One of the ways that you can finish off your windows is by using curtains or drapes. While quite a few people think that a curtain and a drape are the same thing, they are not. Curtains are normally a lighter fabric with no lining, and they can be sheer and thin. Drapes are made of a heavier fabric with a lining and are used to block light out of the room, keep the cool or heat in the room, and for privacy purposes. This is something to keep in mind when choosing your window treatments. Make sure that you are getting exactly what you want and there is no misunderstanding about what you are asking for. Here are some options:


With curtains, there are choices with colors, sheerness, and patterns. One of the distinctions between the various types of curtains is how the finish of the curtain looks. There are various pleat patterns that can be chosen based upon personal preference. Curtains can be hung on a rod, have a rod running through the fabric at the top or be attached to a track. The way the curtain hangs is determined by the design of the curtain chosen. Additionally, curtains can be varying lengths from short to spilling into the floor for an elegant look.

Blackout Drapes

Blackout drapes are chosen for their ability to keep the light out of the room and make it as dark as possible. These drapes are foam-backed and opaque. Blackout drapes do not need to be black; they come in a variety of colors and patterns. The blackout part is merely to let you know that as much light as possible will be kept out when the drapes are closed completely.


Thermal drapes are chosen for their ability to insulate a room. Heating and cooling costs can be controlled better with these types of drapes. Because of their thickness, they can have blackout qualities and noise reduction abilities as well.  As with blackout drapes you do not need to compromise style and quality for thermal abilities. There are many choices available to suit your decorating needs.


Panels can be chosen for drapes or curtains. Panels are pieces of fabric that hang from the top of the window treatment to the floor. You can have one panel or multiple panels hanging on your windows, it is personal preference, along with the size of the window you would like to cover. You can have curtains under the drapes if you like, or just curtains if you are looking for a light covering.