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Guide to the Different Types of Window Treatments

Guide to the Different Types of Window Treatments

Window treatments are what you use to cover windows. They include blinds, shutters, shades, curtains, and drapes. The coverings foster privacy and airflow besides controlling the amount of light getting in. They also beautify your windows and make them more appealing. Below is a comprehensive look at the different types of window treatments 

Curtains

Curtains are fabric used to cover windows. They are available in a variety of fabrics, colors, styles, texture, and patterns. This way, you can be sure of finding something that fits your home or office. Curtains are common in homes. The color and style variety allows you to experiment with different curtains.  

Window curtains come in two lengths full and short. Full height curtains cover the window and the wall space below it slightly above the floor. Short curtains cover the window and a few inches of space below it.  

When reading about curtains, you will come across the name panels. Curtains come in sets of two’s or more. Each piece in the set is a panel. About installation, fixing a curtain on the window requires a rod and rings or grommets. Grommets are metal openings at the upper side of the curtain used for hanging the panels. Curtains with grommets eliminate the need for you to buy rings, hooks, or clips. Some curtains have fabric sleeves at the back or top.  

Drapes

There is a significant difference between drapes and curtains. While curtains are thin, light, and see-through, drapes are not. Drapes are made from heavy, lined fabric that blocks out light and you cannot see through them. Hang them the same way you do for curtains. It is fine to combine drapes and curtains. Curtains allow light in while drapes block it when need be; for example when you are sleeping during the day.  

Blinds


Blinds are available in several materials including wooden and faux wood, bamboo, vinyl, aluminum, and Venetian. They consist of slats that allow light and air into your home or office when open. Wooden blinds are amazing for your property. There are various stains and styles to select. Bamboo blinds are more affordable yet look spectacular on your windows. Be sure of finding a blind that best matches your décor. You can go for either horizontal or vertical blinds. Both are fantastic additions to your interior space.  

Shades

The difference between shades and blinds is that shades use solid materials, which you pull up to open or pull down to close. Blinds, on the other hand, are window coverings with slats that allow in light or bar it. Shades have no slats but are continuous. A shade is like a roll of material used to cover a window. Shades are made from soft material while that of blinds is hard and stiff.  

Like other window treatments, shades come in many colors, patterns styles, and materials (plastic, burlap, and bamboo included) to choose from. Shades do not have to cover the entire window (full height shades). There are café or half shades that cover the window halfway from the bottom.  

Among the many types of shades, there are rollers and tie-ups. Roller shades have a cord or pulley that you use to pull them up and down. Tie up shades do not need a cord or pulley to pull. Your hands are enough. Pull the shades up and tie them together with ribbons or ties. The other types of shades available are roman, cellular, and balloon. With roman shades, you can get flat, folded, or hobbled styles.  

Shutters

Shutters have slats just like blinds. The difference is shutters have slats attached to rods for rotation. They also feature a locking mechanism that keeps the slats shut when need be. The slats on shutters are either fixed or moveable. They vary in widths ranging from 2.5-4.5inches. Find dimensions that suit your windows properly.  

Valances

If you dislike the sight of exposed curtain rods or blinds at the top of the window, valances save you the discomfort. They are fabrics that cover other window treatments for an attractive look. Wooden valances cover the rods perfectly as well. Use them in place of fabric valances.  

Final Thoughts

It’s not mandatory that you use only one type of window treatment at a time either. You can use two to achieve a marvelous layered look, for example, shades and curtains. Such a combo comes in handy when you want to allow some natural light in your room but still maintain privacy. 

Choosing the right window treatments does not have to be difficult. At Best Flooring and Blinds we have a huge selection of blinds, shades, curtains, drapes, and shutters to suit every room in your home and we can install them for you. You can even schedule a FREE in-home consultation with one of our window treatment experts! 

 

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