Curtain Call

Let’s talk curtains…Do you get a little confused and frustrated by the different styles of curtains that are available for your home? You have to think about length, width, fabric, headers, hardware, etc. It can be overwhelming.

I wanted to talk to you today about some of the different styles of curtains that you can choose for your home. The main difference between styles of drapes is the header. The header is the top of the drapery panel.

Style #1 ~ Tripe Pinch Pleat or French Pleat 

This style is tailored and traditional.  Each pleat has 3 folds that are pinched together and tacked at the bottom of the pleat, so that the top of the pleat spreads out. They can be hung on a rod using rings or a traverse rod. Pleated curtains require extra fabric in the width in order to have the curtains drawn closed.

This example of a Triple Pinch Pleat drape is found at BHG. I personally love the blue and white stripes. They give a very sharp, crisp look. (I love the chair on the right too!)

Style #2 ~ Goblet

The Goblet style drape is very formal. It has 1 fold that is pinched at the bottom of the pleat, which makes the fold form a “cup” at the top. They can be hung on rings or a traverse rod. Again, extra fabric is required because of the pleats.

Below is an example of Goblet style drapes found at The Shade Store. (I have never shopped at The Shade Store, but this example gave a good look at the “cup” that’s formed by the pleat.)

Style #3 ~ Parisian Pleat or Euro Pleat

The Euro Pleat is a contemporary style that has a triple pleat that is tacked at the top of the pleat. They can be hung on rings or a traverse rod as well. Once more…extra fabric..

This example was found at Drapes Curtains N More. (Again, I’ve never shopped there, but the close-up shot was great to show you the style.)

Style #4 ~ Tab Top 

Tab top curtains have straight tabs at the top of the panel that slide over the curtain rod. They are a casual style curtain.

Pottery Barn has great curtains. This is one of their tab top choices, made from textured cotton. I think this look is casual and fun. Notice how these curtains “puddle” onto the floor. Add 3-6 inches to your length for puddling. I have purchased curtains from Pottery Barn and they are excellent.

Style #5 ~ Tie Top Curtains

Tie top curtains are casual and they simply tie on the curtain rod.

I LOVE this pair of cotton tie top curtains from Pottery Barn. The are so light and airy, allowing excellent light filtration for your room. 

Style #6 ~ Rod Pocket Curtains 

Rod pocket curtains have a casing at the top, allowing the rod to slide through the pocket at the top of the panel. There can be one or two casings. If there are two casings, you can put the rod through the bottom casing, allowing a ruffle to form at the top of the panel. I personally prefer one casing, with no ruffle.

Check out Kate’s tutorial, at Centsational Girl, on making your own rod pocket curtains. The curtains she made for her home office are great. The fabric she chose is gorgeous and her tutorial is simple. Love them!

Style #6 ~ Grommet Top Curtains

This style curtain panel has grommets sewn into the header, allowing you to slide the rod through the grommets. I think this style is great for a boy’s room. It has a more casual feel.

This example can be found at Country Curtains. I like the texture of these curtains.

Regarding measurements ~ 

  • Curtains should be mounted at least 4-6″ above the window, preferably as close to the ceiling as possible.
  • Measure the length of the window from top of sill to the floor. Add the 4-6″ to your measurement, allowing for placement above the window.
  • If you want to “puddle” your curtains, then add an additional 3-6″ to the length.
  • Measure the width of the window and add 3-6″ on each side.
  • To determine how much fabric you need, take your width measurements and multiply it by 1  1/2 if you do not want them very full or if you prefer a lot of light. Multiply by 2 if you want them full and less light. Multiply by 3 if you want them very full and less light. *Remember that if you use a pleated curtain, you will need that extra fabric to close the curtains.

There are many more types of curtains and valances to choose from…I could be here forever! Hopefully this gives you an idea of some good, standard style curtains that would be great for your home.

I suggest that you think about the room that you will be putting them in…what is the room used for…do you want a lot of light…do you want low light…do you need privacy…will they stay open…do they need to be drawn closed? Ask yourself these questions and think about the style of the furnishings in the room. Is the room casual? Is it formal? Is it modern…contemporary…country…traditional? Lots to think about…

Choose a style that suits you and your home. Remember that curtains “dress” your windows. They should always be stylin’…

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