Choosing a heading style: pencil pleat or inverted box pleat?

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There are plenty of choices to make when getting new custom curtains - the type of fabric, the colour or pattern of the fabric, the length they'll hang to, the room they'll be in, whether you need some added practicality like insulating properties or light blocking. But choosing the right heading style is often overlooked.

The heading style of your curtains can drastically change the look of a room and it can impact the fabric you choose. Two of the most popular heading styles are pencil pleat and inverted box pleat so let's take a look at how these two styles are made and which you should choose for your home.

Pencil Pleat Curtain Heading

What is a pencil pleat heading style?

A pencil pleat uses a multi-pocket tape that can be gathered and set to suit your desired fullness. The finishes effect are semi-cylindrical pleats that resemble a row of pencils, hence the name.

What style of home do pencil pleat curtains suit?

Pencil pleat curtains are a popular style and have a simple, relaxed feel. They tend to suit both classic and modern styles and are especially popular in heritage homes and baches.

The benefits of pencil pleats

Pencil pleat curtains are the most adaptable curtain pleat style. The fullness of the curtains can be adjusted to create your desired look and feel and, depending on your preference, they can use less fabric than other options. And their ability to work with most fabric types means they suit a wide range of budgets as well.

Inverted Pleat Curtain Heading

What style of home do inverted pleat curtains suit?

The inverted pleat (also known as a box pleat) is a more modern, contemporary heading style than the pencil pleat. While the pleats are hidden at the back, giving a smooth look across the front, they use a good amount of fabric for a lovely wave and drape, making them perfect for clean modern styles.

The benefits of inverted box pleats

Inverted pleat curtains are well suited to both rods and curtain tracks. Because the pleats sit at the back of the curtain, they stack very neatly when opened - perfect for areas where there is limited space to the side of a window or sliding door.

Inverted (or box) pleat curtains work well with a wide range of fabrics, particularly simple, textured fabrics like linen look, or sheets.

Should you choose a pencil pleat or inverted pleat heading style?

You'll have to decide on heading style before ordering your new curtains so it's worth making sure you get it right. We have consultants nationwide that will come to you with plenty of samples and experience to help you make the right choice. They can talk you through the pros and cons of each style and give their professional advice on which one suits your home's décor the best.

And whether you choose a pencil pleat or an inverted pleat heading style, you'll love the look of your new curtains.

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