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Choosing the right heading for your curtains…

Curtain Heading selection process…

The world of window dressings and curtains can be vast and overwhelming and selecting the most suitable heading for curtains is an area in which many clients request advice. In this post we have given a short and sweet summary, as a simple guide regarding the different curtain headings available when ordering made to measure curtains.


Pencil Pleat:
Probably the most common pleat as they are neat, practical and work well with both tracks and poles. Pencil pleats also work with virtually all types of curtain fabric, making them extremely flexible. You can choose exactly how high you want the heading to extend above the track or pole – the higher you go, the more luxurious it looks. Pencil pleats work equally well on tracks or hanging from rings on a pole.



Pinch Pleat:
Also known as  “French pleats” or “Triple pleats”, pinch pleats give an elegant, classic look that’s perfect for formal rooms. The pleats themselves are usually in groups of three separated by a space which opens up when the curtain is closed. When the curtain is opened the pleats creates neat, clean folds down the fabric. Pinch pleats work equally well on tracks or hanging from rings on a pole.



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Goblet Pleat:
Elegant and sophisticated, goblet pleats create a striking look and are ideal for use with longer windows. Choose rich jacquard or tapestry fabrics and combine them with lavish rope ties for a truly luxurious look. Perfect for creating a striking or traditional interior!



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Eyelet Heading:
Less formal than pinch pleats, eyelet headings have a contemporary feel. When the curtain is closed they create a soft, curving fold down the fabric and need far less material than other types of pleat. Eyelet headings only work with curtain poles, which should be fitted at least 15cm above the window; for a curtain to operate smoothly with eyelets heading, the pole for the curtains to hang from should be of a 28mm diameter (as eyelet diameter is usually, approximately 40mm); to ensure no friction is created between the pole and eyelet. Our eyelet colour range in the shop includes finish effects such as; Satin Nickel, Nickel Plate, Old Nickel, Clean Gold, Deep Black, Old Brass and Old Copper.

Get in Contact with us for Advice!

Here at Unidrape we offer detailed advice, tailored to your specific curtains requirements; combining both the aesthetic and practicality aims of your new window dressings. Come and see us at the shop to browse our full range of curtain fabrics and curtain headings, or alternatively contact us to arrange a survey service.