Curtain Styles 101 – Heading Types

With an ocean of different curtain & drapery styles out there, choosing the right style of curtains, drapes or shades for your home can get pretty tricky.

To help, we broke down everything you need to know about different curtain headings or top styles offered by The Curtain Company and others in general — Soft Top with or without rings, classic pleated styles and the contemporary Grommet or eyelet styles—so you pick the right ones for your windows.

Available in different lining options, including unlined / no lining, privacy and blackout and available in a variety of fabrics—think linen, velvet, cotton, polyester and blended—our drapes are custom-designed to suit your individual needs—so deciding what style you want will be the hardest.

Soft Top

For a casual and relaxed look, consider our Soft Top draperies. Designed without any pleats, soft top drapes work well for those who plan on opening and closing their curtains throughout the day—since they’re smooth and easy to slide. Employ a pair of sheer Belgian linen soft top drapes to bring a bohemian touch to a room or opt for pink cotton ones to bring some Scandi-style charm to a space.

Translation: Soft top drapes slide easily and create soft but sophisticated window scenes that complement just about any aesthetic taste.

Classic Pleated Style

Elegant and timeless, 3 Pinch Pleats are one of the most popular drapery styles. Often referred to as the three-finger pinch pleat, this drapery style features three pleats that are pinched together to offer greater fullness than our double pleated options. Consider a pair of velvet 3 Pinch Pleats to bring a dash of drama to a dining room or hang a pair of neutral linen ones in your living room for a touch of grandeur.

Translation: A curtain classic for a reason, 3 Pinch Pleats are voluminous and luxe-looking, making them a great choice for fans of traditional interiors. 

Modern Grommet or Eyelet

Not a fan of curtain rings? No problem. Grommet drapes are designed with sleek metal rings that slide back and forth with ease, allowing you to bypass the need for curtain rings entirely. And since they’re constructed without pleats and easy-to-slide, these eye-catching drapes can be tightly stacked to maximize a good window view.

Translation: Stylish and easy-to use, Grommet drapes complement any interior style and don’t require the use of curtain rings.