Difference between pinch pleat & triple pleat drapery panels

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Difference between pinch pleat & triple pleat drapery panels
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Pinch pleat draperies are panels that are hung on a rod with either pleater hooks or cafe rings. There are a few different styles of pleats. The most popular are double-pinch pleat and triple-pinch pleat panels.

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Features

All pinch pleats feature separate pleats that are pinched tight at the bottom to form evenly spaced folds throughout a drape or curtain.

Difference between pinch pleat & triple pleat drapery panels
Pinch pleats come in several varieties. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Beatrice Murch)

Differences

Pinch pleats routinely come in the double-pinch pleat style or the triple-pinch pleat. The double-pinch pleat drapery resembles a V with the two pleats held tight at the bottom. The triple pleat has three pleats that resemble a fan.

Function

Double-pinch pleats are usually found on light fabric and are hung in more casual settings. The triple-pinch pleat drape is more formal and can be used on heavier fabric which lends itself to more elegant window treatments.

Solutions

Triple pleats are a good choice for large or wide windows because they are better able to hold the weight of fabric. Double pleats are best suited for a small window or for cafe curtains, which are usually made from lighter fabric.

Considerations

Consider the window type and location before selecting a type of pleat. Thought should also be given to your personal design preferences.

Difference between pinch pleat & triple pleat drapery panels
Pinch pleats fall in folds. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of cassandra lavalle)

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