Curtain Headings & Types

headersThere are vast numbers of different headings you can choose for your curtains, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Factors to consider include cost - some headings require more fabric than others - style and light. We’re happy to discuss all the options with you, but here’s a list of a few of the most popular styles as a starting point:



Pencil Pleats

A pencil pleat heading is the simplest, most versatile type of curtain heading. The elegant slim folds (literally like a neat line of pencils) can create a smart, formal window dressing, but can also look great in a relaxed setting.
The pleats are created by pulling on cords to create an even gathering, which can be altered to fit a slightly wider or narrow window (in the event of a house move) etc. Suitable for both curtain tracks and poles.

Triple Pinch Pleat

Triple Pinch Pleats

Sometimes known as french pleats, the triple pleat header helps create a formal ambiance in the dining room, hall or master bedroom. The pleats are held in place with stitching, so the curtain width cannot be altered. Suitable for both curtain tracks and poles. The pleats can be made to any size but generally they are 3" or 5" for a longer drop.

Cottage Pleats

Cottage pleats give a pretty soft gather to the header. They are made by setting a one inch tape two inches down from the top. Perfect for kitchens, children’s bedrooms and more informal settings.



A contemporary style, a wave header allows curtains to hang in wide, even folds. A special track is used to create this effect.  Fabric Mills specialise in wave curtains so please do call us to discuss your requirements.



This goblet shaped gathering creates a sumptuous statement in a formal room and works well with heavier fabrics. To keep their shape, the goblets are usually no deeper than 10cm. This type of header isn't advisable for smaller windows as the curtains tend not to stack back as well. Suitable for both curtain tracks and poles.

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The pleats on a cartridge heading are allowed to form large, cylindrical folds, creating a more contemporary alternative to a goblet heading. Works well with tracks and poles.


Tab Top

This contemporary heading is only suitable for poles. Loops of the same or a contrasting fabric are sewn to the top of the curtain. Not suitable for rooms where you need to exclude light.



A great way of creating a modern look, eyelet curtains hang in wide, loose folds. Eyelets are available in a range of finishes. Works well with lighter and heavier weight fabrics. Only suitable for poles.