How to Choose the Perfect Curtain Heading Style for Your Home.

We dive deep into Curtain Heading Styles with James Dunlop – crafting your perfect look with style + precision.

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Choosing your Curtain Heading Style is integral in deciding which Curtain is right for you.

When it comes to dressing your windows, Curtain Heading Styles play a pivotal role in defining the overall look and feel of your space. These styles dictate how the fabric is stitched or pleated at the upper edge of the Curtain, influencing its drape and hang.

Before delving into the extensive options available, it’s essential to first select a fabric that aligns with your aesthetic and functional preferences.

“Curtains can completely transform an interior space — adding personality, privacy + comfort.”

— James Dunlop

What are the different types of Curtain Heading Styles?

Wave Fold.

Achieved through a special track and tape heading, the Wave Fold creates a sleek and modern look with a smooth, continuous wave effect. Easy to operate and highly contemporary, it’s currently one of the most popular choices. This style is versatile, suitable for both Blockout and Sheer Curtains, offering options for various light control needs. It’s clean lines and gentle curves add sophistication to any space, while its adaptability allows for customisation to match your desired aesthetic.


Wave Fold Stud + Wave Fold Hook


Regis + Maxi.

The Regis and Maxi heading styles feature pencil pleats gathered together, creating soft and informal pleats that exude a relaxed charm. Ideal for achieving a casual and laid-back atmosphere, these headings are particularly well-suited for Sheer Curtains. Their gentle gathers add a touch of elegance while maintaining an effortless, relaxed aesthetic, perfect for enhancing any space.


Regis + Maxi

Pinch Pleat.

Tailored for a timeless appeal, the Pinch Pleat heading style offers a classic look characterised by groups of three pleats evenly spaced along the Curtain’s top edge. This design creates a sense of fullness and ensures neat stacking when the Curtains are drawn to the side, making it ideal for spaces with limited wall clearance. The Pinch Pleat heading style is versatile, suitable for both Blockout and Sheer Curtains, providing options for various light control preferences.

Double Pleat.

The Double Pleat heading style offers a simple yet elegant appearance, with groups of two pleats evenly spaced along the Curtain’s upper edge. This design results in a less full look, making it perfect for large windows where a more streamlined aesthetic is desired. Particularly suitable for Blockout Curtains, the Double Pleat heading style provides a clean and sophisticated finish while effectively blocking out light when needed.

Reverse Pleat.

The Reverse Pleat heading style presents a tailored appearance, hanging below a decorator rod with a larger stack back compared to other styles. This design is particularly suitable for Blockout Curtains, offering a clean and sophisticated finish while maximising the space when the Curtains are drawn open.




Metal rings paired with a decorator rod create a casual look with less stack back. This versatile style is suitable for both Blockout and Sheer Curtains, offering a contemporary and practical option for various window treatments.



Knife Pleat.

The Knife Pleat heading style offers a beautifully tailored finish with soft, informal pleats. Designed without cords, it provides a safe option for families with children and pets. Ideal for Sheer Curtains, this heading style adds a touch of elegance while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere.


Knife Pleat Standard + Knife Pleat 70mm

How do I choose my Curtain Heading Style?

Home aesthetic.

  • Opt for a Wave Fold heading for a sleek and contemporary look.
  • Consider Pinch Pleat headings for a classic and elegant feel, exuding sophistication with neatly gathered fabric.
  • Consider architectural features to ensure the chosen heading style complements or enhances them, harmonising with the overall character of your home.

Fabric choice.

  • Choose fabric carefully to impact the overall look and functionality of your window treatments.
  • Explore a wide range of Curtain fabrics, including James Dunlop Textiles, to find the perfect match for your selected heading style.


  • Prioritise ease of use with headings like an Eylet or Knife Pleat, offering smooth sliding along the Curtain rod and cord free design.
  • Select Pinch Pleat for adjustable fullness, providing control over light and privacy levels.
  • Enhance functionality with custom-made Pelmets to block out light and complete the windows.
  • Evaluate the size, weight of the Curtains, and type of track or rod for compatibility with specific heading styles.

Window size + shape.

  • For larger windows, opt for Wave Fold headings to create wide, sweeping folds that complement their expansive size.
  • Tailored heading styles are ideal for smaller windows, offering a nearer, more proportionate appearance.
  • Flexible heading styles may be suitable for arched or curved windows, allowing the Curtains to follow the unique contours of the window frame.

Pelmets - the ultimate light control solution.

Elevate your Curtain heading styles with our custom-made Pelmets, crafted to seamlessly complement your Curtains while prioritising light control. Our Pelmets not only enhance insulation by effectively trapping air at the top of your window, but also ensures complete light blockage at the uppermost part.

What sets our Pelmets apart?

  • Australian-designed and crafted for quality assurance.
  • Australia’s largest range of designs for versatile window framing.
  • Made from high-quality, affordable designer Curtain fabrics for style and durability.
  • Precisely custom-made to fit any window size, ensuring a tailored look.
  • Enhances light control for personalised brightness.
  • Conceals hardware for a sleek appearance.
  • Improves insulation, reducing energy bills by minimising heat loss.
Curtains and pelmet

Tracks + Rods.

Elevate the elegance of your Curtains with our meticulously crafted tracks, tailored to fit any window size or shape. Whether mounted on ceilings, arcs, or walls, our made to measure tracks offer unparalleled flexibility to suit your space.

For a touch of decorative flair, explore our range of decorator rods, offering a variety of options to improve your specific preferences and style requirements.

Wave Fold Sheer Curtains

Eyelet Curtains


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