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.