Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains & Window Drapes: A Complete Guide

Euro triple pinch pleat curtains and drapes


Love the tailored appeal of the classical pinch pleats but want something with a contemporary twist? Meet the modern avatars of French pleats - Euro triple pinch pleats. Featuring the same opulence, sumptuous fullness and uniform gather of the revered ancestor, Euro pinch pleats come with a modern edge of crisp, clean-lined aesthetics. 

And this chic window dressing comes to your home with a clear badge of its bespoke character. Handcrafted with diligence and tailored to perfection, made-to-measure curtains in the Euro pleat style are a luxe charm for formal modern decor. 

To know whether your search for the right drapery style ends here, plumb deeper into the topic as we bring you the salient features of Euro triple pinch pleat drapery, and styling tips to make the most of them.

What are Euro Triple Pinch Pleats?


What are euro triple pinch pleat curtains?


A streamlined version of the classical French pinch pleats, Euro triple pinch pleats come with a modern flavour. Each pleat is constructed by forming three folds from the fabric and pinching them together at the top of the buckram. Thus, the pleat takes the shape of an inverted ‘W’. This drapery with its slightly restrained embellishment - as compared to styles such as goblet pleats or French pleats - looks right for formal spaces in transitional and contemporary decor styles.

What are the Reasons to Choose Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains?


French door curtains


Euro triple pinch pleat curtains are impressive both in aesthetics and functionality. With its decorative pleats that make a seamless flow from the topmost portion of the header, this drapery resembles a waterfall.  But, that’s just a small attraction; there are many more reasons why you may love this drapery, like:

FIT FOR MODERN AND TRANSITIONAL HOMES: With crisp pleats that are closed on the top and open at the bottom, Euro pleats offer refined elegance. As the fabric gushes down in a smooth continuous flow, the top-pinched pleats give it a structure, making this streamlined beauty perfectly fitting for modern and transitional homes.  

TAILORED APPEAL: The uniformly spaced stitched-in pleats of the header ensure an even gathering of the fabric and a controlled fall. This results in a fine-finished, tailored look which makes the Euro triple pinch pleat curtains a great choice for formal spaces.

SUMPTUOUS GATHER: Since this style of pleating brings in more fabric into their construction, this drapery features a full and dense gather. The drapes look elegant and full-bodied, and that makes a great attire for a window in a dressed-up room.

FEIGN HEIGHT: The folds of the Euro pleat curtains go straight up to the top edge seam of the drapery as opposed to styles like French pleats that have their pleats pinched at the bottom of the buckram. This aspect causes the eye to gravitate to the peak point of the drapery, thus creating an illusion of height and making the ceiling seem higher and the room taller.

EASY OPERATION: Euro triple pinch pleats hang on rings, making them easy to operate. They glide easily on the pole/track so that minimal effort is required to open and close the curtains. This trait makes them great candidates for frequently used windows.

FULL COVERAGE: Unlike heading styles that employ fabric loops or grommets, Euro triple pinch pleat drapes feature continuous coverage without intervals or gaps for light to break in. Hence, alongside a few other drapery styles, these curtains provide full coverage over the window.

VERSATILITY: Euro pinch pleat drapes can go on tracks as well as poles. So, when you’re looking for new curtains to go with existing hardware, this drapery style comes in handy. Besides, you can decide the look - whether to choose statement hardware and show them off or invest in modern tracks and keep them concealed. Hang them high for a seamless look or hang them below the hardware to show off those beautiful accessories that add to the decor of the room.

What are the Factors to Be Considered When Shopping for Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains?


Transitional living room decor


Whether you’re looking to hang curtains for their aesthetic value or functional contributions, Euro triple pinch pleat drapes can satisfy both accounts. When considering this gorgeous drapery style for your home, these are the few aspects to be factored in for their best performance and visual appeal:

FORMAL SPACES OF CONTEMPORARY AND TRANSITIONAL HOMES: The structured construction and ornate beauty of Euro triple pinch pleat drapes make them fit for formal spaces in modern and transitional homes. So plan this style with dressy fabrics and hardware for a high-end designer look. If, however, you’re envisioning Euro triple pinch drapery in a somewhat casual/semi-formal setting, opt for dressed-down fabrics such as a high-quality, drapery-weight cotton too. 

ADDS VISUAL INTEREST TO PLAIN FABRICS: If you have selected a plain drapery fabric, you can be assured that the Euro triple pinch pleats will add dimension and depth to them with their sculptural construction. What could have otherwise ended as a simple dressing can flaunt its beauty when enriched by the chic pleats of the drapery.

PRECISION IN MEASUREMENTS: As is true of all pinch pleat drapes, the header of the Euro pleats drapes has a ‘fixed’ width. It cannot be stretched to meet varied levels of coverage as is the case with curtains like rod pockets or grommet tops that are ‘gathered’ to form pleats. 

Since the header is secured and non-stretchable, the width should be carefully measured and specified at the time of ordering.  Otherwise, the drapes may end up being too wide or leave the window partially uncovered.

STACKING ROOM: Since Euro triple pinch pleat drapes come with fixed headers and sumptuous fullness, they need more stacking room when gathered to the sides, as compared to some other heading styles. So, be sure to extend the drapery pole/track on both sides of the window by a few inches to host the rich stackback.



What are the Hardware Options for Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains?


