Curtain Pleating can help to bring out the best in your new curtains and that's where Spring Crest Curtains and Blinds can help. We're specialists in all types of curtain designs and curtain pleating and can help you to achieve the 'look' for your Curtains to co-ordinate your total home decor.
Before you even start you'll need to consider carefully what type of pleating to have. It may come down to personal choice – what do you like the look of best?
Often the style of the décor can determine the pleating style. A sloped or raked ceiling can determine the curtain pleating style. Some fabrics and patterns (particularly stripes) lend themselves better to one style than another. Double curtain tracks or poles can determine best pleating style for both the front and rear tracks. Some pleating styles “stack back” more than others – important consideration if you want to get as much curtain off the window as possible.
Here we've listed some popular curtain pleating options for you to consider:
Ripple or S Fold Curtain Pleating is sleek and suits a modern décor – it looks particularly stunning when the track is fixed to the ceiling and extends wall to wall – perfect for large expanses of glass and will visually make a room look bigger if fitted in this way.
Metallic Eyelets are usually teamed with a metal rod lending a modern, minimalistic look to your curtains. The window coverage on this type of pleating is minimal, so best not used where light control is important. This treatment works best for dressing a window with “side drapes”, and is especially effective where other fixtures in the room are metallic.
Double Pinch Curtain Pleats: Similar to the French style but with double pleats, this treatment has the benefits of French pleating but creates a style which balances casual with traditional, perfect for any room setting.
This style works well with uneven or wide stripes of different colours but ensure the curtains are made so that the stripes fall in even patterns.
This style is ideal for a formal dining room or can be used for practical reasons where there is not much wall space beside the window.
Reverse or Box Curtain Pleating: This style, also known as inverted pleating, creates a simple, modern look which also requires less fabric than some other styles. It is best described as a flat symmetrical pleat which is created by the fabric folding to the back of each side of the pleat. Plain fabrics or those with textured weaves are complemented best by this treatment.
Knife Curtain Pleating: These are sharply pressed slim, closely spaced pleats which are all facing the same way. (A bit like the pleating in a kilt) This is the best way to treat a sloped or raked ceiling that is to have curtains. Knife pleating is also best used on the back track of a double track as the pleat sits flat, and allows the curtain on the front track to move freely.
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By Coleen Radford