Curtain Headings

Terry Baskeyfield | Posted

Curtain headings are a fantastic way to customise your window dressings and give them that professionally done feel. There is a variety of heading which you can choose from and below are few examples of some the most popular types currently available.

Box pleated headings

Box pleat heading tapes give a very tailored look and drape into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. The pleats butt onto each other without any interval between them. Due to the amount of fabric required to create a box pleat heading, it is always wise to multiply the track width by 3 when estimating the amount you will need.

Cased headings

A simple cased heading is used mainly for nets and lightweight fabrics that are not to be opened and closed frequently. A casing or channel sewn across the top is left open at the ends. A thin curtain rod or plastic covered spring wire slots through the channel and fits onto hooks or into sockets at the side of the window. In terms of fabric amount, multiply the rod or wire length by two for a pretty accurate cut.

Eyelet headings

For fans of the minimalist look, there are eyelet headings, created by a narrow rod, pole or wire which is threaded through eyelets that are inserted close to the top edge of the fabric creating deep folds. Suited more to light to medium weight fabrics, this style requires a length of fabric twice the rod width

Goblet pleated headings

Suitable for tracks or poles, goblet pleats make a very elegant heading for extra long curtains. Pleats fall from each goblet that can be stuffed with tissue paper or cotton wool to keep their lovely full shape. This heading tape has 2 sets of cords and is suitable for medium to heavyweight fabrics. Multiply the track width by 2 to 2.5 when estimating for fabric.

Tab top headings

A modern, less formal heading is created with loops of matching or contrasting fabric that are stitched onto the top edge of the treatment omitting the need for heading tape. This style is quite versatile and is suitable for all weights of fabric, though should only be used in conjunction with curtain poles. You should also remember to take the length of the tabs into consideration when measuring.


Good for an informal style but may not be suitable for wide windows. King Pleat- Requires lot of fullness to look its best. Gathered- Good for a relaxed style but may not be suitable for wide windows. Chef's Cap- Wonderfully titled and a good choice if you want your heading to be a different colour from your curtains. Pelmet- These are made to be approximately 1/6 of the curtain drop. Fixed headings- Pinch Pleat or Double/ Triple pleat or French Pleat, all are classic and elegant and recommended for wide windows.

Of this selection really is just the tip of the window dressed iceberg, there are so many more styles to use from but no where near enough space to list them all in one article! View our latest fabric and curtain designs, including a great selection of check curtains now. 

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