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Window Treatment Buying Guide

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Windows

The right window treatments can transform your room from simple to sensational.

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Rod Pocket Curtains

  • Pole-top or rod pocket panels are made with a sleeve at the top of the panel that slips over the curtain rod. They hide most of the curtain rod.
  • Rings or hooks are not needed but can be used to add a decorator touch. Drapery panels and sheers are often designed with two rod-pockets at the top.
  • By sliding the curtain rod through the lower pocket of the panel, you create a soft ruffled effect with the unused top pocket.
  • Sliding the pocket rod through the top pocket will produce a clean, tailored look.

Tab Top Curtains

  • Tab-top window curtains are an easy way to create a casual feel in any room.
  • Tab-tops are made with flat loops spaced along the top edge of the curtains and the rod is slipped through the tabs.
  • They can be easily be drawn open or closed without pull cords or other hardware.

Grommet Top

  • The curtain rod is passed through large metal grommet rings at the top of the curtain, creating a wide pleat that looks crisp and modern.
  • Grommet curtains slide easily along the rod, making this style great for windows and doors that are frequently opened and closed.
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Valances

  • A valance is a window scarf that matches your drapery and is swagged across the top. It may be used with or without matching drapery panels.
  • Valances are often used as accents across the top of a window to add extra dimension.
  • Most valances require a double rod if hung in front of the coordinating panels.

Sheers

  • Sheer curtains let light into a room while helping maintain privacy.
  • They can be used as a stand-alone window treatment or paired with a fashion drapery panel to create a more formal look.
  • Sheers work well with a conventional drapery rod or a decorative rod with brackets, depending on your preference and décor.

Blackout
If you need privacy or want to block light in a bedroom or media room, blackout curtains are an excellent choice.

  • Protect against light and heat.
  • Reduce fading of furniture and carpets.

Insulated
If you want to keep the cold air out in the winter and the hot air out in the summer, insulated window treatments and insulated window curtains are the answer.

  • A foam backing applied to the curtain minimizes unwanted sunlight and reduces drafts.
  • They help you manage the rising costs of energy bills.

How to Measure for Window Treatments

Measure the window from top to bottom
For a traditional look, measure from 6" above the window frame down to the point where you want the window treatment to hang. You can install the curtain rod lower or higher than 6" above the window, but it should be at least 3 inches above the window. This vertical measurement is the length of the curtains you need to purchase.

Measure the window from side to side
Include the frame in this measurement and add 3" to 6" on each side. This number is the width of your curtain rod and also the horizontal curtain coverage you will need. To achieve standard curtain fullness, multiply this horizontal measurement by two or three. For more fullness and a more dramatic look, you can multiply by three or four, but twice the width of your window is standard. It is customary to have curtains and drapes hang beyond the sides of your window.

Deciding where to hang your curtain rod
Six inches above the window frame is standard. Hanging a rod lower creates a tailored frame appearance, while hanging a rod higher will raise the visual height of the ceiling and create a more dramatic look.