Some styles of drapery are more functional than others. The easiest to operate include Ripple Fold, Tailored Pleat, Pinch Pleat and Cubicle drapery. Ripple Fold and Cubicle drapery glide on a track system (included) making them incredibly functional. Both Tailored and Pinch Pleat drapery are made with 4" buckrum which is a stiffener used in each pleat that gives the drape "memory' so that it will open and close in a similar fashion each time.
Grommet, Inverted Pleat, Rod Pocket and Goblet drapery are more decorative than functional. While they look beautiful, they aren’t ideal for operating on a daily basis. Consider how often you will need to open and close your drapery before making your selection.
Tip: When dealing with areas that require very long drapes (say over 120") and will be opened and closed frequently, you need to consider how best to operate them. Often times because of this longer length it may be best to consider a custom track (where you can pull a string to draw drapes) as this may be the optimal way to open and close them easily. Remember cornices are available (to cover a non-decorative traverse rod).