Designer look, on a budget! Today I am sharing all of the details about our Amazon pinch pleat curtains. Custom drapes were not in my budget, so I did some research and finally purchased these faux linen pinch pleat drapes from Amazon. They add warmth to our living room while maintaining a light and airy look. Today I’ll be sharing pinch pleat curtain installation tips, my review of the TWOPAGES Liz polyester linen drapes, and a pro/con list to help you decide if they are a good fit for your home. Let’s get started!
Side note: If you are wondering about the difference between drapes and curtains, I did a little research! While there does not seem to be a clear cut distinction, curtains tend to be less formal and can be sheer or shorter lengths. Drapes are more formal, made from heavier fabrics, and reach to the floor or puddle. I will use both terms interchangeably in this review.
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Amazon Pinch Pleat Drapes
Choosing a Color
For our living room, I was on the hunt for warm greige curtains. I found a few options that I loved, but they were out of my price range. Then I found these “grey beige” TWOPAGES Liz pinch pleat drapes, sold on Amazon. They are more of an investment than IKEA curtains, but still a bargain compared to custom drapery which can cost thousands. I saved up, placed my order, and waited a few weeks for delivery!
Honestly, I was a little unsure about the color (again, this is “grey beige”) when they first arrived because I was expecting them to be more gray. There is always some risk when ordering online, so I would highly recommend ordering the fabric sample book. According to the Amazon reviews, TWOPAGES has great customer service, but it would have been a bit of work to repack and ship them.
After living with the curtains for a few days I decided… I loved them. Ever since I painted our walls white (Polar Bear by Behr) a few years ago, I have felt bored with our white curtains. The grey beige drapes add so much warmth, as well as a more traditional look. Here are all of the color options for the TWOPAGES Liz curtains:
Width and Length
These affordable pinch pleat drapes come in many widths and lengths. I chose the 52 W x 96 L inch size. For reference, our ceilings are 9 feet tall and our windows are 34 inches wide. I typically hang my curtain rod 2 inches down from either the crown molding or ceiling, and 10-12 inches out from the edge of the window.
Here is a more recent photo showing the drapes a little more spread out. Also, our new furniture!
We do not typically close the curtains since we also have roman shades (color: capri maple), but they do cover the windows. Here is some helpful information from the Amazon product description if you are trying to choose which width and length to purchase:
Panel width is the finished width that pleats are already set. 180% fabric width is used for pleats and folds to create finished width you order. If your rod or track length is 100 inches, then please order 1 panel 100 inches width or 2 panels each 50 inches width. Consider stacked width to determine rod length, and stacked width accounts for 20% of drapery width. Length is measured from the eyelet ring where the curtain hooks are attached to floor.
The “stacked width” refers to how wide the drapes are when the pleats are pushed together. This means that our 52 inch width drapes are 10.4 inches wide when stacked. In the second photo above, I spread them out a little more.
Unlined or Blackout
You have the option of choosing unlined curtains (what I have) or blackout curtains. You can see that light does filter through the unlined drapes. This is fine for me since these four panels are purely decorative, and the two panels near our breakfast nook diffuse the afternoon sun that shines through our back door. However, if you need true room darkening drapes, you would want to select the blackout version.
Pinch Pleat Drapes Installation Tips
For this type of drapery, you need both curtain rings (that slide over the rod) and drapery pin hooks (that attach to the drapes). Pin hooks are included.
Hanging the Rod
Be sure to measure before hanging your rod so that the curtains will just kiss the floor. Thankfully, adjustable “ratchet system” pin hooks are included with the drapes, which are great for fine-tuning the height.
You should always hang your rod as high as possible (this will determine which drapery length you should order) and wider than the window so that the drapes do not obstruct the window when opened. You can see in the photo above, that the rod over my sliding glass door is much higher than the door, to match the rod above the windows. If you follow this method, your room will appear taller, and your windows will appear larger!
