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Curtain Design Guide

Pencil Pleat

A standard pencil pleat is the most versatile and simplest heading on curtains or valances.  It is achieved with a 3” pencil tape sewn onto the rear of the curtain.  This offers 3 positions for curtain hooks and is then very adaptable for either a curtain pole or curtain track.  Curtains can be made either very full or more conservative with a loose gather.

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Triple Pinch Pleat

A triple pinch pleat heading gives an attractive uniform finish to curtains.  This style of curtain will require more fabric than any other curtain heading, and as the pleats must be hand-sewn in will reflect on making up time.  Variations in the size of the pleats depending on the size of the curtains.
We recommend hanging triple pleat curtains on a pole or top fix track to allow the pinches to sit neatly to the front when the curtains are open, this allows a space for the folds to fold back behind the curtain giving the desired look.
Fabric covered buttons can be hand-sewn onto each pleat to give a more decorative or contrasting finish to the curtain.

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Double Pinch Pleat

A double pinch pleat heading gives the same attractive uniform finish to curtains as the triple pleat but with only 2 pinches in every pleat.  This style of curtain requires less fabric than the triple pleat curtain but is still made with the same method.
We recommend hanging double pinch pleat curtains on a pole or top fix track to allow the pinches to sit neatly to the front when the curtains are open, this allows a space for the folds to fold back behind the curtain giving the desire look.
Fabric covered buttons can be hand-sewn onto each pleat to give a more decorative or contrasting finish to the curtains.

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Cottage Pleat

A cottage pleat heading will give a gentle gather to the curtain.  To achieve this finish a 1” tape is sewn to the rear of the curtain about 2” down from the top, giving a stand up finish when pulled up.  The curtain can vary on fullness according to personal choice.

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Eyelets

An eyelet heading to any curtain give a simple contemporary look.  When making eyelet curtains we use a metal eyelet that is pressed into the curtain heading.  An eyelet curtain will give simple symmetrical folds and is particularly beneficial with a patterned fabric allowing you to see all the pattern.  When the eyelet curtains are open they will stack very neatly taking very little space.  Eyelet sizes available with P&B are 40mm (up to 28mm pole), 50mm (up to 35mm pole) 65mm (up to 45mm pole).

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Wave

A wave curtain gives a modern contemporary look with large symmetrical folds to the eyelet curtain, however the wave curtain hangs directly below the curtain track.  The wave style comes in two sizes, a 80mm wave is the larger giving deeper folds to the curtain and suitable for the larger curtains.  The 60mm wave give a shallower fold to the curtain, but is ideal for the smaller windows.  The stack back will be larger with the 60mm tape.
A wave curtain requires a special track.

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Goblet

The goblet heading is a far more traditional and formal style of curtain.  This heading does not stack back as well as some of the more contemporary curtain styles but does suite the heavier fabric and lining.

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Roman Blinds

A Roman blind can offer a simple yet attractive solution to window dressing.  When the blind is closed it gives a flat fabric area, when raised the blind gives soft horizontal folds.  Most fabrics are suitable for Roman blinds however as there is far less fabric than curtains, bold colours or patterns are always favoured.  A Roman blind can be lined with any type of lining inside or outside of the window recess and hung on a simple Roman blind track system with child safety as standard.

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P and B have been supplying and making bespoke curtains and soft furnishing for homes across Suffolk and Cambridgeshire for over 50 years.

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