Curtains & Draperies Buying Guide

Bare windows look unfinished in most home settings. The popular solution for centuries has been hanging curtains or drapes -- a quick update that creates privacy, adds visual warmth, and provides color and pattern that can inspire a color scheme for the whole room.

Types of Curtains & Draperies

Types of Curtains & Draperies

Many homeowners think of curtains and draperies as interchangeable terms for the same concept, but purists see several distinctions. Curtains are typically made from lightweight fabrics, they are usually unlined, and they hang to the windowsill. Draperies are sewn from heavier, more formal fabrics that are often lined for body, and they extend to the floor. Curtains and draperies -- as well as accessory treatments -- suit many decorating styles; variables in fabric tone and texture, as well as how the fabric is suspended from the window hardware, affect the overall look.

Curtains

Casual and informal, curtains range from ruffled sheers to homespun checks, with solids, prints, and novelty designs in between. They're typically constructed with fabric tabs, pockets, or decorative rings, shirred on a pole, and opened and closed by hand.

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Draperies

Stylistically suited to living rooms, dining rooms, and other formal spaces, draperies feature dressier fabrics that are often pleated and hung by hooks from a traverse rod, which allows the draperies to open and close via a cord mechanism. Others use grommets or clips to hang on a plain rod.

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Cottage Home
$238.49

In shades from richly dramatic to soothingly calm, our heavy grade dupioni silk curtains will add design and texture to any room. ...All custom dupioni silk curtains are lined to protect your fabric from the sun. Set includes: One silk drape Dominant... read more

Half Price Drapes
$60.00 $39.15

XKQ1363 Features Bellino collection Panels sold individually Material: 100pct Polyester Features 8 nickel-finished grommets Weight...ed hem Cleaning and Care: Dry clean only Product Type: Single panel Pattern: Solid Material: Synthetic Cleaning Method:... read more

Half Price Drapes
$74.99 $46.00

XKQ1279 Features Construction Material: 56pct Nylon and 44pct polyester faux silk Panels sold individually Cleaning and Care: Dry ...clean only Blackout lined Pole pocket with hook belt Length includes height of header Product Type: Single panel Pattern:... read more

Half Price Drapes
$74.99 $53.00

XKQ1279 Features Construction Material: 56pct Nylon and 44pct polyester faux silk Panels sold individually Cleaning and Care: Dry ...clean only Blackout lined Pole pocket with hook belt Length includes height of header Product Type: Single panel Pattern:... read more

Valances

These window treatments create a polished, designer-look treatment; make a window look taller; or simply hide unsightly hardware. Valances work well over curtains, blinds, or shades, or even on their own.

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$19.99

Go ahead, take a peek at this Haute Girls window panel. Boasting a cool safari-inspired print and lined in white, this valance is ...just the thing to add a bit of wild style to a teen's room, a creative office, or a playroom the options are endless! Made... read more

$169.49

This decorative valance features our hot grey and white chevron banner. It is layered on a classic grey fabric panel with a sleek ...black fabric on the back, making this valance reversible. Set includes: Four (4) complete panels Color options: Grey,... read more

$159.49

This decorative valance features our colorful trendy owl banner. It is layered on a traditional brown fabric panel with a hip spic...e fabric on the back, making this valance reversible. A big olive coconut button finishes the look. The valance hangs on a... read more

TEMPO ORANGE SHAPED VALANCE
$32.99

Add flair to any window with this vibrant m-shaped valance curtain. This bright curtain features a zig-zag pattern and is construc...ted of 100-percent cotton. Set includes: M-Shaped lined valance Pattern: Zig-zag Color options: Multi Curtain style:... read more

Scarves, Swags & Jabots

Just as they accessorize clothing, scarves accent windows. This simple valance drapes a narrow length of soft or sheer fabric over a decorative rod or brackets to crown a window without blocking light. Standard scarves are 6 feet long; look for 3- or 4-foot lengths for a small window. A similar horizontal treatment using heavier or lined fabric and more structure is called a swag. For formality, layer another panel -- a jabot -- over or under the swag to vertically frame the window as far down as you like.

