Curtains vs. Drapes: What’s the Difference?

Difference Between Curtains and DrapesIn many ways, curtains and drapes have more similarities than differences, which is probably why many people use the terms interchangeably. Both of these time-tested window treatments consist of fabric panels that usually come in pairs and hang from a rod above the window. Often the companion fabric panels bookend another type of window covering, such as a shade, sheer, or blinds. In fact, few treatments provide the beautiful “layering” effect of curtains and drapes that are paired with other window coverings.

There are some subtle differences between curtains and drapes, however. For one thing, curtains are typically made from a lightweight fabric. Drapes, often called “draperies” by industry professionals, tend to be crafted from thicker material and even lined with extra fabric to create a thick, elegant appearance.

A second difference is that curtains are more likely than drapes to sport bright colors and patterns, and they can be short or long—think about the café curtains you often see adorning a kitchen or dinette window. Drapes, on the other hand, usually extend from above the window all the way to the floor.

Generally, adding draperies to your windows will create a more formal aesthetic, while curtains may enhance a whimsical ambience. Of course, you’ll also want to consider your goals for light control, privacy, and energy efficiency in your selection of any window treatments for your home.

Custom Curtains & Drapes Are Your Best Choice

Whether you opt for light and airy curtains or elegant draperies, you’ll want to make sure you get exactly the results you’re looking for by choosing custom window treatments. Exciting Windows! stands ready to help. We have an extensive network of window treatment professionals, all committed to providing customer satisfaction through our proven 7-step free consultation process and by offering high-quality products from nationally known manufacturers. Customers also appreciate our 4-way guarantee, which ensures you’ll receive the best price and workmanship, a 10-year performance assurance warranty, and on-time appointments.

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