At DrapeStyle we offer nine unique pleat styles online. Our Seamstresses can make practically any pleat style so if you have seen a pleat style that is not offered on our website just give us a call and we can typically make it. Here are some of our most popular pleat styles for our custom drapes.
Flat Drapery Panel: On a flat panel we hem the top of the drapery and add a buckram tap to the header. The buckram stiffens the top of the drapery panel and also supports the drapery pins which attach to the drapery rings.
French Pleat: The French Pleat is also known as a “Pinch Pleat” is one of the most iconic and classic of all drapery pleats. French Pleats are most commonly formed with “three fingers” and also available in “two finger” styles.
Cartridge Pleat: To form a Cartridge Pleat, our Seamstress will create a cylinder in the drapery heading which is then filled with one of our Patent Pending “Pleat Plugs” which keeps the cartridge pleat form uniform and consistent.
Inverted Pleat: One of our most popular drapery pleats is the Inverted Pleat. The Inverted Pleat can be both classically traditional and contemporary. With the Inverted Pleat the Seamstress tailors a 5 inch inverted fold in the heading of the drapery panel which are sewn from the back of the panel.
8″ Inverted Pleat: Another version of the Inverted Pleat that we offer on our Custom Drapes is the 8-Inch Inverted Pleat. Essentially the same as a standard Inverted Pleat but we add an additional 3 inches to the length of the pleat.
Parisian Pleat: A Parisian Pleat is similar to the French Pleat but the “flute” is pinched and tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to in the center.
Rod-Pocket: The Rod-Pocket Panel is a very common and simple drapery pleat where the drapery rod is inserted into a “pocket” at the top of the drapery panel. Rod-Pockets are typically found in “Ready Made” department store drapes.
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!
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.
1- What is the style of you room? Is it Modern/ Contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
2- 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?
3- Are the drapes functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just frame your window)?
Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our 7 options is a breeze.
Rod Pocket – Typically used in Traditional spaces this pleat 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.
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. You will have to dress your drapery each time you open and close to achieve a uniform look.
Grommet- Clean & uniform by design Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes & 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 loses the lines as it falls toward the floor. This pleat works with Modern & 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 a flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drape. The 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 3-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open & close this pleat 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 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.