If you’re at all familiar with pleated curtains, then you’ve probably heard the term ‘pencil pleat’, so named because of the gathered heading, whose folds are pencil-thin.
Pinch pleat differ from pencil pleat because they offer a more tailored finish than other types of curtains, resulting in a more formal look.
So how do pinch pleat curtains work? Well, unlike their pencil pleat equivalents, pinch pleat curtains cannot be adjusted to fit the size of your windows. They instead come in fixed sizes, which are multiples of the span of each pleat. As such, it’s sometimes tricky to match them with non-standard sized windows in older properties.
Single pinch pleat is the most common variety of pinch pleat curtains. It’s also known as the ‘New York pleat’, and relies upon evenly-spaced folds, sewn into the fabric of the header to create a rigid, uniform style. It’s simple and elegant, and a great match for smaller windows.
Inverted pleating takes much the same approach, except in reverse. The pleats are at the rear of the curtain, allowing the fabric to hang down in wider rolls.
Double pinch pleat requires that the folds be bunched together, creating a row of ‘v’ shapes at the top of the curtain. Since there are more folds, this requires more fabric, which creates a fuller curtain. It’s also known as ‘Dutch’ pleating.
Triple pinch pleat takes the concept to another level. Instead of two folds to each cluster, you’ll get three. Each trio of folds creates a fan shape, resulting in a voluminous curtain that’s well-suited to more formal interiors.
Once you’ve decided that you’d like to dress your windows with pinch pleat curtains, you’ll need to measure up. This is a quick and painless process, consisting of three steps:
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