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Window Treatments Buying Guide

We want our rooms to be bright and comfortable, but we also need privacy and protection against harsh sunlight and chilly breezes. Well-chosen window treatments control the light and view, and they can help minimize a room's flaws or maximize its charms. 

Types of Window Treatments

Types of Window Treatments

Window treatments have evolved into today's variety to meet different needs. Soft treatments, such as shades and curtains or draperies, enhance a room's decor through the color, pattern, and texture available in thousands of fabrics. Assembling the final look is a bit like putting together an outfit. "Hard" treatments -- blinds and shutters -- incorporate fewer decorative options, but they can filter or block out light and keep heat in or out. Install them solo, or top them with fabric for versatile combinations that offer the best of both worlds.

Curtains

Curtain panels are casual, usually made from unlined lightweight fabric, and often hang only to the window's sill or apron. Panels hang in a variety of ways. With rod-pocket panels, a simple curtain rod slips through a channel sewn along the panel's top edge; a pocket sewn a few inches below the top edge suggests a ruffled effect. You can also attach clips or sew decorative rings along the panel top. Or choose a grommet-design curtain and run the rod through the built-in rings. With loops of curtain fabric sewn to the back of the top edge, tab-top panels hang relatively flat, making them ideal for showcasing large-scale prints. Curtains are generally opened and closed by hand.

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Bombay

These beautiful window curtain panels feature an all-over, large-scale diamond embroidery design that adds style and elegance to a...ny room. The panels are made with a faux silk fabrication that provides an opulent appearance. See Full Details read more

World Market

Why We Love It Bring soft light into your space with our light and airy Solid Cranberry Crinkle Voile Curtain, made of cotton voi...le in Jaipur, India. Hang this warm cranberry toned, semi-sheer curtain in multiples, or hang alone for a soothing accent, a quick way to update any room. What You Need To Know Made of 100% cotton voile Tie top Includes 1 curtain Available in additional designs and colors, sold separately Machine wash cold separately, delicate cycle, non-chlorine bleach To maintain crinkles, twist panel tightly while damp and knot both ends; open when dry World Market exclusive Made in India Product Specifications 40"W x 84"L read more

Richloom Fabrics

Bold solid woven color makes for an eye-catching look with these Boca panels. These Thermosave" panels feature a thermal coating t...hat blocks out light and noise, making for more privacy and less outside distraction. See Full Details read more

Elrene Home Fashions

These semi-sheer window treatments allow some light to get through while quickly adding style to any room. Panels feature an iron-...work, burnout design. Sold individually and measure 50" wide. See Full Details read more

Draperies

More traditional in feeling, draperies typically are lined, are made from heavier materials, and hang all the way to the floor. In living rooms and other formal spaces, this flowing design looks elegant. Another difference: Draperies are opened and closed by pulling cords attached with pulleys to a traverse rod, which uses a series of hooks sewn behind decorative pleats along the top of each panel. Among the variations, classic pinch pleats feature equally spaced stitched folds; pencil pleats are narrow and tight; and elaborate goblet pleats use stiffening paper above the pinch to form a wineglass shape.

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Stylemaster
$41.49 $66.99
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Stylemaster Tucson Thermal Insulate Pinch Pleat Drapes, 48 by 63-Inch, Beige The textured, tweed appearance provides a nice altern...ative to standard pinch pleated looks. 100-Percent polyester content, 100-Percent acrylic foam backing Easy to care machine wash and tumble dry low Imported from China 1 Attractive color: Beige Size:144x84, 48x63, 48x72, 48x84, 96x84 Weight: 2.15 pounds read more

Stylemaster
$76.99 $154.99
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Stylemaster Tucson Thermal Insulate Pinch Pleat Drapes, 96 by 84-Inch, Beige The textured, tweed appearance provides a nice altern...ative to standard pinch pleated looks. 100-Percent polyester content, 100-Percent acrylic foam backing Easy to care machine wash and tumble dry low Imported from China 1 Attractive color: Beige Size:144x84, 48x63, 48x72, 48x84, 96x84 Weight: 4.75 pounds read more

