Reading Time: 7 minutesYou may have chosen the perfect window treatment that wows everybody and is the centerpiece of the room. However, what speak volumes about your attention to detail are the headings of your curtains. And, don’t think that all window treatments look the same. What makes the difference is the top of each, and it can demonstrate your style or give style to a room. In some cases, the effect of a nice heading, unpretentious or elaborate (and everything in between!) can surpass that of the fabric itself. Some of our favorites are presented below for your eyes only!
Pinch Pleats: All you Need to Know!Yes, you may say they are traditional, but perfect pleats can never go out of style, no matter what. Pinch pleats are a much-preferred option to finish off the top of drapes and provide that extra light and privacy control you want. They are not only great additions to a traditional-styled house but also look fantastic in elegant spaces, offering a timeless and dramatic look. They are called pinched because the top of the drape is pinched together (literally), and the pleats are weighted at the bottom of the seams and spaced out evenly apart to get a tailored overall look. Have you noticed how they control the fullness as the fabric drops downwards, allowing the drape to fall evenly and smoothly? That is the beauty of it all! Of the many pinch looks available, the three-finger pinch pleats are the most popular (see image above). As its name suggests, it has 3 pleats (called fingers) pinched together a couple of inches from the top of the drape. What is distinguishing though is that they open up toward the bottom the drape in a flower-like fashion, creating a much fuller look compared to the two-finger pinch pleats. Of course, the closer the pleats, the fuller the outcome. Now, the two-finger pleats (form a V shape as they are pinched together) is a much more affordable option considering that you use less fabric than other pleats, which is perfectly fine if you are OK with the contemporary look they give overall. Of course, you can always go for the four- or even five-finger pinched pleats that require more fabric but give a much fuller look.
How to measure for pinched-pleated drapesOne of the first things you need to clarify inside you is whether you want your drapes to be stationary or functional, meaning they will be used just for the looks or open and close respectively. Also, consider the length of the pinched-pleated drape:
- Positioned half an inch off the floor for tailored looks (more traditional). Having them right above the floor is best for traversing draperies.
- If you have stationary panels, it is best to have the pleats break at the floor.
- For a more dramatic effect, you can add an extra eight inches beyond the floor. Also perfect for puddle length, among other stationary panels.
How to Hang your Pinch-Pleated DrapesSince pinch-pleated drapes are an investment, you have to make the most of it and have them compliment your drapery panels beautifully. Taking proper measures is paramount, especially when you are ordering drapes to cover your entire window because you get pinch-pleated drapes specifically made for your window treatment. Hence, they are not adjustable, and everything counts on taking correct measurements. The key is to ensure they are pinned and hung correctly. If you have asked a professional to make them for you, them just let them install them as well. If you are hanging the drapes yourself, then you know the pinch pleat on the drape is done well if the pin hook is pushed in right next to each pleat. They should not be pushing the pins through the front, and you may even insert the pin hooks about ¼ an inch from the top of the drape so that it opens and closes nicely. If everything is done correctly, you should have pinch-pleated drapes with a very elegant vibe indeed!
What you Should Know when Picking a Window RodConsidering that the fabric gets heavier the more widths you add of it to the rod, the rod has definitely got to be heavy-duty (traverse or track rod will also do) to hold the weight of the drapes, especially on large windows. Personally, I find traverse rods very appealing because they not only look awesome but also make opening and closing the pinch-pleated drapes a walk in the park. Tips:
- If you are planning on having pinched-pleated drapes in the bedroom(s) a good idea is to try black-out lining so that you keep light completely out of the room when you close the drapes.
- A white or off-white lining to the back side of the pleated drape will make your windows look like one piece on the outside of your house.
- If you want to keep the warmth in, it is always nice to use thermal or insulated lining.