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Malaysia Furnishing: What Are the Differences Between Curtains, Drapes, Shades, and Blinds?

While many of us including interior designers use the term “curtains” for everything and mixing the terms “drapes”, “shades”, and “blinds” as if they were synonyms. It can be overwhelming to choose the right window treatments for your home as each of them has distinct characteristics of its own.

Window treatment helps to provide bedroom privacy at night and block out sunlight that shines directly into the room. It is also an easy way to add some style to the room. Available in an endless range of styles, materials, patterns, and colors, there must be one that suits your bedroom theme from casual to formal and rustic to contemporary.

Curtains

Curtains are made up of lightweight fabric like cotton or linen that hang from a rod and are often sold in pairs. It is often the most common type of window treatment used at homes. Many of us use colorful curtains to add a touch of contrast and color to their rooms. Curtains can be found in various widths, lengths, patterns, fabrics, and colors, making them the most popular choice for every room as it typically require less cleaning as compares to drapes.

Typically, sheer curtains are often used to add softness and femininity to a bedroom. You will likely use curtains over another type of window treatments such as shades because curtains are light in weight, and its sheer fabrics can’t filter out all of the sunlight when you want to take a nap in the afternoon. There are a few hanging options such as curtain rod, fabric rings, metal grommets, or a fabric sleeve on top of the curtain panels.

Types: grommet curtains, tab top curtains, sheer curtains, box pleat curtains, pinch pleated curtains, rod pocket curtains, eyelet curtains, goblet pleat curtains, tailored pleat curtains, and hanging curtains.

Drapes

You often heard or used the terms drapes and curtains interchangeably as it is the most common misconception that confused everyone. Drapes are also made of fabric panels and are typically sold in pairs. Drapes are long enough to reach the top to the floor and it contributes to the formal appearance of this popular window treatments.

Drape is made by somewhat stiff fabrics with rich materials such as silk, velvet, or damask and are often costlier than that of curtains. Like curtains, drapes are also hung from a rod on hooks, fabric sleeve, rings, or grommets. Drapes are heavy enough to block out all the outside light. These are a good choice for anyone who needs to sleep during the day such as nightshift workers or night as it keeps the room dark enough for deep sleep.

Types: Pinch pleat drapes, inverted pleat drape, goblet pleat drapes, pencil pleat drapes, cubical drape, rod pocket drapes, and box pleat drapes are various types of drapes or draperies.

Shades

 A shade is basically cut to the width of the window and attached to a frame or rod that allows it to be lifted up and down with a roller system. It comes in various types including bamboo, cellular, pleated, balloon, roller (the most basic), Roman, solar, and motorized. With many styles, you can find the one that best complement your bedroom decorating theme.

To use it, you can raise the shade to let in light or see outside. As the shade lifts, it either rolls or bunches around a rod. While shades can be dressy enough to use on their own, many like to use them underneath a sheer curtain and topped with a valance. Shades are a good choice for rooms where you want more privacy while blinds are typically used in hallways or living rooms.

Types: Cellular shades, panel shades, roman shades, roller shades, tie-up shades, solar shades, skylight shades, pleated shades

Blinds

Blinds are often confused with shades. While blinds lift up and down as shades do, they differ in as blinds are not a solid length of fabric and they are often rigid windows covering with stats that tilt open to let in or block out light. Therefore, you don’t have to lift the entire blind.

Blinds are made from hard materials like metal, vinyl, or wood and are not normally patterned. They are good at blocking out sunlight which makes them a wonderful choice for bedrooms. Some blinds such as vinyl and aluminium are not as durable as other selections and may not be a good choice for homes with pets or children. Blinds are typically hung horizontally over small windows, but they can also be hung vertically over large windows and sliding glass door.

Types: Venetian blinds, mini blinds, micro blinds, panel blinds, vertical blinds, smart blinds

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