What You Need To Know About Rod Pocket Curtains

The most classic and common of all methods of hanging curtains, a rod pocket is a sewn-in pocket, or casing, at the top of a curtain panel that easily slips over a rod and conceals it. 

Curtain panels hung this way bunch nicely and have a simple, casual look. All of DrapeStyle’s curtain panels can be hung using this method, and you don’t need any additional pieces or hardware (aside from your rod and finials) to make this look work.

One thing to consider is how often you’ll want to open and close your panels. For curtains you will be opening and closing a lot, you may want to consider another pleat style, as rod pockets tend to be a little stubborn to adjust as the fabric rests directly on the curtain rod. And if your curtains are very long, you may not be able to reach the top of the curtain to open and close them.


Rod Pockets work well with layered window coverings. Valances hung above the curtain hide the rod even when the curtain is open. Sheers can be mounted under the main panels. Casement curtains are often used on French doors and sidelights. Rods slip through casements at the top and bottom of the panels so that the curtains can be secured to the top and bottom of a window. Sheers are often used for this window treatment, providing privacy while allowing light to come through.   


DrapeStyle constructs a 3″ rod pocket as our standard. Since we are a custom workroom, let us know if you need something made a little differently. In our experience, the 3″ rod pocket is a pretty standard size as most customers will use a round 1″ or 1 1/2″ diameter curtain rod. A 3” rod pocket should be used on a standard 2 1/2” continental or dauphine rod or on a decorative rod up to 1 1/2″. By selecting the rod pocket as your pleat style, you won’t need to purchase curtain rings, saving you a bit of money.

Stylish and classic, DrapeStyle’s rod pocket curtains will look beautiful in your home for years to come.

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.

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.