One of the best tips we can share with you is how to properly train your Drapery to keep it looking beautiful.
Before we get started, it's important to know the different pleat types. Understanding what type of pleat you have will make training your Drapery as easy as tying your shoe!
STEP ONE: USE A LITTLE STEAM
The first step is completely optional, but your steamer will help you remove creases and wrinkles before you start the training process.
STEP TWO: GATHER THE PLEATS
Starting at the top of the drapery panel, use your hands to gather all the pleats neatly together. Make sure to fold the fabric (and lining, if applicable) forward in front of the pleats.
STEP THREE: ADD A BOW
Tie a ribbon or string loosely, approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down from the top, to hold the panel’s folded pleats together.
STEP FOUR: FOLLOW THE PLEATS
Starting at the first ribbon tie, use your hands to follow the the panel’s folded pleats down to the bottom of the drapery. Make sure to continue to fold the fabric (and lining, if applicable) forward in front of the pleats. Then tie a second ribbon loosely, approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up from the bottom, to hold the panel’s folded pleats together
STEP FIVE: LET IT SIT
After 48 hours (or up to a week, if time allows), remove the ribbons. Your drapery panels are now trained to follow the folded pleats properly when opening and closing!