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Curtain Headings Style Guide

Grommet or pinch pleat curtains? Tabs or ties? Decisions, decisions…

If you think all drapery looks the same, take a closer look at the top of each. It’s not just about the fabric. The curtain styles – whether classic pinch pleat drapes or contemporary grommet curtains – speak volumes about your style — sometimes more than the fabric itself. From understated to dramatic, a well-chosen curtain style can greatly complement the tone of your room. So we hope you will take a few minutes to read this information from Spiffy Spools stylists on various heading styles and order the ones that best suit your individual style.

Detailed descriptions of more than a dozen curtain heading styles that we offer along with images are below. However, to get you started, here’s a recap of the top five bestselling curtain headings on Spiffy Spools.

FLAT PANEL TOPS: Easily our bestselling heading style, flat panels tops are probably the most minimalist drapery on offer.  These are simply drapery panels hemmed on all four sides with a heading tape sewn on top in the back. Flat panels can be either hung with drapery pins and rings typically using the pin and hook mechanism, or with curtain clips and hooks. Smacking of chic minimalism, these are an extremely popular choice for contemporary spaces – especially in apartments and smaller houses.

EURO DOUBLE PINCH PLEATS: Euro double pinch pleats are like the traditional double pinch pleats except that the pleats are pinched and secured at the top hem of the curtain. Pleats are created by making folded creases in the stiff buckram and pinched together at the top hem of the drape, like an inverted V shape, that then flow down in a tailored fashion. The top-gathered pleats create a waterfall effect for a pared down, updated take on the classic pleat that’s perfect for classic and modern rooms alike.

GROMMET CURTAINS: Stylish, contemporary and unfussy, grommet curtains are a great choice for an up-to-date, minimalist look. Grommet curtains have even number of eyelets regularly spaced across the width and are very easy to hang as the big eyelet rings slide straight on the drapery pole.

ROD POCKET CURTAINS: A simple and versatile curtain heading that can be gathered to suit a range of track widths. A three inch pocket is sewn across the top of the curtain panel through which the curtain rod is inserted. Stunning on a tall window and a popular choice for plain and semi-plain fabrics.

TRIPLE PINCH PLEAT DRAPES: Classic, formal and elegant. Made the same way as double pinch pleats but the added third pinch makes these curtains very full, plush and luxurious. Fabric is gathered delicately into three little folds and then pinched together to create one pleat. A great addition to any traditional or elegant styled space since it offers a dramatic, yet timeless look.

Not sure which curtain styles are suitable for your home décor? Simply write to us at info@spiffyspools.com and one of our stylists will be happy to help!

Back Tab Top

Back Tab Top

Suitable for: Poles only.

Perfect for a relaxed, laid back setting

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Double Pinch Pleat

Double Pinch Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks

Full, formal & elegant

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Euro Double Pinch Pleat

Euro Double Pinch Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks

Tradition meets modernity

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Euro Triple Pinch Pleat

Euro Triple Pinch Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks

Luxury meets functionality

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Flat Panel Top

Flat Panel Top

Suitable for: Poles & tracks

Our most minimalist drapery on offer

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Goblet Pinch Pleat

Goblet Pinch Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks

Unapologetically glamorous

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Grommet Top

Grommet Top

Suitable for: Poles only.

Stylish, contemporary and unfussy

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Inverted Box Pleat

Inverted Box Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks.

Formal yet laid back

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Pencil Pleat

Pencil Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks.

A popular classic for casual setting

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Rod Pocket Top

Rod Pocket Top

Suitable for: Poles only.

Minimalist chic

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Rod Pocket with Header Frill

Rod Pocket with Header Frill

Suitable for: Poles only

Pared down elegance

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Tab Top

Tab Top

Suitable for: Poles only.

Never overdone, casual done right

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Tie Top

Tie Top

Suitable for: Poles only.

The easy in easygoing

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Triple/French Pinch Pleat

Triple/French Pinch Pleat

Suitable for: Poles & tracks.

Classic, formal and totally elegant.

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