Ellis Curtain
$209.99
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Ellis Curtain Fireside Floral Pinch Pleated 144 x 84 Thermal Insulated Drapes, Linen 100% heavyweight cotton face for smoother dra...ping effect; 5-inch bottom hem. Foam back thermal insulating saves energy and money; Improved light blocking. Pregatherd pleated curtain creates a updated and stylish look to any room; Easy to hang. Measurements 144-inch overall width (both 72-inch panels combined) 84-inch overall length. Made in the USA; Dry clean recommended. ? Face: 100% Cotton/Backing 100% Acrylic read more

Ellis Curtain
$64.29 $64.99
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Fireside Pinch Pleated 48-Inch-by-84-Inch Thermal Insulated Drapes, Red A.L. Ellis Pinch Pleated Cotton Insulated Draperies... lux...ury for your windows, savings on your energy bills! Theres nothing that warms and dresses up a room like new Draperies! And theres a practical side to these beauties too. Their foam backing keeps hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter, saving you real money on your energy bills! Colors galore let you match or harmonize with any decor. Choose from Navy, Sage, Wedgwood, Bordeaux, Wheat Red, Blue or Green, plus Linen pattern. Each pair has 3 weighted bottom hems, seven tabs per panel. Lengths are overall measurements from top of curtain to the bottom including the tabs. 100% cotton means they are easy to care for... machine washable. These Curtains come in a wide variety of widths to fit your needs. Made in Canada / U.S.A. Available in many widths. State Color. Order Today! AVAILABLE SEPARATELY: 72, 96, 120, 144 and 96 for patio door - word search in our Store for Pleated Draperies. A.L Ellis 48 Wide Co ?100-Percent heavyweight cotton face for smoother draping effect; 5-inch bottom hem ?Foam back thermal insulating saves energy and money; Improved light blocking ?Pregatherd pleated curtain creates a updated and stylish look to any room; Easy to hang ?Measurements 48-inch overall width (both 24-inch panels combined) 84-inch overall length ?Made in the USA; Dry clean recommended read more

Valances

Used on its own for simplicity or in conjunction with another treatment as a decorative accent, a valance is draped or hung only across the top of a window. Your fabric choice and installation method will determine the valance's style and the mood it conveys.

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Kohl's
$23.99 $39.99
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The perfect accent. This charming Dynasty valance makes more of your decor. Features 50" x 17" Tab-top rod pocket Textured woven... fabric Coconut button accents Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Blinds.com

These valances will give your windows a classic, finished look at an amazingly low price. You can choose from several styles, colo...rs and textures to fit your decor. All valances are stocked and ready to ship. These rod-mounted valances cover windows from 32" to 72" wide with a single valance. Add additional valances for extra width or fullness. Choose from a variety of drapery rod styles such as Custom 1 inch Wrought Iron, Adjustable 1 inch Metal, or Custom 1 3/8 inch Wood Rods. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings. read more

Harbor House

These beautifully designed window treatments create a serene environment in your home with seaside-inspired imagery and soothing c...olors. See Full Details read more

Croscill

Country charm meets manor house elegance with CroscillŽ's Cavalier sheer window panels. A beautiful sheer with a scalloped bottom ...is embroidered with a graceful Fleur dis Lis pattern giving these treatments a sophisticated European appeal. See Full Details read more

Shades

Shades are available in several styles that operate up and down rather than side to side. Roller shades range from translucent paper to light-blocking vinyl or bonded fabric. Tie-up shades are held open by fabric ties. Balloon and Austrian shades are shirred and gathered to create volume and romantic drama. The fabric in tailored Roman shades forms horizontal folds when raised. Pleated and cellular shades use paper or fabric in accordion- or honeycomb-shape construction to boost privacy and insulation with minimal bulk.

