Curtain headings

Curtains attach to a pole or track in different ways.

This is known as the heading. Curtain headings will affect the appearance of your curtains and how they hang.


Eyelets are metal rings punched along the top of the curtain, which are threaded onto a pole. This style suits medium weight, unlined fabrics. Eyelet curtains have quite a contemporary look though these types of curtains are not suitable for curtain tracks or bay windows.

Pencil pleat

This is a regular, pleated effect that has quite a formal look to it. It is suitable for long drapes and light-to-medium-weight fabrics. Pencil pleat curtains are actually the most common type of pleats and heading tape used in curtaining. The name comes from the aesthetic: the tape forms crisp even upright parallel pleats (like a row of pencils).

Pinch pleat

This type of pleat is where three folds of fabric are pinched into a pleat at regular intervals, forming a regular, gathered effect. The pleats are pinched close together at the bottom so that they fan out towards the top. It is suitable for medium weight fabrics. The uniform gathering also makes it great for larger patterns. Other names for this type of pleat include French pleat and triple pleat.

Goblet pleat

These are elegant, large pleats forming a cylinder at the top of the curtain. They can be described as pinch pleats which have their top edge plumped out and padded with wadding to form a goblet shape. This type of heading looks beautiful on tall windows in heavyweight fabrics.

Cased heading

This style of curtain has several names. Essentially the casement curtain is best described as the top forms a pocket (or casement) that the fabric is then threaded onto a pole or rod. This is usually fixed outside the window frame. The fabric is sometimes difficult to pull across, so will often be left in place and draped back to the sides of the windows and held in place with tie backs or holdbacks. Casement curtains work well on windows that aren’t opened and closed frequently.

They are a great type of decorative curtain or a curtain that is used to simply add colour and texture to a room rather than serving a functional purpose.

Café curtains

Cafe Curtains originated from Vienna in the 19th century, to allow patrons to view people passing by as they dined, whilst retaining a degree of privacy. These curtains cover only half the window, are stationary and are usually on rods with rings. They are usually used to create privacy in a kitchen setting. Café curtains are often made from lace or nets in order to provide privacy yet still allow some light to pass through. This also makes them easy to wash. They are a simple and economical way of providing privacy to a room without losing all the view.

If you are unsure of which heading will be best for your selected curtains, speak to one of the staff members at Timms Curtain House, we’ll be more than happy to advise you!

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