Window Treatments: Curtains and Drapes: Tips and Advice

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How To Choose The Best Window Coverings For Your Home

There are so many options when it comes to curtains and drapes that it can be difficult to know which is the best choice for your home. So, here are a few tips and definitions to help make the decision a bit easier.

Curtain Styles and Lengths

  • Single panel curtains are made up of just that: a single curtain panel that can be swept to one side with a tieback.
  • Double panels are the most popular style of curtains and drapes. The look is streamlined and classic. They can either be pushed one to each side of the window and left hanging on their own, or tiebacks can be used to hold them open. The first look is simple, the second a little more elegant.

While panels can be hung on a curtain rod by themselves, they can also be given an entirely different look with the help of a valance. A valance that runs across the top of the curtains gives them a more feminine and romantic appearance. Similarly, a structured pelmet that runs across the top will lend a contained and sophisticated air.



When it comes to length, remember that longer is better than shorter. Curtains should just brush the floor, break the floor by an inch or two, or puddle on the floor by a few extra inches. The first look is crisp and tailored, the second a little more relaxed, and the third lush and romantic. It’s best not to go with short curtains, as the look is now considered quite outdated. If the window in question can’t accommodate long curtains, try shades or blinds rather than short curtains. For window sizes and more tips, visit Canadian Choice and have a look at their calculators and guides. They manufacture custom made windows and doors, so it should be easy to find what you are looking for there.

Custom Curtains versus Ready-Made Curtains

Custom curtains are wonderful if the budget allows, or if you’re handy with a sewing machine. Custom curtains allow for more variation in terms of size and fabric options. On the other hand, ready-made drapes are less expensive, they can be purchased quickly and returned if they don’t work, and there are a lot of options available.

Curtain Fabrics: Pros and Cons

  • Cotton is versatile and easy to clean, but can sometimes be a bit stiff.
  • Velvet is luxurious and is heavy enough to provide good privacy, however the look can be too heavy for some rooms.
  • Sheers are graceful and elegant and still allow some light in, but they don’t offer much in the way of privacy.
  • Silk is refined and beautiful but will likely need to be lined to ensure adequate privacy.
  • Linen can be light or heavy depending on whether or not it’s lined.
  • Wool is better suited to traditional rooms. It’s a bit heavy, but it’s quite strong and can support accessories like fringe and tassels.
  • Microfibers such as ultrasuede can look luxurious and are very easy to clean. But like velvet, they can look a little heavy in some rooms.

When it comes to curtains and drapes there are a lot of options. But as long as you take the proper measurements, plan your needs appropriately, and stick to your chosen style, you’ll end up with the right window coverings for your home.