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Curtain Pleats


After choosing your curtain fabric, the next decision is curtain pleats. The right pleat can make all the difference to the finished look. Our experienced team will talk you through the options to help you select the best choice for your curtains.

Click on the buttons below to find out more about each pleat.

Pleat Terms Explained

Fullness - The amount of fabric needed to cover a particular width. A 2.0 fullness would require 2m of fabric for every 1m you want to cover. This varies according to pleat type, meaning some pleats require more fabric than others.

Header - This is the vertical size of the tape/pleat we use. Typically, a larger header is used for houses with a high stud. The header size should increase relative to the vertical drop of the curtains to maintain the pleat and achieve a proportional look.


Reverse, Inverted or Box Pleat

Like the single pleat, a reverse pleat gives you a very clean and crisp look. Also known as an inverted or box pleat, this is a popular choice for modern homes. Because the pleat is sewn on the reverse side of the header, you’ll get a flat-fronted look when the curtain is closed. This is great for those who don't like seeing a pleat but still want that natural shape and wave to their curtains.

A reverse pleat also enables us to use a 1.8 fullness to save fabric and help with stacking where space is at a premium. Reverse pleat curtains can be used on tracks but because the pleat is on the rear of the curtain, they are more suited to curtain rods.

  • Modern Homes
  • Good option for when there’s limited room to the side of the window
  • Ideally installed on a curtain rod but can be adapted to work on a track
  • Available as 100mm header or a 150mm header

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