Curtain Pleats - Curtain Design Hamilton, NZ


After deciding on a curtain fabric the next decision is the type of curtain pleat. There are many different pleat types and the right pleat can make all the difference. Curtains pleats can change if you have a high stud, if you have an older villa or a modern home. We are happy to share our knowledge of pleats and experience to ensure you have the best looking finish for your curtains.

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Pencil Pleat

Pencil Pleat curtains or sometimes as they are called Pinch Pleat curtains are a very common type of pleat. They are very flexible and are used in the majority of ready made curtains. A Pencil Pleat curtain gives you a casual look at the top of the curtain. We would recommend a fullness of 1.5 - 2.0 when using a Pencil Pleat.

  • Ready Made Curtains
  • Under pelmets where space is an issue
  • On the back track of a double track or rod
  • Voiles or Net Curtains inside a window reveal
  • Can be used on any type of Rod or Track


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.
Header - This is the vertical size of the tape/pleat we use. Typically a larger header is used for houses that have a high stud. The pleat size should increase relative to the vertical drop of the curtains to ensure they look and pleat is maintained.

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