Header styles play an important role in the overall look of your new drapery transformation. It is important to take into consideration the character of your home, so that when making this selection, your chosen header style is cohesive with your home styling. Our design consultants are experts with this kind of detail.
The Invert Pleat (also known as a Reverse Pleat) has a single pleat facing behind. It is a very neat simplistic heading which suits all styles of home from traditional to modern. It is the most popular pleat style and is one of the most economic as it requires less fabric than other options. It also requires less stack back space, so is a good choice when wall space is limited. The standard header height is 100mm. WDI also offer a 150mm header for homes with high studs for a more dramatic look. Can be hung from a track or rod.
The Single Pleat (also known as a New York Pleat) has a single pleat facing forward. It is a simple modern style of pleat providing a contemporary look. It is one of the most economic pleat style as it requires less fabric than other options. It also requires less stack back space, so is a good choice when wall space is limited. The standard header height is 100mm. WDI also offer a 150mm header for homes with high studs for a more dramatic look. Can be hung from a track or rod.
The Double Pleat (also known as a Dutch Pleat) has two pleats facing forward. It is a traditional style of pleat, particularly suitable for a villa, bungalow or homes with traditional styling. This pleat style is sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s French Pleat” because it gives the traditional look but requires less fabric and is therefore less expensive! The standard header height is 100mm. WDI also offer a 150mm header for homes with high studs for a more dramatic look. Can be hung from a track or rod.
The Triple Pleat (also known as a French Pleat) has three pleats facing forward. It is the most traditional style of pleat and also the most expensive as it requires more fabric than other pleat styles. Thick heavy fabrics are not suitable for this heading style – specifically some velvets and dense damask type fabrics. The standard header height is 100mm. WDI also offer a 150mm header for homes with high studs for a more dramatic look. Can be hung from a track or rod.
The Pencil Pleat is a classic gathered heading which creates a series of straight evenly spaced gathers across the entire top of the curtain. This pleat style resembles a ‘row of identical side by side pencils’ and offers a casual relaxed style. A well made Custom Pencil Pleat curtain looks best when made by the professionals. Lack off fullness and uneven gathering gives an unsatisfactory result. This is the difference between a ‘readymade’ and a ‘WDI custom made’ Pencil Pleat Curtain. The standard header height is 75mm, however 45mm, 50mm, 100mm and 150mm are also available from the WDI workroom. The smaller headings are perfect for inside pelmets or recesses and the larger headings pack a punch for homes with high studs for a more dramatic look. WDI design consultants are experts at recommending the size that would look best in your home. Can be hung from a track or rod.
The Wave Heading is a contemporary heading giving a continuous concertina wave effect. To create this effect, a specialist tape, hooks and track/rod is required which makes this heading the most expensive to supply. The track/rod has a limiting cord within the inner channel of the track/rod to restrict the glides. This is how the ‘wave’ is created. This drapery style cannot be hung on existing tracks/rods unless they have the inner cording and this cannot be retrofitted. The heading looks it’s best when the track is top fixed to the ceiling, as the drapes appear to float in a gentle wave from the ceiling. This heading can be done as a face fix or top fix track or rod. A rod is recommended for face fix applications, as the drapes hang below the track/rod.
The Eyelet Heading was particularly popular during the early 20’s. Metal eyelets are punched into the fabric for the rod to pass through. The eyelets are colour matched to the rod. The heading style is expensive to produce as the eyelets and punching carry surcharges. Eyelet drapes can only be used with rods, and cannot be drawn past brackets. It is recommended only to use an Eyelet Heading on a rod with a maximum length of 2.5m and to be made as a pair. It is recommended to use specialised Eyelet Rods which are re-enforced to prevent sagging, and have a strip of silicon across the top for smooth operation and to prevent the eyelets scratching the top of the rod. This heading cannot be hung from a track.
The Tap Top Heading is a casual heading using tab loops of matching or contrasting fabric as the header, which loop over the curtain rod. This heading style is labour intensive to manufacture, so expensive to produce. Tab Top drapes can only be used with rods, and cannot be drawn past brackets. It is recommended only to use Tab Top Headings on a rod with a maximum length of 2.5m and to be made as a pair. This heading cannot be hung from a track.
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Traditional tracks are still a popular choice as they ‘blend in’ which suits many interior styles. The colour is usually selected to match the wall or ceiling. The hooking position is low so that when the curtain is closed, the track is covered. The tracks can be either face fixed to the wall, top fixed to the ceiling or even recessed. Most tracks are available in both hand draw and cord draw options. Different profile options are available to suit your look. Drapery wands can be installed when hand draw tracks are fitted, which eliminates handling of curtain leading edges.
All tracks are skilfully fitted by the experienced WDI installers.
WDI offer stunning steel rods in a wide range of standard powder coated colours or with hand painted wash finishes. These are teamed up with a choice of beautiful finials, and matching curtain holdbacks, if required. Rods come in a choice of round or square profiles and depending on your décor, can offer both a traditional look or modern classic look – depending on your selection. Modern Rods tend to have simplistic bold finials, or just a flush finish which is a new modern twist on the traditional rod style.
The hooking position is high which allows the drapes to hang below the rod from rings or glides. This allows the rod to become a feature and is visible at all times, whether the drapes are open or closed. The rod colour is often selected as a contrast to the walls, and in a colour that compliments the drapery fabric. However, white rods on white walls is a very beautiful, classic fresh look which is proving to be most popular.
All rods are skilfully fitted by the experienced WDI installers.
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