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Let's start by talking about the difference between a ripplefold drapery system and wave fold draperies (also known as S fold draperies). We sell both systems, but you may find our new adaptation of the wave fold system offers more versatility than ripplefold drapery hardware.
Ripplefold is a system started by the Kirsch company that uses a 1" wide snap tape sewn along the top of a flat drapery panel. The snaps on the ripplefold snap tape are always 4 1/4" apart for ripplefold drapes.
The ripplefold drapery track has carriers or rollers running in the channel of the track. These carriers are connected by a string and held a set distance apart. This is what holds the fullness in the ripplefold curtain and prevents it from pulling flat when closed. We carry 3 different fullness ratio carriers. The 60% carrier is 2 5/8" apart, 80% carrier is 2 3/8" apart, and the 100% carrier is 2 1/8" apart. When using the 100% carrier that is 2 1/8" apart, a 2 to 1 fullness ratio is created because the snaps on the snap tape are double that distance at 4 1/4" apart. With the new style wheeled ripplefold carriers, a separate snap pendant is used to snap onto the snap tape and click into the carrier.
In our ripplefold instruction pdf we've taken much of the complexity out of ripplefold tracks. Ripplefold draperies are actually easy to make. The confusion comes in choosing what fullness ratio to use, which master carriers to use and how to add extra snaps at different distances for the master carriers. By eliminating master carriers, the ripplefold drapery rod becomes much easier.
Wave fold Drapery
Wave fold curtains use a special tape with loops and plastic hooks, instead of snap tape. It allows for more adjustability in determining the fullness ratio. The row of loops on the wave fold drapery tape is continuous, so it provides a lot of flexibility. It is popular in Europe and Australia, but can be difficult to find in the United States.
Traditionally, the wave fold drapery hardware system uses the same expensive carrier system as the ripplefold method. The track styles have been somewhat limited also, because the ripplefold carriers only fit in particular tracks.
This is one of many areas where we differ. With our wave fold curtain track system, we have been able to utilize our standard and decorative tracks. We've also been able to overcome another problem where ripplefold carriers in longer rods tend to "catch" at the joints. There's a close tolerance between the inside width of ripplefold track and the width of the wheels on the carriers, so long rods spliced together can cause hang ups at the joint. The wheeled carriers (not ripplefold) that go in our other tracks don't have this problem. With our wave fold connecting chains and our wave fold tape, we now have a system that can use many of our other tracks that were not ripplefold compatible.
In addition to the variety of tracks we have available, the wave fold style can also be used on wood or metal poles with rings, since the tape uses a hook instead of a snap. One more option is the ability to use a curtain track system with a 90 degree bend for the wave fold system, not available for ripplefold. You'll also find it easier to adapt ready made panels to the wave fold system, because of the adjustability of the tape and hooks.
For further instruction on how to use our version of the wave fold drapery system on ready made panels or custom draperies, see our wave fold instruction page.