Pleats please: Our guide to curtain pleats

March 15, 2017

What’s the best part of owning a home? Well, apart from the fact that you have grafted hard to acquire it, it’s the latitude of fleshing your dwelling with details that you love which makes it so intimate and valuable. That’s the best part we reckon. We know you are house-proud, profoundly attached to every thing, whether big or small that has a footprint in your space. Your choices - some impetuous, some calculated and influenced by your travels and constantly evolving taste seek to give a personal definition to your home.

Windows are an important feature of your architecture. We know it’s duh-uh but there’s something that may have eluded you. Here’s it - if you treat your windows as the springboards of your design project, you won’t have to spend time wracking your brain to think up ways to array other décor pieces in your space. Everything will follow automatically.

So how do you ensure that you get your first step right? Decide how you want your curtain to hang. Does a regimented, tailored look ring your chimes? Or a graceful, voluminous fall makes your heart sing? This all hugely depends on the heading you opt for so let’s get down to the brass tacks and familiarize you with some of the common types of curtain pleats -


Pencil pleats

The most common and versatile of them all, pencil pleats are best suited for casual and unpretentious settings. Pencil pleats are called so as the tiny vertical gathers look like closely stacked pencils. Though they are traditionally known and specifically constructed to work well with lightweight fabrics and sheers, pencil pleats also get into easy rapport with heavyweight fabrics like velvet and linen.

Look at that velvet mustard pencil pleated curtain! It hangs pretty with its casual pleats and adds heft to the background.

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We love colorful painterly splotches and are literally drooling over the fullness and the neat folds that are covering the window.

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Goblet pleats

For a couture-like flourish to your curtain, look no further than goblet pleats. We are big time suckers for anything that looks well-sculpted and dramatic and goblet pleats have it to the rafters. This pleated heading jibes well with sumptuous,heavyweight fabrics and looks fabulous on long windows.

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Pinch pleats

Pinch pleats can transform the look of your curtain in a heartbeat.They are elegant, hand-sewn, and fall into disciplined folds. They are decidedly dressy and apt for floor grazing, voluminous curtains.

If you are after contemporary charm, then double pinch pleat, also known as Dutch or bi-pleat, is your thing. This uniformly spaced draping is a perfect choice for any type of setting and looks dreamy with a soft puddle.

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Triple pinch pleat or French pleats are suitable for formal interiors and are perhaps a little difficult to sew (our tailors need to be in a Zen-like state to do them)as the folds need to be scrupulously divided and stitched so that the pleats fall into perfect symmetry.

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Smocked heading looks gorgeous and has a Provençal air to it.But this intricate pattern necessitates pinpoint focus and a lot of time. Smocking is achieved by gathering small, evenly spaced folds and stitching them in ornamental pattern. This exquisite and painstaking heading should get the center-stage it rightly merits which is why we recommend our clients to use it with plain fabrics.

Look at the smoked heading below. It looks straight out from a Princess’s lavish boudoir with the ornate tie-backs and tassel fringes.

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Box pleats

For structured, unfussy, and neat look –you can never go wrong with box pleats. These pleats fall into deep folds that go down the entire length of the fabric. The pleats create a super tailored, masculine feel that offset interiors with feminine motifs and colors.

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Wave pleats

Ideal for both lightweight and heavyweight fabrics, wave pleats create soft undulating folds on the curtains. A vibrant abstract pattern will give a luxurious slant to this otherwise simpler window treatment. A heavyweight fabric will look gorgeous when spilled on the floor while a soft, lightweight fabric when allowed to sit flush with the floor will look chicer.

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Being curtain zealots means we are always willing to answer questions about them! You can post your queries in the comment section below and our design ninjas will we more than happy to assist.


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