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What Are The Differences Between Curtains, Drapes, Shades And Blinds

Posted on July 2, 2018 in Window Coverings, Window Treatment

Are you searching for “What are the differences between curtains, drapes, shades and blinds“?  This post will differentiate the different types of window coverings.

Different Types of Window Covering

There are many types of window covering that can not only improve the look and feel of your home, but also can dramatically reduce the heat and light that enters your home. Depending on your individual tastes and application, you have a couple of different choices when it comes to choosing your window coverings. There are four common types of window coverings available. There are curtains, drapes, shades, and blinds.


Curtains are a fabric based window covering and most often people purchase or sell them in pairs. You will find a wide range of curtains in market such as different lengths, widths, colors, patterns and fabrics; Curtains are so adaptable and are a very popular choice when it comes to window accents for your home.

For the most part curtains are made of lighter fabrics and some are very thin, also they are not lined so most likely you’ll have to use your curtains over another window treatment to block sunlight completely, such as blind or shade. Maybe you can choose a heavier fabric to make your curtains more efficient to stop sunlight coming into your room and keep the room dark on those lazy Sunday mornings. There are a couple of hanging options that are available in market: metal and fabric rings, metal eyelets, or a fabric sleeve on the back or the top of the curtain panels are commonplace.


Different than curtains, drapes are lined and are more fabric based that are sold in pairs like curtains. Drapes can be made of heavier fabrics that can block out all outside light; they can be perfect for your bedroom where you can sleep until afternoon on those beloved weekends. Drapes also come in an immense range of styles and colors but are most often solid, instead of heavily patterned. The fabric of drapes could be damask, silk, or even velvet, adding a little more indulgent to their looks and making them heavy enough for blocking direct light almost entirely.

The most favorite type of draperies is the “blackout” type for bedrooms, which keeps the room dark enough for a cozy and enjoyable sleep. These are an exceptionally good choice for anyone who needs to sleep during the day without any interruption of light peeking through their windows, such as moonlighters or late-night shift workers.


A shade is a softer fabric panel that is connected to a rod or frame at the upper edge of the window. These are sold individually; shades come in a wide range of widths, lengths, colors, and fabrics, and are specifically sized to fit within the window frame, unlike curtains or drapes that hang below the window sill. To let in light or see outside, you need to raise the shade, using a cord, roller, or a type of lifting system. As the shade lifts, it either bundles or rolls around a rod, depending on the style of shade – and there are lots of styles of window shades.

Simple roller shades are economical, and as the name suggests, the shade rolls around the top roller. Another popular type of shade are Roman style shades, which pull up into deep pleats; balloon style shades that pouf into balloons of fabric; and tie-up shades, which fasten with a fabric tie to keep them open. On account of the many styles, you can easily find a window shade to balance any decorating theme from formal to casual.


Blinds are made of many types of materials such as PVC, plastic, bamboo, wood, vinyl or aluminum that tilt open to let the light in, or tilt closed for privacy and darkness. Blinds can be lifted up and down with a cord or other lifting system like some types of shades do. And because of the lifting mechanism, it’s unnecessary to lift the complete blind unless you want to open the window.

If you need control over direct light in your room? Blinds can allow a very straightforward and easy way to control the amount of light coming inside the room which is simply not possible with curtains. There are three common depths for blind slats; ½ inch, 1 inch, and 2 inch. ½ inch or 1 inch is often called mini blinds and 2 inch is called Venetian blinds, you will have to measure the window frame to fit the blinds in its width and length respectively.

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