Pencil Pleat Curtains Explained!

Apr 19, 2021

Pencil Pleat curtains are one of the most commonly used curtain heading types around. You’ve likely seen it everywhere from homes to schools, to workplaces and hotels. The simple pleats are created by pulling the cords within the curtain. This means you can alter the look by creating tighter or looser folds. By using less or more fullness, you can alter the amount of stack space required, and they look great whether you choose a plain or patterned fabric.

Who Invented The Pencil Pleat Curtain?

For many years, this was called Rufflette pleat. It was invented by George French in the 1920s when he took some tape designed for ammunition and turned it into curtain heading tape!

Styles and Where Pencil Pleats Can Be Found?

Here are some examples of pencil pleat curtains we’ve installed in different establishments. As you can see their name comes from the pencil-like folds at the top of the curtain. This heading type fits seamlessly into any environment, whether it be a bedroom, living space, offices, or eating area.

We often specify pencil pleat curtains in student accommodation, care homes and social housing. They also look great under pelmets.

Pencil Pleat Curtains Installed in a Living Accommodation

How Much Do Pencil Pleats Cost?

Pencil pleat heading is a cost-effective choice. The curtain doesn’t use lots of excess material and is simpler to make than the fancier headings. This means the price point is a lot lower making them an affordable option for many establishments.

Hopefully, this gives you more insight into the pencil pleat heading type. Want to find out more? Check out our video below on pencil pleat curtains or get in touch should you be looking for curtains for your establishment. Call us on 0800 619 6190 or drop us a message here!

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