Above: Hemstitch Rod Pocket Curtains
shown in white.
Curtains come in a variety of shapes and styles and offer
various levels of light control. Here is a guide to help you decide
which style will achieve the look and functionality you desire at
View additional guides to help make selection
and installation simple:
Also known as tailored or pole top curtains, rod pocket curtains
are the most basic curtain style with a sewn-in rod pocket at the
top of each curtain panel. Rod pocket curtains work well layered
under a valance, or with a sheer or shade underneath. They can be
hung directly on a decorative or utility rod, or attached with
clip-rings for an updated look and ease of movement at your
Named for the fabric tabs at the top of the curtains, tab top
curtains are versatile and can look modern or country depending on
your décor. Tie tab curtains are also in the "tab top"
family and offer a relaxed, casual look as well as flexible tab
length. Tab top curtains look best with a decorative rod.
Also called pinch pleated drapes, pinch pleated curtains have
pleats across the top of each panel and are hung by curtain rings
or clip rings. They can also be hung with drapery hooks or pins on
a traverse rod for easy opening and closing at a window or door.
Pinch pleated curtains work well for wider windows and for patio
doors. Use with a decorative or traverse rod.
Sometimes called kitchen curtains, café and tiers are
simply shorter length curtains that cover the lower half of the
window and provide privacy as well as being decorative. As such,
they are often used in kitchens and bathrooms. Café curtains
can also be topped off with a valance or swag for a more layered
look. Use with decorative, tension or utility rods.
Wonderful on their own or used as a layer underneath curtains or
a valance. Sheers, laces and semi-sheers are light and airy and
filter light beautifully at the window. Use with decorative,
tension, or utility rods.
Grommet top curtains are trendy and modern-looking and are wonderfully functional as the grommets help the curtain panels open and close easily on the curtain rod. Grommet top curtains look best when used with a decorative or wooden curtain rod.
Door panels, sidelights and slider panels are all types of
curtains used to cover doors. Door panels and sidelights are narrow
curtains used to cover windows found on standard doors and the
sidelight windows to the sides of doors. Often these are made of
sheer fabrics to allow some light to filter through, but still
provide privacy. Slider panels are wider width curtains that are
used to cover sliding doors or patio doors. Door panels and
sidelights use door panel rods. Slider panels use decorative or
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