Overview of pleated species

Plissees have made a real triumph in recent years. Accordingly, their diversity in the trade is also great. An overview of what types of pleats there are, and what special qualities they have, gives you this review.

Common properties of all pleats

Pleats can be very different, but some basic things are the same for all pleats.
All pleats are folded accordion-like and are pushed together and pulled apart again.

In addition, pleats basically consist of fabric, which, however, may have different properties and coatings.

mounting ways

Pleats can either be freely suspended (rarely), or braced at the top and bottom. For special purposes, there are other forms:

In roof windows, rail systems are usually used because of the strong inclination. In conservatory roofs, where pleats must be mounted horizontally, you usually fall back on special cable systems.


In contrast to ordinary pleats honeycomb pleats are made in duplicate. This offers some decisive advantages:

  • in the middle is a good heat and sound insulating air cushion
  • The cables run in the middle of the plissee, so no disturbing holes are visible (important in blackout pleats
  • Honeycomb pleats are due to the nature of their tension even with many non-vertical windows from the outset used

Coatings on pleats

The degree of transmission and transparency may be different for pleated fabrics. For the heat protection one resorts to special pleated fabrics.

There are also special, highly reflective coatings for sun protection. These coatings repel much of the sunlight and much of the infrared radiation, and do not heat up - keeping solar heat away from rooms and leaving the interior glare-free.

Plissees in special forms

Pleats are usually rectangular. But since there are also windows with special shapes, pleats in other geometric shapes have been developed accordingly:

  • semicircular and quarter circular pleats
  • triangular pleats
  • trapezoidal pleats

With these geometric basic shapes of any size almost any window shape can be shaded by an appropriate plisse and made insight-proof. The individual forms are available with any plissee fabrics and colors.

Duo pleats

An interesting special form of pleats are also duo pleats. They are also called day-night facilities.

Here is a two-piece pleated, which has a different fabric up and down fabric. Each of the fabric covers can cover the entire window in the extended state.

The upper part is usually made of a blackout fabric, while the lower part is usually a translucent material. In this way you can switch between darkening or semi-transparent privacy screens, depending on which part of the plisse you are pulling over the window.

Day and night facilities have long been widespread in campers and caravans, today they are available in the form of duo pleats for any window. Only with special forms (semicircle, triangle, trapeze) duo pleats are usually not possible.

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