What are the Different Types of Curtains?

There’s a piece of home equipment used by the majority, and we can all agree to that fact — installation of curtains. With a wide variety of curtains we can choose from, it’s just fair to see that many people are using it globally. People also use it for a variety of things – mainly for blocking sunlight in their homes. Curtains can also be installed to add a layer of privacy to your home; you just need to cover up your windows with your curtains, and you’ll prevent people from eavesdropping on your home.

It’s also being used as an added decoration and aesthetic for homes, especially those curtains with high-quality fabrics. Faux silk and translucent lace are the most used fabrics for decorative curtains since they look better if paired with interior walls.

Though we think curtains have different functions and options, you can expect a fully functional curtain that can be added as an aesthetic with today’s variation. Just make sure to check the available options you have.

If you’re planning to get yourself a new set of curtains, here’s a guide of the types you can choose from.

Different Types of Curtains

Few things need to be considered before purchasing a curtain for your home. You might end up destroying the looks of your windows and your interior design – if you choose an inappropriate curtain design.

  • Where to put the curtain: You have to check the window you’re going to install the curtains on. Your curtain sizes would primarily depend on your window. If it’s too low or short and planning to get a panel type of window, it might be inappropriate.
  • Curtain usage: There are still curtains made solely for aesthetics. So if you’re planning to put curtains as pure aesthetics – you might want to consider getting those.

These are some essential questions you need to consider before getting a curtain. Once you have your answers for those, you can now check the different types of curtains you can choose.

  • Panel Pair: If you’re looking for something classic or contemporary, the panel pair is a classic you might consider. With panel pair, you need to install curtains on both sides of the window. You’d need to pull the curtains toward the middle to close it.
  • Single Panel: Almost the same as the panel pair, but one curtain can cover the whole window with a single panel. You’d need to pull the curtain to either side of the window to open it. You can also tie the back to add a different look or vibe.
  • Window Treatment Set: This is an all-in-one curtain; it serves its purpose as a curtain, plus as a decorative piece for your window. It’s usually purchased as two curtains with a valance on top.
  • Valance: This piece of the curtain is usually used as a decorative piece. It’s placed on top of the window, sometimes paired with another set of the curtain.
  • Window Tier: If you want to add privacy but still want sunlight to pass on, the window tier is a way to go. It can conceal the lower part of the window and leave the upper portion exposed. This type of curtains is usually used in kitchen windows by the sink, but it still depends on your preference.
  • Window Scarf: Another decorative type of curtain; This long, thin piece of cloth is usually placed on top of the window, adding a specific ambiance to your window treatment.
  • Liner: This piece of the curtain could be considered as an add-on instead of a full-blown curtain. Though being considered an add-on, it’s a popular approach with many people; since it adds additional durability and privacy to one’s curtain. It can provide insulation and noise-blocking features as well; that’s why it became popular with the masses.


It would help if you considered the opacity of the curtain you’re looking for; since the majority of the privacy and sun-blocking attributes comes off of this. It won’t be recommended to install light, thin curtains in a bedroom setting since it won’t block much light if you need one.

  1. Sheer: Usually installed in a room that needs the daylight most. With its thin, semi-transparent fabric, it’s recommended for living rooms and dining rooms. Do take note that it doesn’t provide much privacy due to its transparent features.
  2. Semi-Opaque: Almost the same with sheer; the only difference is it provides a bit more privacy when it’s closed. This type of curtain is popular amongst those who like installing double curtains. They tend to combine this with thicker curtains for more privacy.
  3. Blackout: From the word itself, it allows the least amount of light to enter the room. So it’s better to have this installed in a bedroom or somewhere you want to relax. This is where liners are usually combined as well, so you might want to consider installing that add-on.

Attachment Style

Curtains also have a variety of attachment options you might consider. It allows you to adjust the design of the curtain properly or maybe adding additional decorations.

  1. Rod Pocket: This is a curtain with a pocket sewn into the top. You’ll be needing a curtain rod to install this type of curtain. Just run the rod through the pocket and place it firmly on both ends of your window.
  2. Grommet and Eyelet: If you see curtains with huge holes reinforced with a piece of metal, that is the grommet and eyelet. If you prefer a modern look for your curtain, this is the best way to go. 
  3. Tab Top: Series loops of fabrics are sewn at the top of the curtain. A curtain rod is also needed for you to install this attachment curtain properly. It usually gives a countryside style or more of a casual looking.
  4. Hidden Tab: Like the rod pocket with an additional pocket sewn, but with extra concealment of the rod when the curtain is installed. It’s widely used in country-looking houses or maybe traditional based homes.

Choosing the Right Curtain

Choosing the right curtain can be somehow left out in the whole interior designing process. But always make sure that curtains can play a vital role in the room’s overall ambiance, so make sure to check some of the basic things you need to know before getting one. In the end, you’ll be benefitting from the proper usage of curtains.