What Are the Different Types of Window Treatments?

If you’re considering window treatments for more privacy or light control in your home but you’re not sure about the specific benefits of each or which ones might look better in your space, you’re on the right page. What follows is a simple guide that you can use to understand the differences between the most popular types of window treatments:


Also referred to as curtains, draperies differ in that they are made of heavier fabric. They hang from windows in graceful, flowing folds that can add sophistication to virtually any room. Draperies are available in a variety of fabrics, patterns, and colors, and are an excellent option if you need a measure of noise absorption in addition to light control.


Shutters are hard window treatments that are usually made of wood or vinyl. They come in four basic types: paneled, louvered, board and batten, and Bermuda. Shutters feature horizontal slats that are either stationary or can be tilted at various angles according to your desired degree of light and privacy control.


There are several types of window shades, with roller shades being the simplest. These coverings fit inside the window casement and operate with a pulley-type system that rolls the shade up and down. Like roller shades, Roman shades hang flat when closed, but gather into horizontal pleats when lifted with a cord. Cellular shades, on the other hand, feature a unique honeycomb design created by rows of fabric cells sewn together in precise, horizontal lines. These cells collapse into neat pleats when the shade is opened. When it’s closed, the cells create pockets of air that act as a thermal barrier between your windows and the interior of your home.


Blinds can be divided into two main categories—vertical blind, and horizontal blinds. Horizontal blinds are suspended by cords, or by strips of cloth called tapes. These blinds operate with a wand and cord-pull system that lifts and lowers the blinds and allows all slats to tilt open and closed in unison. Unlike horizontal blinds, vertical blinds draw to the side rather than lifting and lowering, which makes them ideal for treating large windows or sliding glass doors.

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If you would like more detailed information about the different types of window treatments on the market, contact Exciting Windows! We can put you in touch with one of our design consultants who can show you window treatment samples so that you can get a better idea of which ones work best for you. We offer highly personalized service that includes our four-way guarantee—on-time appointments, the lowest prices, unmatched quality and craftsmanship, and a 10-year performance assurance for your peace of mind.