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Types of curtains

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Ascot Valance

Ascot ValanceThis popular topper treatment requires a fullness of 2 to 1. They are sometimes decorated with a tassel or a beaded fringe.

Grommet Panels

Grommet PanelsThis popular style from Europe is a growing trend. This modern curtain is easy to install, doesn't require any topper treatment and will fit any rod or pole.

Usually made with 8 steel or plastic grommets.

Typical fullness for a grommet panel would be 1 ½ to 1 which means that a 45" wide pole top panel will cover around 30".

Pair of Swags

Pair of SwagsPair of swags give a traditional decorative look. They are often made in lace of sheers. They will be used with tailored valances in between when dressing a wide window. The fullness for swags is usually 2 to 1.


Patriot Valance

Patriot ValanceThe Patriot Valance will offer a unique custom look to any window. They are often accessorized with fringes, tassels or beads.

The required fullness will usually be about 1 ½ to 1.


Pinch Pleated Drapes

Draperies are a traditional formal look. Available in many different widths, they are sold in pairs. They are made with a number of pleats.

The fullness for Pinch pleated drapes are preset: in other words if it is 40" wide it will cover 40" because the fullness is already included in the pleating.

A 40" wide drapery means 2 panels of 20" wide each.


Pocket Top Panels

Pocket Top PanelsSimilar to pole Top except that the pocket top panel doesn't feature a header above the rod pocket. This will display a more contemporary tailored look.

Typical fullness for a pocket top panel would be 2 to 1 which means that a 50" wide pole top panel will cover around 25".


Pole Top Panels

Pole Top PanelsPole tops have a 2" header above rod pocket and a 3" rod pocket. They are popular on heavier curtains because they will fit any pole of up to 1 ½" diameter.

Typical fullness for a rod pocket panel would be 2 to 1 which means that a 50" wide pole top panel will cover around 25".

Rod Pocket Panels

Rod Pocket PanelsAlso called tailored panels, rod pocket panels feature a 1 ¼" header above rod pocket and a 1¼" rod pocket. They will fit standard rods or ½" metal rods. Rod pocket panels are usually sheers or semi-sheers.

Typical fullness for a rod pocket panel would be 2 to 1 which means that a 50" wide panel will cover around 25".

Scarf Valance

Scarf ValanceThis topper treatment is a long piece of fabric (usually 6 yards) that will frame a window. There are many ways of hanging a scarf. Hanging instructions and decorative tips are included in each package.

Tab Panels

Tab PanelsA popular casual style. They are easy to install, do not require any special topper treatments and are perfect on any decorative pole. They are made with 5 to 8 tabs depending on style and width.

Usually made in heavier opaque fabrics but can also be found in sheers.

Typical fullness for a tab panel would be 1 ½ to 1 which means that a 45" wide pole top panel will cover around 30".


Tailored Valance

The Tailored Valance, or straight valance, is a plain rectangular valance. It may be used on its own or with a pair of swags on each end. The typical fullness for a tailored valance is 2 to 1.


Topper Treatments

There is a broad variety of toppers involving many styles, influences and trends. We will only review a few of the most popular ones.


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