The Difference between Drapes and Curtains

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Custom draperies and curtains from window expressions rival the new generation of superstar quarterbacks many of us just had the pleasure of watching in the Super Bowl. So what should your game plan be when it comes down to curtains or drapes, and do you know the difference?

The main difference between drapes and curtains is length. Drapes, which also lean toward heavier, luxury materials such as linen, velvet, poplin and chenille, are floor length and sometimes even longer, left to pool in elegant puddles on the floor. Alternately, curtains, which lean toward more casual on the window dressing spectrum, can be any length.

On team curtains, versatility is your number one player, and not only for length. While curtains can be had in all types of luxurious materials, they are also popular in thinner materials, such as muslin, lace, voile, light cottons and sheers, which allow for more natural light. However, if you like to block the sunlight, blackout curtains come in both curtains and drapes.

When it comes to custom window fashion design, the best interior and custom window designers will tell you that pretty much everything is on the table. Cover your windows with curtains just on the top or bottom or frame shutters with curtains. Place curtains over blinds or shades to make things a little more interesting. You can also pair drapes with sheers to allow the sunlight to filter into a room, while maintaining your privacy. The options are endless.

Whether you opt for curtains or drapes, there are also many styles available to you, from pleated, to easy slide eyelet, to tab top, rod pocket and more. Even rods have transformed from the hardware we tried to keep hidden, into beautiful interior design accessories. 

Don’t forget that all your choices expand exponentially when your drapes or curtains are custom-tailored by Window Expressions!

Gary Wells

Owner of Window Expressions, Annapolis' premier custom window treatment specialist. With years of of experience in the industry, Gary takes pride in his keen eye for design and his ability to transform clients' visions into reality. He finds joy in leading a local, family-owned business committed to putting the "custom" in customer service.

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