Drapery heading is manufactured with some type of sewn pleat creating groups of fullness separated by flat spaces. Pleated headings are made with buckram, crinoline, or some other type of stiffener. When buckram is used, the top becomes crisp and formal looking. The hooks are used to attach the drapery to rod slides or rings.
The heading of the drapery is manufactured so the top has no stiffener (buckram). Without the buckram or crinoline stiffener, the look of the drapery changes to a softer, more casual effect. The basic soft top is straight across and ﬂat with the rings sewn directly onto the top of the drapery. The ﬁnished top can have a knife edge “pillowcase” top or a facing on top as much as 6”–8”, depending on the design. The depth of the facing will be determined by the depth of the droop between rings. Hooks are used to attach the drapery to rod slides or rings can be hand-stitched (required additional sur-charge).
This style is constructed with a tab of some description at the top. Tabs loop around, or are tied to the drapery rod. Tabs can be constructed in a variety of ways, such as ties from cording, single wide straps, shaped straps, or shoe string ties. The top of the drapery may have scallops or be straight. Tab styles usually require less fullness, typically 1-1/2 to 2 times. The fullness can vary depending on the type of tab used. Tabs are considered to be add-on items. Finished length includes tabs
Such as tops that require a shirring tape, snap tape, or grommets, that can be added to the top of the drapery to create the different looks. The fullness will vary by speciﬁc style.