Buying Guide to Window Treatments



Window Treatments


When shopping for window treatments, there are many things to consider before buying, from color to style to how much light to let in. Use this guide to help simplify the decision process!

Light Filtration and Privacy

Not only are they decorative, window treatments are also functional. They allow you to enjoy the right level of privacy and light control. Here are light-filtering options to choose from.


Because they let the most light in and offer the least privacy, consider sheer window treatments for living spaces that are not within eyeshot of neighbors or passersby.

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Light Filtering

Fairly sheer, these allow some light to pass through and provide slightly more privacy. They’re ideal for sunny living spaces with distant neighbors.

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Room Darkening

Whether you need them for privacy or sleep, room-darkening options are great for keeping out most natural light.

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100% Blackout

Light sleepers will appreciate that these block 100 percent of light and provide complete privacy. They’re ideal for bedrooms and nurseries, where light can interfere with sleep.

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  1. If the curtains you like best are not available in blackout, you can always add a blackout liner.
  2. Look for insulating window treatments to keep heat in during the winter and unwanted heat out during the summer. Insulating drapes and curtains can also dampen sound and reduce outdoor noise.

Curtain Header Styles

The header is the top part of the curtain that allows it to hang from the rod. There are several different types; the one you choose depends on the style of your space—or the look you’d like to create.

Rod Pocket

Allows for the most versatility. Add rings for a designer’s touch.

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Excellent option for ease of opening and closing.

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Rod Pocket Back Tab

Creates a more tailored look.

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Tab Top

Gives a more casual aesthetic.

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Pinch Pleat

Lends a more customized, traditional feel.

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Drapery Length

Hang curtains as close to your ceiling as possible to make your windows appear taller.

How to Measure for Curtains


Use a tape measure and round to the nearest 1/8”


List width first and length second (i.e. 40” x 80” = 40” wide x 80” long)


Measure the width
• Measure window width (including molding or trim, if you want to cover them)
• Add at least another 4" to each side
• Multiply by 2 or 3 for fullness, depending on fabric
• The final measurement is the total width needed


Measure the length There are several ways to measure the length of the window depending on your preference for how far the curtains will extend.
Option A: Measure from the rod to just above the windowsill
Option B: Measure from the rod to a little below the windowsill
Option C: Measure from the rod to the floor. For a "puddling" effect, add a few extra inches to the length, from an inch to a foot.

For proper fullness, use enough panels so that the total width of the drapery is 2-3 times the width of the window

Curtain Rod

Use to hold curtains or a valance.

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Double Curtain Rod

Use to hang multiple layers of curtains.

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Blackout Rod

Helps prevent light seepage through the sides by allowing you to pull the curtain to the wall.

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Complete your rod look and prevent curtains from sliding off.

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Install so they extend far enough from the wall to clear the window frame and any blinds.

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Holdbacks & Tiebacks

Both are used to pull curtains to the sides of the window and to hold them in place.

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Clip Rings

Add a decorative element and extend the length your curtain panel.

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Wood/Faux Wood Blinds

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Vertical Blinds

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Cellular Shades

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Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades

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Day/Night Shades

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Roman Shades

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Layered Shades

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Roller Shades

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Solar Shades

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Pleated Shades

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  1. For immediate privacy, use Temporary Shades.
  2. Have children or pets? Shop our Best for Kids.

How To Measure For Blinds & Shades

Inside Mount

Measure width inside the window frame at top, middle, and bottom. And go with the narrowest width.

Measure exact window height.

Outside Mount

Measure the width of the area you want covered (and not necessarily the window itself).

Measure height from point where top of blind or shade will be mounted to the bottom of the windowsill or desired length.