When it comes to choosing curtains for your home, who knew there were so many heading options?
Option #1 | Pencil Pleat
The pencil pleat is the classic heading choice for curtains where olds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading (visually similar to a row of pencils, hence the name “pencil pleat”). As a gathered heading, it allows you to expand or reduce the width of the curtain.
Option #2 | Pinch Pleat
The pinch pleat is suitable for all kinds of fabric. The pleats are hand-sewn and permanently fixed for a luxurious, tailored design. Our example photo shows a triple pinch; this means there are three pleats and then a space. Unlike pencil pleats, this heading uses far more fabric for a fuller final look.
Option #3 | Standard Gather Headings
The standard gather is a classic yet informal heading style. It is suited to curtains with a shorter drop and can be used with tracks or poles. It requires the same amount of gather as a pencil pleat curtain. The heading is very casual and therefore unsuitable if you favour a more tailored design.
Option #4 | Eyelet Headings
A contemporary alternative to more traditional hangings, the eyelet heading is suitable for all curtain fabrics. So named due to the metal rings at the top of the curtain, the eyelet heading creates large, even and soft pleats. They are suitable for poles with a diameter of up to 30mm.
Option #5 | Tab Top
Another contemporary heading, these curtains have fabric loops (or “tabs”) running along the top edge. The tabs are are threaded through poles or rods and require less fabric than other designs. Tab tops are popular as decorative curtains; however, they easily stick on the poles so often don’t draw easily.