May 24, 2017
As everyone knows, there are various types of window treatments, each with its own distinctive style and function. In this article, we will discuss a few of these treatments and clear up some misconceptions about them.
When people talk about drapery and curtains, they generally use the terms interchangeably because to most people, they mean the same thing. But, strictly speaking, they are not the same.
Curtains are often unlined and are hung from a curtain rod by tabs. They are more sheer and light weight than drapery because they are commonly made from a lighter type of fabric. Because curtains lack a lining, they let in more light. And for that reason, they really do not allow for a great deal of privacy. They are used for a more casual look. Curtains also can vary in length, depending on where they are hung. They can extend to the floor, or just long enough to cover the window.
Drapery is used for a more formal, sophisticated look. It is normally pleated, has linings and extends from the ceiling to the floor. It is made from heavier fabric and usually hung from a rod by rings rather than tabs. Drapery is much better for ensuring privacy, as well as blocking out light and keeping heat in and cold out. To open and close drapery, you use a cord or baton; but with curtains, you simply move them using your hand.
Another kind of window treatment is a Roman shade. This is a panel made from a softer kind of fabric that hangs from a wood headrail. Shades are custom made to measure the fabric of your choice. So, to let in light or see through the window, you need to raise the shade using a cord and cleat or continuous chain.
As you raise the shade, it will fold up neatly or billow. Another is the roller shade, where the fabric winds around a wood dowel depending on the style. Balloon shades, as the name implies, pull up into balloon-like bunches of fabric.
You can use shades alone, underneath curtains or with valances.
A fourth type of window treatment is blinds. They too can be made from a variety of materials, everything from wood, bamboo or vinyl. Blinds generally come in three sizes – one-half inch, one-inch and two-inch slats. The two-inch types often are called Venetian blinds.
Whether you’re looking to install drapery, curtains or shades in your home, restaurant, hotel, resort or office building, GP Drapery is here to help you choose the those that truly add to the beauty of a room. Contact either our Dallas or Los Angeles office today and let us know of your goals and challenges.