For customized curtains, blinds, and valances, curtain headings are used. With this, the width of the fabric is greatly reduced, which results in beautiful folds or pleating. Depending on the curtain heading, it could be made by using various tape types, which are then sewn closely to the top edge of the curtain, shade, or blind. Then, with cords pulled, the gathering effect is achieved creating different looks.
You will also find that some types of curtain headings are tapes that use Velcro on the back. With this, the heading can be used along with grip tape so attaching the blind or top of the window treatment can be attached to the pelmet board or batten. Of course, the pattern of the pleats is determined by the way in which the cords are threaded, as well as the number of cords.
For example, if you want sharp, tight pleats, then the cords to be pulled tight. Remember, there are generally two, three, or four cords used to draw up the pleats and most have tapes with more than one row of pockets, which are used for the hooks in adjusting the heading height. Take box pleats as an example, which are a popular choice. These have a clean, tailored look with deep folds that go down the entire length of the curtain.
These pleats are made so they butt up against each other with no spacing in between. To determine the amount of material needed for this type of curtain heading, you would need to multiply the width of the track by three. Of course, if you want a highly professional look, then you could always make the curtain headings by hand. Most importantly, make sure the width is finished.
Cased headings are another option, which are used primarily for lighter weight fabric, and curtains that are seldom open and shut. With this, a casing is sewn along the top but left open on either end. Then, a think curtain rod goes through the slots and then fits onto the hooks at the side of the window. This is an easy way to work with curtain headings with a clean, finished look.
Eyelets are another type of curtain heading, which is simple but nice. With this, a thin rod is threaded through the eyelets. Typically, light and medium weight fabrics are used. Goblet pleated headings are also beautiful, creating a look of elegance. With this, the goblet pleats are stuffed with tissue paper or cotton wool, creating a unique shape that is stunning. Usually, goblet curtain headings are best with medium to heavy fabrics.
Then, there are also pencil pleated headings. With this, several depths ranging from 2.5 to 6 inches is created with lightweight fabric. Finally, tap top headings create a casual look that works best with all fabric weight. This is a contemporary heading that uses loops of matching or contrasting material through which the pole is threaded. You will also find this type of curtain heading works great with any type of rod.