Curtains vs Drapes – What’s the Difference?

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Curtains vs Drapes – What’s the Difference?

Curtains vs Drapes – What’s the Difference?

Drapes, curtains, blinds, shades, valances, pelmets – the jargon is endless when it comes to interior design and particularly when it comes to window treatments. At Marren, we are home to a team of expert in-house seamstresses, who know what’s what.

When shopping for the perfect window décor, you have to bear in mind what you’re looking for and what you’re trying to achieve. Using the right language can help experts get this right the first time and avoid any unwelcomed hitches that turn a property into something impracticable.

Key Differences

Drapes and curtains have a lot of similarities which is what often causes confusion. They are sold in pairs, they are made from fabric and they come in a range of widths, lengths, patterns and colours. Both are hung on rings with hooks, held up by a rod and can look incredibly similar to the untrained eye. So what’s different?

A curtain is a panel that is there to cover or frame a window, a drape is much thicker and namely serves the purpose to block out light (but also sound). This typically means they are lined as well as being made from a thicker fabric, such as velvet or damask.

How Are They Used?

Drapes, with their light and sound blocking properties, are more common in bedrooms. This combined with blackout style capacities can make for a cosy nights’ sleep irrespective of the time of year and home owner’s sleeping pattern.

Meanwhile, curtains are typically lightweight and they won’t keep your bedroom dark all day or block out a busy street below.

Pleats are another signature that can often help distinguish drapes from curtains. The pleats mean drapes don’t lend themselves to bold patterns in the same way curtains do. Meanwhile, a curtain in a living room space can be incredibly useful to provide that bold pop of colour or contrast while helping your personality to shine through.

The combination of pleating and stiff, luxury fabrics in drapes can make them more at home in a formal setting, too – not just bedrooms. They often reach the floor and a signature puddle beneath the window, where drape meets carpet/floorboards, allows your interior to ooze sophistication and luxury.

What Should I Choose?

Whether you’re looking for a bold focal point or something lavish, remember to keep “purpose” at the heart of your choices. Design is important but fulfilling a purpose is the key!

If you have a dark space that needs brighter light and light control is important to you, keep to curtains but choose a bespoke service that can tailor the thickness of the fabric to your exact requirements.

Drapes come with their own advantages. We’ve mentioned their ability to block light and sound, so for example, if the property is on a busy street or the television is in a prime location to be plagued by low evening sunlight – drapes could really help a room fulfil its potential and remain practical all at once.

Bespoke services like Marren’s are best to ensure you find the exact window treatment you’re looking for. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.