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Real Simple

This elegant shade offers privacy when closed and beautifully filters light when open while still providing UV protection. When co...mpletely open the sheer fabric rolls up into the head rail, providing a clean look. See Full Details read more

Real Simple

This elegant shade offers privacy when closed and beautifully filters light when open while still providing UV protection. When co...mpletely open the sheer fabric rolls up into the head rail, providing a clean look. See Full Details read more

Real Simple

This elegant shade offers privacy when closed and beautifully filters light when open while still providing UV protection. When co...mpletely open the sheer fabric rolls up into the head rail, providing a clean look. See Full Details read more

Real Simple

This elegant shade offers privacy when closed and beautifully filters light when open while still providing UV protection. When co...mpletely open the sheer fabric rolls up into the head rail, providing a clean look. See Full Details read more

Blinds

Made with metal, wood, or plastic slats and in a variety of widths, horizontal blinds excel at providing privacy and managing incoming light. Stiffened-fabric or vinyl vertical blinds bring these qualities to patio doors.

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Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in white color option Imported read more

Redecker

Handcrafted in Germany by the Redecker family of artisan brushmakers, this thoughtfully designed brush's unique design and silky n...atural goat hair bristles easily give dust the brush-off on window and door blinds of all types. The sculptural beechwood handle is a pleasure to hold, honed to ergonomically fit the hand and rubbed smooth with a natural wax. Easy-care brush replaces costly and wasteful disposable dusters and will stand the test of time with proper care, needing only a gentle shampoo. Blind since the age of four, Friedrich Redecker was enrolled in the Soest School for the Blind where he learned the art of brushmaking. Perfecting his craft over his lifetime, Redecker went on to found his namesake company in 1935, passing his knowledge to his sons who have continued his legacy. With the finest craftsmanship and the integrity of all natural materials, our curated Redecker collection will serve you and your family for years and generations to come.Redecker Window Blind Brush. 10"Wx7.75"Dx1"H Handcrafted in Germany by the Redecker family of artisan brushmakers Beechwood handle Linseed oil finish Natural goat hair with stainless-steel wire Leather strap Hand wash Made in Germany Overall DimensionsWidth: 10" Depth: 7.75" Height: 1" read more

Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in white color option Imported read more

Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in oak color option Imported read more

Shutters

Perhaps the most permanent window treatment, wood or faux-wood shutters use louvered panels to screen a view and create architectural impact. A range of louver widths allows shutters to complement different home styles.

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Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in white color option Imported read more

Redecker

Handcrafted in Germany by the Redecker family of artisan brushmakers, this thoughtfully designed brush's unique design and silky n...atural goat hair bristles easily give dust the brush-off on window and door blinds of all types. The sculptural beechwood handle is a pleasure to hold, honed to ergonomically fit the hand and rubbed smooth with a natural wax. Easy-care brush replaces costly and wasteful disposable dusters and will stand the test of time with proper care, needing only a gentle shampoo. Blind since the age of four, Friedrich Redecker was enrolled in the Soest School for the Blind where he learned the art of brushmaking. Perfecting his craft over his lifetime, Redecker went on to found his namesake company in 1935, passing his knowledge to his sons who have continued his legacy. With the finest craftsmanship and the integrity of all natural materials, our curated Redecker collection will serve you and your family for years and generations to come.Redecker Window Blind Brush. 10"Wx7.75"Dx1"H Handcrafted in Germany by the Redecker family of artisan brushmakers Beechwood handle Linseed oil finish Natural goat hair with stainless-steel wire Leather strap Hand wash Made in Germany Overall DimensionsWidth: 10" Depth: 7.75" Height: 1" read more

Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in white color option Imported read more

Mainfine

Sleek bamboo shade will give any room in your home an elegant look Blind gently filters light and adds a warm look to your home de...cor Window treatment is made with 100-percent real bamboo Available in oak color option Imported read more

Product Features

Product Features

The window-treatments market includes such a broad range of products, it's tricky to single out design elements specific to each category. However, all treatments share general characteristics that come into play as you narrow your choices.

Size and Fit

Because function is equal to fashion in this product category, window treatments can be purchased off-the-shelf or in custom sizes to fit any window.

Style

Whatever look you're after, you can find a treatment to achieve it. Soft coverings such as curtains and draperies offer the most variation in color and pattern. Blinds, shades, and shutters allow you to express your taste in finish, texture, and scale.

Safety

Curtains, draperies, shades, and blinds now offer manual or automated cordless operation for homes with young children. This feature is also ideal for windows and skylights that are difficult to reach.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The process of shopping for window treatments involves decisions related to both how they look and how they work. Think about what each treatment can do to make your rooms more attractive and your daily life more comfortable. Keep in mind that you may be living with these treatments for several years -- especially if they're custom-made.

