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How to Train Drapery

The aesthetic of your home in many ways is a visual representation of you. It shows off your personality, interests, preferences. Your guests will notice the color, pattern, shape, accessories, and era you prefer to surround yourself with. This level of detail is a long-term investment and deserves the utmost care. Drapery is no exception. We work with many clients on creating custom drapery for their home, but one detail that alludes many is how to get a lasting perfect pleat. This blog post is going to outline how to train your drapes to hold the perfect shape for years to come with minimal effort.


Untrained Drapery

The Perfect Pleat

Tie them in sections

First, hang your drapes with the back seam facing the interior of your room. Using ribbon, or any other flat fabric tie, wrap the drapes in three sections. The first being near the top, then the middle, and finally close to the bottom. Be sure to pin the ties in place INSTEAD of tying them. Any knot will make a dent in the fabric. Next…



Ties will achieve perfect pleats like these




Steam the sections

The secret to this process is using a steam cleaner. This is a trick the Pro’s use to achieve that perfect pleat. If you do not own a steamer, an iron that steams while held vertically will work just we well. Open the drapes accordingly to arrange the pleats how you prefer.




Steaming and Sectioning off Drapes


Leave your drapes hanging four days to achieve the maximum effects from the steam. After those four days are up take your bound drapes and reverse them, so they are still tied, but facing the correct direction. Then leave them bound to continue cooling for two more days.


The End Result


Know your Enemy

Not all fabrics hold pleats as well as others. Those constructed of a high polyester blend are more likely to fight the pleating process and will require extra time and care. Fabrics that collect static easier may not hold pleating either, but using static eliminating spray like Static Guard, will solve this problem.


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