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Types of Curtains

There are a plethora of curtain designs for the home, and it can help to familiarize yourself with all of your options before settling for a certain look. Browse the many styles you can choose from, and learn how to pair components for the perfect window treatment!

String Curtain Panel
Austrian Curtains (Austrian Panels)
Window treatments characterized by horizontal poufs of fabric that form a scalloped pattern. These types of curtains are generally referenced with our Sorrento II Panels, which resemble Austrian curtains.

Balloon Shade
Balloon Shade
A length of decorative fabric that goes behind the curtains; rings on the back help gather the fabric into vertical folds, allowing you to adjust the length so that the shade is shorter or longer.

Blackout Curtains
Blackout Curtains
Curtains that are densely-woven and/or backed in foam to block bright light from entering the room.

Curtain Pairs
Curtain Pairs
Two identical drapes that come in a set; these will usually include matching tiebacks to cinch each curtain off to the side.

Curtain Panel
Curtain Panels
A single drape that is purchased separately; this is common for patio panels or lace curtains, where two curtains may not be needed.

Door Panels
Door Panels
Sheets of fabric meant to cover only the window portions of French doors; these are generally cinched in the middle with a tieback.

Grommet Panel
Grommet Panels
Casual-looking curtains with a uniform gather that are suspended from metal rings fed through a curtain rod.

Lace Curtains
Lace Curtains
Window treatments constructed from openwork fabric forming intricate patterns of flowers, damask, or even seashells.

Outdoor Curtains
Outdoor Curtains
Durable drapes that are generally UV-protected and water-repellant; these are perfect for a pergola, covered patio, and other outdoor areas.

Patio PanelPatio Panel with a Drawing Wand
Patio Panels
A single curtain that is drawn to the side to allow easy passage in and out of a patio door; often, these panels include a "drawing wand" to simplify opening and closing.

Pinch Pleat Drape
Pinch Pleat Drapes
This curtain features a series of evenly-spaced folds of fabric that are pinched at the top; your pin hooks or rings are then attached to the tops of each pleat for easy maneuvering on the curtain rod or traverse rod.

Priscilla Curtains
Priscilla Curtains
Ruffled curtains that are mounted on two separate rods to create a criss-crossed, overlapping effect.

Room Darkening CurtainsFoam Backing on a Curtain Panel
Room Darkening Curtains
Curtains with a woven or foam back that helps to reduce (but not totally eliminate) the amount of light entering the room.

Tie Up Shade Balloon
Lengths of fabric that can be gathered upward with ties or split rings to allow in more light, as needed. You can also use a single curtain panel as a free-hanging shade.

Sheer Curtains
Sheer Curtains
Semi-transparent window treatments that allow light but still maintain some degree of privacy.

Swag Curtains
Valances that come in pairs designed to cascade elegantly down on either side of the window.

Tab Top CurtainsFabric Tabs on a Curtain
Tab Top Panels
Relaxed drapes with an even gather that are suspended from fabric loops slid over a curtain rod.

Thermal Curtain Panel
Thermal Curtains
Curtains generally featuring a layer of acrylic foam between layers of fabric. These usually include features to provide insulation, dampen sound, block out sunlight, and reduce energy bills; ideal for drafty windows or winter months.

Tier Curtain
Tiers (Cafe Curtains)
Curtains generally 24 to 36 inches in length meant to cover only the bottom portion of a kitchen or bathroom window; can be paired with a valance for a polished look.

Window toppers that are installed on a curtain rod that projects in front of the main curtains; valances can be used alone or as complements to your drapes.

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