Finding the right type of curtains for your home can be a difficult choice as there are so many different styles, patterns, and colours to choose from. To help you make the right choice, we’ve taken a look at the different types of curtains, and what style of each type suits most.
Different types of curtains include:
Of all the different kinds of curtains, pleated curtains are your traditional style of drapes that never goes out of fashion. They can give a room an elegant feel, which makes them a popular choice for homeowners who like a more formal interior look. These types of curtains have folds of fabric bunched together, and are available in several different pleat options that include:
Pencil pleats are a classic style of curtain, featuring folds of tightly gathered fabric that pinches in at the top and extends into a cylinder shape (like a pencil).
As the name suggests, pinch pleats are a style of curtain that’s gathered or ‘pinched’ together. You can get two, three, four and five finger pleats, with the more pleats, the more costly.
Rod pocket pleat
These types of curtains are a minimalist’s dream, as they are typically unlined and gather in small bunches to give a straight, streamlined look.
This highly decorative style of pleat is bunched at the top in a small cylinder shape that resembles the cup part of a goblet.
Grommet curtains or ‘ring panel curtains’ feature a panel of curtains that hangs from rings, with the curtain exposed. It’s common for the rings and curtain panel to play a key part in the design, with many homeowners choosing wooden, metal or decorative curtain rods. These types of curtains work wonderfully with a sleek, contemporary home, and look best when paired with stiff material to help create well defined, even pleats.
Tab top curtains
Tap top curtains feature exposed loops of fabric that are drawn through or over a curtain rod. These are actually one of the first types of curtains invented, as modern curtains rely more on curtain rings to run fabric through. This makes tab curtains a very popular choice for country style homes, as it gives a homely look. Tab top curtains offer a lot of versatility style wise, as the design works very well with stripes, floral patterns, and buttons.
Different types of curtains for windows: Sheer vs blockout
Blockout curtains have heavy, thick drapes and are designed to blockout the sun. These practical curtains offer a more dramatic look are a popular choice for living rooms and bedrooms as they can stop light from disrupting a television screen or getting in the way of sleep. Many people choose to pair blockout curtains with sheer drapes, so they can allow soft light to trickle in. Of all the different kinds of curtains, blockout drapes offer the most amount of privacy, as it’s impossible for anyone to see through the fabric.
If you’d just like to soften the amount of light entering your home, sheer curtains are a perfect choice. Sheer curtains have the ability to add a touch of class to any room, as their whimsical style instantly softens a space. When paired with a wave fold, sheer curtains can give the impression of a continuous, flowing wave and makes for a lovely focal point in a room. Whether you’re leaning towards a casual look for your living room, or something a little more romantic, sheer curtains make a wonderful addition to a home.
Want to discuss the different types of curtains in person? Why not visit us at your nearest showroom to chat with one of our custom curtain experts about the window curtains Australia dresses its homes with. Or call us on 1300 303 391 for any questions regarding different types of curtains for windows sold by U Blinds Australia in our stores.