How to Measure & Hang Pinch-Pleat Curtains

Measuring and hanging pinch pleat curtains, while relatively simple after a few attempts, is slightly more complex than regular curtains. In particular, to achieve your desired effect, a steady hand and plenty of precision will be required when placing your hooks.

So, to give you a helping hand, we've curated a step by step guide to both measuring and hanging pinch pleat curtains right here.

Please Note: This tutorial guide on how to measure and hang pinch pleat curtains is intended for ready to hang or ready made pinch pleat curtains only. For custom made pinch pleat curtains, visit our guide on measuring custom made pinch pleat curtains right here at Quickfit.

Now, let's get started!

In this tutorial guide you will learn the following:


About Pinch-Pleat Curtains at Quickfit

Pinch pleat curtains are an elegant choice of window dressing that add a touch of sophistication to any room. Marked by the folds sewn into the header of the curtain, they often come with either one, two, or three pleats. At QuickFit, we offer pinch-pleat curtains with two pleats, otherwise known as Dutch pleat curtains, which have a stately, custom-made look. Characterised by their fabric at the top, which is pinched together to create a pleated look, these curtains bring a decorative flair and a structured silhouette to your decor. The pleats are sewn in at regular intervals, creating fullness and depth, whilst allowing the curtains to drape gracefully from the rod. 

Quickfit Blinds & Curtains offers a range of ready-made pinch pleat curtain styles including:

Each ready made style in sold in a variety of lengths:

  • All pinch pleats are sold in pairs
  • They are 213cm long as standard
  • Made for standard window height of 210cm
  • Made to fit windows from 120cm to 300cm wide
  • There are four sizes available plus custom made options.


How To Measure Pinch Pleat Curtains?

To measure pinch pleat curtains, firstly, to measure the height, you need to measure from the top of the curtain rod down to where you want the curtain to fall. Leave approximately 1-2 inches gap to take into account that pinch pleat curtains will slightly drop when hung. Then, to measure the width, you should measure straight across the window and add approximately 12 inches to that measurement. By doing so, you will ensure that your curtains extend beyond the window when opened so that the full window is showing.

How To Hang Pinch Pleat Curtains?

Once you have correctly measured and purchased your pinch pleat curtains, it's time to get hanging. Pinch pleat curtains can be hung using either a curtain rod or tracks (including curtain rings or gliders on a track), making them versatile for both traditional and modern interiors. However, unlike hanging pencil-pleat curtains, the width of pinch-pleat curtains cannot be adjusted. Nevertheless, they are an excellent choice for those looking to combine aesthetic appeal with functionality, as the pleats create uniform folds that are not only beautiful but also help in controlling light and privacy. 

To hang your pinch pleat curtains, follow these steps below:

  1. Step 1: Lay the curtain down on a clean, flat surface.
  2. Step 2: Measure from the top of the curtain to the insertion point of every pleat with a pencil to ensure it's even.
  3. Step 3: Slide the spike side of the hook under the stitches in the back of the first pleat.
  4. Step 4: Make sure that the hook is as close to the top of the curtain as possible whilst being hidden.
  5. Step 5: Insert a few more hooks and start to hang the curtain to ensure you have the right length.
  6. Step 6: Once you have the right length, continue to insert the hooks into each pleat.
  7. Step 7: Then, once all hooks are inserted, hang your curtain onto each ring of your pole.
  8. Step 8: If you have too many hooks, remove any unnecessary hooks once hung.

Once the curtains are hanging, draw them back fully and then, from the top of the curtain, push the fabric back, in between the pinch pleats. Run your hand down the length of the curtain and press the pleats.

Using A Curtain Rod & Hooks

Pinch-pleat curtains are attached to the curtain rod with hooks. Each pleat has one hook threaded into the back of the pleat. We’ve included an image of what hooks for pinch-pleat curtains should look like below.