Finding the correct pattern and style of curtain isn't easy, but deciding how to customise your curtains, especially choosing what heading style to go for, can make your decision more daunting.

The heading style is how the fabric attaches to the pole or track and deciphers how the curtain hangs.

Read on to understand what a pencil pleat curtain heading is, and which interior design styles and rooms are best suited.

So what are pencil pleat curtains?

Folds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a heading that resembles a line of pencils, hence the name pencil pleat.

They're also sometimes known as tape top curtains, so if that's the term you're more familiar with, you're in the right place.

The folds are created using the cord at the top of the fabric, which you will need to pull to the correct length to gather the material.

Next, hooks are applied to equal lengths of the folds.

The curtains are then attached to the track or the rings on the pole.

It's a very straightforward process and doesn't take long. See all steps in our pencil pleat curtain installation guide.

Main qualities of pencil pleat curtains

  • Classic and elegant look
  • Delicate drop and a smooth rippled effect
  • Can be fitted to a track or pole depending on preference
  • They can be tailor-made to your exact measurements

What styles and rooms are best for pencil pleat curtains?

Pencil pleat curtains are popular in bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and porch doors to keep the draft out and provide privacy.

Due to their classic feel, they're popular in traditional interior styling. You'll find pencil pleat curtains in a country cottage to a victorian townhouse.

However, it's all down to personal preference. You might have a more contemporary taste but prefer how the pencil pleat heading looks over the likes of a modern eyelet. Don't be afraid to go against the grain.

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