Curtains and pleating

Hand made curtains and blinds

I am Sussex based and make made to measure curtains and will be posting useful information about curtains and soft furnishings as part of the things that happen in my shed.

http://www.myshedstuff.co.uk

There are a number of very useful sites to help calculate fabric and lining and pleat dimensions and I use these:

:; to calculate fabric and linings

www.sew-helpful.com to calculate pleats

However, today I am trying to workout the best pleat size for triple pleats on wide, full length curtains and found the answer in a trusty book – ‘Working with Soft Furnishings by Charlotte Dunkerley’ – she tells me that the space between each pleat should be between 10 – 15cm and that each pleats should take up      15-17cm of material.

To first calculate the finished header width of each curtain add together:

  • The return – 9cm
  • Half the length of the track (310cm) – 155cm
  • Ease – roughly 5cm per metre of curtain track – 10cm

= Finished header width: 9cm +155cm + 10cm = 174cm

Using my pleat calculator I enter

  • Curtain fabric width 400cm
  • Finished header width 174cm
  • Left return 9cm
  • Right return 9cm

Results:

  • 12 pleats – Pleat size 18.9cm   Gap 14cm
  • 13 pleats – Pleat size 17.5cm   Gap 13cm – Perfect

 

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