Curtain Headings

Curtains can dramatically shape the way a room feels. Whether you’re seeking something light and airy, or craving a bit of privacy and peace of mind, there are plenty of options to suit your needs. Any of the following curtain headings can furnish your windows by themselves, in a combination with blinds, or on a double track system with sheers and blockout fabrics.

Types of Curtain Headings

S Fold

S fold curtains (also known as S wave, roll pleat and ripple pleat) are beautifully shaped in even round tubular panels that add a contemporary elegance to the space. The S fold is a versatile option, suitable for both commercial and residential uses. Sheer fabric is aesthetically pleasing, and often used to allow soft light to filter through. Thicker fabrics, however, still work well for rooms that require less light and more privacy.

One element to keep in mind is that the curtain will require more stacking room. This may mean increasing the length of the curtain tracks, so that when the curtains are open you can still enjoy the full view outside your window.

Double/Triple Pinch Pleat

Pinch Pleat curtains are a popular choice. Folds of fabric are pinched together with two or three layers to create a traditional yet timeless design that is loved for its neat stacking and structured look. It can be aesthetically enhanced with patterned fabric.

This option is most commonly used in a residential setting with thicker fabric that blocks out light. One consideration to note is that the triple pleat will require more stacking room than the double pleat, due to the increased amount of fabric. The Pinch Pleat suits just about any type of track and pole, and can be used in a traditional or more contemporary setting.


The eyelet (also known as Grommet Pleat) is a modern design known for its European influence, and smooth operation. The round wave-like appearance is a real win for your windows! This design uses metal edged holes (eyelets) that glide over the curtain rod, allowing for fluid opening and closing movement.

This option works best with solid fabric rather than sheer as the metal eyelets need something solid to attach to. The Eyelet is well crafted to allow light into a room, so install these in a living area or in a commercial space rather than a bedroom. For a bold look, choose fabric that matches other homewares.

Pencil Pleat or Gather Tape Heading

The Pencil Pleat features a heading style with tightly packed folds of fabric that resemble rows of pencils. It is less formal than other designs, and adds a playful flare that is ideal for living areas or cosy bedrooms.
One benefit of the Pencil Pleat is its versatility. It works with both solid and sheer fabrics and is adaptable to both modern and traditional looking spaces. The curtain can also be flattened by loosening the chords for easy cleaning.

Inverted Box Pleat

Create a minimalistic professional look with the Inverted Box Pleat, a design where the pleats are hidden behind the curtain, producing deep boxy folds down the length of the curtain. The Box Pleat is simplistic but elegant, well suited for any luxurious space.
The heading style is ideal for curtains that will remain closed most of the time, such as sheer curtains. The Inverted Box Pleat requires a little more stacking room than the likes of a double pinch pleat, so ensure that there is plenty of space on either side of the windows.

Tab Top

The Tab Top is a comforting and homely design, well suited for an informal space. Loops of fabric are evenly spaced across the curtain rod, constituting a simple but fun look.
Using light or pastel coloured fabric brings a youthful energy into the room, while pairing the curtains with a wooden curtain rod can create a “boho chic” style. An important consideration is that the Tab Top is not the most fluid curtain to open and close. It is best matched with lightweight fabrics, such as sheer curtains that allow light into a space, or decorative curtains that are scarcely pulled shut.

Knife Pleat

The Knife Pleat adds a sharp, contemporary sophistication to any room. The heading style consists of pleats gathered tightly together to produce a grid like structure, adding a sense of fullness to the curtain fitting.
This design has streamlined movement, while the pleats sit flat and stack compactly. It is best used with sheer fabric to create ambiance and light in a room, or to complement a pair of block out curtains. This structured style will throw a modern twist on any room.


Add some artistic flair to your space with the Goblet style curtain, perfect for creating an informal atmosphere in the household. The heading style is shaped similar to a goblet, generating an abstract design that cascades into triangular folds down the length of the curtain. Goblet curtains are great for creating that unique look within your home.
Using pastel shades or patterned fabrics can make your drapes a focal point of the room. While pleasing to the eye, this style does not stack as easily as some. It is more suited for block out curtains with a bit more weight holding the goblets upright and ample space to stack.


Pelmets are a must-have addition that cover up the top of your blinds and curtains. These are highly effective in insulating your windows, by adding a layer that prevents air flow from escaping in the gap between the top of the curtains and the wall.
Pelmets are versatile in styling options. Use a patterned decorative pelmet for a classy traditional look, or install a bold, minimalistic pelmet to complement a contemporary styled room. Boost your aesthetic and save on your energy bills! Check our pelmet page for more options.