Designer look, but on a budget! Today I am sharing all of the details about our new pinch pleat drapes. Custom drapes are expensive and were not in my budget, so I searched high and low and finally purchased these faux linen Amazon pinch pleat drapes (grey beige, unlined). They add warmth to our living room while maintaining the light and airy look that I love. Today I’ll be sharing my design inspiration, installation tips, thoughts after two months with the 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, whereas drapes are more formal, made from heavier fabrics, and reach to the floor or puddle. Who knew! I will use both terms in this review, but these are technically drapes.
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A Look Back at the Before…
A while ago I shared cozy modern living room design plan. So far I have checked four items off of my to-do list: replace the olive tree, add a blanket ladder, update pillows/decor, and finally, swap out the white curtains! You can see some of the changes by comparing the photos below:
Pinch Pleat Inspiration
Before sharing the drapes I chose, I thought it would be helpful to show a few inspiration photos from my favorite interior designers:
Is there any other decor item that says “elevated” like custom pinch pleat drapes? While I love the look, I do not love the price tag! Thankfully, you can achieve this look on a budget. Last year, I recreated this look using white IKEA curtains and hooks which was super inexpensive. They are a good option, but I have been wanting to replace them with a darker color to add depth and contrast to our living room. I will also say, my white curtains were a bit of work as I had to create the pleats with the curtain hooks myself, and the hooks slipped off easily during installation. So I was excited to try a more “middle of the road” option with higher quality fabric, hooks and pleats.
Best Affordable Pinch Pleat Drapes (Amazon Curtains)
If you have never scoured the internet for the perfect tan / warm gray / beige curtains… let me tell you, it was a task! I found a few options that I loved, but they were out of my price range. I finally discovered these grey beige TWOPAGES pinch pleat drapes, sold on Amazon. They were more than my previous IKEA curtains, but a bargain compared to custom drapery. I saved up, placed my order, and waited several weeks for delivery.
If you saw my stories on Instagram you’ll know that I was a little unsure about the color when they first arrived. I was expecting them to be more gray, based on the product image! There is always some risk when ordering online, and 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. Thankfully, after living with them for a few days it turned out… I loved them 🙂
These affordable pinch pleat drapes come in many sizes and either lined or unlined. I chose the 52″Wx96″L unlined option in grey beige, and for reference our ceilings are 9 feet. You can see that light does filter through; this is fine for our use 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 lined option.
I still cannot get over what a difference the new pinch pleat curtains have made in our living room. I love an airy, coastal look, but this space also needed some contrast. Since I painted our walls white (Polar Bear by Behr) a few years ago, the white curtains seemed to blend in and disappear. Now the space still feels light, but with the perfect amount of warmth. I still plan to switch out the rug for something just a bit darker that I think will bring it all together nicely!
Pinch Pleat Curtains / Drapes Installation Tips
As for installation, it was a breeze since I already had my curtain rods and rings set up. For this type of drapery, you need both curtain rings/hooks (that slide over the rod) AND drapery hooks (that attach to the drapes). Plastic drapery 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” 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!
Personally I love IKEA’s HUGAD rod because it is on the thicker side and very sturdy. I also used SYRLIG rings and hooks, RAFFIG finials, and BETYDLIG wall brackets. 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 these toggle bolts combined with a few spare washers I had.
Remember to slide your curtain rings onto the rod before hanging! You will need 9 rings per panel.
Hanging the Drapes
It is best to adjust the drapery 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. TIP: If you accidentally adjust the hook too far down, simply slide 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 on Instagram if you would like to see!
TWOPAGES Pinch Pleat Drapes Pros and Cons
In case you have been eyeing the TWOPAGES pinch pleat drapes from Amazon, I thought I would share a few pros/cons that may help you decide if they are a good fit for your space.
TWOPAGES Pinch Pleat Drapes 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 Pinch Pleat Drapes 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.
I hope you found this post helpful, it is certainly a lot longer than I originally planned! If you have any additional questions about our Amazon pinch pleat drapes, leave me a comment below. And tell me, what decor item has made a big difference in your space? XO,