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Sheer Curtains

Mounted closer to the window glass, ethereal sheers balance the look of heavy curtains. See-through lace, linen, polyester, and other weaves filter light for daytime privacy, but at night people outside can identify soft shapes inside. If you are decorating a multipane window, consider showing off its muntin pattern by hanging translucent embroidered panels.

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Kitchen & Bathroom Curtains

In a kitchen, a graceful valance will soften nearby hard stone, tile, and metal surfaces, and colorful curtains can accent neutral cabinets and appliances. Be sure kitchen treatments can stand up to the frequent washing necessary to remove food smells. Easy-care fabrics are also vital in a humid bathroom. One durable option is synthetic outdoor decorating fabric, designed for damp conditions.

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Kids' Curtains

Casual, whimsical patterns and washable fabrics characterize curtains for children's rooms. Coordinate curtains to bed coverings, or choose solids for versatility in the long term. If your child is a light sleeper, attach a lining to counteract the sun or streetlights.

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Exclusive Home Curtains
$74.99

The exclusive home London thermal insulated grommet top window curtain panels provide an elegant look to any room in your home. Th...e London solid color curtain panels are offered in beautiful neutral colors add a luxurious rich look and feel to dress any window setting. These textured panels come with foam thermal insulation and drape beautifully, assisting in blocking light, preventing harmful UV rays from reaching your floors and furniture, efficiently prevents cold or heat transfer from outside, will increase energy efficiency of your home, provide unparalleled privacy, and allow you to darken rooms at any time of day. This luxurious design combined with the benefits of thermal insulation, make this the perfect window treatment for your home, nursery, office, apartment, business, and more. The London drapery is constructed with gorgeous matte silver grommets, fitting the curtain rod of your choice up to 1 5/8 inch in diameter. Impress your friends, family, and guests with these window curtain panels on any window. Offered in 3 sizes and 6 colors. Sizes: 84", 96", 108 inch lengths. Colors: winter white, black pearl, blue teal, beige, Peacoat blue, dove grey, bubble gum pink, lilac purple, and navy blue. read more

popeven
$19.99

Our Shower Curtain Features Details: **Remark: Please Allow 1cm to 2cm mistake **Shower curtain with Contemporary design Pattern *...*Comes with button holes & hooks at top of shower curtain. **Material: High Quality Polyester **Available size in 72inch... read more

Sweet Jojo Designs
$40.88

Create an easy bathroom makeover with this Sweet Jojo Designs shower curtain that features beautiful damask detailing. Add a touch... of style and a splash of color to your bathroom with this designer collection. Pair this curtain with coordinating Sweet... read more

Sweet Jojo Designs
$40.02

Create an easy bathroom makeover with this Sweet Jojo Designs shower curtain featuring damask detailing. Add a touch of style and ...a splash of color to your bathroom with this designer collection. Pair with coordinating Sweet Jojo Designs room... read more

Blackout & Thermal Curtains

Blackout curtains use an opaque coating, layer, or liner to reduce incoming light that can disturb sleep and fade carpets or furnishings. Thermal curtains are designed to reduce energy lost through windows, keeping your room warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

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Beaded Curtains

Strands of bamboo, wood, shells, plastic, or aluminum hang from a top bar in styles that suggest Asian, retro, or glamorous moods. These curtains are often the base layer for a fabric treatment.

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Product Features

Product Features

Narrowing your choices in curtains and draperies starts with how these treatments are made and how you want them to perform. It may take a little shopping time to find your ideal blend of form and function, but luckily the marketplace includes many choices sure to tick all the boxes on your checklist.

Fabric Type

Acrylic and polyester offer better fade resistance than other fibers. Cotton, rayon, and acetate are somewhat less durable in a sunny window. Airy panels of lightweight fabrics such as lace or voile make a delicate statement, while opaque velvet or microsuede suggest warmth. In between you'll find dozens of natural- and synthetic-fiber fabrics.

