Give a Wave! Interior design product reviews by Jayne Triggs


Give a Wave! I’m not referring to a hand wave. Or the waves of the ocean. But the heading system Wave.

Part of the SilentGliss collection. The Rolls-Royce of track and Metro poles. And with its unique system in conjunction with the heading tape. So to create a wave action from flat fabric. When the curtains are drawn back or closed. The ideal situation for using the system. Is for your more contemporary home or building. Like the industrial warehouse finish.

Great as a room divider. When using system 6243 which is recessed into the ceiling. The nature of the design. Is you will need a lot of space either side of the opening. So for the system to stack back onto. This can be an issue in the residential home. Because that only has small areas either side of a window. And specially the more conventional home.

The wave is ideal for floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall. And whether you use motorisation on system 5100 or system 5600. As the fabric will always stack back and take up a huge area. This is ideal for the industrial look. Because it will soften the space. Also removes the austere look.

The fabrics that work the best for the system are the voiles. Or the lightweight fabrics. Made linear with no joins and you do not use lining. Great for the windows or doorways that have a view. And you do not need total privacy.

Pros & Cons of The Heading Tape:

The heading tape needs to be machine stitched. Onto the cloth so you have two rows of stitching visible. And on the face side of the fabric. This is ideal for the lightweight cloth. And you can achieve a smooth finish.

My experience a heavy fabric with lining. I’ve even seen interlined curtains you have an ugly puckered face heading top. This is unavoidable due to its nature. Fully noticeable to the eye as you have no gatherings to cover up the stitching.

The alternative:

We can do a contemporary design. Making in the more traditional way. So the style of heading is more modern. You gain by having a tailored more luxury feel. And to the whole curtain and can use heavier fabrics. With interlining and blackout. 

Let’s take single pleats. You only require double fullness of fabric to create width. When you hang the curtains it gives a more simple contemporary design. And they will stack back really tightly. You have an option to stuff them. Because to give them a more structured cylinder look. Remember to allow a little bit more stacking space it require less than the wave system.

How to fill the single pleats: 

All you need to do is have cut lengths of approximately 70cm of 8cm depth buckram. Fold the buckram in half. Start with the two ends and roll making a cylinder. The size of the cylinder must be small enough. And for you to actually put the cylinder inside your single pleat. So on winding the buckram up tightly. So that when you releases the cylinder there is a little bit of a spring. This then fills the space to hold that single pleat strong. And secure gives structured to the pleat.

Make sure that when you insert it in. So it is below the top rim of the curtain heading. Plus it does not extend below the 12cm depth of buckram. So that the stuffing from the back the curtain it’s not visible. Just keep practising. In my experience they will stay on their own. Within the single pleat through the duration of the curtains life time.

There is also another heading that is very good. And that’s the Inverted pleat. Also able to inter-lined and use blackout lining with the heavier fabrics. The style of heading is the reverse of the single pleat un-stuffed. And all you have to remember is your pin hook. When fixing in the back. The pin hook has to be placed to one side of each pleat. The advantage again is that the curtains stack back very tightly with a contemporary look.

The traditional finishes:

You have choices. And you can use those on system 5100 or system 5600. Also without the insertion of the wave system. And that includes Metropoles. And of course across all other tracks and poles .I’m referring to double pleats, pinch pleats and goblets. Or the little cottage twee finish pencil pleats.

It’s our job to make sure that the practical side as well as the overall look of your curtains achieve the required finish.


Ps: Please take a look at Accessories Give Glamour To Your Curtain Drapes part one of three parts. And this will also help you with some more headings for your curtains.

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