How to choose curtain headings

How to choose curtain headings

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Inverted/Box Pleat»
Eyelet/Grommet»Tab Top»
Back Tab»Rod Pocket/Slot Top»
Wave Curtain»

Heading is the way the top of the curtain attaches to the poles or track. There are different headings you can choose for your curtains and all depend on your preference or the type of pole or track you are using. The type of heading you choose can sometimes effect the curtain’s look (to achieve a contemporary or a traditional style) and cost (some headings require more fabric and complicate processes than others). 

  Pencil Pleat Curtain 
Pencil Pleat Curtain Heading pencil pleat curtain heading

A pencil pleat heading creates a simple and tidy feel. It can be hung onto both curtain track and pole system.



This curtain style is perfect for a room with large glass windows or doors. To keep a neat and luxury look, you may hold the curtain stacks with the curtain tiebacks.

If you prefer the neat slim folds, please don’t choose very heavy fabrics.

Our pencil pleat curtains are 2.0X gather. You can adjust your desired gather by yourself. Check more detail for 1.5X Gather, 3.0X Gather, 4.0X Gather pencil pleat curtains.

Important: How to Measure >> 

  Double Pinch Pleat Curtain

 double pleat curtain heading

Double pinch pleat curtain offers a very formal and elegant heading. The pleat is in a "V" shape. 


It is very similar to triple pinch pleat heading, but requires less fabric. It's suitable for both curtain track and pole system.

Important: How to Measure >>

   Double Tailored Pleat Curtain 


Double tailored pleat curtain, also known as euro pleat or French pleat curtains. They have the similar functionality and characteristics as double pinch pleat curtains, with the distinction that the pleats are secured at the very top of the heading.


It is very similar to triple tailored pleat heading, but requires less fabric.  It is suitable for both curtain tracks and pole systems, making it an ideal choice for contemporary and traditional interiors.

Important: How to Measure >>

 Triple Pinch Pleat Curtain

 Triple pleat curtain heading

Triple pinch pleat curtain creates a quite formal dressing. The triple pleat is in a fan shape.


Triple pinch pleat curtain is more gathered than other curtain styles. It can be hung onto both curtain track and pole system. It can be paired with modern furnishings and furniture to create a contemporary look.

Important: How to Measure >> 

  Triple Tailored Pleat Curtain 

Triple tailored pleat curtain creates a simple yet stunning look with its triple pleat folds resembling a beautiful waterfall.


Triple tailored pleat headings which are more gathered compared to other curtain styles. They can be hung using both a curtain track and a pole system. They are perfect for both contemporary and traditional interiors, adding a touch of elegance to any space.

Important: How to Measure >> 

  Eyelet Curtain

  Inverted / Box Pleat Curtain


Box pleat curtains add a classic and elegant style to your interior. These curtains feature evenly spaced pleats that create a neat and crisp appearance, making them an ideal choice for formal spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. 



Box pleat curtains can be hung from both a curtain track and a pole system. The curtain is 2.0x Gather.  They offer a more tailored and structured look that complements both modern and traditional interior designs.
Important: How to Measure >>

  Eyelet/Grommet Curtain

Eyelet Curtain Heading Eyelet curtain on a tension rod

Eyelet curtain creates a contemporary look with large, even and naturally soft folds. 



Pole system only. It's suitable for both lighter and heavier weight fabrics. 1.5x Gather Eyelet Curtain doesn’t require fabric too much. The curtain style is great for showing off prints or patterns.

Important: How to Measure  >>

 Tab Top Curtain 

Tab Top Curtain Heading Tab top curtain heading

Tap Top curtain gives a modern, informal and romantic feel.


Pole system only. It is suitable a sheer, billowy fabric or voile.

Important: How to Measure >>

  Back Tab Curtain 

Back Tab curtains create a neat and seamless look from top to bottom.  They are perfect for both modern and traditional interiors.


Pole system only. Please notice that opening and closing tabbed curtains is a bit more difficult than with rings.

Important: How to Measure >>

  Wave Curtain / S Fold

Wave Curtain S Fold Curtain

S Fold / Wave curtain creates fluid waves of the fabric. It is neat and stylish.

It can be hung onto both wave curtain track or wave curtain pole system.



Wave track only. It is works well with large windows and high ceiling with minimised curtain stack. It makes your windows feel taller and wider than they are. It moves effortlessly and quickly.  It works in both contemporary and traditional interiors. 

We would recommend sheer voile or lightweight fabrics for S Fold / Wave Curtains. It is not suitable for stiff or very heavy fabric.

Important: How to Measure >>

  Rod Pocket/Slot Top Curtain  

white rod pocket curtains in 6 times fullness

Teal rod pocket curtains in 6 times fullness

Orange rod pocket curtains in 6 times fullness

Rod pocket curtains in Smarties Collection(Project Photo: 6X Fullness)


With no visible rods and rails, the rod pocket sheer curtains create a glamorous effect and bring in natural light and colours.

It's suitable for rod, rail, pole, curtain wire.


Important: How to Measure >>

Please choose a heading style to match your fitting system.

Standard Track/Pole With Rings

Pencil pleat curtain

Double pinch pleat

Triple pinch pleat

Inverted/Box pleat curtain

Wave track/rail

Wave curtain/S fold curtain/Ripple fold curtain


Eyelet/Grommet curtain

Double pinch pleat

Triple pinch pleat curtain

Tab top/Slot top curtain (not open and close the curtain often)

Rod Pocket curtain (not open and close the curtain often)

Extendable tension rod 
Lightweight curtains, e.g., rod pocket voile curtain, tab top voile curtain
Net curtain wire 
Rod pocket voile curtain. The window recess is too wide or can’t find a suitable tension rod.
For a Sash window 
Flat rod pocket panel (1.0 fullness) Please email your window size to for a quote.

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