Drapes vs Curtains: What’s the Difference?

Drapes vs Curtains: What’s the Difference?

When selecting your beautiful window treatments from Athena’s Window Fashions in Gilbert, it’s important to understand the functional and stylistic differences that each option offers. One common question that arises is, “What’s the difference when it comes to drapes vs curtains?” Both curtains and drapes provide privacy, allow you to control the light coming into the room, provide insulation, and add style to your home. While many people may assume curtains and drapes are exactly the same, the fact is that they each function differently and create a different look and feel in your home. Read on to get the scoop on curtains and drapes!

Curtains 101

Curtains are a popular and versatile option for home window fashions. They usually extend just below the windowsill, though they can sometimes extend to the floor. Curtains are most often sold in pairs, or by the panel, and are commonly used over blinds and shades. For this reason, they are often made out of thinner fabrics or sheer fabrics with no liner attached. A liner can be added behind your curtains for extra light control. If you’re looking to block out most of the sunlight coming into the room, a heavier fabric or blackout fabric can be used, along with a liner and the underlying blinds or shade. 

A single panel curtain is perfect for a sliding glass door. Double-panel curtains will allow you to easily control the amount of light coming into the room. Your aesthetic options for curtains are nearly limitless, as they come in a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, colors, lengths, widths, and light filtration levels. You can control the amount of light coming into the room and create a certain ambiance by choosing sheer, semi-sheer, room-darkening, or blackout curtains.



Drapery Basics

Drapes differ from curtains in that they are typically made of thicker, heavier fabrics and are lined. They tend to create a more formal look in a room. Drapes usually extend all the way to the floor, and are a great way to block out light and insulate a room. Drapes come in all kinds of heavier fabrics, including luxurious velvets and silks, and are often a solid color. Many people use drapes in their bedrooms because they tend to function well as a blackout style for sleeping. 

There are other details to consider as you hang your drapes. How high you hang them can change the look of the entire room. Consider the hanging rod and how you want to hang your drapes. Rings come in various metals and woods. There are also fabric-covered rings and metal grommets. Have fun customizing the entire look of your window fashions, down to the minute details!


Contact Us Today!

When you make a decision regarding drapes vs curtains, let us know! Our experienced design team at Athena’s Window Fashions in Gilbert can help you with stunning curtains or drapes for every room of your home. Call us today at (480) 814-0001 or request and appointment online!

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