Different Types of Window Treatments for your Home, Part 2

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There are literally hundreds of different things that you can do to gain privacy through window treatments for your home just keep in mind that some treatments that work during the day won’t at night, when it’s dark outside and the lights are on inside. We’ll go over a few different common window treatments and their various uses; part two of this article will explore Curtains and sheers:

In part 1 we talk about blinds.

Curtains and Sheers

Curtains

Curtains are an often-overlooked method for covering windows, with so many shades and blinds out there curtains are now commonly seen used only to the extreme left and right of a window with a blind or shade in it. While this does look nice and makes the window appear larger, by distorting where exactly the left and right edges are, curtains and sheers are great options in their own right. There are now many styles of curtain tops that allow them to be hung in different ways. The traditional curtain had pleater tape sewn to the top, a thin fabric with strings running through it that would be pulled after sewing to create different pleated patterns in the curtain top. These tapes (they are not adhesive) can still be purchased from sewing or drapery stores and there are different types, including pencil pleat and diamond pleat. All are hung by threading a specific hook through the strings on the back and hanging those hooks from either a special I-beam rod or from a normal curtain rod with rings that have a second small ring hanging off them. A more modern, read simple, version of this are clips, curtain rod rings with clips hanging on them that are used to pinch the curtain top straight-on or gathered up in pleats. Most standard curtains come as a “rod pocket” which means that the top of the curtain is sewn into a tube shape that will slide over your curtain rod and scrunch up, while common, this is not always the most attractive and makes it difficult to fully open your curtains. A better way to get a uniform wavy look is with a “back tab” panel. Back tab panels basically have belt loops on the back of them that fit over the curtain rod, this effectively hides most of the rod, because these loops are usually an inch or so down from the panel top. They are much easier to move to one side because there is much less fabric in the way. Tab top curtains have thin loops of fabric or pieces of ribbon sticking up from the top of the panel that the rod is threaded through. The rod will be visible with this option and light will get in between the panel top and rod. Finally “ring top” panels are those with large metal or plastic grommets along their top edge that can let light in and assure that about 50% or more of the curtain rod will be showing. When weaving a curtain rod through a ring top panel try to start by threading the rod through the front side of the panel, that way the edge of the curtain has the good side facing out, not the lining side. Curtains come in an extremely large variety of fabrics, patterns and colours though in the U.S. a panel is normally around a 50-52” width by an 84” or 96” length. It is common to hang panels above the actual top of the window and further out on each side so that the window appears larger. When buying curtains you will want to buy enough width to cover 2x the width of your window, more if you are widening the look of the window by extending the rod outwards on either side. This is because a 50” window with a closed 50” curtain over will look like a flat sheet hanging on the wall, while two 50” curtains with remain gathered looking and flowing while closed over the same space, will look nicer when open as the amount of fabric on each side will be symmetrical. If 2x the width looks too gathered you could try 1.5x the width, but that is usually the least allowable for them to look right. If you’re looking to completely block out light for a bedroom, look for a “blackout” curtain or a curtain with “blackout” lining. Although it’s job is to blackout, the lining itself has a white or off-white colour and some thinner curtains have the blacking out material already sandwiched inside the fabric when it’s made. If the curtain panel you love isn’t a blackout panel you can always use a double rod to hang the blackout lining panels against the window and your preferred panels in front facing the room.

Sheers

Sheers is the name for curtain panels made from a thin voile-type fabric that you can see through. Sheers are great for spaces where you’re looking for a bit of privacy but want to keep the light of an open window. Obviously the more opaque the sheer the more privacy, though as long as the fabric is thin it should still allow lots of light in. Sheers come in colors or tone on tone patterns or colorful patterns on them just like regular drapery fabrics. Lace curtains are sometimes also referred to as sheers. If you want sheers for the daytime (for a bit of privacy) and curtains for night (to block street lamps etc.) then use a double rod to hang sheers near the window and curtains in front. Also keep in mind that window treatments that are good enough to create privacy during the day can sometimes fail at night. It is harder to see into your home from the street in the light of the day when your home is relatively darker inside, but at night the only light is coming from your side of the window treatments and even an opaque covering can show shadows of what’s going on to your neighbors. Enjoy the curtains and sheers photo gallery.

