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Different Curtain Headings Explained

There are several different types of curtain headings available, and each has their own practical and styling benefits to suit any taste! The most common types of curtain headings include, pencil pleat, pinch pleat, box pleat and eyelet curtains.

Pencil pleat curtains are a more traditional style of curtain heading. A gather tape is sewn onto the back of the curtain, which allows the strings in the tape to be pulled, which then creates neat, vertically stacked pleats, much like pencils! Pencil pleat curtains are a fantastic option for versatility as the tape can be let out or gathered up more tightly, allowing the curtains to adjust and fit onto many different sized windows. A little tip for gathering up the tape on your pencil pleat curtains; don’t cut off the excess string! Just tie it up neatly and make sure it is out of reach of children, so you then have the option to let them out or gather them up again if you need to.

Curtains with a pencil pleat heading are hooked at the back, using gather hooks, and can be fitted onto tracks, or rods that have special rings for hooks. These curtains are perfect for classical homes as the style lends itself to traditional décor, however, due to their timeless design and simplicity, they transition beautifully into a more modern style of home also.

Pencil pleat blockout curtains
Pencil Pleat Curtain

Pinch pleat curtains are different to pencil pleat curtains in that the tape is sewn into the top of the fabric. They way it is sewn in creates a look where the fabric pinches up into either two or three small folds, with even spaces between each set of pinches. This creates a structured look allowing the fabric to drape neatly.

Much like pencil pleat curtains, pinch pleat curtains are hooked at the back and are hung on a track or a rod that has special rings for hooks. As the tape is sewn into the fabric, pinch pleat curtains are at a fixed size and can’t be gathered more tightly or let out. Pinch pleat curtains are the perfect example where traditional style meets a modern flare, allowing it to fit in nicely to any style of home.

Pinch pleat curtains
Pinch Pleat Curtain

Box pleat curtains are very similar to pinch pleat curtains in that the tape is also sewn into the top of the fabric. Instead of having the pinches on the outside, they are inverted creating a flat, boxed look. This is a much more modern, structured spin on the classic curtain, making the box pleat curtain a perfect addition to any modern home. Box pleat curtains use the same hooks as pinch pleat curtains and again can be hung on tracks, or rods with special rings for hooks.

Ready Made Blockout Curtains
Box Pleat Curtain

Eyelet curtains are a fun, modern take on the traditional curtain heading styles. The heading is designed with evenly spaced metal rings that can be hung directly onto a curtain rod with great ease. Eyelet curtains are a fantastic option for modern homes as they give you some dramatic elements of a traditional curtain, whilst still remaining lighter and more modern and breezy with the rings up the top.

Ready made curtains
Eyelet Curtains

So as you can see, each curtain heading has their own traits and benefits. While they are ever so slightly different, each small tweak in the heading can have a big impact on the styling of every room, giving you the creative freedom to play around with different styles and have fun with design!