One thing that needs to be underscored: Even if the ideas of pinch pleats are just a sparkle in your eye right now, take the time to calculate your yardage requirements before buying. That way, if you bump into a “great find” you will know whether there is really enough. If you have an open concept area with lots of windows to cover — and you can guess how I feel about the aesthetic advantages of matchy-matchy in this case — let me say it again: You are going to need a lot of fabric. Even more if there is a pattern with a “repeat” that you are going to need to match up as you piece together your panels. At one point, I researched how much fabric it would take for me to make new pinch pleats for my living room/dining room. The pattern I was looking at did have a repeat. It was going to take 68 yards. In retrospect, I am very glad I did not do it, since today I would choose something more neutral and textured. In fact, this buyer featured today has some designs that might work for me, in up to 50 yard lengths. That might work for me.
Are you afraid of pinch pleat curtains and traverse rods? I was! Read this stories, they might help get you in the mood:
- Six tips for using pinch pleat curtains in your midcentury home
- Embrace your inner traverse rod
- How to make your own pinch pleat curtains — scan down to the comments, lots of great tips from readers
- Don’t forget the vintage curtain pulls
- 11 window treatments for midcentury homes
- My COMPLETE category of stories about window treatments