Grommet Drapes-Pros and Cons

Grommet topped drapes have become increasingly popular. They are sleek and clean and offer a modern look. Here is a look at the pros and cons of drapery panels with this type of treatment.

With so many grommet sizes and finishes, you are sure to find a look that compliments your home. Did you know that some companies use plastic grommets? DrapeStyle only uses solid brass, corrosion resistant grommets. Choose from black, matte nickel or oil rubbed bronze finish. Because they are corrosion resistant, they are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

 

 

Since drapes with grommets don’t have pleats sewn into them, you will need to “dress down” the drapes. This means you will have to arrange the drapes to make them look good. Grommet drapes can look messy after opening and closing them. If you want nice, long pleats, you will have to adjust them and space them out to create this look.


If you are wanting blackout draperies, you will need to adjust the grommet drapes when you bring them closed to the center of your window. Blackout lining can be added to any of our drapes, but when the grommet drapes are closed, there may be a gap between the drapes in the center. Having your drapes made with extra fullness will solve this problem.

 

Grommet panels will never hang flat, but that’s ok. One of the beautiful features of grommets is the wave they create. Therefor, when determining the width of your drapery, you should figure the drapery panels to be at least twice as wide as the space you are trying to cover. If you want a fuller look, have your drapes made 2-3 times the width of your window.

 

Do you need decorative drapery panels? Grommets are a perfect solution. Beautiful to look at, and once you “dress them down”, the pleats will stay in place and you won’t have to worry about them again. Consider pairing your decorative drapes with roman shades. They will provide the privacy you need while looking stunning.

 

Whatever your application for grommet drapes, DrapeStyle can help. Please contact us for more information or to place an order. We’ve been making custom draperies for 15 years right here in the USA. We invite you to view our fabrics and take advantage of ordering free samples before you place your order. Need a little advice? We’re here to help. Our designers will help you every step of the way. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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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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