Window Location

Consider the time of day you use the room and the direction the window faces. Southern and western exposures call for treatments such as blinds or shutters designed to control afternoon sunshine; if you hang curtains or draperies, be sure they are lined or the fabric is fade-resistant. North- and east-facing windows, however, are better served by light-filtering curtains or shades. If privacy is your top consideration, look for blackout shades or curtains, or plan to layer window coverings for design flexibility. For kitchen windows, choose simple treatments of synthetic and washable fabrics instead of heavy, dry-clean-only curtains. Other good cooking-zone options are cafe shutters and metal blinds, because both are easy to clean. In humidity-prone bathrooms, PVC or faux-wood blinds provide privacy without warping.

Window Hardware

If your windows are already equipped with curtain poles, traverse rods, or shade hardware, you'll save trouble and money by installing treatments of the same type as what was there before. Traverse rods that operate smoothly can be reused -- they won't show behind your new draperies. If you like the style but not the finish of existing poles, it's possible to paint them.

Window Hardware

If your windows are already equipped with curtain poles, traverse rods, or shade hardware, you'll save trouble and money by installing treatments of the same type as what was there before. Traverse rods that operate smoothly can be reused -- they won't show behind your new draperies. If you like the style but not the finish of existing poles, it's possible to paint them.

Window Size & Shape

In new-construction homes, windows are often standard sizes that make it easy to find ready-made window treatments. Older homes with bay or bow windows or nonstandard-size windows may require custom treatments, which are worth their higher cost for the professionally finished look. To emphasize unusual shapes and architectural millwork, consider a top treatment only, or mount curtains or shades inside the window frame. You can also install window hardware to make a small or narrow window look larger or wider.

Decorating Style

Let historical influences and your personal taste suggest what type of window treatment best fits the style you have in mind. (See our buying guides on Curtains & Drapes, Valances, Shades, and Blinds & Shutters for suggestions.) Choose a practical length -- to the sill, the apron, or the floor. Select cotton, linen, tweed, ticking, or a similar fabric for casual decor; choose silk, taffeta, toile, lace, or velvet for formal settings. Shades, blinds, and shutters are all adaptable to various styles, depending on finish and details.

Privacy & Insulation

As a rule, the thicker or darker the treatment -- or the more layers it involves -- the more privacy and energy efficiency it will provide. Look for interlining, blackout, or thermal curtains and shades as ready-made solutions.

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EFF
$78.99 $119.99
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This soft heavy-pile blackout velvet curtain has a natural luster with a depth of color that creates a formal, polished look. This... window panel is made of high-quality, polyester velvet with a cotton blackout lining. The heavy fabric and lining keeps the light out and provides for optimal insulation. Set includes: One panel Pattern: Solid Color options: Light grey Curtain style: Window panel Construction: Rod pocket Pocket measures: 3 inches Lining: Heavy cotton lining Dimensions: 84 inches long x 50 inches wide Tiebacks included: No Energy saving: Yes Materials: 100-percent polyester velvet Care instructions: Dry clean For proper fullness, panels should measure 2-3 times the width of your window. 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

Signature Silver Grey Velvet 84-inch Blackout Curtain Panel
EFF
Madison Park
$20.28 $33.99
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Oversized and organic in nature, the energizing flowers on this Madison Park Adria curtain panel are printed off center for a dari...ng appearance. This window panel is featured with a scoop grommet top and fits up to a 1.25-inch diameter rod. Set includes: One 1 curtain panel Color options: Blue/brown, purple/grey, green/white Curtain style: Window panel Construction: Scoop grommet Pocket measures: 1.25 inches Lining: Not lined Dimensions: 84 inches long x 50 inches wide Materials: 100-percent cotton Care instructions: Machine wash 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

Madison Park Adria Cotton 84-inch Curtain Panel
Sweet JoJo Designs
$51.23 $110.65
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Create a stylish look with these Sweet JoJo Designs Window Panels. Pair these beatiful panels with coordinating Sweet JoJo Designs... to complete the look and feel of your room. Set includes: Two 2 panels Color: Black and white Construction: Rod pocket Pocket measures: 1.5 inches Lining: None Dimensions: 42 inches wide x 84 inches long each Materials: Cotton 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

