Curtains vs Drapes

Curtains vs Drapes

There are so many options it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to window treatments and to pick between them is hard. Curtains or Drapes? Which one is better? Whatever material you pick, each has distinct characteristics of its own.

If you’ve been wondering what exactly differentiates a curtain from a drape, here’s what you need to know:


Curtains are fabric panels mostly sold in pairs. Curtains are versatile and a popular choice for every room of the home from the bedroom to living room, even bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll find a wide range of options for its lengths, width, type of fabrics, color (either plain or color combination) and designs.

Curtains vs Drapes

Because curtains are made of lightweight fabrics and are not lined, it is the ideal material for the bedroom window treatment. Using curtains won’t filter out light, and won’t make the bedroom darker especially during weekend mornings when you would rather stay late on your bed and get some sleep but at the same time curtains will do filter out some light.

There are many ways you can place the curtain. Hang from a rod, depending on how the curtains are hung. It can either be plain simply hidden or on display decoratively. For hanging options, curtain accessories like metal or fabric rings, metal grommets, or a fabric sleeve on the top or the back of the curtain panels are the most common.

For color options: sheer curtains are ideal for a soft tone and bring out a feminine touch to the room. It adds a strike of contrast to your bedroom for colorful curtains or if you prefer patterns, it makes the space more alive.


Drapes are fabric panels just like curtains are usually sold in pairs. Drapes are lined, unlike curtains. Sometimes, the material with fabric is heavy enough to totally bar outside light, which makes it perfect for bedroom window treatment. Drapes sometimes even puddling a bit beneath the window, long enough to reach from the top of the window to the floor. The heavy and stiff fabrics, luxury materials like velvet, damask or silk are the typical for drapes.

Drapes are mostly solid, rather than heavily patterned which comes in different styles and colors. There are different styles of pleats available as the top of a drapery panel is often pleated. These pleats contribute to the formal appearance of this popular window treatment along with the heavy fabric. Similar to curtains, drapes hang from a rod.

For anyone who needs to sleep during the day, especially night shift workers, drapes is a good choice.


Having a new good looking roof is also an important element to your home. Many times, new homeowners will replace a roof and then do the windows and drapes. There are many roofing companies in Naples that will help you install a beautiful new roof if you are in the market. They guarantee that it will go with your window treatment, curtains and drapes.

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