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Curtain Glossary

 Types of Curtains

Pinch Pleat

  • A two or three fold sewn in pleat used to make the heading of the curtain
  • Can be hung on a track or rod, using hooks that are inserted into the back of the pleat
  • This heading gives a more formal look and is not adjustable; exact measurement of tracks and rods is very important to ensure the right sized curtain is selected

Pencil Pleat

  • A curtain heading that gathers by pulling the strings that run through a 75mm tape
  • The curtain must be hooked prior to gathering, with hooks that are looped through the tape pockets (see hooks guide for hook placements)
  • Can be adjusted to suit the width of the window, e.g. pulled in or let out

Box/Inverted Pleat

  • A heading that has evenly spaced and stitched double pleats on the inside of the curtain rather than the front
  • Can be hung on a track or rod, using hooks that are inserted into the back of the pleat
  • This heading gives a more formal look and is not adjustable; exact measurement of tracks and rods is very important to ensure the right sized curtain is selected

Ring Top/Eyelet

  • Eyelets (or grommets) are metal, plastic or rubber rings used to reinforce a hole in the fabric to make a heading for the curtain
  • Can be hung from a rod, where the curtain is threaded on, creating large pleats
  • Recommended fullness for eyelet curtains is double width, however if your window is not the exact width required for double, they can be adjusted to suit bigger or smaller windows

 Types of curtain Fabric

Blockout

  • Blockout fabric is fabric that is coated with layers of foam (otherwise known as ‘passes’)
  • This produces an opaque fabric that completely blocks out light and protects from heat, glare and UV
  • Blockout fabric is also useful in insulating homes and has noise-dampening qualities, due to their density and opacity

Translucent

  • Translucent fabric is uncoated fabric
  • It allows some light, but not detailed shapes to pass through
  • It is semi-transparent

Sheer

  • Sheer fabric is a lightweight, semi-transparent fabric
  • It allows light to enter through, yet maintains daytime privacy so you can see out of the sheer, yet people cannot see in during the day
  • At night when lights are on, one can see in through sheer

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