The top part of the curtain, simply called the curtain heading, may not be as eye-catching to those who don’t know much about it but it still greatly impacts the vibe a curtain gives, and also its functionality. Learn more about the different types of curtain heading as you continue reading.
For the ultimate in shabby chic, use this heading treatment that says, “Old is new again.” Individual pieces of fabric attached to the top of the drapery create ties. Tie them over the drapery bar for that easygoing cottage look.
Tip: The longer you make the ties hang down, the “messier” and more effortless the drapes will look. Source: Houzz
Rod Pocket Ruffles
Any type of pole can be covered with rod-pocket panels. These are easy to make at home and can be detailed with ribbon or fabric borders, tassels, or tiebacks. This window shows two pairs of rod-pocket panels — floral and striped — on two separate rods. Source: BHG
Eyelet curtains are a great way to create a modern look, particularly at French windows or bi-fold doors, and hang in wide, loose folds. Available off the peg from the big high street retailers in a multitude of fabrics, eyelet curtains are suitable for poles only but are simple to hang as the big rings slot straight on. If you’re having them made, measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish, adding 3cm for the space from the eyelet to the top of the curtain. Source: Saga
There are many styles, from narrow pencil pleats to wide, flat box pleats. Because they’re structured, these panels read more formal than do other types. Pleated curtains generally operate with drapery hooks and rings. Source: RealSimple
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