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Helpful Drapery Information

Helpful Terms:

Baton: a pole which connects to the master carrier or non master to move the draperies by hand.

Cord Operation: Pull cord operation using pulleys.

Carrier: The slide, glide roller, ring, or ball which holds drapery to rod or track.

Traverse Rod, Pole, or Track: The carriers or rings can go past the center supports.

Hand Walk: to move the draperies by hand with or without a baton. A stage track term.

Panel: One half of a pair or one piece of drapery with no break.

To Float a Panel: A panel having master carriers at each, and not attached to the end of the track. The float panel can be moved at both ends. More than one float panel can be done in the track.

Master Carrier: The lead carrier in the system. Can have an overlap arm.

Splice: Track part used to hold lengths together to obtain a long length of the track, permits less costly UPS shipping.

Width (widths of fabric): Number of fabric cuts based on the actual fabric width to make a panel.

Railroad: to run fabric sideways to make one large panel.

Set Back, Stack back: Space it takes to store draperies in compared to opening wanted or to track length.

Pinch Pleat Heading System

The pinch-pleat heading, also called a French pleat, is the most commonly used heading system. This heading can be used for traditional or contemporary treatments- can be lining or interlining. This basic heading is the most economical and the least fallible of all the systems. Pleats are 3 to 6 inches high (4" is standard height) and with spacing between pleats based on fullness. For large windows or for a more dramatic appearance use larger pleats. Each pleat has three folds. The amount of fabric in each pleat is determined by the fullness.

Standard number of pleats is five for 45" – 54" wide fabrics.

Options for Pinch Pleated draperies: Lined, unlined, interlined, trimmed, tied-back, hand- or cord-drawn, and motorized.

MOST TRADITIONAL DRAPERY HEADING

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS
USES DRAPERY PINS

    
Barrel Pleat Heading System

The barrel-pleat heading is often used in more formal settings. Instead of folding, the heading is fabricated into a cylinder or barrel shape. There is great flexibility in the appearance. The pleats can range from small to large (1 inch to 3½ inch diameter). This heading makes excellent stationary side panels. Due to the construction, the stacking ratio is much greater for a given fullness.

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS
USES DRAPERY PINS

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE:
ALL TRACKS THAT HAVE MASTER CARRIERS

    
Pencil Pleat Heading System

The pencil-pleat heading offers a soft residential alternative, appropriate for the corporate environment, while the uniformity of evenly spaced 3/8-inch pleats creates a structured appearance. This heading, sometimes complemented with a side or top treatment, makes it possible for draperies to appear to be fuller than they actually are.

INCREASE OF SETBACK TO PINCH PLEATS

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS

USES DRAPERY PINS OR EURO HOOKS LARGE STACKING

    
Box-Pleat Heading System

The box-pleat heading is most often used for large window openings. The heading can be made with heavy-duty buckram which allows for the support of a great weight. This system is favored for theatrical applications where the heading is placed behind a proscenium arch. Since the pleats are flat and can produce up to three times the fullness, this heading can also be used for stationary side panels in a pocket where there is limited space.

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS USES DRAPERY PINS. FOR STAGE CURTAINS USE HEAVY BUCKRUM HOOKS WITH GROMMETS.

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE:
ALL TRACKS THAT HAVE MASTER CARRIERS

    
Architectural Draperies
Heading Systems
Options for architectural draperies: Lined, unlined, interlined, trimmed, tied-back, hand- or cord-drawn, and motorized.
    
Ripplefold® Heading System

The Ripplefold® heading produces soft folds that smoothly flow across the full width of a window opening. A frictionless traversing motion is achieved by hanging the curtain below the track. The tailored effect is suitable for both commercial and residential applications. Like all the architectural draperies on this page, “Ripplefold" headings can be either cord-or-hand traversed.

WIDE OPENING WITH MINIMUM STACKBACK

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS
SPECIAL DESIGN TRACK NEEDED USES SNAP TAPE

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE: KIRSCH; 94001, 93001, 94003, 94004, 94005 & FOREST; CS, CCS POLE RODS DESIGN FOR RIPPLEFOLD

    
Accordia Fold ® Heading System

The Accordia-Fold ®heading offers the best stacking ratio of all the architectural heading systems (see chart below), but it produces the largest stacking depth, front to back. Fullness is created by front-to-back pleats that give the drapery an identical appearance on both sides. This is an excellent system for partitions. The heading can be fabricated with or without buckram, depending on the structure desired.

WIDE OPENING WITH MINIMUM STACKBACK

FOR TRAVERSE & POLE RODS
SPECIAL DESIGN TRACK NEEDED USES SNAP TAPE

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE: KIRSCH; 94001, 93001, 94003, 94004, 94005, 9046 & FOREST; CS, CCS, KS, CM, & POLE RODS DESIGN FOR ACCORDIA FOLD & SOME K-SCOPE TRACKS.

    
Cubicle Curtains

Heading produces soft folds that smoothly flow across the full width of a window or room dividing and opening. A frictionless cubicle track motion is achieved by hanging the curtain below the track. The tailored effect is suitable for both commercial and residential applications. Has best finished look on front and back. Generally hand traversed.

WIDEST OPENING WITH THE MOST TIGHT STACKBACK

Grommets in the curtain at about 6" on center. Curtains are made at 10% fullness or more.

Uses a CUBICLETRACK, can also be used for Pole Rods.

    
Shirred Drapery Heading

A shirred drapery heading is a stationary treatment that is fabricated with a rod pocket and gathered on a pole. A top heading can be added for more detail. The pole diameter is an important component, because the size of the pole determines the size of the treatment. Decorative hardware, including FINIALS, can offer an interesting design dimension.

POLE OR FLAT ROD

    
Grommet Heading

A grommet heading is an innovative heading system that uses either medium or large, brass or chrome grommets that are set into a 4 inch triple top heading. The grommets can be specified as #8 (1 inch diameter with a ⅜ inch rim) or #7 (1 ½ inch diameter with a ½ inch rim). An appropriately sized brass or chrome pole is inserted through the grommets. This treatment can be traditional or contemporary, and decorative hardware can be added. Options: Lined, unlined, interlined, and trimmed.

POLE ROD

    
Tab Tops for Pole Rods

Not recommended for
moving drapes on rod
 
    
Panel Track

Fabric is attached to flat rod that rides in a multi. Channel track.

Weights are put at bottom of each panel.
Very minimum stack. Looks like Shoji screens.

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE: SEE ADO, FOREST, & K SCOPE PANEL TRACKS

    
Traditional Drapery Treatments
Heading Systems

Options for traditional draperies: Lined, unlined, interlined, trimmed, tied-back, hand or cord-drawn, and motorized.

    
Festoons With Jabots

Festoons with jabots are a top treatment appropriate in most any setting. Made with a great deal of structure, and allowing a wide range of fabric selection, festoons and jabots are mounted to a board. Festoons (A) feature deep horizontal folds with 200% fullness. Jabots (B) are usually self-lined or lined with a contrasting fabric because the back of the fabric is visible.

TACKING BOARD OR POLE ROD

    
Swags

Swags are less structured top treatments than festoons. They are created by draping fabric over a wood or metal pole. Since the hardware is exposed, it becomes an important component of the treatment. Swags can continue down one or both sides of a window to become side panels. Options: Lined, unlined, and decorative hardware.

POLE ROD

 


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