Color & Pattern

The most decorative aspect of curtains and draperies, color and pattern options are almost unlimited. Some manufacturers also sell matching fabric by the yard for easy coordination with upholstery fabric.

Blackout & Thermal Liners

Protect your curtains or draperies from fading and help keep out sun, cold, and heat with custom lining panels that attach with buttons or hook-and-loop tape. You can also buy liners separately in standard sizes; these often hang from the pole or rod by their own fabrication or hardware.

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Commonwealth
$25.99

Ultimate black out liner is a universal liner that works with all types of window panels. Available in off white only and four dif...ferent sizes: 56, 77, 88 and 101 inches. Each liner is hotel quality, insulated, saves energy, reduce noise. Panels are... read more

Aurora Home
$59.99

The blackout curtain liner by Aurora Home will help create a serene environment by keeping out light. The thermal insulating liner... will protect against heat and cold weather. It also absorbs outside noise to keep your home calm and quiet. The set of... read more

Aurora Home
$64.99

The blackout curtain liner by Aurora Home will help create a serene environment by keeping out light. The thermal insulating liner... will protect against heat and cold weather. It also absorbs outside noise to keep your home calm and quiet. The set of two blackout curtain liners are a solid off-white (grey shade) to blend with any design or pattern of your existing window treatments. Available in five different lengths. Rod pocket construction. Set includes: Two (2) Panels and Hooks For proper fullness, panels should measure 2-3 times the width of your window. Please note: There is a 1/2-inch allowance in length of panels. Blackout Curtain Liner Panels Block Heat, Cold, Light and Noise Hooks are included for easy installation Construction: Rod Pocket Rod pockets fits up to 1-inch diameter rod Color: White Panel dimension: 35 inches wide Available lengths: 60, 80, 92, 104, 120 inches long Set dimensions: 70 inches wide Energy saving: Yes Materials: 100-percent polyester Care instructions: Machine washable The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

No Brand
$34.99

Multi functional 45 wide liner that will fit grommets, pinch pleats, tab top and tailored panels. 1/2 side hems and 1/4 bottom hem.... Instructions included for all types of panels. Face - 80% Polyester, 20% Cotton; Back - 100% Acrylic Suede. 1 Panel... read more

Tiebacks & Holdbacks

A classic look with filmy sheers as well as lush velvets, holdbacks and tiebacks can be made from the same fabric as the curtains and drapes or from metal, wood, or glass to add a decorative touch.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying curtains and draperies involves a series of choices based on function and fashion. Start with the window type and location -- both the room it's in and the exposure it enjoys -- and consider your privacy needs, your decorating preferences, and your budget.

Location

Where privacy is a concern, choose densely woven fabric, add a lining, or plan to install curtains or drapes over a window shade.

Size/Length

Do as the professional designers do and carefully measure the length and width of each window and its frame. Double or triple the width to make sure your curtains or drapes meet without gaping and display a comfortable fullness. Round up to the next size for finished curtains or drapes. Deciding length -- sill height or to the floor -- is up to you, but don't worry if the ready-made draperies you find fall somewhere in between. Buy something longer and have it hemmed; check your dry cleaner for leads. A few visual tricks: Make a small window look taller or wider by installing curtains or draperies beyond the frame. Hang floor-length curtains above the window frame to suggest a higher ceiling.

Style/Color/Fabric

Once you decide whether you prefer curtains or draperies, and once you envision the mood you'd like to convey through style and construction, these considerations will lead you to a few particular fabric choices. Cotton and linen curtains are more casual and should be lined if you want more body. Sheer draperies are lovely complements to floral furniture, and crisply pleated treatments look appropriate with contemporary architecture. Dramatic drapes of silk or taffeta offer high-style sheen; drapes made from these fabrics suggest formality and puddle beautifully.

