5 Factors to Consider When Deciding on a Pleat for Your Custom Drapes

When you select custom drapes for a room, you have several decisions to make. Not only do you have to pick an appropriate fabric, but you should also concern yourself with the fall of the fabric, the length, and the width. These features will help create a unique look for your room. The final aspect of your drapes that you should consider carefully is the pleat. The pleat is how the fabric is gathered (or not gathered) at the top of the drapes, and it can drastically change how your drapes look in your room. When choosing your perfect pleats, there are a few things that you should be aware of. 

Basic Types of Pleats Available 

When you start shopping for drapes you may be surprised at the wide variety of pleating that is available. Many people think that their choice is simply a flat panel or a pleated panel. But if you choose to have pleated panels, then you will have several pleat styles to choose from. Pleats vary based on where the pinch of the pleat is located, how much fabric is gathered, and whether there is fabric behind the pleat or not. Even if you choose a flat panel, you will have to choose from a pocket top, grommet style, or basic flat panel. It is best to become familiar with several style of pleats and look at them in person before making your final decision. Keep in mind that some drapery stores may offer a wider selection of pleating than others, depending on their sewing skills. 

The Way Pleats Look With Your Chosen Fabric Type

The same pleat can look quite different on two different types of fabric. For example, a heavy satin fabric may create a thick, bulky goblet pleat while a lace or light silk will look more dainty with the same pleat. When assessing which pleat to use, you should look at examples with your specific fabric type. 

Overall Tone of the Room 

Traditional rooms tend to have more flamboyant, decadent pleats in their drapes. You can opt for deeper, bulky pleats that dress up your room and draw the eye to your windows. However, modern rooms tend to have very simple pinch pleats or flat panels in order to keep the room simple and with straight lines. 

How You Intend to Hang the Drapes 

Some pleats require certain hanging methods. For example, if you are hanging heavily pleated drapes, you should use pins and rings, not clips, as the weight of each pleat can eventually cause snags in the fabric. However, if you are hanging a light fabric with small pleats, clips should be sufficient. Additionally, if you have a flat panel, it is likely that your curtain rod will be highly visible, so you will need to take that into account when selecting your drapes and mounting hardware. 

How You Intend to Manipulate the Drapes 

Before deciding on your pleats, you should figure out how you intend to use your drapes on a daily basis. For example, if you intend to open and close your drapes several times throughout the day, you will want a less bulky pleat that will allow the drapes to slide easily across your curtain rod. However, if you only intend to tie back the panels, then you can opt for a wide variety of panel options, including a flat or pocket type panel, which tend to be a bit more difficult to slide. 

When choosing custom drapes, it is important to consider each aspect of the drapes and how it will affect the overall tone of your room. If you are concerned or curious about pleats, consult a company like F & R Interiors to learn more about your options and what will look best in your space. 

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