Damask Print Isabella 84-inch Curtain Panel Pair
Chooty and Co.
$67.79 $102.00
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Chooty Tab Top Curtain Panel, 54 by 96-Inch, See Saw Felix cpb963018 Size: 96 Features: -Material: 100pct Cotton.-Top stitched.-Ma...de in USA. Dimensions: -84 Dimensions: 84 H x 54 W x 0.25 D.-96 Dimensions: 96 H x 54 W x 0.25 D.-108 Dimensions: 108 H x 54 W x 0.25 D. Curtain panel Made in the USA 100-percent Cotton Hand or spot clean curtain panel read more

Chooty Tab Top Curtain Panel, 54 by 96, See Saw Felix
Sweet Dreams
$440.00 $550.00
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Sweet DreamsAlessandra Bedding Sheer fabric with damask embroidery is layered over pink to create this stunning bedding collection... by Sweet DreamsŽ. Ruched velvet, crushed silk, beading, and gimp are among the fabrics and trims that add to the opulence.Gathered pink dust skirts of crushed silk have an 18" drop.Silk curtains, approximately 53"W, have onion trim.Collection is made of polyester, cotton, nylon, rayon, and silk fabrics.Dry clean.Imported.DesignerAbout Sweet Dreams: In 1986, Denise Sansing launched Sweet Dreams, a collection of intricately designed and elegant bedding and accessories. Sansing, whose design studio is located in Texas, focuses on heirloom-quality linens, drawing inspiration for her Sweet Dreams line from antique European textiles.For guidelines on how to measure for curtains, click here. read more

Each 108"L Silk Curtain
Kohl's
$23.99 $39.99
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The perfect accent. This charming Dynasty valance makes more of your decor. Features 50" x 17" Tab-top rod pocket Textured woven... fabric Coconut button accents Construction and Care Polyester Machine wash Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Dynasty Tab-Top Window Valance - 50'' x 17''
Horchow
$279.90 $350.00
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Silk curtains are 52"W, have rod-pocket styling and cotton linings. 52"W rod-pocket sheers of ivory silk organza; embroidered with... golden butterflies. Dry clean.Hand-cast polyresin is hand finished in burnished sunset gold with red undertones; 5"Sq. x 5"D.Imported. For guidelines on how to measure for curtains, click here. read more

Each 108L Milano Striped Curtain
CHF and You
$17.99 $29.99
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This CHF and You valance creates country charm. Orchard trees scatter across this design, bringing a beautiful touch of color to y...our decor. For more fresh finds, shop our full selection of CHF and You window treatments at Kohls.com. In beige/multi. Orchard theme blooms with rustic allure. Pole pocket slides onto your curtain rod for easy installation. Durable construction ensures lasting luxury. Details: 56" x 14" Polyester Machine wash  Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

CHF and You Orchard Tailored Valance - 56'' x 14''
Ellis Curtain
$35.99 $59.99
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Add character to your home with Ellis Curtain. The rustic scene of this valance brings the beauty of country life to any room. Ro...d pocket slides onto your curtain rod for easy installation. Scalloped trim lends timeless appeal. Lining provides an extra layer of insulation. Duck cloth construction withstands long-lasting use. Details: 70" x 15" Cotton Dry clean Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Ellis Curtain Toile Scalloped Window Valance
Eclipse
$119.99 $199.99
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This eclipse patio door curtain panel provides a unique blend of fashion and function. The seamless, blackout design reduces sun p...enetration during hot weather and limits warm air from escaping during the cold months. For your bedroom, living room and more, this functional window panel is just what you need. Thermaweave technology helps to block intrusive sunlight, reduces unwanted noise and provides thermal benefits. Back tabs slide onto your curtain rod for easy installation. Durable construction ensures lasting quality. Details: Includes: 1 panel 100" x 84" Polyester Machine wash Imported Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

eclipse Blackout Thermal Patio Door Curtain Panel - 100" x 84"
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