Pleat Guide

When it comes to ordering custom drapery, there’s more to specify than simply color, length, and fabric. There are a variety of options to consider when choosing drapery that will dictate the formality and style of the drapes you end up with, including type of lining, hardware, and tiebacks. But one of the most important style indicators is pleating.

Elaborate pleating, for example, can make even the most simple, neutral curtain appear formal, while minimal pleating can downplay the ornateness of a lavish fabric. Below is a guide to a few of the most common drapery pleat styles, and which work best for different decor styles.

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Signature

Signature Pleated drapes creates a more defined, structured look that works well in both traditional and contemporary décor and is perfect for areas where you want to cover the whole window and then draw them off to the sides.

Goblet

Goblet Pleated drapes create a very defined structured look that works very well in formal spaces as side panels only.  These are not great for workable drapes as they take up a lot of stacking space.

Reverse

Reverse Pleated drapes create a neat, refined look that is somewhat more modern than a Goblet Pleat or a 2 Fold Flat pleat.  This is a great choice if you want to cover your window but want them drawn off to the sides.

U Pleat

U-Pleated drape is essentially drapery without any pleating.  It creates a very casual, flowing look that works in informal or relaxed spaces.  A great drape to use if you want to cover a window with a minimal amount of fabric.

2 Fold Flat

2 Fold Flat pleated drapes are a modern take on the traditional pleat.

Cartridge

Cartridge Pleated drapes are both traditional and contemporary.  They are a more relaxed ball gown look, where pleats are not formed perfectly from the top of the drape to the bottom.  They are used as side panels only.

S Pleat

S-Pleated drapes are a more modern style of drapery.  They have a similar look to the grommet drape without the grommets.  This style of pleat can be used where you want to cover the whole window and then draw them off to the sides.

Grommets

Grommet drapes are another more modern style of drapery.  These are more practical for side panels as it is not an easy drape to open and close across the rod.

Open Goblet

Open Goblet Pleated drapes are both traditional and contemporary.  They are a more modern twist on the very traditional goblet, but have the same defined structured look.  These are great for side panels.