The term "window treatments" covers a broad category of interior coverings, and can usually be divided into shades, blinds, and curtains. Here's a brief definition of each, with tips for your home.
By Miriam Kasdan
December 31, 1969
- Shades. The main purpose of shades is to block out the sunlight. They can also provide a degree of insulation by trapping air between the shade and window. Used with curtains or alone, shades can be ordered in a variety of decorative styles and colors to match any room.
- Blinds. Blinds have come a long way since the single-style Venetian blinds many of us grew up with. They consist of interconnected slats that can be open or closed to control the amount of light that comes in through the slats. Blinds can retract either vertically or horizontally, and come in vinyl, plastic, metal, or wood. Their biggest drawback is collecting dust, but they can be built inside double-layered glass to overcome this problem. This type of window treatment can be ordered in both standard (up to 10 feet) and custom sizes.
- Curtains. Probably the most traditional and popular window treatment, curtains can be permanently anchored on the curtain rod, fit with hoops for sliding along the rod, or hung by hooks that attach to a moving cord for opening and closing. Curtain fabrics range from see-through, elegant sheers to heavy, lined material that can also act as an insulator. Double rods can hang two sets of curtains -- a sheer fabric for privacy, and a heavy fabric for insulation and blocking out light.
Depending on the style and décor of the room, shades, blinds, or curtains will add a finishing touch, while serving as a stylish and functional window treatment. In addition, they'll block out unwanted sunlight and provide insulation and a degree of privacy. Sources
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
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