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How to Choose Curtains - Secret Guide by Interior Designers

Curtains are lightweight fabrics that hang from a window, and draperies are thick draperies that serve a similar job. Although they appear easy to pick and put in depending on the color of the house's walls, there's an enormous amount of care planning, forethought, and arranging that goes into determining the ideal size of drapes and curtains for your client's home.
Based on the place where the curtain is placed and the length of its run, depending on the location, its thickness, and many other aspects, the intensity of light mood, ambiance, and lighting are greatly affected. You don't want your customer to be able to fall asleep in a bright space but wake awake in a dark space or be gloomy in a dark kitchen or office.
As nearly 2/3rds of a room's light is sourced from the 1/3rd side of the windows, having appropriate window treatments for your homeowner's home is vital in the long and short term. Join us as we look at how to choose curtains, what to expect, and how you should select the best curtains for the appropriate areas, whether it's your bedroom, living room, kitchen, nursery, or bedroom.

Examining the needs of clients for curtains

The kind of curtain and the location that your client is planning to hang their curtains determines the qualities the curtains will exhibit, and it's essential to reverse design the process and then start by choosing the goals your client is trying to accomplish.
Below are a few of the questions that can help narrow your options and allow you to make a good selection of alternatives:
Where do you want the curtain to be put?
Do you wish to block light or block light completely?
Do you want to have a lined curtain?
What fabrics are suitable for you for your curtain selections?
What kinds of curtains are you picturing in the back of your mind?
How often do you clean or maintain them?
Are you willing to consider curtains that aren't made of fabric? Are you open to looking at the possibilities?
What is the decor of your home and the color scheme of the room in which these curtains will be hung?
Do you wish it to include insulation properties?

What are the different kinds of curtains?

There are many kinds of curtains, depending on their material, finish, and properties.


Linings stabilize the fabric, prevent sunlight from discoloring the fabric, and control the entry of light. It also provides thermal insulation, which shields against extreme temperatures, and noise insulation that helps keep street noise at bay.

Curtains with interlined panels

They also have an additional layer of fabric between the fabric's lining and the main one. They are the thickest and heavy curtain alternatives that can be found. Interlined curtains best serve bedrooms. Another popular curtain material includes blackout curtains that keep the space dark and assist in getting a good night's sleep in the bedroom.

Curtains without lining

They're made up of one layer of fabric. They look more casual and are cost-effective. If the client is only responsible for curtains regularly, they are perfect for them. However, they do not hinder light; the light continues into the space. Curtains that need to be lined are ideal for kitchens.

Tubelined curtains

The fabric and the lining are bonded to form the shape of a tube, hence the name. They're ideal for curtains with smaller windows. Be aware that the curtains cannot move with this kind of curtain. When used as a curtain for a living space, it will be challenging to force them to let in lighting.

Sheer curtains

The lightweight, translucent, and light large curtains are ideal for windows with large openings.

Different kinds of curtain heads

Curtain heads are at the upper part of the curtain, where they join the pole or rod. The way they hang determines how simple they are to move.

Tab top

The fabric used for the curtain is used to make loops on the curtain's head and then hung from poles. It provides a contemporary and clean design. However, opening and closing the curtains can be a huge issue, and getting a smooth ride is challenging.

Pencil pleat

The curtain's heading appears like a collection of thin pencils and put together. The fabric's folds gather atop the curtain heading to create a pleated design. It is a classic and elegant look that works efficiently with any fabric.


The curtain features eyelets or tiny holes in the top through which the pole of the curtain is fed. This kind of curtain head is stylish and trendy in the present moment.


The curtain's heading is folded upwards at the top and then stitched to form an opening. The curtain can be slid under. In areas where your customer will never remove their curtains, the pocket curtain heading is preferred.


With a sloping shape with a slanted top. They emit an elegant, informal, modern aesthetic to your home.

Different kinds of curtain lengths

Based on the distance that the curtain is situated from the ground, curtains can be classified into four types.

Sill length

They are curtains that hang just a half inch higher than on a window sill.

Apron length

These curtains can be hung between 2-4 inches above that window's sill.

Floor length

They are a half-inch higher than the flooring.


They're floor-length curtains extending 2-8 inches over the floor to create a lavish, elegant style.
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