Curtain Headings – Options

The way the curtain is pleated at the top creates a different look and uses a different amount of fabric.  Some things to consider are:

  • Suitability of fabric.
Pleating very heavy fabrics can be difficult so certain styles will work better than others. A Single pleat or New York pleat would be the best options.
If the fabric has a pattern or a stripe can this be coordinated with the pleating? Pleating fabrics to their stripe really adds a wow factor to the curtains, the Inverted pleat and New York pleat showcase this the best.  Refer to the Inverted pleat sample shown.
  • Amount of fullness.
The different pleating styles require different amounts of fullness to create the pleats. 
Pleats using less fullness like the Single and the Inverted pleats are great choices if there is not much room to stack the curtain off the window, when wanting to create a minimalistic look or when wanting to use less fabric.


Types of Pleats

Pleats using more fullness like the New York and Pencil pleats create a luxurious full curtain.


Inverted Pleat – A contemporary pleat with a flat look at the top when the curtains are closed. 


New York Pleat – This heading creates a wave like effect at the top of the curtain.  A contemporary style that will still work in a traditional setting when using the right fabric. 


Pencil Pleat – The classic curtain heading, created by a tape sewn on the back with strings to gather making the pencil pleat.


Double Pinch Pleat – Pinch pleated curtains are a more formal and traditional style curtain. 

Single Pinch Pleat – Pinch pleated curtains are a more formal and traditional style curtain.