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Choosing the right curtain heading.

April 5th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Choosing the right curtain heading

There are quite a number of different curtain heading available on the market which have their own characteristics, but which one works best for your room? We go through some of the options to help you decide.

As we mentioned in the previous post here, Soft furnishings such as curtains are transformative to a home. Curtains can be used to add drama to a room, they can give a sharp, clean line for a polished  look or soften hard edges to produce a welcoming and comforting space. We tend to have a clearer idea about the fabric in our window dressing, however, curtain headings have different characteristics and finishes and its important to consider which suits your room best.

Pencil pleats

Pencil pleats are the most traditional of the of curtain heading styles. Pencil pleats suit all types of track and poles and patterned and plain fabrics shouldn't be a concern either. 

This type of pleats are simple and versatile. The finish is a well presented, smart and formal window dressing which due to its opened nature will also suit a relaxed setting. This option is widely available in the ready-made curtain market.

 Pencil pleat - WB Jamieson


The goblet heading is formal hand-made style. Much like the pinch pleat, the goblet uses more fabric and presents a much fuller appearance to the traditional pencil pleat heading. The pleats are permanently sewn-in. This heading style gives a very luxurious tailored style.

Goblet pleat - WBJamieson

Double or triple pinch pleats

The double or triple pinch pleat curtains are a fuller option in comparison to the more traditional pencil pleat. The pleats are sewn by hand to a fixed heading and are made to measure. The pleats themselves create a tailored, more formal appearance which is formed by the deeper pleat. Double or Triple pinch pleats best suit a long drop curtain with a bolder pattern or textured material.

Triple Pleat

Eyelet curtains

Eyelet curtains present a more contemporary finish than the previous options. Eyelets or metal rings are very simple to hang as the rings slot straight on to the pole, obviously, this type of curtain is only suitable with a pole. The eyelet does present options of different metal finishes to add further detail and customisation to your window dressing. When hung eyelet headings allow the curtain to fall in large soft pleats.

 Eyelet curtains - WB Jamieson


Tab-tops are contemporary alternative to the eyelet curtain, this time the top of the curtain is hung up with a row of tabs on the pole (usually made in the same fabric as the curtain). This particular heading style forms soft folds in the fabric. One particular problem with this type of heading is that they are unsuitable for rooms where light should be excluded due to the spaces between the tabs at the top.

  Tab Top curtains - WB Jamieson

Wave curtains

Wave curtains utilise a specialist pole or track and give a very contemporary finish, giving a very deep but even fold. Giving an almost rippling appearance, again, as the name might suggest. The wave curtain is suited to large spaces and can be efficiently drawn back to maximise the amount of light that enters the room.

 Wave Curtain - WB Jamieson


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