I used the HUGAD rod, SYRLIG rings, RAFFIG finials, and BETYDLIG wall brackets from IKEA. For another option, this curtain rod and these curtain rings from Amazon are very similar. You will need 9 rings per curtain panel.
It is important to hit a stud when installing the brackets, or to properly anchor them. In my experience, regular drywall anchors don’t hold curtain rods well. Where I could not hit studs, I used toggle bolts combined with a few spare washers I had.
Final tip for hanging the rod: Remember to slide your curtain rings onto the rod before hanging!
Hanging the Drapes
It is best to adjust the drapery pin hooks before hanging. You will need to slide the hooks onto the back of the pleats yourself, but it is simple (much easier than my previous setup). The included hooks use an adjustable “ratchet system.” There are about 12 notches on the hook/pin combination. I ended up having my hooks set about halfway down.
A tip for the pin hooks: If you accidentally adjust the hook too far down, simply slide the hook all the way off of the bottom of the pin and then start it again at the top. It is easier to adjust the hooks before hanging the curtains, but you can always do it afterwards if necessary.
Once you have the drapery hooks attached to the curtains, stand on a stable ladder and connect the plastic drapery hook to the metal hook on the curtain ring. I shared a reel of the installation process if you would like to see!
TWOPAGES Pinch Pleat Drapes Review
In case you have been eyeing the TWOPAGES pinch pleat drapes from Amazon, I thought I would share a few pros and cons that may help you decide if they are a good fit for your space.
TWOPAGES Curtains Pros
- Look for less! A bargain compared to custom drapery.
- Fabric weight and quality. Made from 350GSM “faux linen” with beautiful texture.
- Easy installation. These were much easier to hang than my previous pinch pleats!
- Variety of colors. Available in so many pretty neutrals.
- Machine washable. Enough said!
- Customer service. I did not personally interact with TWOPAGES, but according to the Amazon reviews their service is very good.
TWOPAGES Curtains Cons
- Price. A great “middle of the road” option, but more expensive than Target or IKEA.
- Ship time. My drapes arrived ahead of schedule and I didn’t have any issues, but you should expect to wait at least a few weeks.
- Require steaming or ironing. All drapery benefits from steaming. Because the fabric is on the thicker side, it took several passes to get all of the wrinkles out.
- Hard to choose a color online. Consider ordering the sample book so you know exactly what to expect.
Pinch Pleat Drapes Before and After
Our living room has come a long way in the last few years. Here is a comparison!
I hope you found this review helpful! If you have any additional questions about the Amazon pinch pleat drapes, leave me a comment below. And tell me, what decor item has made a big difference in your space? XO,
Love it! Can you share where you purchased the blush and terracotta pillow with the stripes down the middle? Placed in the corner of the sectional?
Hi Donna! Thanks so much! The pillow is the Kayleen from Xasmin Interiors. That one is not currently available, but here are two similar options: https://rstyle.me/+x-zp66q5CCZndVOHdTZVHQ https://rstyle.me/+ZO6ScSdALkyBB9admT1MuA Hope that helps!
Your home is stunning! I also love your bamboo shades as well. Could you please tell me which color you purchased? Thank you!
Hello Arien! Ours are Capri Maple with the privacy liner 🙂
Do these drapes also come lined?
Hi Carol! Yes you are able to choose a blackout liner when selecting a color on Amazon 🙂
Edited in 2023: The curtains with a blackout liner are now a separate listing: https://rstyle.me/+MAeDA-MgSJrvvDb9dkJGTQ
Hi there! Can I ask, how wide are your windows. I read where you purchased the 52inch width drapes so I’m trying to compare to my windows. Would love to know the width of yours to do that comparison and know which size would be best for me and our windows. Thanks so much! Looks great!!
Thank you so much Laura! So sorry for the delay. The windows in our living room are 34 inches wide and 70 inches high. If you have larger windows I would choose wider drapes to help balance the width of the window. Hope that helps!
Love it! How did you measure out and figure out the width needed for your curtains to also account for the fullness of the curtains?
