Curtains are a beautiful addition to any room and will give a house the personalized touch that makes it your home. Bedrooms especially benefit from good window dressing, because the right curtains not only look amazing, but they can even help you sleep better.
There are many different styles of windows, though, and each one will benefit from different curtains. So, which bedroom curtains should you choose?
Keep reading for our comprehensive guide on the different window types, and how you can make sure your bedroom windows are the best dressed in town.
The Different Window Types
When it comes to choosing your curtains, your window type will definitely affect your choice.
There are 8 basic window types:
Different windows benefit from different curtains, so before you have yours made, take a look at our guide so you know what to look for.
Awning windows have hinges that run along the top edge and often open outwards. Operated from the bottom of the window, they allow you to ventilate the room, even in light rain.
Awning windows are often combined with other window styles and are placed high up in a room to allow for ventilation, to be opened separately.
Valance curtains are the best type of bedroom curtains for awning windows. Valences are designed to be hung alone, or paired with additional curtains on the lower windows. That way, you can open an awning for a gentle breeze at night, while keeping the rest of your room dark and your curtains closed.
Bay and Bow Windows
Projecting out of your room and connecting with the outside, bay and bow windows are a beautiful addition and add character to any home. Large and wide, bays allow for ample light flow into a bedroom, and the addition of an elegant window seat beneath them, if it tickles your fancy.
While bays are a stunning feature, choosing curtains for them can be a little awkward. Due to their awkward shape, it can be difficult to understand how to dress them.
There are two main options for curtains for your bay or bow windows.
A Single Pair on a Curved Rail
A long, curved curtain rail can be custom-made to fit your bay. From this rail, you can attach one pair of long curtains or drapes that will draw across the full width of your window.
Curtain rails are designed to blend into the background or be hidden behind a curtain so that they’re unseen. They’ll also hold your curtains as close to the wall as possible.
With this choice, you’ll need to bear in mind the heavy weight of the curtain fabric, including any lining you may add to it. The rail will need to be strong enough to hold the weight of the curtains, and reinforcement may be necessary.
A Single Curtain on Separate Rails or Poles
The other option is to fit curtain rails or poles above each individual window section. From each pole, you can hang an individual curtain or drape, which can be drawn across the pane to allow light in or out.
Curtain poles can often be a decor feature of their own, but it’s good to remember the gap between curtain and bay window can let in unwanted light for those who like a dark bedroom.
Think of casements as being the ‘french doors’ of the window world.
Casement windows are hinged on the side. They can open inside or out, and are often operated by turning a crank. Due to this crank-operation, a window seat or deep ledge can be added without affecting the opening of your bedroom curtains.
Drapery makes for the best bedroom curtains for casements, hung from either a rail or a pole. For an elegant touch, extend the pole at either side of your window, so your curtains can frame the view on a beautiful day.
Rather than opening outwards, double-hung windows, also known as sash windows, open upwards or downwards to let air into a bedroom.
The mechanism of a double-hung window is often located along the top of the movable opening, with small handles at the bottom of the opening for easy lifting.
Again, drapery is a wonderful option for double-hung windows and can be hung from a rail or pole above the window frame. Due to their period style, another option for these windows is lace curtains.
Lace curtains can stand alone, attached to a thin curtain rod set into the top of the window frame. Or, they can be used in addition to drapery, to allow light and air into a room during the day, while maintaining privacy and adding a period feel.
Fixed windows are unique in that, unlike traditional windows, they… don’t open! Often called picture windows, fixed windows give rooms necessary light while keeping out the cold.
They are safer for children’s rooms, more energy-efficient, and great for bedrooms that suffer from cold temperatures.
Due to their energy-saving and thermal properties, we recommend traditional drapery for this style of window. Lined drapes will add to the warmth of a room, and blackout lining will keep it dark at night.
Slider windows do just that – rather than open inwards or outwards, they slide from side to side, rather like a patio, or sliding door.
Treat sliders as you would double-hung and fixed windows. Drapery works well here, and make for bedroom curtains that allow easy access to your window mechanism.
Skylights are windows set into a portion of the roof of your home. They usually are outward-opening and are a common feature in attic conversions.
While skylight windows usually utilize window blinds, you can add curtains to the outer frame of a skylight. Attach a rail or pole both above and below the skylight window.
Your bedroom curtains will need to have a track, or hoops, running along both the top and bottom edge, so it can sit correctly against the window setting. Blackout lining is encouraged, as skylight windows are often above eye level and are designed to let in a lot of light.
The Bottom Line on Bedroom Curtains
When it comes to choosing bedroom curtains, the windows in your home will play a large part in your decision. How you access the handle or mechanism, the light flow involved, and the energy-efficiency all play a role.
So, when it’s time to choose your bedroom curtains, re-read our comprehensive guide. By following our tips, you can be sure to have the most beautiful bedroom of them all.
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