How to choose curtain headings

How to choose curtain headings

Pencil Pleat»
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Triple Pinch Pleat»
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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 Headingpencil 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 pleat curtain heading

Double pinch pleat curtain offers a very formal and elegant heading. The pinch 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 >>

  Triple Pinch Pleat Curtain 

Triple Pleat Curtain HeadingTriple pleat curtain heading

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


Triple Pinch pleat headings which are 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 contemporar look.

Important: How to Measure >> 

  Eyelet Curtain

Eyelet Curtain HeadingEyelet 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.

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  Tab Top Curtain 

Tab Top Curtain HeadingTab 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.

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  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.

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  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

Pencil pleat curtain

Double pinch pleat

Triple pinch pleat

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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