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Pinch Pleat Vs Ripplefold

​Specialising in the manufacture of many different styles of window drapery from contemporary ripplefold to traditional pinch, pencil, goblet and box pleated headings RJS Interiors pride ourselves on our drapery being handmade and finished to the highest standard. Using the latest fabrics from across the world, and offering an unparalleled range of curtain pole and track hardware to compliment.

Pinch pleat and ripplefold draperies are two of the most common types of draperies used in a variety of applications. Although both create flowing designs, they are constructed with different methods and work well in different situations so we thought we’d look at each in a little more detail to demonstrate this.  

Ripplefold drapes are sewn flat and hemmed on all sides, snap tape, fabric that has snaps sewn onto it every few inches, is then sewn onto the heading. Ripple size is determined by spacing of the snaps and how open or closed the curtain is pulled on the traverse rod.  A variety of fabrics work well with ripplefold drapes, lightweight and heavyweight fabrics work equally as well but for best results it’s advised to use fabrics with a memory in order to hold the folds better.These type of drapes complement many design styles because of the casualness of the drapes and sheer curtains work particularly well with this style of heading as the wave-like folds give the sheers a gentle, flowing look. Ripplefold drapes are a choice for both residential and commercial spaces because of the minimal look they give, without any pleating.

Pinch pleat drapes work well with heavier, formal fabrics because of the nature of the design and the need to help conceal the hooks used to hang them on. These fabrics ensure a stiff pleat where a lightweight fabric would not. Traditional floral or striped patterns work well with this style. These type of drapes are made by gathering two to six folds of fabric at the top of the curtains, the pleats are then sewn at the base and the rest of the curtain flows beneath. Pleats are uniform in size and spacing and create a tailored and formal look. Fabric tape is typically used inside the pleat to add stiffness and create a fan-like appearance at the top. The drapes are hemmed on all sides and may have weights at the bottom. Pinch pleat headed drapes tend to be more formal, smarted and give a more traditional homely warming feel.

Whatever you preference RJS Interiors will work closely with you to decide on the best choice of drapery, fabric and pole and track hardware for your needs.