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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.


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

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