Decorating & Design
February 26, 2016
Drapery Header Styles
1. Pinch Pleat: Top Pinch
This casual, traditional drapery style has an almost couture-like detailing, with the pinch pleat at the very top of the curtain. They are strung from small metal rings that are sewn at the top of each pleat and hung on a narrow rod.
2. Classic Pinch Pleat: Triple Fold
In the triple fold, each pinch pleat is composed of three evenly spaced folds. The more folds in a pleat, the more fullness the drapery has.
3. Classic Pinch Pleat: Double Fold
Typically, each pinch pleat consists of three evenly spaced folds, but classic pinch pleat: double fold has only two folds per pinch pleat for a clean and even aesthetic.
4. Inverted Pinch Pleat
Also called a reverse pinch pleat, this detail has a subtle European influence. The pleat pinches on the reverse side of the drape, so that the material turns inward for a full and formal look.
5. Pinch Pleat on Self-Gathering Tape: Triple Fold
A classic triple fold pinch pleat with the addition of self-gathering tape, which is a mesh ribbon with two strings that is sewn onto the back of the drapes, creates even more fullness. This version offers the fullest drapes of all.
6. Box Pleat
Large, flat folds that have a tailored look and provide non-frilly fullness.
7. Loft Style: Grommet Drape
Casual and contemporary with a slight industrial edge, grommet drapes have the grommet attached directly onto the panel, and offer distinct, full-length folds.
8. Loft-Style: Flat Panel
Flat panels are a simple and affordable style. Rings, spaced about 5 inches apart, are sewn along one edge of a piece of fabric without any pleats.
9. Gathered Rod Pocket
This style of curtain has a gathered sleeve that slips directly onto the rod. The sleeve’s fabric bunches to create a heavier, more solid look.
10. Goblet Pleat
Tiny pleats are caught with a stitch about four inches down from the top of the drape, creating a cup-shaped fabric poof.