Mrs Hinch reveals how to get perfectly pleated curtains

Want your curtains to hang just right, as Mrs Hinch’s do? Here’s her clever hack

Elements Emmott Ochre Pencil Pleat Curtains
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Mrs Hinch, also known as Sophie Hinchcliffe, is the source of unmissable cleaning advice. And of course we’re among a legion of fans of the tips she delivers on Instagram. But the cleanfluencer doesn’t just provide the Hinch Army with top strategies for making everything hygienic and sparkling. She’s a source of plenty more interiors and garden know-how besides.

The Insta sensation recently shared the secret of the perfect pleats in her curtains at the request of fans. And, as fellow admirers of the amazing regularity and fullness of the waves in her window dressings, we wanted to pass on the inside track. Scroll down for the secrets of Mrs Hinch’s fabulous curtains, and if you’re after more decorating inspiration for your home, take a look at our living room ideas.

How to get perfect curtain pleats like Mrs Hinch’s

Mrs Hinch curtains

(Image credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch)

1. The curtains Mrs Hinch transforms are eyelet versions. These curtains hang directly from a compatible curtain pole on to which their metal rings are threaded. The design creates even, soft pleats of curtain fabric, but they aren’t the fullest of pleats. The secret to those is, as the Instagrammer revealed, pipe insulation.

Pipe insulation for Mrs Hinch's curtains

(Image credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch)

2. It certainly isn’t glamorous in itself – but pipe insulation can definitely up the glam factor of your window and is key to the lavish look Mrs Hinch creates for her curtains. She buys hers on eBay. Which size to buy? Mrs Hinch recommends the largest so it slides easily on to the curtain pole.

3. The next step is to cut the pipe insulation into equal sized pieces. These are going to be slid on to the pole between each curtain eyelet, which is what makes the pleats even, so you can count up how many you’ll require for your curtains. Mrs Hinch needed 10 for the curtains at her window.

Mrs Hinch curtains

(Image credit: Mrs Hinch/Instagram)

4. You’ll need to take the curtain pole down to slide the pipe insulation in between each pleat, following Mrs Hinch’s example. That’s the secret of the even pleats – with regularly sized sections of pipe insulation in between you can’t go wrong. 

5. Want to sort your curtains out now without ordering pipe insulation? Mrs Hinch suggests the cardboard tubes from the centre of toilet rolls as an alternative. All done? Full, even and beautifully draped the Mrs Hinch way are yours.

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Sarah Warwick
Freelance Editor

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.