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What is Windows treatment? That is hard, soft or combination of both decorative coverings of windows enhancing room style and provides shade and privacy. 

The design of window treatments is often seen as an integral part of an interior design concept. It can however also be a standalone business and very often interior designers are called upon to just design a new window treatment, rather than creating a completely new design concept for a house or a room.

Designing window treatments can be a very challenging job without the necessary preparation. Although this sounds like a small specialist area the amount of work and research that needs to be done to design window treatments which are fit for propose and aesthetically pleasing should not be underestimated.

If you decide to accept the challenge and decide to do it yourself, it is a good idea to gather as much information as you can in advance before making an order from a shop. I hope this post will help you with your quest.

Stage one Define the Problems.

This part is very important and will help you select the best treatment for the best results.

To do that, you have to solve two basic problems.

First problem: What type of windows do you have?

Did they are floor to ceiling or windows with window seal, what is the type of room, what type of window opening there is, how often do you have to open it, what is the world orientation North, South, East, West or mixed one, do you need more privacy, is there a lots of vegetation outside which will drop a shade and dim the daylight during the day, maintenance.

Second problem: What is the style of the room you are working with and how the type of the windows treatment you picked up will incorporate with it?

Stage two Research and Collect information

After answering the questions above you should make a list with possible designs, type of fabric, type of fittings and fixtures and possible headings for each window of the room.

This list of styles and types of windows treatments will help you to find right for you.

Drapes and Curtains

Both are pieces of cloth suspended at the top and movable sideways along a rail. There are multiple types of designs that you can choose depend on the style of the room and your personal preference.

Drapes are usually made of heavier fabric, often lined and drapes to the floor. Curtains are lighter mostly unlined and washable. They often do not drape to the floor but could be short just enough to covet the window area.

Type of heading

This feature has an important role and influence on style, how the curtain drapes, how much material should be used.

Box pleat or inverted pleat – Box Pleat Curtains are best suited to more formal rooms such as the dining room, lounge or study. Created at the heading, the box shape runs the full length of the curtain, giving a smart, pleated look. A wide, sturdy pole is required for this type of curtain.


Rod pocket pleat or Chanel – Rod Pocket Curtains are also known as Cased Heading Curtains and are made of net or lightweight fabric. This type of curtain should be used in rooms that aren’t utilised frequently, as opening and closing often can cause damage. They should be hung on a lightweight curtain rod that fits onto hooks or in sockets at either side of the window.


Pencil pleat – Pencil Pleat Curtains, also known as ‘Tape Tops’ are the standard heading for curtains and valances. They’re an extremely popular choice and consist of thin folds that resemble the size of a pencil; they’re hung with hooks and attached to the pole. Pencil Pleat Curtains look fantastic when created from a sheer fabric, hung over a large window.

Pencil pleat

Tab top – This type of curtain can only be used with a curtain pole. The same or a contrasting fabric is sewn to the top of the curtain and is hung directly from the pole. The large gaps between the pole and the curtain make these unsuitable for rooms where light needs to be excluded.

Tab to pleat

Pinch pleat – Pinch Pleat Curtains are extremely versatile and can be made with pretty much any fabric you choose. This type of curtain comes with a range of options including two-finger, three-finger, four-finger and five-finger pinch pleats. The more pleats created, the more fabric used, and the higher the cost.

Pinch pleat

Eyelet or grommet – Eyelets, also known as Grommet Curtains, are easy to open, close and maintain. These curtains hang easily, making them ideal for most rooms, especially children’s bedrooms. They’re ideal for light to medium weight fabrics and are hung via silver rings that fit around the curtain pole to give a contemporary feel.

Eyelet pleat

Goblet pleat – Goblet Pleat Curtains are probably one of the most formal styles available. They’re commonly used in grand rooms such as the dining room or study. The pleat at the top has been compared to the shape of a wine glass, hence the name. Interlining or wadding should be used to keep the pleat looking full and rounded.

Goblet pleat

Type of fabric

Voile – soft, sheer or opaque fabric covering the windows during the day and protecting furniture and rugs from the sun. Usually is made from cotton, linen, polyester or mixed fiber. It is also referred to as to “net curtain”. Usually used in contemporary interiors. High-quality ones have a lead strip on the bottom to hold the fabric.


