Drapery Pleating Styles


Fabric drapes are an elegant and functional way to cover a window. With a variety of pleats, drapes can be more formal in nature or casual to suit your specific needs. Educate yourself about the different styles of pleats used on draperies before you choose draperies for the windows in your home.

Pinch Pleat

  • A pinch pleat is a traditional style for draperies. The folds or sections of fabric are sewn together and spaced apart in measured increments. The folds are represented by a two-finger pleat, three-finger pleat and so on, up to a five-finger pleat. These folds create the pleats that fan out from the top to bottom of the pleat.This style works well in more formal settings.

Goblet Pleat

  • Goblet pleats are inverted pleats that feature gathered fabric with an open end facing the ceiling. This opening or cup may be filled with tissue paper or quilt batting to pouf it out, or it may be left empty. These drapery pleats work well in a bedroom with an elegant look.

Pencil Pleats

  • Pencil pleats are a tight pleat appropriate for use on stationary drapery panels. These pleats form a cinched look achieved by sewing pencil pleating tapes on the back of the of the fabric and cinching with string. These pleats work well in formal or traditional settings.

Euro Pleats

  • Euro pleats are gathered with three folds of fabric simply joined at the top of the drapery. The fabric is pinched at the top to create a cascade effect. They flow from the top down to create a flow of fabric. These pleats work well in traditional or casual settings.

Box Pleats

  • Box pleats differ from pinch pleats by adding more symmetry and dimension to a room. The top of the fabric is gathered in such a way to form either an inverted or regular box of fabric placed at regular intervals on top of the drapes.

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