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Playful Pleats Boost sales


“All I know is that I don’t want my mother’s Drapes.” –


How 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.




From 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.




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Above 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. 


Yes, 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.


You won’t regret showing your client’s the difference between your original, creations and the wrinkled, limp “drape in a box” from the catalogs.