How important are drapery pleat styles?
When the whole curtain is visible then the heading has two important functions.
Then there are different styles, and which style you select can make a big difference to how you dress your windows.
How you head up your drapes or curtains will have an immediate effect on your style. But only on one condition:
Your curtain headings have to be visible - if you're using some form of top treatment it won't matter what heading you use!
So here's your first decision made. If you use a top treatment which hides the headings of your curtains, you might as well make your headings as simple as possible. A standard heading, using either a draw-up heading tape or sewing a standard heading by hand is all you need.
But if the top of the curtains will be seen because they are hung from a track or rod, then you have a number of options.
Many professional workrooms have their own preferred heading style. They will also be able to work with the main alternatives which are shown in the illustration.
You can buy styling tapes for all these headings, which you machine onto the tops of your curtains. You then pull up the cords and voila! These work very well. But for some of these styles you can get an improved effect by hand-sewing them.
And hand making some of these styles gives a much better finish than trying to use some of the manufactured - and expensive - tapes. I'll be covering this in a future page.
There are also various form of slotted heading which fit over a rod or pole.
You can buy many different heading tapes.
But when you come to making styles such as bottle or shirred headings, you can get a better finish by making these yourself using a stiffening such as buckram.
If you're starting out you may find it easier to but ready-made heading tape for your drapery pleat styles. Then when you get more confident try making your own. I'll show you how in the Making section of the website.