THERE ARE A WIDE RANGE OF CURTAIN HEADER STYLES AVAILABLE, NOT ONLY DO THEY PROVIDE FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS BUT THEY WILL ALSO GREATLY IMPACT THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THE ROOM; WHETHER THE SPACE TAKES ON A TRADITIONAL OR MORE MODERN SENSIBILITY.
A simple curtain heading style with very little fullness that achieves a minimal, contemporary look. Perfect for solid and sheers fabrics or patterned fabric as there are no pleats to interrupt the pattern repeat. A flat panel is also an ideal header style for a sheer, behind a fully lined curtain on a double track as it sits neatly underneath, with very little stack-back. Given the relaxed look of this header style, it works well with high quality linens, for casual sophistication.
A pinch pleat offers a classic look. Through folded creases in the stiff buckram the pleats are acheived. Hooks are then inserted and the curtain can be hung on a track or a rod. The three varieties of Pinch Pleat headers are characterised by the number of folds/creases at the top (single, double or triple) as well as the fullness, the stack back and the overall look.
Represented by its small pencil sized pleats, the pencil pleat is a gathered header allowing you to gather the fabric to your desired fullness. The fullness is dependent on the amount you gather with the pull cords and due to the fullness that can be achieved it’s advised to avoid heavy or bulky fabrics as these can disrupt the even distribution of the gathering.
The box pleat is a classic curtain heading style that creates a tailored, elegant look. Deeply inverted pleats run across the top of the drape to create a flat heading style that is designed to sit neatly under a curtain rod or on a track. Creating uniformed folds, a box pleat is suited to most fabrics however thought must be taken when using highly patterned designs, especially geometrics, as the pleating can disrupt the pattern match. A great heading style when using a standard width fabric as joins can be hidden into the fold of the pleat therefore minimising the appearance of unsightly seams.
Modern and contemporary, a Wave curtain heading style, also known as an S-Fold header, creates a simple clean line which is perfectly suited to most solid, patterned and sheer fabrics. Through the use of a structured bukram tape, secured to the rear of the header, the fabric is evenly distributed in a symmetrical Wave formation.
The use of wide width fabrics is an effective way to achieve a continuous line across a window with no joins or seams, leading to manufacturing efficiencies with less stitching required. Synthetic fabrics particularly suit a Wave heading style by maintaining stable formation over large windows as opposed to some natural fibres that may fall in a more relaxed manner.