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Pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleat curtains have a tightly gathered header and flowing fabric folds, creating a casual feel that looks great at any style of window. They can hang from either curtain poles or curtain tracks - we'll take care of all the measuring and fitting for you.

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Why our curtains service is right for you

  • Get the look you want

    Choose your fabric, lining and header

  • Expert advice in your home

    Your advisor will help you get it right

  • Avoid costly DIY fails

    Measuring and fitting is included

  • We take care of it all

    Including our expertly fitted poles and tracks

Take a look at all the different fabrics for made-to-measure pencil pleat curtains

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    Toile de Paris Bleu
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    Maisie Chalk
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    Boheme Hemp
  • A folded piece of fabric with Nora Putty Cream printed on it
    Nora Putty
  • Cream and beige in repeating stripes
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    Maisie Almond
  • A folded piece of fabric with Boheme Sunflower Yellow printed on it
    Boheme Sunflower
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    Gingham Créme
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    Browse sale
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    Zaha Forest curtain in a lounge window

    What we say about pencil pleat curtains

    • Choose pencil pleat blackout curtains to block out the light for a dark and restful space or thermal pencil pleat curtains to help reduce heat loss and create a snug, cosy space.
    • Choose teal or blue pencil pleat curtains to bring a calming feel to your space or nature-inspired hues like green pencil pleat curtains for a refreshing and relaxed vibe.
    • Classic white pencil pleat curtains will bring a clean and timeless look to your window, while grey pencil pleat curtains provide subtle elegance complementing any colour scheme.
    • Our modern pencil pleat curtains are available in two different widths for different sized rooms and windows.
    • All our curtain fabrics are available as cushion covers and tie backs, perfect accessories for creating a co-ordinated feel.

    Buy once, buy well and you’ll save in the long run

    All our blinds, curtains and shutters are made to measure and we’ll fit them for a finish that won’t need adjusting or replacing for years to come.

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    How our service works

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      Book an appointment with your local advisor. It’s really quick and easy to do, plus it won’t cost a penny and there’s never any pressure to buy.

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      Appointment day. We’ll visit you at home to show you our range and help you decide what’s right for your window, measure up and give you a quote.

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      We’ll take care of the fitting. Once your curtains are made we’ll be back to hang and steam them. And if you order a pole or track we’ll fit this too.

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    Header types can transform the overall look of your curtains. Find out more about the options available in our range

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      Eyelet curtains

      A contemporary heading that provides large, even curtain pleats

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      Pinch pleat curtains

      A decorative heading with pleats sewn in for a tailored finish

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    • dusk teal wave curtains header

      Wave curtains

      Wave curtains are ideal for creating a relaxed and easy finish at your window.

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    • serene mauve pencil pleat curtains in bedroom

      Blackout curtains

      Choose a blackout lining for your curtains to reduce unwanted light in your home

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    • Anika grey pinch pleat curtains paired with voile roman blinds

      Thermal Curtains

      Our thermal curtains offer solutions to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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      Voile curtains

       View our gorgeous sheer voile curtains and create an elegant look at your window

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      Velvet curtains

      Velvet combines warmth and luxury and gives any room a style upgrade

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      Lovely patterns and stylish plains, all fully-lined and made to measure especially for you at a brilliant price.

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    Questions on our curtains?

    See answers to our most frequently asked questions on pencil pleat curtains. If you have a question about our service or your appointment, see our FAQs here.

    What are pencil pleat curtains?

    'Pencil pleat' is a classic style of curtain header. Cords within the header are pulled to gather the fabric into casual pleats, which create a lovely informal look. One of the reasons pencil pleat curtains are so popular is because they suit all styles of decor and interiors.

    How do I hang pencil pleat curtains?

    It's surprisingly tricky to hang pencil pleat curtains yourself, as the cords within the header should be arranged carefully to ensure an even distribution of pleats and folds across the width of your curtains. With Hillarys, this is all done for you as part of our service. Your local advisor will ensure your curtains hang beautifully and will even steam them for the perfect finish.

    How do pencil pleat curtains work?

    Pencil pleat curtains are attached to a curtain pole or a track. If you choose a curtain pole, your pencil pleat curtains will sit below the pole. If you go for a curtain track, your pencil pleat header will cover the track. Your local advisor will share all the options, for a look that's tailored to you.

    Do pencil pleat curtains go on a track or pole?

    Pencil pleat curtains can go on a pole or a track, so the choice is yours. There's the option of metal, wood or painted curtain poles, or discreet curtain tracks, depending on the look you want to achieve. Your local advisor will share all of the lovely options from our range at your in-home appointment.

    Can Pencil pleat curtains keep my room warmer?

    Yes, all our made-to–measure curtains can help to keep a space warmer and banish draughts. They do this by reducing the air exchange between your cold windows and warm room. Heavier fabrics, such as velvet, are great insulators, especially when they're teamed with a thermal or blackout lining. At your in-home appointment, your local advisor can recommend the best cosy options for your home.

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