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There are a variety of curtain heading styles, both modern and traditional. The curtain style you select is as important a part of your finished window treatment as the fabric selection itself.

Curtain Heading Tape

Our curtain heading tape selection includes:

Gathering Tape

This is also referred to as a Cottage heading. The tape is usually 2.5cm or 1 inch deep and not strong enough for long or interlined curtains, as a rule we use this heading for dressing table curtains.

Narrow Pencil Pleat Tape

This tape is usually 5cm or 2 inches deep and used on small curtains or sheers. It's either set to the top of the curtain or set down the same distance as itself to form a casual stand-up heading.

Standard Pencil Pleat Tape

This tape is usually 7.5cm or 3 inches deep. The tape we use has multi-pockets down the length (instead of the more common 3 fixed pockets), this allows more choice with your hook position. Like the narrow pencil pleat tape, this tape can also be set down from the top of the curtain to form a deep stand-up heading. This is sometimes preferred on poles to cover them when the curtains are closed.

Deep Pencil Pleat Tape

This tape is usually 15cm or 6 inches deep and used on long curtains to look more in proportion with a longer curtain drop.


A trademarked style of curtain or sheer heading designed by Silent Gliss. This tape is 7.5cm or 3 inches deep and creates a heading of fluid waves hanging below an appropriate pole or rail. As this heading style stacks back very well it is regularly used at large windows or walls of glass and can have either 60mm or 80mm waves.

For all other headings we use a fusible heading buckram within the curtain. We make the pleats by hand offering a more elegant and formal bespoke finish. We use a variety of buckram depths depending on the drop of your curtain. Usually 10cm or 4 inches for short curtains, 12.5cm or 5 inches for mid length curtains, 15cm or 6 inches for full length curtains and 20cm or 8 inches for extra long curtains.

Curtain Heading Styles

Coach House Interiors Triple Pinch Pleat

Triple Pinch Pleat Headings

A traditional curtain style option is the triple pinch pleat heading, also known as French pleats. This gives a beautiful tailored finish.

Coach House Interiors Double Pinch Pleat

Double Pinch Pleat Headings

A more modern and equally as popular twist to the triple pinch pleat curtain style is the double pinch pleat.

Coach House Interiors Goblet Pinch Pleat

Goblet Pleat Headings

This heading style is made the same way at a triple pinch pleat heading. Only the bottom of the pleat is sewn into place. Instead of sewing in the top of the pleat it is opened out and filled to keep its shape.

Coach House Interiors Cartridge Pleat

Cartridge Headings

A contemporary adaptation of the goblet heading. The bottom of the pleat is not stitched at all. The pleat is filled, as with the goblet heading, but naturally forms a cylinder that runs through to the main curtain itself.

Coach House Interiors Box Pleat

Inverted Pleat Headings

Also known as a Box Pleat heading. This more contemporary curtain heading places the pleats at the back of the curtain, creating a wall of fabric at the front. The pleat at the back can then remain backwards facing if hanging from a pole or can be squashed flat and machined down the trough for a more tailored look.

Coach House Interiors Pocket Heading

Pocket or Slot Heading

Two stitch lines are made across the curtain below the top edge to form a pocket. The curtain slides onto the rail between the stitch lines creating a frilled stand up above the rail. This is most commonly used on Dormer or Swing Arms concealing the rail.

Coach House Interiors Eyelet Heading

Eyelet Heading

Getting their name from the large metal rings inserted into the headings. Eyelet curtains hang directly onto the pole. It is worth bearing in mind that this style of heading needs dressing in every time they are closed as they have no pre-formed method for this.

Coach House Interiors TubeHeading

Tube Headings

This simple heading style allows the maximum coverage from a width of fabric. It is ideal for windows or doors that have no space for a more traditional curtain fullness or if this project has a restricted budget. The tube can be forward or reverse facing if hanging from a pole and forward facing only if hanging on a rail.


Trimmings are a great way finish your scheme. Adding the same type of trim to both your curtains, tiebacks, pelmet or valance, cushions or headboard can give a subtle, stylish and unified look to your room.

You could use trimmings to inject a hint of colour or different textures into an area. Consider adding coloured buttons to the base of your pleats or a braid or contrast border to your curtains or blinds.

Call one of our team to discuss your requirements and book a personalised consultation.

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