Lace – open wave, an ornamental fabric made from cotton or synthetic used as a sheer curtain. It is suitable mostly for a classic or traditional type of interiors.


Muslin – traditional, lightweight and loosely woven cotton fabric. Suitable for a traditional or contemporary style of interiors.


Gauze – a thin, transparent fabric of silk, linen or cotton.


Holland – opaque, plain-woven and unbleached linen or cotton fabric.


Velvet – luxurious looking, heavy, fluffy textile with a soft sheen, made from rayon, silk or cotton. 


Taffeta – a crisp, stiffer, smooth, plain-woven fabric made from silk or rayon as well as acetate and polyester.


Sateen – smooth, sheen, soft and lustrous fabric usually made from cotton.


Jacquard – invented by French weaver and merchant Joseph Marie Charles Jacquard is a thick and strong fabric with an intricate variegated pattern. It could be smooth or embossed patterned. Usually made from cotton, wool or polyester.  


Damask – a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving


Boucle – bold textured and exquisite fabric made from cotton or wool yarn with the hope of threads, also of small knots


Brocade – richly decorative heavy woven fabrics, made in coloured silk. Often woven with silver and gold threads.


Type of tracks

Curtain Rod – metal, wooden or acrylic hollow rod finished in the end with decorative finals and held by supporting brackets that are fixed to the wall. Double rods allow the use of sheer curtains and drapes together on one window.

Curtain Pole – slimmer than the rod, approximately 10-12mm diameter which can be cut to size and customised.

Curtain Rail – the rail or a track is a device used to suspend curtains, usually above windows, often can be fixed on wall or ceiling. They provide a discrete method of hanging curtains and can be automated as a part of a smart house system. Tracks are not suitable for tab top and eyelet curtains, however.

Silent GLISS 5600 electric curtains track with radio module

Additional design and accessories

Pelmet – this is a decorative feature that covers the fittings on top of the curtains or blinds. They could be made of fabric or wood, or other firm material

Left – upholstered pelmet
Right – coving as a pelmet

Swag and tails – a draped piece of fabric over a pole or batten sometime with added long tails which cover outer edges of the curtain. This design is suitable usually for formal or classic design interiors.

Swag & Tails

Blinds Shades

Austrian blinds – very decorative, made from ruched fabric. As the blind is pulled up the fabric gathers in swags creating a scalloped effect.


Festoon blinds – similar in design to Austrian but Festoon is gathered throughout length as well as the top.


London blinds – this blind are similar to Austrian blinds but with flat panels and pleated sections. At the top, the blind can be made with two inverted pleats to show a greater variety of material and to give more volume. Made from different types of fabric.


Roman blinds – vastly versatile design fits classic as well as contemporary interiors. Made from a large variety of materials. They could be sheer or interlined. When are pulled up they form horizontal evenly spaced folds. 


Venetian blinds – slim horizontal slats of wood or aluminium. Could be covered with leather. They are suspended from the ceiling or fixed inside the window frame. Suitable for damp areas.


Vertical blinds – vertical thin strips made of stiffened material, usually fabric or synthetic which are fitted at the tor on a rail. Often are used in offices due to their simple and utilitarian appearance.


Pleated blinds – smart, stylish and minimalistic looking this blinds are suitable for all rooms especially good for a conservatory or Velux windows. They are working both ways – lift and lower and could be done with two type of material – sheer for the day and blackout which may provide thermal insulation.


Roller blinds – simple and compact design, suitable for damp or even wet and dirt prone rooms when are laminated. They are easy to clean and maintain. Can be made from fabric or synthetics and to blackout the light.


Panel blinds – a good choice for large floor to ceiling windows and contemporary interiors. These blinds are fitted on a sliding track at the top and when are open they will stack back of at least one panel.


Sliding panels – Japanese “Shoji” screen – fixed with wooden or bamboo frame fabric, rise paper or vellum resembling Japanese style screen, this blinds usually need large space to stack back.


Woodweave blinds – look similar to roman blinds but are made from thin pieces of wood or grass.


As you see, there is a lot of consideration. If you feel all said above is overwhelming, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you with your quest named “Windows treatment”.

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