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HOW TO BUY
WINDOW TREATMENTS

Enhance a room's design with a beautiful window
treatment. Check out our newly updated guide
filled with tips, tricks & decorating ideas.

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how to measure your windows

Taking exact measurements is critical to avoid costly mistakes. Be sure to have the proper tools handy: a pencil, paper, & a metal measuring tape, which is more accurate than the typical dressmaker tape measure.

visual guide for measuing windows

There are three simple measurements you need: measure the width at the top, the middle and at the bottom of the window.

  • For an inside mount, use the shortest width.
  • For an outside mount, consider how wide you'd like the treatment to extend beyond the window frame on each side.
    The wider you go, the more dramatic the look

There are five common lengths for standard curtains: 63", 84", 95", 108" and 120". Consider how tall your windows are and where you want the curtain to hit: below the windowsill, midway between the windowsill and floor or all the way to the floor. Whatever you choose, we have curtains in a variety of lengths including extra-long for a dramatic look.

Helpful hint: Avoid the most common measuring mishap—remember width is always listed first and height is always listed second

curtain call: decorative & functional

While curtains add a stylish touch to any room, they also offer
great benefits from controlling light and adding insulation.

  • Sheer curtains: designed to enhance your home's natural light.
  • Room-darkening curtains: block out light from filtering in to reduce glare
    from the sun.
  • Privacy curtains: enhance your view out, while preventing others from seeing in.
  • Insulated curtains: designed with a lining & inter-lining to keep the room warmer
    in the winter & cooler in the summer.
  • Extra-long curtains: these extended-length designs fit longer windows just right.
  • Fashion curtains: fun prints & on-trend designs pull together any style of room.

find your fabric

Define your style and complement your decor.

Lightweight fabrics: sheer, lightweight panels have a flowing, billowy look that gently filters light into the room for a warm and casual feel. Silk, linen blends and cotton blends are typically lighter fabrics. Remember that lighter fabrics require additional panels to achieve a fuller look.

Heavyweight fabrics: a distinctive, elegant look perfect for more formal rooms. Longer panels can be "puddled" on the floor for a dramatic look. Velvet, burlap and wool are all typically heavier fabrics.

Helpful hint: Don't be afraid to mix it up! Sheers can lighten up the heaviness of velvet drapes, and adding a scarf valance over your tab top panels will dress up the look.

types of headers

The type of header you choose can give your room a casual or formal look.

  • Grommet Top:
    metal eyelets along the top add a contemporary look & allow for natural folding of the curtain.
  • Rod pocket:
    an opening along the top that fits snug over a rod for a more casual look.
  • Tab top:
    loops of fabric at the top for a laid-back look.
  • Ring top:
    an alternative to the rod pocket, rings are attached with clips along the top and slide over a rod.
  • Pinch pleat:
    the most traditional option with tight pleats along the top for a crisp view
  • Smocked top:
    tight pleats gathered along the top create dimension.

get a handle on hardware

Often overlooked, hardware (decorative rods, holdbacks and clip rings) are a great way to add detail.

1. Curtain Rod. 2. Double curtain rods. 3. Tension rods. 4. Extended length rods. 5. Holdbacks. 6. Clip rings. 7. Ceiling mounts.
  • 1| Curtain rod: available with simple or ornate finials, decorative rods can be used with all drapery panels and some valances.
  • 2| Double curtain rods: available with simple or ornate finials, double curtain rods allow you to hang two panels back-to-back & are also ideal for layering.
  • 3| Tension rods: an easy way to hang curtains without having to screw anything into the wall. Tension rods sit tight in a window frame or between walls without screws or clamps.
  • 4| Extended length rods: ideal for extra-wide window lengths these adjustable rods are available up to 170".
  • 5| Holdbacks: use to gather drapery panels at the sides of the windows, or as scarf holders at the top of the frame.
  • 6| Clip rings: add these to tailored panels for a modern look. Clip rings also make hanging more formal pinch pleats a snap to hang.
  • 7| Ceiling mounts: good for tight spaces, ceiling mounts are screwed into the ceiling to support the curtain rod.

hang your curtains in 5 easy steps

Follow this step-by-step guide to help you set up your window treatments.

  • 1| Make sure you have all the tools you will need.
  • 2| Take exact measurements and mark with a pencil. Hardware should be about 3" on each side away from the window and 4" above the window.
  • 3| Use a level to make sure all your lines are straight and then position the brackets and make a small dot with your pencil where the screws need to be drilled in.
  • 4| Mount your brackets and place your rod in. Add finials to the ends if desired.
  • 5| Tighten up your screws to make sure they're secure and you're all set!