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Curtain Headings and Styles

Curtain and Drape Headings

There are many options for curtain headings and styles, and indeed whole books exist on the subject of curtain design. We’ve illustrated our most popular designs below. Each has a different style and practicalities. Please also note that different headings influence the quantity of fabric required in a curtain.

Pencil pleat

pencil pleat curtain heading - photo

Classic, simple and the slightly more elegant alternative to a gathered heading. As one of our best value pleated headings, not surprisingly it is also one of the most popular styles.

Note: you will need to pull the heading tape strings at the end to form the pleats when your curtains are delivered. Suitable for both poles and tracks. Curtains need skilful hanging and dressing to ensure a high quality appearance.

Triple Pleat (French Pleat):

triple pleat curtain heading - photo

The Classic Heading! French pleat or triple pleat is a smart formal classic heading. The curtain falls into very elegant folds that can be easily dressed. Our triple pleats are typically 5” deep.

If your curtains are very long, we’ll make the pleat 6″ to keep the proportions of your curtains perfect. Suitable for both poles and tracks.

Double Pleat

double pleat curtain heading - photo

A more relaxed cousin of the triple pleat. Traditional but a little less formal than the triple pleat.

If your curtains are very long, we’ll can make deeper pleats to keep the proportions of your curtains perfect. Suitable for both poles and tracks. Requires a pin hook “stabber” in each pleat.

Single Pleat

single pleat curtain heading - photo

An economical design that requires less fabric than its bigger brothers.

Goblet

goblet curtain heading - photo

Goblet pleats make a very elegant heading for longer lengths and heavier fabrics. Suitable for tracks or poles. For a more professional finish these headings can be made by hand. Although very time consuming it is well worth the extra effort.

The finished width is critical, and not easily adjusted so accurate measurement of width is needed.

Gathered Heading , Gathered Pleat, Rufflette Heading

gathered curtain heading - photo

Classic simple relaxed style. With its ruffled top, this heading makes for simple, understated curtains. Suitable for both poles and tracks. Note: you will need to pull the heading tape strings at the end to form the pleats when your curtains are delivered.

This can create the illusion of greater height when space is at a premium.

Pinch pleat with buttons

pinch pleat with buttons curtain heading - photo

A decoratively enhanced version of the standard pinch pleat. Buttons can be in a contrast fabric.

Eyelets

eyelet curtain heading - photo

Modern, unfussy and extremely neat. With their regular even pleats, this heading requires the least amount of space either side of the window to stack back. Metal eyelets are available in a range of finishes to match your pole and fabric. Standard eyelet size is 40mm and is suitable for all poles up to 35mm diameter. Only suitable for poles.

Metal eyelets are better than plastic and we advise using metal poles. Curtains cannot overlap in the middle so a centre pole support should be avoided if possible.

Six Inch Pencil Pleat

6 inch pencil pleat curtain heading - photo

Better for longer curtains as it helps with visual proportions.

Tab top

tab top curtain heading - photo

Simple, airy and relaxed. Too much fullness causes bunching and detracts from the curtains’ simplicity. Tab size should be scaled to match the diameter of the intended pole. Only suitable for poles.

Note that curtains made from this style are not as easy as other heading styles to open and close because of the space occupied by the tab and the friction of the fabric on the pole (especially on wooden poles).

Attached Valance with Contrast Drape

Attached Valance with Contrast Drape curtain Heading - photo

Another stylish variant. Contrast fabrics are also a possibility.