Choose your Curtain Heading Style

Choosing the right style of Curtain Headings can make a big difference to the overall look of a room. It can also effect the way the curtain functions and the amount of light that comes into the room.  A big pattern can look overdone if the curtain is too full, or plain fabric can look like you've skimped, if it is not full enough.

The Stacking - which is where the curtains sit when they are open, is a big consideration.

Here's some of the headings we use.

Single Pleat Under Rod with a Sheer
Single Pleat Under Rod with a Sheer

Single Pleat

A great casual look. The most economical option—uses the least amount of fabric than any other style.

Concertinas nicely under rods. If the curtain is hung to cover the track or rod,  the curtain can be bulky and takes up more stacking room.


Wave top Stacked covering Track
Wave top Stacked covering Track

Wave Top

A lovely casual look, great for fabric with big patterns. Needs more fabric than a single or box pleat.

Stacks nicely when the curtain covers a track. It stacks and concertinas nicely when hung under the rod. A good all rounder.

Box Pleat Covering a Track
Box Pleat Covering a Track

Box Pleat

A more traditional look. Is a good economical option as it can use less fabric than most other styles. But can also be made full.

Great if there is plenty of room to stack the curtains back off the wall.

Tends to have bulky stacking if covering a track. If the curtain isn't too full, it stacks nicely under a rod.

Pencil Pleat Curtain Heading covering Track
Pencil Pleat Covering Track

Pencil Pleat

An easier to make heading, that is often used in ready-made curtains. A great option for under pelmets as you don't need the curtains too full. It has great flexibility if the width of the curtains needs to be adjusted.

On an exposed track or rod, they look best made really full, so you need lots more fabric than other hand pleated headings.



Twin Pleat Curtain Heading under a Rod with Rings
Twin Pleat under a Rod with Rings

Twin or Triple Pleat

A very traditional look that we honestly don't do very often. Triple pleat requires almost twice the amount than a single pleat. It is best for historic homes with high ceilings.  Great if you really want to boost up the insulation factor.

They do concertina nicely when hooked under a rod. But overall they do take up more stacking room than others, due to their bulk. Even more room is required when covering a Rod or Track.

Wardrobe Curtain Flat Heading
Wardrobe Curtain Flat Heading

Flat Heading

A more decorative option rather than practical. Good if there is no room to stack curtains, for fabrics that don't need to be lined, like sheers, or wardrobe curtains.

Very simple to make and doesn't require much fabric