Pencil Pleat Heading

Pencil Pleat

Pencil pleat tape is the traditional standard heading for curtains providing an easy and simple solution for your window treatment. Simply tie the cords at one end and pull from the other end spacing each pleat evenly apart.

Requesting a Quote

When requesting a quote or placing an order for pencil pleat curtains we need to know the following information:

- Rod, track or pole width

- 2" or 3" pencil pleat tape

- Preferred Fullness: 2-3x Depending on how full you would like the curtains. We recommend 2.5x to achieve the best look and allow for privacy

Our pencil pleat heading is available in any of our voile or curtain fabrics and is available as 2" tape or 3" tape. Two inch pencil pleat tape has two rows of pockets where you can position the curtain hooks, our 2" pencil pleat tape is clear and has the added bonus of being able to slot a twist and fit rod through. Three inch pencil pleat tape is available in translucent for voiles and white for curtains and has three rows where you can insert your hooks. If you wish to hide your track you need to insert your hooks in the bottom row, if you would like to show your track insert the hooks in the first row.

If you are unsure if you would like 2” or 3” tape, we recommend if your drop is over 150cm you should opt for the deeper heading.

Both tapes will be sewn a couple of millimetres from the top as standard. All orders are made to your exact specifications and should you require the tape sewn further down please let us know at the quoting stage. Should you wish to add a stand up you will need to consider the overall drop as adding this will affect that.

How to measure for pencil pleat voile curtains:

When taking measurements we will always recommend you install your track or pole first and use a metal tape measure. This will ensure the measurements you provide us for a quotation will be as accurate as possible.

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Once your track or pole has been successfully installed, measure from the centre of the glider to where you want the curtain to finish. If you wish to hide the track you will need to measure from the top of the track to where you want the curtains to finish.

If you want your curtains to sit on the floor measure to the floor. If you want them to hover, deduct 1 cm to ensure you can smoothly run your hand underneath them. If you would like your curtain pooling or puddling on the floor you will need to add approximately 30cm, this is however a personal preference and we would therefore recommend experimenting with draping fabric on the floor to ensure you get the exact look you have envisioned.

If you are unable to install your track first, we will need to know the depth of your track or pole position so we can calculate your drop for you. Most of our tracks and poles are ready for immediate despatch unless they are made to order, but these only take up to 7 days to be made to your exact sizes. From experience it is worth waiting a little longer to ensure your measurements are exact, this is crucial to adding the final touches to your interior project.


We offer a free sample service of all our fabric range, simply add samples to your cart when you are on the product page. You can select up to 5 samples at a time, we understand that you will be spoilt for choice however try and narrow your selection down as much as possible. You can always come back and order more when you know exactly what you want. If you have a detailed project or would like to ask us questions please do not hesitate to email us on we are more than happy to supply a no obligation quote for a made to measure order.

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