Euro triple pinch pleat curtains


Euro triple pinch pleat drapes are a very versatile style of drapery that is compatible with both tracks and poles. Accordingly, you may need to invest in appropriate hardware accessories such as drapery pins and eyelet rings for poles and drapery hooks for tracks.

How are Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains Measured?


Bathroom Curtains


The math behind placing orders for Euro triple pinch pleat drapery is quite simple. Here’s how you go about it:




Hoe to measure pinch pleat curtains


If you're mounting your Euro pinch pleat drapes from a decorative pole with rings, and would like the show-worthy hardware to be visible, start measuring length from just below the curtain ring, up to the desired end point.

If mounting from a track, most clients prefer to hide the hardware. In this case, we recommend measuring length from the top of the track to the desired endpoint. 

You may choose your drapery to stop at the window sill, or at a recommended length of 10-15cm below the window sill, or even better, as the stylists tout, go for floor-length or puddled drapes that match the tailored look of the style. 

Ultimately, the curtain fall length comes down to the taste of each client. While any pinch pleat is best donned in long lengths, one may choose other endpoints based on the space available, or personal preferences. 




Curtain rod options


As mentioned earlier, Euro pinch pleat curtains have ‘fixed pleats’ that are stitched in and cannot be adjusted, therefore, specifying panel widths accurately is quite important. And depending on the kind of hardware you have in place or plan to purchase, the end widths of your panels may vary slightly.

The three key hardware options are: curtain tracks, standard drapery poles, and French return drapery poles. Let's go over steps to measure drapery panel widths taking into account each of these hardware options:

CURTAIN TRACKS/ STANDARD DRAPERY POLES: Start by measuring the length of your track or pole (finial to finial). Then based on whether you're planning to mount a pair of curtains or one single panel to drape the track/pole, follow the sizing guidance below:

For a single panel of Euro pinch pleat drapery, add 10cm to the measured length of your pole/track to reach the final width of your drapery panel. This extra 10cm is to ensure a safe margin for full coverage of the pole. For a 100cm pole/track, for example, we advise final panel width of 110cm for a single drapery panel. 

If ordering a pair of curtains for the same curtain track/pole, add 20cm to the length of pole/track. Then halve this total measurement to reach the final width of each drapery panel. The extra width of 20cm ensures sufficient panel width for curtains to sufficiently overlap when drawn together, thereby preventing any light leaks in the middle.

To explain with an example, if your curtain track/pole measures 100cm, add 20cm to this measure, reaching 120cm. Based on guidance above, the final width of each of your drapery panels should be (100+20) ÷ 2 = 60cm each.  

FRENCH RETURN DRAPERY POLES: Also known as wraparound curtain poles, French return drapery poles feature curved or angled ends. Drapery mounted on this style of poles seals the gap between the wall and the pole, thereby eliminating light leaks from the edges.

For French return poles, the panel measurements need to factor in extra width to cover the returns, which typically are 10cm on each side.

Start by measuring the pole end to end, including the returns on both ends. Then, follow the sizing guidance offered above for tracks/standard poles, taking into account whether you're mounting a single panel or a pair to cover your pole. 

Bonus Tip: In case you have drapery tracks/poles without returns, but would like to enjoy the clean designer look and light-blocking benefits offered by the French return drapery poles, we highly recommend the hook and eye hack

While we hope that with the above instructions, you will be able to measure up your required drapery width with ease, in case there’s a hiccup along the tape, be assured you'll find us just an email away to assist you!

How to Hang Euro Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains & Drapes? 


How to hang pinch pleat curtains


Pinch pleat curtains can be hung on both tracks and poles using drapery pins. While we recommend using only show-worthy poles for goblet pleats or French pinch pleats, Euro pinch pleats can grace both tracks or drapery poles with equal splendour.

So, regardless of the hardware you use, below is our step-by-step guide to hang Euro triple pinch pleat curtains

STEP 1: On the backside of your pinch pleat curtains, you’ll find a 10 cm heading tape sewn at the top. Our tape features three different pin insertion points, offering three ‘levels’ to insert drapery pins. This provides the flexibility of being able to choose the exact height you’d like your drapes to sit. Choose the level that you’d like to use for the best possible height/look for your drapery, while factoring in if you’d like your track/pole to be visible or hidden. 

STEP 2: Start inserting drapery pins along the entire length of the tape, aiming for one drapery pin behind every ‘pinch’, by simply pushing the pointy end of the pin through the tape. Ensure that the pins are inserted securely and evenly spaced across the width of the curtain.

STEP 3: Once all the drapery pins are inserted in the heading tape, hook the curved end of the pin into the eyelet of the drapery ring, clip, or track carrier. Ensure that each pin is firmly secured in the hardware to prevent any slipping or sagging of the curtains. And that’s it!

In Closing


Living room curtains


Modern, streamlined and sculptural - Euro triple pinch pleat drapery is tailor-made opulence for a contemporary setting. Whether you dress them up with statement fabrics and accessories like curtain tiebacks and trimmings or dress them down with casual fabrics, what you always end up having is a stunner with tailored beauty and bespoke value. So, start browsing our collection of designer drapery fabrics to find the one that piques you the most. And, with the help of all the hand-holding tips illustrated above, design your very own dream drapes online. The White Window is excited to join you on your journey. Happy shopping……happy draping!
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