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Curtain Heading Types: How to choose the right one for your interior

Updated: Feb 13

Choosing the right curtain heading can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your living space. From the graceful waves of the modern Wave heading to the timeless style of Pencil Pleat, each style brings its unique charm. In this guide, we'll explore popular curtain heading types—Wave, Pencil Pleat, Double Pinch, Triple Pinch, 6 Inch Pencil Pleat, and Eyelets—and help you discover the perfect fit for your home. In this blog we will explore the 6 most popular curtain headings.


  1. Wave Heading: Sleek Elegance The Wave heading offers a modern and sleek appearance. Known for its uniform, continuous wave-like folds, this style is perfect for contemporary interiors. The fabric drapes effortlessly, creating a minimalist and sophisticated look. The curtain stacks back nice and tight and neat which is perfect if you are wanting uniformity or have a smaller space for your stack back. Wave depths are available in 80mm or 60mm, but 80mm is the usual.


wave curtain heading
wave curtain heading

2. Pencil Pleat: Timeless Tradition Pencil Pleat is a classic heading style that never goes out of fashion. Characterised by tightly gathered folds, this traditional look suits various interior styles. The usual standard choice for curtain headings, it's a versatile choice that adds a touch of timeless elegance to any room.


pencil pleat curtain heading
pencil pleat curtain heading

3. 6 Inch Pencil Pleat: Contemporary Classic A modern twist on the traditional Pencil Pleat, the 6 Inch Pencil Pleat offers a wider, more relaxed gathering with a longer pleat heading. This style strikes the perfect balance between classic and contemporary, providing a fresh and updated look.


6 inch pencil pleat heading
6 inch pencil pleat heading

4. Double Pinch: Dimensional Drama For those seeking a more traditional, textured and detailed look, the Double Pinch heading is an excellent choice. With two pleats gathered closely together, this style adds depth and dimension to your curtains, creating a visually appealing focal point. It can look great in the right setting for Georgian style houses or houses with high ceilings/floor length curtains or more traditional interiors with lustrous curtain fabric.


double pinch pleat curtain heading
double pinch pleat curtain heading

5. Triple Pinch: Opulent Sophistication Elevate your decor with the opulence of Triple Pinch heading. Featuring three closely spaced pleats, this style exudes sophistication and grandeur. Ideal for formal spaces, Triple Pinch adds a touch of luxury to your windows. Bear in mind that triple pinch headings require more fabric so this will add on a bit extra to your made to measure curtain price. This style of heading is also puffier and the stack back will be more full, so less suitable where stack back space is limited.


triple pinch pleat curtain heading
triple pinch pleat curtain heading

6. Eyelets: Effortless Chic Eyelet curtains are defined by the metal rings punched into the fabric. This contemporary heading type offers a clean and uncluttered appearance, making it an excellent choice for a modern, minimalist aesthetic. Eyelets stack back neatly like the wave heading type and are particularly popular for modern children's bedrooms or modern lounges.


eyelets curtain heading
eyelets curtain heading

These are not the only heading styles to choose from, but these are the most popular styles. More recently the Swiss Pleat heading has become more popular for voiles and sheers for a minimal and clean look. Goblet headings also have their charm but are usually wanted for very traditional style curtains in stiffer fabrics.

The curtain heading you choose can transform your space, reflecting your personal style and enhancing the overall ambiance. Consider the architectural features, decor theme, and your desired atmosphere when selecting the perfect heading type. Whether you opt for the timeless tradition of Pencil Pleat or the modern allure of Wave, each heading type brings its own unique character to your home, making every room a reflection of your style and taste.

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