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Pleats in curtains and drapes

Different types of pleating techniques create unique styles for the entire length of your curtains and drapes.

Different types of pleating techniques create unique styles for the entire length of your curtains and drapes.

Home decorating enables you to demonstrate your artistic tastes and impress your guests. When choosing window treatments, to complement your interior scheme, it is important not to overlook any details. 

Between the color, pattern and fabric there are endless possibilities for the style of your curtains and drapes. It is important to work with different options so you can achieve the best look that will go with your room. 

One element that can make or break a set of curtains is the pleating technique that is used. Pleats in the tops of drapery determine how the fabric is going to hang, which has an effect on the overall look of your windows. 

Some pleating styles are very elaborate and make your windows the focal point of the room. Others are simple designs that add a touch of subtlety to the overall design of a room. 

Some popular curtain pleats that can be found in many homes include: 

Box- The square and straight edges of this style make for a formal decorating approach. 

Pinch - Three pieces of fabrics are pinched together at the top of your curtain and widen as they travel down its length. Pinch pleats are the most common and are a simple attribute to your curtains. 

Pencil- By cinching the fabric in the back your drapes will have a continuous set of pleats that add a girly flair to the tops of curtains. This style is great for kids' rooms. 

Another option is to get creative with straight paneled drapes by making your own pleats. This can easily be achieved with a quick sewing job, utilizing safety pins or by strategically hanging your curtains. Making your own pleats is a great way to show-off to your friends.