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Curtain Headings Explained

Made to Measure Curtains

We offer a wide range of curtain heading options through our made to measure curtain making service.  Please find below an explanation of the different heading types to help you make the right choice for your requirements.

Double and Triple Pinch Pleat Curtains

Pinch pleat curtains are extremely popular for a polished and elegant window dressing.  The pleats are permanently sewn into the top of the curtains and are separated by flat sections of fabric in between each pleat.  Pinch pleat curtain hooks are inserted on the back of each pleat, so the curtains are suspended by the pleats with flat fabric between.

Double and Triple pinch pleat curtains can work well in both modern and traditionally styled rooms, however a double pinch pleat is more suited to contemporary room schemes.  For a traditional, luxurious look an inter-lined triple pinch pleat curtain will deliver the best solution.

Pinch pleat curtains are made to fit the exact length of your curtain pole or track so need to be made to measure.  We prefer the curtains to sit underneath the pole for a polished look.  Shop our Made to Measure Curtains here.

Please note when used with a motorised track there will always be a flat section of curtain (in between the pleats) that will cover the motor and the position of the last pin might need adjusting depending on the size of the pleats.

Download our Measuring Guide for triple or double pinch pleat curtains.


Curtain Headings Explained
Curtain Headings Explained

Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet curtains are extremely popular in contemporary room schemes.  The folds on the eyelet mean they deliver a slimmer stack back to a more traditional curtain heading, which may be advantageous if space is limited either side of the windows for the curtains to stack on.  Eyelet curtains can only be used on a curtain pole.  Shop our range of curtain poles suitable for eyelet curtains.

Eyelet curtains are available as a readymade curtain.  Shop our range here from leading homeware brands including Orla Kiely, Laura Ashley and Sara Miller.

Download our measuring guide for eyelet curtains.


Wave Curtains

Wave curtains are an extremely popular choice, particularly over large expanses of glass such as bi-fold or sliding doors, or in front of floor to ceiling windows or doors.  A wave curtain delivers a neat, contemporary window dressing and looks very stylish.  Please refer to our Wave Curtain Information page for further details.  A wave curtain needs to be fitted on a curtain track or curtain pole compatible with wave gliders.  Shop our range of tracks and corded curtain poles suitable for wave curtains.

Please view our Customer Blog post for a recent wave curtain project we worked on.

Download our wave curtain measuring guide here.


Curtain Headings Explained
Laura Ashley Josette Blackout Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains

Pencil Pleat and Gathered Headings

A pencil pleat curtain is made by sewing a pencil pleat heading tape onto the back of the curtain.  The pleats are then formed by gathering the curtain fabric into neat pencil style pleats.  A pencil pleat curtain can be hung from a curtain pole or a curtain track and is a popular choice for readymade curtains.

A pencil pleat curtain is suitable for all interior design styles and suits traditional and contemporary homes.

A gathered heading delivers a more relaxed and less uniform look compared to a pencil pleat.  It is best suited to lightweight curtains with a short drop.  Gathered headings are a popular choice in cottage kitchens or bedrooms with small windows.  A gathered headed curtain can be hung on a curtain pole or a curtain track.

Download our measuring guide for pencil pleat and gathered heading curtains.

Goblet Heading

Goblet pleat curtains are similar in their makeup to pinch pleat curtains but create a more formal, traditional look.  Small goblet shaped sections of fabrics are formed in the curtain heading when the fabric is gathered and pleated, these are then separated by flat sections of fabric.  Pinch pleat curtain hooks are positioned at the back of each goblet to hang the curtains.

This heading looks best when hung beneath a curtain pole, however, can also be used on a curtain track.

Download our measuring guide for goblet pleat curtains.


Curtain Headings Explained
Curtain Headings Explained

Swiss Pleat Curtains

The Swiss Pleat curtain heading style is a unique curtain heading style to Silent Gliss that offers a relaxed, floaty look and suits traditional and contemporary styling.

Swiss Pleat curtains are made by sewing a pleat into the top of the curtain.  This can either be a single pleat that delivers a 1.5 fullness, or for a fuller curtain a double pleat (x2 fullness).

The curtains come with the gliders sewn into the top of the curtains so they are ready to hang on the track.  Swiss Pleat curtains do need to be ordered with a Silent Gliss curtain track.

Shop Silent Gliss fabrics here.

Please read our blog post on the Swiss Pleat curtain heading style for further information.

Please read our blog post for further information on our curtain making service.  Shop our range of fabrics here that can be made up into beautiful curtains made to your requirements and specification.

Please get in touch if we can help with your project or offer any advice.  Our Home Interiors specialist is available to help refine your fabric search and can arrange for any samples to be sent out.

Please email or call us on 01590 615775 and we would be delighted to help.


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