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Different Types of Curtain Headings to Embellish Your Home

Types of Curtain Headings
The style of the heading solely depends on the overall look and fall of the curtain. To say the least, a curtain heading breathes life into a curtain, giving it the desired look. Take a look at the types mentioned here to decide which style suits your home the best.
Cheryl Mascarenhas
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
Old bedroom with queen double bed in ancient house
For a very low-ceilinged room:
» Measure your draperies so that they extend from the floor to the ceiling.
» Match their color to the wall color.
» Install the curtain rod nearly in the same plane with the ceiling.
A heading is nothing but the piece of curtain that attaches to the rod or track. One look at the heading is enough to tell you that not every curtain looks and falls the same. You can say that the heading is what gives volume to the curtain as it not only reduces the width of the curtain, but also incorporates pleats and other styles that enhance the look of the curtain and the room.

Just like the physical appearance speaks volumes about an individual, his/her choices while doing up the living spaces has an impact on how we judge a person. So to say, we judge people not just on their appearance but also how they present their immediate surrounding to us. Which is why one needs to take immense care while planning out the interior decoration. The same rule applies to window treatments and curtains per se. Paying attention to the detailing of the curtain is sure to bring out the best in your home décor.
Single Pinch Pleat or New York Pleat
This style involves pinching and securing one pleat to form the heading. Pleats are placed at equal distances to form uniform boxes that fall neatly at the edges. They are suitable for all window types and consume lesser amount of fabric than the other styles. They are generally installed outside the window frame using curtain tracks or rods.
Single Pinch Pleat curtain
Double Pinch Pleat or Dutch Pleat
The Dutch pleat is made by securing two pinched pleats. Like the single pleat, this style requires lesser fabric to be made. The uniformity of the pinches makes it one of the most sought-after style for curtain headings. Ideally installed on tracks and rods, these headings are suitable for all window types.
Double Pinch Pleat curtain
Triple Pinch Pleat or French Pleat
A classic formal heading, this style is used for curtains used to decorate bedrooms, dining, and other formal rooms. It is made by pinching three pleats together instead of two and considerably requires a lot of fabric. It is made to a fixed width to fit the curtain track or rod.
Triple Pinch Pleat curtain
Euro Pinch Pleat
Euro pinch pleats are very much like French pleats; the only difference is that the pleats are pinched and secured at the hem of the curtain. They eventually form neat pyramids or fans resting on top of the curtain. This style is a bit less formal and is comparatively more relaxed than the traditional pleats.
Euro Pinch Pleat curtain
Inverted Box Pleat or Box Pleat
One of the most common types of curtain pleats, inverted pleats succeed in lending a contemporary look to the room. The curtain is pinched and pleated on the underside of the curtain. It is then stitched along the edges to help maintain its shape. It requires a lot of fabric to be constructed which makes it an expensive choice. Besides, these curtains are not suitable for narrow window frames as they require more space to stack back.
Inverted Pleat curtain
Goblet Pleat
Goblet pleats are ideal if you wish to render a luxurious and elegant look to your home. They are tube-shaped headings lined with buckram to get stiff cups sitting pretty on the curtain hem. The folds beneath fall to create a goblet shape, which gives an opulent look to curtains.
Goblet Pleat curtain
Pencil Pleat
Pencil pleats are created by gathering the curtain at the hem with cords running through them. The cords help relax and tense the gathers, making it a popular and inexpensive choice for most homeowners. It creates a simple, casual look and is suitable for all fabric types.
Pencil Pleat curtain
Smocked Curtains
Smocking definitely adds more drama and character to your curtain head. Given its detailing, this style is ideal for stationary curtains that do not need to be drawn in and out. For obvious reasons, this style requires immense amount of fabric, making it a mighty expensive choice.
Smocked Curtains
Grommet Top or Eyelet Top
Eyelet top curtains are the easiest to make and install, and involve just grommets or metallic eyes and a rod to hold it in place. It is made by punching an even number of holes across the hem of the curtain into which metal eyelets are inserted.
Grommet Top curtain
Rod Pocket
As the name suggests, the curtain is folded across the length towards the inside to form a pocket. Occasionally, the curtain is gathered to give it a classy look. The curtain gets a natural fall with folds in the right places, which gives a clean appearance.
Rod Pocket curtain
Tab Top Curtains
Loops are made using the same curtain fabric, which are then attached to the hem of the curtain. A curtain pole or rod is passed through the loops or tabs to hold the drape in place. You can also create a concealed tab top curtain by having a series of tabs sewn into the underside of the curtain. This will allow the curtain to loosely pleat up and fall evenly across the length of the curtain.
Tab Top Curtains
Choosing drapes and blinds, also called window treatments, for the room is always left for the very last. However, far from being a frippery, your choice of curtains or blinds can play a key role in how the whole room is tied together. This is why you need to ensure that they match the atmosphere you're trying to create.