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Curtain Heading Styles

While there are a fair few different types of curtain headings to choose from, we've got all the definitions you need below.

The styles to remember: Pencil Pleat and Eyelet

If you're only going to remember two kinds of curtain headings, make it the pencil pleat and eyelet. They are our most popular styles and are very versatile in how they can be used.

Pencil Pleat Curtains

Pencil pleat curtain headings are popular because of their flexibility. You can gather the curtain to fit whatever width you desire and they can be hung from any curtain track using hooks or from a curtain rod using rings with hooks.

Pencil pleat curtains have a tape running through the top of the curtain head and cords which run along the top of the curtain. These strings can be pulled to achieve the desired gather and curtain width - whether their purpose is for fashion or functionality.

The fullness of a pencil pleat curtain will vary depending on the amount of gather you create with the pull cords. Generally speaking, we recommend 1.5-2.5 x fullness, meaning that 1.5-2.5m of fabric is used for every metre of track or rod.

3 Ways With Pencil Pleats

Pencil Pleat Curtain Headings

Pencil pleats can also be used in a variety of ways - just take a look at a few of the options:

1. Hang your pencil pleats on a curtain track which can be hung on its own or over the top of blinds!
2. Hang them on a double-track with a voile/sheer behind to create a layered look.
3. Use curtain rings to hang your pencil pleats on a rod instead of a curtain track.

Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet Curtain Headings
Eyelet curtain headings are used with a curtain rod for a modern look

Eyelet curtain headings have quickly become a popular option in homes across New Zealand. That's because they create a modern finish and are relatively easy to hang.

Metal rings are punched through the fabric at the top of the curtain which folds the material into large and even pleats. Similar to pencil pleats, the eyelet headings are popular as ready made curtains as they are suitable for use across a range of track widths.

It's worth noting that eyelets can only be hung from curtain rods and are not suitable for curtain tracks! The fullness of an eyelet curtain can vary but we recommend approximately 1.5 x fullness, meaning that 1.5m of fabric is used for every metre of rod.

What other types of curtain headings are there?

While pencil pleat and eyelet are far and away the most popular options across the readymade range of curtains, they aren't the only types of curtain headings available. In fact, there are quite a few more styles to consider!

Custom Curtain Heading Styles

From Left; Dutch Pleat, Inverted Pleat, French Pleat

Dutch Pleat

Dutch pleat curtains have a double pinch pleat secured at even intervals along the heading. This has a similar look to the New York pleat but with more fullness. They are made to a fixed width to perfectly fit your curtain track or rod so are only available made custom for you.

Inverted Pleat

Inverted pleat curtains have a single pleat at the back, sometimes called a box pleat, placed at even intervals along the top. They are made to a fixed width to perfectly fit your curtain rod track or rod so are only available when ordered custom made.

French Pleat

The french pleat is a classic drapery heading with a triple pinch pleat secured at even intervals along the heading, resulting in a very plush, full look. It creates a sleek header for a curtain that controls fullness while allowing the curtain full functionality. French pleats are made to a fixed width to perfectly fit your curtain track or rod so are only available custom made.

 

Curtain Heading Styles
From left; New York Pleat, Tab Top, Rod Pocket

New York Pleat

New York pleat curtains have a single pinch pleat secured at even intervals along the heading, resulting in a clean, contemporary look without much gather. They are made to a fixed width to perfectly fit your curtain track or curtain rod and are only available custom made.

Tab Top

Tab top curtains have a series of loops in fabric spaced evenly across the top and the curtain rod is fed through these loops. This heading style is best used on sheer curtains that are rarely opened or decorative drapes that are rarely closed as they do not glide along the rod easily!

Rod Pocket

Rod pocket curtain headings are another versatile option which are used on readymade curtains and nets as they can be gathered to suit a range of track widths, using a rod or cord. Also known as tailored or pole top curtains, this option gives you a minimalist look with a sewn-in rod pocket at the top of each curtain panel.

These curtains are known to be difficult to open so they are best suited for decorative purposes where they will not be opened and closed very often.

Ready to buy some curtain headings?

Whichever type of curtain heading you decide on, Harvey Furnishings has you covered! Browse our range of headings online today, visit one of our north island stores or get in touch for a free in-home consultation!