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5 Curtain Header Types Every Homeowner Needs to Know

August 6, 2018

5 Curtain Header Types Every Homeowner Needs to Know



For any home, the curtains can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetics. Apart from the fabric and length, you also have to consider the curtain header. Different curtain headers are ideal for different styles and rooms.

There’s more to your curtain header design than you think. They are always either hung on a rod or on curtain tape which is pulled along a track.

Here’s a guide of some common header types!


Versatile/Pinch Pleat Curtain

Pinch pleated curtains range from a single to five finger pleats. A main characteristic of this design is a bunched, ornate close at the top where the material gathers in a pleat, thus giving rise to its name.

As compared to a rod pocket header, this looks more formal. It is versatile and works with most kinds of curtain materials. The more the pleats, the more fabric needed to make the curtain. It also contributes to the volume and fullness of the pleats.

Such a design can be used for both curtain rods and tracks, giving you greater flexibility of choice.




Eyelet/Grommet Curtain

Grommet curtains, also known as eyelet or ring top headers, are modern and easy to use. The curtains are punched with a hole that slides across the curtain rod effortlessly, resulting in big, level pleats. They are suitable for lightweight to moderately weighted curtain fabrics.

This type of curtain header hangs and slides smoothly, making it easy to slide open and close. Therefore, it’s a good choice for the bedrooms of young children. The fabric used to make the curtains can also pair well and improve any room to have a contemporary, stylish look.

Since they are not gathered together, lesser material is required. Take note that they can only be slid across a curtain rod and are not suited for curtain tracks.




Box Pleat Curtain

True to its name, a box pleated curtain has a structured box-like shape. It looks prim and neat, trailing down into a heavy, deep folds. This design is more often used for presentable, proper rooms like the study or living room.




Rod Pocket Curtain

This design features a small pocket sewn at the top. The ends are left open to slide the curtain across. Usually, this header type is used for light curtain materials and fabrics that are not often touched.

A thin rod is typically used to thread through the pocket, which is then placed onto a hook at the opposite ends of the designated window. Since the fit will be tight and not easy to slide back and forth, it’s recommended for rooms with infrequent use.




Tab Top Curtain

The traditional tab top curtain is a common header used by most homeowners. They are identical to eyelet curtains because of the way they are suspended on rods. Fuss-free and simple to use, this curtain type can be utilised for all fabric weights for a uniform, informal look.

Despite having been around for some time, it’s a timeless design that is popular even today.




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