How to Hang Goblet Pleat Curtains

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How to Hang Goblet Pleat Curtains
Pleated drapes behind cornice. (meeting room image by araraadt from

Goblet pleats are a type of pinched pleat drapery that forms a goblet shape on the outside of the drapery when hung. This shape enhances the design and makes the drapery look more modern. This type of pleated style looks the best when used with a decorative rod designed for pin hooks. The pin hook slides into a loop in the rod, and you mount the loop to a track which allows the drapery to open and close.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Pin hooks
  • Stuffing

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  1. 1

    Place a ladder adjacent to the decorative rod where the goblet pleated drapery will hang.

  2. 2

    Determine the correct height of the hanging drapery by inserting a pin hook with the sharp point upward. The pin hook is pressed into the gathered fabric on the back side of the drapery. Usually the pin hook is at least 2-inches below the top edge, but it is a good idea to insert one pin hook and position that pin hook on the drapery rod loop. Continue to hold the bulk weight of the drapery so the pin hook doesn't tear your drapery.

  3. 3

    Ask an observing person if the bottom of the drapery in line with the pin hook is touching the floor. Usually the drape should be above the flooring by about an inch so that it can hang freely.

  4. 4

    Remove the drapery from the rod, and insert all of the pin hooks at the correct height. Rehang the drapery starting at the side of the drapery and hanging the pin hooks in order. Remove a few drapery loops if there are too many on the rod.

  5. 5

    Stick two fingers into the top of the first goblet, and press the goblet into a rounded shape. Stuff the goblet with stuffing until the goblet shape is full. Repeat this with each goblet.

  6. 6

    Break your buckram between each goblet by finding the middle of the fabric between each pleat and pinching it between your forefinger and thumb. Make a vertical crease to help the drapery gather properly when you open the drape. The pinch causes the drape to automatically invert below the goblet for more even pleating.

Tips and warnings

  • Train your pleats with newly hung draperies by creating each pleat the way you want your drapes to look when fully open. Wrap the open drapes with a paper band, and tape every two feet; leave the drape open for 3 days undisturbed to train the pleats to fall in that position each time you open your drapes.

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