Traditionally, curtains were used not as window treatments but as room dividers! It was the ancient Egyptians that chose to hang animal hides from hooks over doorways to keep warm. As windows evolved so did curtains, they became a great way of giving yourself some privacy and keeping in the heat. In today’s world, curtains are becoming the focal point of a room, with people opting for more dramatic styles and focusing less on function. This means that people are paying more attention to the headings, with ornate poles and beautiful pleating or gathering. Playing such a big part in the style of a room, the heading that you choose for your curtains can make or break your design, so are you making the right choice?
There are a few factors that can affect your choice of heading, from the weight of your chosen fabric or whether you’ve opted for a pole or track. There are several types of heading available to suit your décor, but we’re looking at the most popular options.
A pencil pleat heading is one of the most popular choices. As the name suggests, the heading is made up of a row of pleats, the size of pencils. It is the most versatile choice, as the heading works with a large variety of fabrics and fabric weights. This choice of heading is neat and tidy and works with both tracks and poles.
A very simple heading that is commonly used to complement a modern style. This heading is only suitable for use with poles as there is no way of hooking the curtains onto a track, the pole slides right through the loops of fabric, or tabs. A well-made pair of table top curtains will hang brilliantly.
Another fantastic choice for a contemporary room, an eyelet heading is, again, only suitable for use with a pole as header tape is replaced with metal rings. This type of heading results in large, even, soft pleats.
A pinch pleat heading provides a little bit more intrigue than other curtain headings. Bringing more majesty and formality to a room, a pinch pleat heading is most suited to middle to heavyweight fabrics. Whether you’ve chosen a pole or track, a pinch pleat heading will work and can complement both modern and traditional styles. A pinch pleat heading is made up of equidistant pinches/gathers.
Double/Triple Pinch Pleat
Taking the majesty of the pinch pleat a little bit further, double/triple pinch pleat headings give your curtains a gorgeous, tailored finish. The epitome of luxury, this heading choice works perfectly with bold patterns or lavish fabrics, like velvet.
At Yorkshire Fabric Shop we can help you to design the perfect curtains, we offer a complete solution for your curtain needs! Whether you’re looking for a single curtain or a pair, we offer a range of heading and lining options as well as any additional finishes, like matching handmade cushions or tiebacks. To speak with our team about our bespoke, made-to-measure curtain service, contact our team on 01924 728 753, use our contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.