Creating custom drapes is a process that can require a lot of thought and creativity. At first, the task may seem overwhelming, but breaking it down and tackling the different components can make things a lot simpler. In the first part of this article, we discussed choosing between different hardware, headings, and bottom styling according to your needs and preferences. Today we’re going to talk about pleats, tiebacks, tassels, and trims, which are both decorative and functional features. 



Pleats are a timeless drapery style that should not be overlooked. This style consists of folds of fabric that are held together by stitching. If this is your first time purchasing custom drapes, you may be surprised to learn that there are many available pleat styles including pinch, pencil, box, and goblet. While some pleated styles look better in specific rooms and homes than others, remember that your home is a reflection of you, and you should choose the style that makes you the happiest. 


Pinch Pleats

Pinch pleats, which are available in two and three pinch pleats, create a tailored and elegant crown at the top of your window treatments. Pinch pleat styles are perfect for homeowners who wish to create a luxurious and sophisticated environment in their homes.


Pencil Pleats

Pencil pleats are a traditional pleat style in which pleats are gathered in a fashion that resembles the lines of a pencil. This style complements traditional interior styles such as cottages and older homes. These treatments are popularly used in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. 


Box Pleats

Box pleated drapes are a simple and tailored style that is folded uniformly to create pleats. In this style, the pinched area of the pleats is hidden to give the drapes a clean and modern look. Box pleats lie flat at the top and completely open up at the bottom.


Goblet Pleats

The name “goblet pleats” originates from the shape that the fabric forms at the top, which resembles a medieval cup. The goblet pleat style is best used for decoration and should not be drawn frequently.  


Tiebacks and Tassels 

Adding decorative features such as tiebacks and tassels adds character and functionality to your windows. If you want to be able to let in as much light as possible while enjoying an outside view, tiebacks and tassels are a great option. Popular tieback options are made out of rope, cords, or curved metal brackets. Adding tiebacks or tassels is a great way to further personalize your custom drapes, although you’ll want to make sure that they match the rest of the decor in your home. 



Want to add even more flair to your custom drapes? Trims can be added to your drapery! If you decide to add a trim to your drapery, make sure that it doesn’t overpower the drapes and the room. We recommend matching the trim to other pieces of interest in your room, such as adding trim to your drapes and then replicating it on a throw pillow or a piece of furniture with the same design as your curtains. Several popular trims include bead fringes, ball fringes, braid trims, and eyelash fringes. 

Don’t have an eye for design? Don’t worry! We hope that these articles have given you a better idea of how you want to personalize your drapes, but if you need assistance, a professional designer from Royal Window Treatments is always available to help you make the hard decisions! Reach out to us today to begin designing unique drapes for your home that represent you.