Choosing Curtain Headings

This guide is a explanation of the three different header treatments used for curtains – and who knew there were so many types to choose from? If you are on the lookout for some new curtains in your life, hopefully this article can help in making that all-important decision.

Pencil Pleat

The most traditional header used in curtains is pencil pleat. This header is also the most popular as these pretty pleats can be used in two ways, and everyone loves a bit of multi-functioning, don’t they?

Pencil pleat curtains can be hung either with a simple curtain track - where the pencil pleat heading is set over the track. Curtain hooks are inserted a few pockets down on the heading tape and fed onto the track. The fabric is then gathered together for a luxurious finished look.

Alternatively, you can hang your pencil pleat curtain with a curtain pole. Here the fabric hangs just below the pole but the curtain is still gathered and secured at each end. The main difference is each curtain hook is inserted into an individual curtain ring. The finished look is more contemporary than our traditional friend, but still looks just as luxurious! One big tip is to always leave one hook in between the finial and the wall bracket to keep the curtain in place at each end.


Curtains with an eyelet header give a much more modern look. However, the labour cost of eyelet curtains is slightly more expensive as each eyelet has to be inserted into the curtain individually.

Eyelet Curtains are easy and fuss free – simply slide them onto the pole, and again, keep one eyelet between the finial and the wall bracket to keep the curtain in place. Please note you must have a curtain pole as this won’t work with a rail.

Pinch Pleat

Pinch pleats are slightly more decorative, and can be used on both a traditional track and curtain pole. Pinch pleats are similar to pencil pleats but they have a permanent sewn in pleat at equal distances across the curtain, which creates a beautiful tailored finish.

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