Playful Pleats Boost
“All I know is that I don’t want my mother’s Drapes.” –
often have you heard that from a customer?
Over the last 10 years we have seen an explosion of variety in pleat
styles. Years ago virtually every
drapery used a French style pleat with 4” Buckram, tacked at the base like
the pleat shown below.
Fan Pleated drapes, tacked at the top, Inverted Pleats, Droopy Pleats,
Goblet Pleats, Variety rules the industry today. Window coverings have trended toward
simpler panels on decorative hardware, Kick Pleat Valances and Roman
Shades; don’t forget to add details to your design to distinguish them from
the ready-made “Drape in a box” bought on-line or in catalogs today.
is a mock roman style inverted pleat with contrast. As you can see this is a very distinctive
style. Show off your skill and that
of your workroom by customizing panels with wider buckram, contrast
banding, or trims to provide that added value.
these styles cost more to manufacture, and they should. Show your client the value working with a
qualified designer provides. Don’t
forget that by using reasonably priced fabrics (around $40 per yard) you
can provide a custom made panel at prices lower than Restoration Hardware
or Pottery Barn.
won’t regret showing your client’s the difference between your original,
creations and the wrinkled, limp “drape in a box” from the catalogs.