Curtains, Drapes, Window Treatments – What’s the Difference?

A lot of household items appear to be the same thing but often times they are not.  Many people think curtains, drapes and window treatments are the same thing, since they “cover windows”, but there is a difference by definition and the way most of us use them.

Referring to functionality, traditionally curtains and drapes have been used to give people control over how much sunlight they want in their room or how much privacy is needed.

They are beautiful to look at and add to the décor of a home.

Windows in every home are covered with window treatments.  A window treatment is an interior decorating element placed on, in, around or over a window.  The goal of professional window treatments is to install the elements which enhance the aesthetics of the window AND the room.

The real difference is between curtains and drapes.

Curtains are typically used casually and can be found in a lighter fabric, thin or sheer.  Curtains are not lined and won't block out light.

Drapes are a formal window covering and made of heavier fabric than a set of curtains.  They are often used informal dining rooms, master bedroom, elegant homes and hotels.  People commonly use heavy drapes to keep the light out and outdoor climate from entering the home through a window.  If privacy is a concern, drapes are a better choice.


Curtains vs. Drapes

Curtains                                                                      Drapes

Easy to install                                                              Professional installation

Easy to remove                                                            Difficulty removing

Easy to wash                                                                Must be dry cleaned

Affordable                                                                    Expensive


Curtains are typically affordable starting at $19.99 per panel at most box stores.  While drapes can be quite an investment depending on the fabric and privacy concerns or climate control interests.

Curtains and drapes are available in many styles, fabrics, patterns, and appealing colors.  They’re available in different lengths and widths and can be found in the “window covering” section of an online store.

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