Shop Spotlight Curtain Heading Types

Curtain Heading Types

Heading styles will vary dependant upon the look you want to achieve in your home. Styles can differ from a simple casual relaxed look to a formal or contemporary approach.

Most heading styles can be used on both drapes and valances.

#CustomMadeHintsTips – beware of heading styles when using striped fabrics (WHY?)

#CustomMadeHintsTips – Use different Curtain Heading Types as a way of reducing the overall amount of fabric required.

 

S Fold (Ripple) | Pencil Pleat | Double Pinch Pleat (DPP) | Triple Pinch Pleat (TPP) | Slot & Head (S&H) / Rod Rocket | 2 Row Gather Tape (2RGT) | Box Pleat | Knife Pleat | Inverted Pleat / Reverse Pleat | Eyelet \ Eyelet Tape

S Fold (Ripple)

Recommended Fullness: 2.2 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used for drapes

The finished appearance is similar to that of eyelet curtains but simpler in style,with the fabric hanging directly below the track in a neat and uniform style.

A contemporary style, a wave (ARE WE CALLING IT WAVE OR S FOLD OR RIPPLE?) header allows curtains to hang in wide, even folds. A special track and tape is used to create this effect, which can be hand or cord operated.

A very contemporary style that is most suited, though not limited to sheer curtains covering larger expanses.

Pencil Pleat

Recommended Fullness: 2.5 or 3 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on drapes, sheers and valances

The Pencil Pleat heading is both common and a classic, creating a simple and casual look.

The simplest, most versatile type of curtain heading, allow elegant slim folds (literally like a neat line of pencils) to create a smart, formal window dressing, which also look great in a relaxed setting.

Pencil Pleat works better on fabrics that are not too thick. Pleats are generally 10cm deep and 2.5 times fabric is the suggested fullness. Smaller pencil pleat is available.

A popular choice of curtain heading, pencil pleats are created by pulling strings on heading tape attached to the back of the curtain to the desired width of the curtain. The look and body of the curtain, how flat or stacked the fabric is, can be adjusted by how tight the strings are pulled.

Classic and simple, pencil pleats are a smarter alternative to 2 Row Gather Tape headings.

Pencil pleats can be used with either tracks or poles.

Pencil pleat curtains can be hung from any curtain track using hooks or from a curtain rod using rings with hooks.

This treatment is versatile, working well with prints and plains and most different textures. The finish is casual and cosy, perfect for any room in your house.

Double Pinch Pleat (DPP)

Recommended Fullness: 2 or 2.2  x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used for drapes and valances

Double Pinch Pleat is a formal heading for curtains, suitable for most fabrics.

The pleats are machine sewn, spaced evenly and permanently fixed for a more tailored look.

The pleats are created by making folded creases in the stiff buckram that gives the heading its shape. Hooks are then inserted directly into the back of the heading. Double Pinch Pleats are suitable for both tracks and poles.

These perfect pleats never go out of style!

#CustomMadeHintsTips – Double Pinch Pleat heading types use less fabric than Triple Pinch Pleat Heading Types and are a good choice if you need to keep your curtains from taking up too much space at the sides when open.

Triple Pinch Pleat (TPP)

Recommended Fullness: 2.2 or 2.5  x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on drapes, sheers and valances

Triple Pinch Pleat takes 2.5 (NOT 2.2 AS STATED ABOVE?) times of fabric sewn together to form a pleat to create a look that is smart, formal and classic.

Triple Pinch Pleat headers help create a formal ambiance to any room in the house.

The pleats are machine sewn, spaced evenly and permanently fixed for a more tailored look.

Triple pleats are made just the same way as double pleats but more fabric is required to make the third fold. This has the effect of making the curtains very full and luxurious.

A classically elegant heading style, Triple Pinch Pleat heading types are suitable for both curtain tracks and poles.

This is the most popular of the pinch look heading types.

Slot & Head (S&H) / Rod Pocket

Recommended Fullness: 2.5 or 3 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used for sheers

Slot & Head basically means there is a Slot (Rod Pocket) sewn in at the top of the curtain, with an allowance made for a slight gathered heading just above. This is called the Head.

This application is best suited for kitchen and bathroom windows, utilising a conduit rod. However stretch wire can also be used.

The style also lends itself for use with French doors, where the Slot & Head is put on the top and the bottom and called a ‘Brisby’. This application is best suited to sheers or stationary curtains.

2 Row Gather Tape (2RGT)

Recommended Fullness: 2 or 2.5 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on drapes, sheers and valances

A traditional, cottage style heading, Gathered Pleats (ARE WE CALLING THEM GATHERED PLEATS OR 2 ROW GATHER TAPE?) look cosy and unpretentious. They require the least amount of fabric of all the Heading Types making them very economical.

Standard gather heading is a traditional yet informal style which ideally suits curtains with a shorter drop. The amount of gather required is the same as a Pencil Pleat (LINK) heading.

This heading can be used with tracks or poles and has one row of pockets for the curtain hooks.

Box Pleat

Recommended Fullness: 2.5 or 3 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on drapes, sheers and valances

Box pleats are a beautifully tailored treatment recommended as a stationary drape or valance.

They have a fabric folded into pleats on the front and back, which after being sewn, creates flat, boxy folds.

As this style of heading does not stack back as well as other headings they are recommended for stationary panels only.

CustomMadeHintsTips: This easy, laid-back treatment looks great in a masculine space.

Knife Pleat (2RGT)

Recommended Fullness: 2.5 or 3 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used for drapes and sheers

Another beautifully tailored look, the Knife Pleat derives its name from the look of the fold, sewn down pleats one after the other that resemble a flat bladed knife.

Inverted Pleat / Reverse Pleat

Recommended Fullness: 2.2 or 2.5 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on drapes, sheers and valances

Inverted pleats are a modern stylish heading with a single pleat at the back, sometimes called a reverse box pleat, placed at even intervals along the top. The overall look is beautiful and quite formal.

Like triple pleats (WE DONT MENTION TRIPLE PLEATS ANYWHERE ELSE?), a generous amount of fabric is required, making the curtains look full and glamorous.

Inverted Pleats can be put up on both tracks and poles and are better suited to wide windows. This is due to the heading requiring a large amount of fabric which takes up space when pulled back.

Inverted pleat curtains can be hung from any curtain track using hooks or from a curtain rod using rings with hooks.

Plain fabrics or those with textured weaves are complemented best by this treatment.

Eyelet / Eyelet Tape

Recommended Fullness: 2.5 x Fullness

Recommended Use: Used on stationary drapes

This design is simple, casual and has been one of our most popular heading types for a long time.

Eyelet heading allows you to adjust the width of your curtain easily.

With a suggested fullness of x 2 fabric the eyelet heading is a great way of creating a modern look, with curtains that hang in wide, loose folds. Eyelets are available in a range of finishes and work well with lighter, heavier weight fabrics. They are only suitable for poles.

Stylish, modern and unfussy, eyelets are a great choice for an up-to-date look. Our standard eyelet size is 40mm and we offer a range of different colours for the metal rings. This style also stacks back fully and neatly so it's a good choice if you have little space to the side of your window.

When made with a more formal fabric eyelet curtains are a great option for a modern bedroom or lounge room as their no fuss design is very contemporary.

Metallic eyelets are usually teamed with a metal rod lending a modern, minimalistic look to your drapes. This treatment works well with plain fabrics in muted tones and is especially effective where other fixtures in the room are metallic.

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