Friday 23 April 2021
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Picking the right curtain

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-8-51-33-amCurtain heading (top of curtain) are used to customise and style the fabric in different pleats and/or folds. Each of these contributes to different styles and looks.

Here are a few options:
Pencil pleat – the traditional standard heading for curtains. It is usually found in a 7.5 cm tape with three hook positions making it suitable for almost all types of curtain tracks and rods. For me this curtain heading works best if hidden behind a valance or in a recess between the ceiling and the wall. The difficulty with this heading is that if not gathered sufficiently it tends to look skimpy. A drop of 2.5m wide will if gathered properly will only cover 1m. Therefore for a 2m curtain rail you will need 2 drops of 2.5m in width. For the curtains to hang well, a hook should be inserted every 10cm.
Box pleat – curtain heading with a very tailored look that drape into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. The pleats butt onto each other with no interval between them. This curtain type will work well with a traditional, formal and contemporary décor style.

Eyelet – with this heading a narrow rod, pole or wire is threaded through eyelets that are inserted close to the top edge creating deep folds. Works well with a minimalist look and a contemporary décor style. Best suitable for light to medium weight fabrics.

Rod Packet or cased curtain heading – mainly used for nets and lightweight fabrics, or curtains that are not supposed to be opened and closed regularly or at all. This curtain type is usually more esthetical than practical.

A casing or channel sewn across the top of the curtain is left open at the ends. A slender curtain rod is fitted through the channel and attached to the wall with brackets. This curtain type works well with a cottage, shabby chic or rustic décor style.

Goblet – this type of pleated curtain heading is very elegant and works very well with longer lengths. Top pleats (called a goblet) that can be stuffed with tissue paper or cotton wool to retain their shape.  The curtain style works well with traditional décor or a more formal shabby chic style.
Tab top – this heading style is more informal and consists of loops of matching or contrasting fabric that are sewn onto the top edge of curtain top. This curtain style will work well with a cottage, rustic or shabby chic style. This curtain type only suits light to medium weight fabrics.

Wave track – this is a relatively new heading type. It results in a neat and stylish curtain that consists of a heading tape and glider rod and cord. It results in a simple continuous waved curtain, which is similar in look to that of the eyelet, but the curtain hangs directly under the rail. This curtain style will look great with almost all décor styles.

Next week we will have a look at the different types of blinds.

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