStyle.  Here are some of the “standard” drapery pleat options we offer with sketches.  Please keep in mind that these are just “standard” options.  Since we manufacturer all of our custom drapes internally, we have the ability to make any pleat style you can imagine.

Images are below but let’s give a brief description of each drapery pleat style:

  • Inverted Pleat:  The Inverted Pleat is a very clean and tailored pleat which is considered a more contemporary pleat style.  Our Inverted pleat is 4 inches in length and is available in all drapery fabrics.
  • 8-Inch Inverted Pleat:  The 8-Inch Inverted Pleat is the same as the standard inverted pleat but the actual pleat is twice as long than the standard inverted style.
  • Flat Pleat:  The Flat Pleat is the most basic custom drapery panel wherein the top, or “header” of the drapery panel is not pleated but left flat.  These panels are hung using drapery pins which are installed on the back of the panel.
  • Cartridge Pleat:  The Cartridge Pleat is somewhat “Transitional” in style meaning that it can be used in “Traditional” style homes as well as more “Contemporary” style homes.  At DrapeStyle we used a Patent Pending process to make our Cartridge Pleats wherein we fill the void in the center of the pleat with a foam insert.  The insert supports the pleat so that is maintains a uniform size and also prevents insects from “living” in the pleat of the drape.  We also offer a Goblet Pleat (not shown) which is similar to the Cartridge with a shorter and wider cartridge that looks like a wine goblet.
  • French Pleat:  The French Pleat is probably our most popular pleat style.  The French Pleat is also the most traditional and recognizable drapery pleat we offer.
  • Parisian Pleat:  Similar to the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat consists of three “fingers” that are sewn together.  On the Parisian Pleat the fingers are then “tacked” at the top of the pleat creating a “pinch”.  Because of this “pinch” the Parisian Pleat is also referred to as a “Pinch” Pleat style.
  • Grommets:  Grommet Drapery Panels are the most contemporary of our pleat styles.  We offer several options of grommet colors and sizes including those which are made for use on outdoor drapes.  All of our grommets are inserted by hand in our own Workroom.
  • Rod-Pocket:  We offer two versions of the traditional rod-pocket drapery panel.  The most basic is a simple rod-pocket where a pocket is sewn into the top of the drapery panel where the drapery rod is inserted.  We also offer a rod-pocket with flange where we leave a 2-inch portion of fabric at the top of the panel which will remain above the drapery rod.  Neither of the rod-pocket options will include drapery pins or hooks that are used to attach the panel to rings.

When it comes to selecting the right pleat for your custom drapes, there really isn’t a “correct” pleat style to choose.  Call one of our Designers and we’ll be happy to send you more images and help you select the perfect pleat for your window.

 

 

 

Lisa Sinatra


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French Pleated Custom Drapery

The French Pleat is one of the oldest and most classic pleat styles for custom made curtains or drapery.  The French Pleat is also known as a Pinch Pleat and these two terms are often used interchangeably.  The French Pleat is formed by creating three folds at the top of the drapery panel.  These three folds are then “pinched” about three inches down from the top of the drapery panel and tacked using a industrial sewing machine.  The three folds are then fanned out at the the top forming a fluted fan.  When forming the pleat it is important to fold all layers of the drapery fabric including the buckram, lining and interlining.  These layers will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a typical sewing machine to penetrate.  You will need to use an industrial machine known as a “Tacker” to be able to penetrate all of the layers of fabrics.

One of our Classic Drapery Pleat Tackers we use everyday at DrapeStyle.  Yes, this machine was actually made in Leeds England!

 

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Image of One of Our Classic Industrial Drapery Pleat Tacking Machines
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French Drapery Pleat Style by DrapeStyle

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