Pencil pleat curtains, What you need to know in 2021

What are Pencil Pleat Curtains?

Pencil pleat curtains are a classic type of curtain style. Folds of fabric are tightly grouped to create a heading that resembles a line of pencils. You can choose a range of pencil pleat curtains for either poles or tracks.


Pencil pleat curtains suit all curtain tracking types and hanging then is simple, see below.

Dunelm curtains: How to Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains?

The top of your pencil pleat curtains has a heading tape stitched across the top. There are sets of strings into which you insert your hooks. At the end of the curtains, you will see 3 loose strings that are later pulled to put the pleats into the curtains.


Step by step guide on how to hang pencil pleat curtains.

1: Understand which row you want to put the curtain hooks in. The row chosen will depend on where you want the bottom of the curtains to hang.

2: Insert the hooks into every 4th pocket. This is the recommended gap size that will give you the ideal look and feel.

3: Ensure that the strings are tied together at one end of the curtains. This will stop the strings from being pulled through later.

4: Pull all three strings at the same time until the curtains are just over half the width of the curtain track or poles.

5: Tie the strings together you have just pulled using a knot that you can easily undo in the event of needing to adjust the fullness.

6: Distribute the pleats evenly across the width of the curtains.

7: Slide the curtain gliders onto the track or attach the hooks to the gliders or curtain ring.

8: Adjust if required to achieve the desired look.

Pencil Pleat Curtains FAQ

Are Pencil Pleat Curtains Practical?

Being one of the most popular styles of curtains, pencil pleat curtains are both practical in terms of style and cost.


They are one of the most cost-effective styles of curtains and are generally pretty easy to maintain. Pencil pleat curtains are available in a variety of fabrics.

Are pencil pleat curtains old fashioned?

Many people believe that pencil pleat curtains are old-fashioned when compared to eyelet curtains, which have ringlets incorporated into the fabric itself - but this is far from a blanket rule. Its a personal choice, but most prefer Pencil pleats curtains to eyelets.

Pencil Pleat Curtains FAQ Continued

Do pencil pleat curtains use hooks?

Now that the curtains are pulled up you need to put in the curtain hooks. In most pencil pleat heading tapes, there are three rows of pockets to choose from. Hooks should be placed in the heading tape every four pockets or so.

Can you hang pencil pleat curtains on a track?

The short answer is Yes you can, Pencil pleat curtains can be hung from a track or a pole.

How do you measure for pencil pleat curtains?

Measure from the eye – the small metal ring at the bottom of each curtain ring. This will prevent the pole or rings from being obscured by the curtain. This is the preferred way of measuring.

What are the different types of curtain pleats?


  • Flat Drapery Pleat. The Flat Drapery Pleat is the simplest pleat style.

  • French Drapery Pleat (also Known as a "Pinch Pleat") 

  • Parisian Drapery Pleat. 

  • Cartridge Drapery Pleat.

  • Inverted Pleat.

  • 8-Inch Inverted Drapery Pleat.

  • Grommet Pleat.

  • Rod-Pocket.

Pencil pleat curtains Argos, do they sell them?

Yes, they do. Argos offer a wide range of Pencil pleat curtains that are of good quality and reasonable prices.

Pencil pleat curtains Amazon, Is the Quality any good?

This depends on whom you by them from, as long as you stick to well-known brands you should be fine.

Pencil pleat curtains eBay, should I buy from eBay?

Yes, eBay has a good seller scoring system. Buy from a reputable seller. Ensure to check the delivery dates, some may take a month or longer. National sellers off delivery within a few days for a small fee.

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