DRAPERY PLEAT STYLES

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Box

The box style is crisp and contemporary: creating defined pleats with continuous headings. Although it is modern, it is best located in public areas with decorative hardware and stationary side panels.

Astonishingly, the Box style is the same as the Inverted style, simply reversed.


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Inverted

Examining the front of Inverted and Box, one would not notice their similarity. The only difference in creating these two diverse styles is the placement of the stitching. While the Box style is stitched on the front side of the drape, the Inverted style is stitched on the backside. Stitching, particularly like this, on the backside creates a discrete and simple tone for the drape. It operates functionally with aesthetic improvements. We suggest hanging these drapes where the top will be visible.


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French

Versatile, conventional, practical, and reliable. French, otherwise known as “pinch pleat”, is a crowd favorite—no operational deficiencies! This style is an excellent choice for all placement areas; especially, where performance and value are priority!

Interestingly, French and Euro styles are also extremely similar in design. Not to be confused with Euro, even though both styles are extremely similar in design, the only difference is the placement of the tacking. French is three inches from the top of the drape and Euro is only one inch from the top of the drape.


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Euro

Tradition with a twist. Euro design conveniently retains function and great performance. This is not a drape to be hidden, but placed where details are noticed and cherished. All eyes will be drawn to the top of this drapery—you won’t want the show stopper to be hidden!


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Cartridge

Dignified and rigid: ensures sharpness and distinction. Who would have guessed this design exhibits the initial loop used for creating the French, Euro, and Goblet styles of drapery? Its common design is terrific for upgrading reuse of hardware (yay!). Unfortunately, this specific design requires additional depth for proper stacking; thus, narrow applications should be avoided.


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Goblet

A mixed design between cartridge and french, while maintaining its own reputation for a formal appearance. These drapes are not designed to be hidden in a room, but placed on display out in the public areas to show off their form over function look and eye-catching pattern.

Goblet drapes are best displayed in areas where the top of the drapery will be visible and with stationary panels. Although this style of drapery is proper, it does not travel well across the window.


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Tab Top

Flexible, casual, hassle-free, and versatile! This drape is best used when emphasizing decorative hardware. Traversing applications should be avoided.


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Grommet

Creatively integrates drapery and hardware into a single treatment! Even though it does not travel well across hardware and produces light bleed issues, this style is perhaps the most popular residential treatment. The Grommet design also helps accentuate hardware!


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Ripplefold

Refined and complex combined to make an alluring drape. This design requires detailed hardware application that is created for each unique drape—therefore, reusing existing hardware for new Ripplefold drapes should be averted. Interestingly, drapes must be hung below the track where hardware is not concealed, which creates light bleed issues. Best displayed where budgets allow for additional appeal and interest.


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