Choose the right curtain heading

If window treatments leave you confused, follow our guide on how to find the right design for you

white and black design curtain
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Pencil pleat
Create with the heading tap sewn on the top edge of the curtain, with the cords pulled in to make neat gathers. Perfect for a relaxed bedroom scheme, and suitable for tracks or poles and for medium to heavyweight fabrics.

curtain with pencil pleat and heading tap sewn

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An unfussy heading with a soft, wide fold, this looks good in contemporary settings, and is a great way of showing off a boldly patterned fabric. An eyelet heading is suitable for most curtain fabrics, though generally not sheers.

curtain with eyelets and patterned fabric

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Pinch pleat
Created with heading tape that forms a fan effect. Gives a more tailored look than pencil pleats - good for more formal living or dining rooms.

white pinch pleat curtain

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Tab tops
Loops of fabric are stitched to the top of the curtain and slipped onto a pole. Suitable for sheers and light to medium-weigh curtains, and good for an informal setting, but can catch on the pole when opening and closing.

tab top curtain in white colour

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