The Basics of Drapery Header Styles

When it comes to curtains, it may be easy to throw up a curtain and be done with it. But there are tons of heading styles to keep in mind, some casual and some regal. With our new range of window treatment options, you may be tempted to try some yourself.

Understanding drapery header styles is a simple matter of knowing the main types of styles out there and in which styles those fit best. Below is your guide to getting the best drapery header styles for your personal tastes.

Box pleated: Pleats are in a boxed pattern, as the name suggests. Good for elaborate drapes and classic, orderly homes.

Rod pocket ruffles: This is the simplest design, with the curtain having a basic sleeve for the rod at the top. Then when the curtain is pushed back it shows casual and textured ruffles.

Back tab: Tabs are placed on the back of the drapes so they look free-floating. Great for modern homes with a sleek look.

Pierced heading (or eyelet/grommet): In this style, grommets form holes in the curtain, causing the curtain to fall in straight waves. This versatile style is perfect for romantic or sleek looks.

Pencil pleats: With this style, the fabric is pinched to look sleek and modern in small, thin segments.

Swagged: Headers are left to hang down in a U-shape. Perfect for artsy or romantic styles.

Pinch pleats: These headers feature multiple pinches of fabric sewn together. They’re great for a classy, regal look.

Tied top: Here, fabric strips are attached to the top of the curtain and tied around the curtain rod. Perfect for retro, rustic, or casual homes.

Goblet pleats: Pleats are stitched several inches down to, you guessed, look like goblets. A look that’s great for romantic styles.

Flat panel, pegs: Headers are stitched with loops to hang from pegs. A lovely casual style.

Tab top: The fabric is stitched with tabs that expose the curtain rod. Perfect for rustic or casual looks.

Flat panel, pleated top: The top of the header is stitched with a contrasting fabric for a casual, accented appearance. Great for homes where high contrast is the theme.

Attached valance: Like the pleated top, the added fabric is the length of a valance. Another great look for high-contrast homes.

Flat panel, folded cuff: This style has a folded header with exposed lining for another casual, accented look.

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