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Curtain Heading Types

Heading styles will vary dependent 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

#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, an S Fold 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 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 ´┐ŻBrisby´┐Ż. This application is best suited to sheers or stationary curtains.

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