Bedroom Window Treatments Explained

Although all windows provide a visual portal into the home at night, it’s possible that no such room is more in need of visual protection than the bedroom. After all, the bedroom is where many people dress themselves – a part of the day not typically reserved for an audience of neighbors.

Many homeowners make covering the windows in the bedroom a top priority, but some do not know the differences in the wide range of window coverings available on the market today. If you have found yourself confused by the differences in options, read on. Below is useful information that will help you determine what type of window covering is best for you.

Shades
Shades are a popular window treatment that limits the amount of light that can enter a room. Shades are a popular choice for those with bedrooms that face east, as the sun rises in the east and will fill the room with sunlight early, particularly in the summer months. Shades are cut to match the size of a window frame and rise and fall by pulling a string. A pulley system rolls and unrolls the shades. Shades come in a wide range of styles and materials. Some popular materials include fabric, pleated, solar, bamboo, and translucent.
Blinds
Blinds are a counterpart to shades in that they too are shaped to a window and fit within the window frame. Blinds are considered a very simple window treatment. Like shades, blinds block out sunlight. Blinds are made of many small pieces which come together to form one window covering, and are therefore made by hard materials such as vinyl, wood, or metal. A small mechanism, typically operated by a stick-like apparatus, controls how open the pieces of the blinds are, thus allowing the homeowner to adjust the light in the room.
Curtains
Curtains are the most common and most popular window treatment available for the home. Curtains come in a wide range of styles, colors, and materials. Curtains are typically made of fairly lightweight material and are purchased in pairs. Curtains hang on a rod and are each half the size of the window and a little beyond. When the curtains are closed, these two halves come together to block light and viewing.
Drapes
Similar to curtains, drapes tend to be heavier than their counterpart. Drapes are lined and pleated and offer a more formal look than curtains.
Sheers
Sheers are, as their name suggests, sheer, and therefore they do not add much protection from the sun, nor do they add much privacy to a room. Therefore, sheers are often used in conjunction with curtains or drapes. The sheer remains on the window, allowing sunlight to stream through all day. The curtain is closed over at night to block light in the morning.
Decorative Additions
Valences and cornices are both used in conjunction with window treatments to add a touch of decoration to the window. Valences are treatments that go over the top of the window and are used with shades, curtains, or drapes. Cornices are hard boxes placed over the window top and are typically covered in fabric or wallpaper to match the decorative scheme of the room.
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