Panels are gathered or shirred onto a rod. The top of the panel has a sewn casing or pocket that is made to accommodate the insertion of the rod. Depending on the rod used, the pocket or rod casing will be made in different sizes. Can be made with a “header” which is a flap of fabric which remains above the rod pocket and creates a ruffle after it is gathered onto the rod.
Gathered or shirred onto the rod at both the top and the bottom. These types of panels are used if the free movement of the panel at the bottom is not desired, such as on French doors, side lights, and transom windows. These panels are sometimes also referred to as stretch panels because the fabric is gathered on to a top and bottom rod and stretched in between.
Can be shirred and mounted directly onto a board, gathered onto a pole or sewn to hook and loop tape instead. By installing the panels in this manner, hardware and installation costs may vary.