Monday, 21 May 2012

What's what? A glossary of curtain styles for you to choose from.

With so many choices out there how do you know what curtain style is the one for you. The  best choice is always an informed choice, so here is a glossary of 5 commonly used terms used to describe curtain headers and styles.

Rod pocket (aka channelled, cased or slotted)
These curtains are possibly the simplest to make and to hang. A pocket is created at the top of the curtain, into which you slide the curtain pole. There is therefore no need for heading tape or hooks and the arrangement of the curtaining on the pole creates a shirred look. One of the most popular curtain styles out there, rod pocket curtains are highly versatile and can be made from any type of fabric.

Tap top
These are perfect for those of you looking to create a feature out of your curtaining. These curtains are created by sewing a tab or fabric loop to the top of a flat panel of fabric and because these tabs are evenly spaced apart, portions of the curtain rod will be on view. This is therefore the perfect choice if you have rods worth displaying.

Pencil pleat
Always a safe bet, pencil pleat curtains are amongst the most commonly used styles available. The deep, crisp pleats ensure that your curtains always look even and neat. Pencil pleat tape allows you to suspend you curtains from any type of curtain tack, giving you the option of hiding the rail or putting it on display.

French pleat (aka triple pinch pleat)
Traditionally this style's characteristic ruching is created by groups of 3 pleats, space evenly part along the length of the curtain. A small stitch at the base of a group of pleats helps complete the effect. If you decide to go this route it is best to use a medium weight fabric. This will prevent the pleats from looking thick and bulky when join together.

Goblet pleat
Oh so elegant, goblet pleats certainly make a statement. Their stately appearance makes them perfect for use with woven fabrics or jacquards. This style looks wonderful in formal dining rooms where rich colours and true luxury are favoured.

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