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.