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Which Pleat Curtains Are Right For Your Windows?

There isn’t a right or wrong style when it comes to Pleat Curtains, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming. With so many options available, weighing the importance of functionality or aesthetics and choosing a custom drapery or curtain style for your home can seem a bit overwhelming.

At Threadz Nola we start with a few design questions, to better assist you in your design goals.


  • What is the style of your room? Is it modern/contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?

  • Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor OR a more relaxed look?

  • Would you like an exact floor length or a puddle?

  • Will the drapes be functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just framing your window)?

  • What degree of sunlight would you like to come through?

Once we have discussed these specifics, selecting a pleat style from one of the many style options should be a smoother process.

Threadz Nola's Recommended Styles:

French Pleat (Pinch Pleat)-the French pleat is typically used to compliment any traditional setting. The lines of the drapery from the two or three-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open and close this requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime.

Parisian Pleat- or Fan pleat is a twist on the traditional French pleat, the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French pleat with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for modern or transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.

Rod Pocket- this pleat style is typically used in traditional spaces. It is recommended if your you will not be opening and closing them often. These are often used as decorative drapes. If your is your drapes are long, you may not be able to reach them in order to move them. Rod Pocket drapery fits snugly onto the drapery rod and does not move easily.

Flat Panel (no pleats)– flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. This style will need to be dressed do