blackout curtains

This image shows a curtain that has had “blackout” lining attatched, as you can see it is actually an off-white color but it will block out the light. Image Source (source)

ascii code curtains

An opaque curtain can still show shadows through it especially at night. Image Source (source) living room mint green drapery drapes curtain copper tom dixon pendant stripe striped rugs carpeting flooring floor colorful sofa cococozy

The curtain on this I-beam track functions to separate the spaces of the room. Image Source (source) double rod curtain

This double rod system allows for a sheer version of the curtain pattern to be hung behind it. Image Source (source) curtains and nail hangers

This method of hanging tab top curtains would only work if they could never be closed, as is the case with this heating unit in the way. Image Source (source)

traditional curtains

This is an example of a back tab panel hung so that the fabric “puddles” a bit on the floor. Image Source (source) clip rings holder

These curtains are held into pleats by the clip rings that hold them up. Image Source (source) outdoor curtains

There are also many types of outdoor curtains that can be used for privacy or light control. Image Source (source) back tab pre-pleated curtains

These back tab pre-pleated curtains are the frame for a roman shade. The actual window edge is just past the beginning of the curtain fabric so that the windows look larger. Image Source (source) adorable interior plain red curtain for livingroom

This curtain set includes a second curtain rod that curves at a 90 degree angle to accommodate the rod pocket valance. Image Source (source)

Eyelets Curtains

This ring top curtain shows why it’s important to first thread the curtain rod through the front side of the panel. From the side this curtain is showing it’s patterned face instead of it’s lining. Image Source (source) Window with transluscent curtains

Tab topped sheers and curtains are used on a double curtain rod on this window. Image Source (source) double rod  two way

Here a double rod is used to hang sheers in two ways for added privacy and interest. Image Source (source) curtains linen sheer

Sheers aren’t any good for blocking light but especially during the day they can add just the right amount of privacy. Image Source (source)

rod pocket sheers

These rod pocket sheers show a tone on tone (white on white) pattern. Image Source (source) lace curtains

Here a double rod has been used in order to add extra coverage and interest using lace curtains. Image Source (source) gallery picsfrontmotorised roller blinds and sheer curtains

With so many options out there it’s easy to choose the colour or pattern of curtains or sheers that will compliment your home. Image Source (source)

Appealing Blue Curtain Wall with Wonderful White Office Desk

These tab top curtains delineate space in this bedroom. Image Source (source)

bathroom window curtains designs

While adding privacy curtains can also add drama to a space. Image Source (source)

Living Room Curtain Simple

Here is an example of hanging curtains higher than the windows upper edge. When these curtains are closed at night the window will seem grand in scale and proportionate to the space. Image Source (source)

minimalist living room inspiration with yellow curtains

Curtains are a great and easily changeable way to add color to a space. Image Source (source)

Modern Curtain Ideas for Living Room

When you hang decorative curtains high-up you also add to the visual height of the space. Image Source (source)

Modern Living Room Curtains

These lavender curtains reveal a patterned sheer, there is no limit to the creative combinations that can be made using curtains and sheers. Image Source (source)

modern concept white bathtub near glazed window with white curtain in bathroom

When using sheers in bathrooms and other areas for privacy, test their night-time coverage as well by having a friend walk around inside at night with the lights on. Image Source (source)

Curtains Ideas For Living Room

Curtains are a great place to add pattern because they can easily be swapped out, unlike a sofa. Image Source (source)

Gallery of Different Types of Window Treatments for your Home, Part 2
blackout curtains
Appealing Blue Curtain Wall with Wonderful White Office Desk
back tab pre-pleated curtains
double rod two way
outdoor curtains
Modern Living Room Curtains
minimalist living room inspiration with yellow curtains
gallery picsfrontmotorised roller blinds and sheer curtains
curtains linen sheer
Curtains Ideas For Living Room
double rod curtain
Eyelets Curtains
curtains and nail hangers
adorable interior plain red curtain for livingroom
Living Room Curtain Simple
lace curtains
traditional curtains
ascii code curtains
rod pocket sheers
clip rings holder
Modern Curtain Ideas for Living Room
Window with transluscent curtains
modern concept white bathtub near glazed window with white curtain in bathroom
living room mint green drapery drapes curtain copper tom dixon pendant stripe striped rugs carpeting flooring floor colorful sofa cococozy
bathroom window curtains designs

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