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May 02, 2019To Ripplefold or Not?

What is a ripplefold? I know what you’re thinking. No, it isn’t what happens to your stomach after you eat a big, satisfying meal. A ripplefold is a modern style of draperies that eliminates the use of drapery pins, while also always holding the shape of a wave (whether open or closed). Also known as the S-fold, this design creates uniform and consistent waves, which gives the curtains a soft and flowy feeling. How do these operate with no drapery pins, you might ask? Instead of drapery pins, there are little snaps sewn into the top hem that fit into the rod carriers. You can’t even see the snaps from the front. The end result comes out looking very sleek and elegant. While heavier fabrics can be used for a ripplefold drapery, sheer fabrics look especially striking. The rod systems can be controlled by wand or cord, and there are even motorized options available today.
So are ripplefold draperies for you? Let’s break down the pros and cons and see how you end up feeling about it.
PROS
• They look elegant on any window
• When opened, the curtains stack back neatly
• Take up less space than pleated curtains when they are open
• Let more light into the room when they are open
• Look less “heavy” than pleated curtains
• Especially jaw-dropping in rooms with tall ceilings
CONS
• There is a small space between the top of the ripplefold draperies and the rod, which comes from the carrier track that holds up the draperies. If blocking out as much light as possible is a must for you, you might want to reconsider your options.
• May take extra time on installation to adjust the fabric into the wave shape. Unlike pleated draperies, the shape isn’t pre-sewn as a Ripplefold, but rather the shape comes from snapping onto the carriers in the rod system.
• Between the fabric and the rod system, ripplefolds tend to be more costly than other non-drapery options, such as Honeycombs or Roller Shades.
So now that you’ve gotten some more information, what do you think? Does this style of drapery cause ripples of excitement in your brain, or would you rather fold this idea and wait for a better one? Let us know when you’re ready to start your new window project! The designers at Curtain Call Creations will be happy to help you out!