Adding a smart heading to your voiles and sheers can turn a good look into a super stylish one and a simple window into a real room feature .
In this blog we look at four of the best heading styles for Voiles and Sheers so you can see which heading may work best for your windows
( also known as Slot top or Rod Pocket )
A simple heading which has an open channel sewn into the top of the voile panel usually approx 5cm in depth . The panel is then just ruched on to either a very slim pole, net rod or wire.
Advantages : A slim discreet simple heading which doesn't require the use of curtain hooks . Ideal for smaller windows
Disadvantages : Only suitable for hanging on slim rods or wires, and therefore not suitable for very wide windows or very long sheers
A special tape is sewn into the top of the panel which has two drawstrings. When these are pulled ( remembering always to tie off the other end first to prevent the strings' pulling through ' !)slim pencil like pleats appear along the heading and the width of the voile gathers down to correctly fit your track or pole . Voiles may have a 2" depth transparent Pencil tape or a 3" depth solid Pencil tape . Small hooks are then inserted into the pockets on the tape at intervals along the width so that the voile can be hooked onto the track or pole. Some track systems allow these headings to hook directly onto the track runner without the need for hooks. The 2" tape has only one row of hook pockets but the 3" tape has three rows , allowing the hanging position of the voile to be varied .
Advantages : A smart classic heading which creates even gathers along the width of the panel so that it hangs with even fullness across the track. Excellent functionality,alllowing the voile to be pulled smoothly and easily across the window .The 3" tape also allows hook on loose linings to be added to the voile ,including blackouts. Ideal for large windows.
Disadvantages: Requires the use of curtain hooks with most track and pole systems.
TRIPLE PINCH PLEAT
(also known as French Pleat )
Traditionally a 'designer ' heading used on Custom Made curtains , but offers a contemporary and extremely smart alternative for sheers . This heading features V shaped pleats which appear at intervals along the width . The effect is created by a 4" depth drawstring tape with pockets for inserting special metal Pinch Pleat hooks which help to hold the pleats in position and can then be hooked onto a track or pole with rings.Some track systems allow these headings to hook directly onto the track runner without the need for hooks.
Advantages : A super stylish heading which gives a smart finish and a designer 'Custom Look ' to your sheers . A sturdy heading tape with excellent functionality,allowing the voile to be pulled smoothly and easily across the window .The tape also allows hook on loose linings to be added to the voile ,including blackouts. Ideal for large feature windows , bays, Patios and bi folds where you want to create a smart look . Does not require a special tracking system.
Disadvantages: Can be slightly more costly than some other headings and slightly fiddlier to install as the heading tape has to be gathered carefully to ensure the pleats are in place and held securely by the special Pinch Pleat hooks . Requires an ideal fullness on your track length of x 2.1 ( ask your curtain advisor about this if unsure )
'Tempo ' is an ultra contemporary style heading which creates a rippling 'wave ' effect across the width of the voile . Previously this has been a costly look to achieve as when originally launched it required a specially made tracking system - however ' Tempo ' creates the effect using a special heading tape which can hang on any track with gliders or pole with rings .
Advantages : Ultra smart heading which looks particular good on huge span windows and bifold doors . Add a top fixed curtain rail for a real designer finish ! Unlike the Silent Gliss Wave system - Tempo Ripple does not require a special tracking system .
Disadvantages: Can be slightly more costly than some other headings and slightly fiddlier to install as the heading tape has to be gathered carefully to ensure the ripples are in place . Requires an ideal fullness on your track length of x 2.1 ( ask your curtain advisor about this if unsure )
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