Pencil Pleat heading is the most common and cost effective way of heading curtains. The width is adjustable, allowing you to specify the fullness depending on factors such as stack space, or budget.
Usually we allow 100% fullness which is 2 x the pole or track width.
Pencil pleat is formed using a heading tape, often known as Rufflette heading, which is in fact a brand name of a manufacturer.
All our pencil pleat heading tape used is fire retardant, ensuring you meet BS5867 type II part B or C which is the minimum standard for non-domestic residences.
Pencil pleat curtains are attached to the track or pole using metal or plastic curtain hooks.
Curtain hooks can be put in 1 of 3 pockets depending whether you want the curtains to be underslung or to cover the track.
Usually we specify pencil pleat heading, when hanging curtains under a pelmet.
Due to the nature of the heading, where you require to maximise light, we recommend using tiebacks.
Pinch pleat curtains, are often known as French pleat. These are hand pleated from a flat curtain with buckram inside, to the desired width.
Our seamstresses work out the pleat size and space on every pair individually, this is a bespoke heading type.
Benefits of the pinch pleat heading are the way they stack back very neatly as the space folds in the middle.
Pinch pleat heading can be made with 2 or 3 pleats, known as twin or triple pleat. Twin pleat is a more modern look, and uses slightly less material.
We use multipliers of 2.2 x fullness for Twin pleat, and 2.4 x fullness for Triple pleat.
Wave heading is a relatively new heading, which was invented for use with Silent Gliss tracks. There are now other types of track using variations of the wave heading, and names such as surf.
Wave heading uses a tape top, similar to pencil pleat, but is not drawn up using cords. Instead the gliders in the track are on a glider cord which ensures a regular wave effect is maintained whether the curtains are open or shut.
Wave heading is mostly used in hotels and leisure accommodation where curtains aren’t required to be so robust.
Wave heading retains a straight formal look, and hangs well whether lined or unlined. Tiebacks should not be used on wave heading, as they allow a good level of light due to small stack space.
Eyelet heading is one of the most robust heading types. The curtain has a stiffening buckram in the heading, which is then punched through at regular intervals using brass eyelets, which can be specified to match the pole or other hardware colour.
Eyelet curtains use 1.5 x fullness, so they are economical to produce, and the limit of their strength is in the pole.
We make eyelet curtains lined or unlined, for all types of accommodation. They are often specified in care homes or student accommodation.
Eyelet curtains hang very straight, and maximise light in the room.
Anti-ligature curtains can be made in several ways, depending on the nature of the risk posed at your site. We manufacture curtains with sewn down headings and strings removed, pleated heading with no tapes, and also fixed lining options with no gaps.
Bridge Anti-ligature is our specialist department – this is set up to specifically serve the mental health and challenging behaviour market. These markets call for constant innovating in the styles to combine best functions of look and safety.
We make straight and shaped pelmets, with wadding between the fabric and 6mm board. Pelmets are supplied on a top board, which is painted white, and fix to the pelmet with Hook and Loop tape.
Straight pelmets are a cost effective way of finishing off a window dressing, and giving the scheme a touch of class.
Most curtains under pelmets are pencil pleat, however wave and pinch pleat curtains also look good as they retain their folds and don’t require tiebacks.
Unlined curtains are usually specified for the fact they are easy to wash.
Typically curtains with linings will hang better due to the additional weight.
Unlined curtains may also be specified for the obvious cost savings, however this doesn’t need to impact the look.
We have a range of dim-out fabrics specifically for unlined curtains, we recommend dim-out rather than blackout as they leave less ‘pin-prick’ holes when being machined.
As standard we manufacture our curtains with Fire retardant blackout lining. This has excellent thermal properties, as well as guaranteeing a good nights sleep.
Other linings are available, such as Solar inherent FR dimout lining, and standard FR lining which is lightweight.
Interlined curtains are ‘creme de la creme’, usually reserved for front of house or presidential guest suites.
Many hotels would have interlined curtains, usually with triple pleat heading for that plush superior quality look. We manufacture with hand sewn or machine sewn hems and headings.
Interlining comes in various weights and cotton or synthetic. Interlined curtains with or without blackout lining offers the very best thermal values.
We only recommend dry cleaning interlined curtains.
Most inherent fire retardant curtains from our care home and student accommodation ranges are transfer printed from digital or litho designs on to a polyester or Trevira base cloth.
Printed designs are very washable, and offer the best qualities in practicality and price point.
With the digital age now impressing on high and low volume printed designs, we are seeing a renaissance in the quality and intricacy of printed designs.
With our designers we can custom design printed material from your concepts within 1 week, and print from as little as 10 metres.
We also hold copyright designs bespoke to some of the largest accommodation providers ensuring they protect their brand from imitation.
Woven fire retardant curtains are made from polyester or Trevira base fibres. These are inherent FR meaning that even under extreme washing cycles you can be sure they retain their fire retardancy properties.
Usually Woven materials are more expensive, and used for front of house, or Hotel curtains.
Some woven fabrics can be used for curtains and upholstery should you wish to tie in your schemes across all soft furnishings.
Fire retardant voile curtains are a great way to diffuse light, create a layer of privacy without cutting out light, or protect your residents from bright glaring sunlight.
Fire retardant voiles are used in care homes, hotels and other accommodation, and can be inexpensive to install.
We manufacture voiles or sheers in pencil pleat, pinch pleat or slot top headings. we can specify from 2x to 3x fullness, depending how much you require the view to be obscured.
These can be sewn down for anti-ligature situations, or velcro heading where being installed on a fixed batten, or directly to a sash window.