BUYING GUIDE FOR WINDOW TREATMENTS


What type of Window Treatment is right for you?

When shopping for window treatments there are two things to consider. The first is do you want complete privacy or are these strictly decorative. For the most part, all window treatments will not only add value to your home but will make it look more beautiful and add a personal touch to every room. There are tons of options to suit your room’s décor. At Linens N Things, we offer window treatments in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, and materials from which to choose.


Type of Window Treatment

Panels: Panel is basically one width of fabric that is hung from a rod. Panels are generally 48-50” wide and can be lined or unlined. We offer them in black out to for room darkening. Panels, also referred to drapes or curtains can be made in all types of fabrics.

The top of the panel is described below. The type of top style a panel is how it hangs from rod.

  • Rod/Pole Pocket, Pinch Pleat and Back Tab (gathers at the top and conceals rod)
  • Tab Top, Tie Top and Grommet Top (decorative rod remains exposed)

Panels generally come in the following lengths: 63", 84", 95" and 108".

Sheers: Typically made of see-through, lightweight, plain-weave fabric called voile, sheers come in various textures, colors, and styles. These versatile panels can be used alone or by layering. Sheer panels generally come in the following lengths: 63", 84", 95", and 108".

Valances: Valances are short panels that cover the top portion of a window. They can be used alone or with panels. You can also use blinds for more coverage. There are several types of valances depending upon your decorating style.

Tiers: Kitchen tiers are short panels that are used on smaller windows and are usually sold in pairs. They are often paired with matching valances at the top of the window.

Standard lengths for kitchen tiers are: 24" and 36".

Standard lengths for kitchen tiers are: 24" and 36".

What Fabric type should I select for my Window?

Cotton: This most versatile, easy-care fabric used for window panels consists of 100% natural fiber. Can be found in prints or solids.

Linen: Very stylish and hip. Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen allows some light to filter through and allows for more privacy than sheer panels.

Silk: A natural fiber that is made from the pupae of the silk worm, silk has a radiant sheen and retains vibrant colors. More expensive.

Polyester: This man-made fabric is wrinkle resistant and generally resists fading. Polyester is often blended with cotton or rayon to achieve the look of finer fabrics, such as silk or suede. Polyester will last for many years.

Which Lining is best for my room?

Blackout Lining: For room darkening. Black out consists of two layers of cotton and one layer of opaque material. It completely blocks out light for better tv viewing and sleeping.

Interlining: Typically made of cotton, this third layer of fabric is placed between the fabric and the lining to provide light, noise reduction and help protect your fabric.

Standard Lining: Used to help protect your fabric against sun damage. Makes drapes look thicker and fuller.

How should I measure?

Before you make a purchase, you'll want to decide how you'd like your window treatment to hang: on the inside or outside of the window frame. To measure your windows, you'll need a pencil, retractable measuring tape, and paper.

  • For panels, the height includes the tip of the tab or ring to the bottom of the panel.
  • Panels are usually hung 4" above the window frame (commonly 96").
  • Shorter panels are meant to hang 4" below the window sill (commonly 63").
  • You'll typically want to use an even number of panels (four per window creates a full, gathered look).
  • If you want to show more of your window, have a longer rod. Hardware will generally extend 4-6" beyond the window casing on each side. (if you have the room).
  • A curtain rod's length doesn't include the decorative finial.
  • While many rods are expandable, wooden poles come in standard lengths of 4', 6', and 8' and may be customized.

How many Panels should I purchase?

How should I clean my window Treatments?

For the best care, many window fabrics and materials, such as cotton and polyester, can be washed and hung to dry. Fabrics such as silk and bamboo will need to be dry cleaned, spot cleaned, or vacuumed only. Check the manufacturer's cleaning instructions for each type of window treatment you have.