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Pinch Pleat

Also known as “French Pleat” or “3 Fold Pleat”, Pinch Pleated Draperies are the most traditional and widely used across the industry by a large margin. Pinch Pleated draperies create a full, classic appearance and are best suited to providing full coverage light blackout.

Layered together with sheers and decorative over-drape panels, all the bases can be covered; light filtering, light blockage, sound insulation, and room design/decoration.


Standard: Face fabric is double turned at top. Note: Face fabric is exposed at back top of drapery for 4”.

Custom: Lining should be extended to the top of the drapery before folding over the buckram.

Available Linings

2-Pass Blackout: Flame retardant 2-pass blackout lining with foam on one side and 70% polyester / 30% cotton on the other side. White or Ecru on the foam side and gray on the poly/cotton side.

3-Pass Blackout: Flame retardant 3-pass blackout lining with both foam and 70/30 poly-cotton sides. White or Ecru on the foam side and White on the poly/cotton side. Colors on the face are available. Contact our sales department for more information.


4” Buckram, permanent finish, washable. 5” Buckram on draperies over 108” is optional.

Face: Overlocked using 5 thread safety stitching. All selvages are to be removed and patterns matched on 54” goods. Not less than 1/2 width used per panel unless specified.

Lining: Overlocked using a 5-thread safety stitch.


Pleat Mark: All draperies shall be pleat marked and seams shall be hidden behind the pleats.

3-Pass Blackout: Free Standing and French Seamed so as to minimize the appearance of pin holes on the vertical face.

Bottom Hems

Face: 4” Single or double fold, as specified, with blind stitched hems.

Lining: Overlocked bottom edge of lining. Note on cotton, poly/cotton, cotton/rayon, etc. Lining will be a minimum of 1 1/2” up from bottom of drapery.

Side Hems

1.5” double turned


Square covered weight sewn on each seam and corner of face fabric.


Standard 3 1/2”, 6” for double rod treatments and 9” for 3-rod system.


Sew closures at bottom hems using a Bonis Brothers Sewing Machine.

Fan Fold

Drapery to be fan folded, packed in poly bag and boxed. The drapery will be labeled with area and/or room number. Drapery “dressing” is part of installation. Creasing during shipping is unavoidable. Steaming may be required. Proper installation requires breaking of the buckram in between each pleat.

Pin Hooks

Stainless steel conventional pins are standard, micro-flex adjustable pins are available.


Standard 4” double turned top and bottom. On ceiling to floor lengths, seamless 118” sheer is recommended. There is a maximum finished length of 100” when using 118” sheer. 6 pleats per 60” fabric width. Covered weights at side hems and seams are standard.

Optional: Continuous covered weight for 118” sheers.

Brochure - Pinch Pleated Drapery
Pinch Pleated Drapery brochure containing styles, options, fabrication methods, care recommendations, and specifications.
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 02:40 PM
Specifications - Pinch Pleated Drapery
Full Architectural Specification sheets detailing product options, details, and supplier duties. Also available in DOC (Word) format.
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 02:53 PM
Care Instructions - Drapery Fabric
Complete Drapery Fabric care instructions containing recommended washing, drying, and finishing details.
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 02:44 PM
Specifications - Pinch Pleated Drapery
Full Architectural Specification sheets detailing product options, details, and supplier duties.
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 03:11 PM