Ready-Made or Custom

Ready-made curtains and draperies come in widths to fit the most common window sizes and shapes, as well as in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics. If you have an unusual shape or size window or wish to match fabric used elsewhere in the room, custom versions provide unlimited possibilities at a higher price.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$13.71 $10.97

Better Homes and Gardens Tapestry Sheer Curtain Panel:This Better Homes and Gardens Sheer Curtain Panel has a beautiful printed mo...dern scroll patternRod pocket panel can hang 2 ways: with a rod pocket or clip-on ringsFeatures easy care fabric, so beautiful scroll pattern can always look freshCreates a sweet splash of color in your homeIdeal choice for privacy and style read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.97 $11.97

This Better Homes and Gardens Crushed Room Darkening Curtain Panel will provide extremely filtered light in your room. It is also ...designed to add an elegant touch to your home decor. It is made from 100-percent polyester material. The Better Homes and Gardens curtain panel features a subtle crushed texture and grommets that allow for easy hanging or taking down for cleaning. Available in a variety of colors, this polyester panel helps block out the sun's rays. Pair this curtain panel with coordinating Better Homes and Gardens accessories (sold separately) for a complete and matching look. It is also available in different sizes so you can find the ideal fit for your window. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$15.97 $12.97

This Better Homes and Gardens Crushed Room Darkening Curtain Panel will provide extremely filtered light in your room. It is also ...designed to add an elegant touch to your home decor. It is made from 100-percent polyester material. The Better Homes and Gardens curtain panel features a subtle crushed texture and grommets that allow for easy hanging or taking down for cleaning. Available in a variety of colors, this polyester panel helps block out the sun's rays. Pair this curtain panel with coordinating Better Homes and Gardens accessories (sold separately) for a complete and matching look. It is also available in different sizes so you can find the ideal fit for your window. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$7.46 $5.97

Better Homes and Gardens Crushed Voile Door Curtain Panel:Sold individuallyRod pockets on top and bottom for easy installation100%... polyesterSheer fabric allows light to pass throughTieback included so you can adjust the stylePolyester curtain panel is machine washable for easy careImportedDimensions: 51" x 72" (129 cm x 182 cm)Enhance the look of home decor with this door curtain panelAdds privacySingle curtain panel colors available: clay, white read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.24 $9.97

Better Homes and Gardens Medallion 5-Piece Curtain Panel Set:5-piece curtain panel setMaterial content: polyesterCare instructions...: machine washableImportedThis home decor panel set goes well in any roomAvailable in blue or brick read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.24 $9.97

Better Homes and Gardens Medallion 5-Piece Curtain Panel Set:5-piece curtain panel setMaterial Content: PolyesterCare instructions...: machine washableImported read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$17.46 $13.97

Add sophistication and style to your room with the Better Homes and Gardens Watercolor Mums Sheer Curtains. Featuring painterly fl...owers, in tonal watercolors on a sheer white background, this design offers are distinctive accent for any home decor! The lightweight sheer panel gently filters the light, while the rod pocket header makes it easy to hang and style. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$22.97 $19.97

Better Homes and Gardens Thermal Faux-Silk Back-Tab Window Curtain Panel:Slides easily onto a decorative rod100 percent PolyesterT...hese faux silk window curtains (available in multiple sizes) are hand wash onlyTraditional designDimensions available: 54" x 84", 54" x 63", or 54" x 95"Available in multiple colors: brown clay, chocolate nib, green juniper and rich plum read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.34 $13.97

Better Homes and Gardens Natalia Curtain Panel:Single curtain panelUses a rod pocketFabric content: 67 percent polyester/33 percen...t nylonMulti-broken stripe designDiffuses lightCare instructions: machine wash cold on gentle cycleImportedDimensions: 84" x 50" read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$16.21 $12.97

The Better Homes and Gardens Scalloped Paisley Window Panel adds a touch of panache to any room in your home. The intricate and ch...ic pattern provides decorative interest, while the textured fabric gently filters sunlight for a sophisticated look. The rod pocket window panel is machine washable for easy care. Perfect for the living room, dining room or bedroom, these curtains are an easy way to add lively color and style when decorating your home. read more

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