I have windows similar to yours where there is not much wall between each window, mainly window casing. I want the curtains to be able to cover the windows as well, but I don’t know how to measure it.
Thanks so much Laura! We have the 52 inch width curtains and for reference, our windows are 34 inches wide. If you have wider windows I would choose wider drapes to help balance the width of the window. Hope that helps!
Your home is gorgeous!! Are you able to share the link for the bamboo shades?
Hi Elyse! Thank you so much and I apologize for the delay here. Here is the link to our woven wood shades, they are the color “Capri Maple” with the privacy liner. https://rstyle.me/+qsgG0RvqRGTu_IoaCyMrVg
Hi there! I would love your advise on my window situation. I have 5 windows in my living room that look out to our front porch. 3 on main wall and one on each side wall. The windows are only two feet apart from one another. I would love to hang curtains from higher than the window trim but don’t know if I should use one continuous rod or individual rods. Or, maybe no curtains at all. It might be too much. What do you think? I know it’s hard without a pic.
Hello! You could easily recreate this look with that layout, just be sure to use a sturdy rod and install it securely into studs! With the extra space between windows you would want to purchase wider curtains than mine so that there are more pleats. I do not think that you could do individual rods so close together, especially as I like to hang my curtain rods at least 10 inches outside the window. Hope that helps!
I have the exact same window bank as yours. How many 52 in panels did you buy? It looks like you have just 4 panels. Or are there 2 panels in each of those groups?
Hi Norma! You are correct, this is 4 panels.
Hi! I love this look! I have 3 windows in my bedroom and would like to do a similar look. There’s about 3ft between the windows though, how wide do you suggest I get them? The sizing seems so confusing to me.
Hi Abigail! You will want to consider the “stacked width” of the panel, which refers to how wide the drapes are when the pleats are pushed together. The product info on Amazon says that the stacked width is 20% of the drapery width. For example, our 52 inch width drapes are 10.4 inches wide when stacked (52 x 20%).
If you need to cover 3 feet (36 inches) you would want to make sure the stacked width will cover that space, unless you plan to keep the drapes more spread out. So you would probably want the widest drapes, 150 inches, which would have a stacked with of 30 inches, and you could have them a little spread out. Or you can order a custom width here: https://rstyle.me/+dAHO1bpATREyQzY1QSfyCw
I do not know the width of your windows so make sure to calculate it yourself and confirm that the drapes will fully cover the windows when closed. Hope that helps!
I bought these same curtains based on your recommendation but idk what I’m doing wrong. Our curtains pucker between the pleats, instead of in towards the wall. Do you think we hung them wrong or why would this be happening? I’d appreciate any help!
Hi Sam! Without a photo I cannot know for sure, but I think this is normal! Pinch pleat drapes sometimes need to be “trained” to fold correctly when opened. The ones over my sliding door sometimes do this and I have been meaning to train them. There are various methods if you Google “how to train pinch pleat drapes.”
I think you’ve switched couches, so I can’t find any info about the one above. This white with the tufts (is that the right word)…please share where I might find this couch. It looks so, so nice.
Hi Angela! Thank you so much! Our sectional was from a local store years ago and unfortunately I have never found it online. It was the Tribeca sectional by Broyhill. Here is an option from West Elm that you may like! https://rstyle.me/+vU6kimrfvtHOPMb1q1cM-A Hope that helps 🙂
I noticed you mentioned your patio door, where you might have curtains, do you have any photos of that? I am trying to do Curtains near the wall of my sliding patio door, layering curtains, with a sheer and then a two page curtain on top. Really curious if you would be open to consult on what I have planned to make sure it looks right.
Hi Lindsay! Yes, you can see a better view of our sliding back door to the patio with the curtains in my Instagram reel, and a photo in this post. I am not offering consults at this time but I would recommend following the same instructions that are outlined in the “Width and Length” section above. Also, I suggest hanging the curtain rod over the sliding door at the same height as the curtain rod over the windows for a cohesive look. Hope that helps! 🙂