A complete guide to best type of curtains

Curtains are a significant part of any room decor. They complete the look of the room and tie all the different elements together. There are many different types of curtains and other window treatments in the market.

With so many different options, styles, fabrics, designs and functionalities, curtain shopping can overwhelm a buyer pretty quickly. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you make sense of your options without wasting any time and money. 

So, let’s start with the different types of curtains available on the market today.

Types of Curtains

Selecting the curtain that matches your room decor and requirements can be a challenging task. The varying styles and price points may make it all the more difficult. 

If you’re confused between a box pleat and tab-top or unsure which style will work best for your room, you’ve come to the right place.

This in-depth guide on eight different curtain types will clear all the confusion. 

Rod Pocket Curtains

Rod Pocket or Casement curtains have the top panel sewn to form a pocket. Made of lightweight or sheer fabrics, these curtains are most suitable for casual settings. They are easy to set up as all you need to do is slip the pocket over the rod.

Since rod pocket curtains are usually made from lightweight fabric, you can pair them up with a second layer, such as curtain liners or blackout curtains to get more protection from sunlight. Since the pocket fits across the rod, drawing these curtains is difficult and they work best in guest bedrooms and guest lounges.

Eyelet/Grommet Curtains

Grommet or eyelet curtains are the most common curtain type. They have a modern look and give a very casual, almost laid-back aura to the room with their minimalistic design. With open rings or grommets in the header/support panels, these curtains are easy to draw, making them perfect for use in the patio or bedroom.

Like Rod Pocket curtains, Grommets are also ideally made of cool, lightweight fabrics such as cotton, polyester, or linen. Since the rod is visible through the eyelet holes, you will need to choose aesthetically pleasing support hardware.  

Tab-Top Curtains

These curtains have loops at the top edge of the support panel. Its flat eyelets/hoops are typically made of the same material as the curtain. The fabric is extended up from the top seam and threaded across the rod.

Depending on the fabric used, these curtains can be stylized as sleek or fancy with embellished loops, tie tops, and bows. However, these curtains are difficult to open and close as the panels start below the loops and resist sliding. They are ideal for accentuating farmhouses and cottage-themed home decor.

Window Scarf

These curtains use a single long cloth that hangs in front or side of the window. It is also known as scarf swag because it has no elaborate designs. Scarves only ornate the window frame as the curtain simply hangs over the curtain rod. 

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