So you can talk about curtains like a pro
Now that you're armed with information about types and lengths of curtains, let's look at the different styles available from The Vermont Country Store. Curtains come in a wide variety of styles, and are easy to layer or mix and match to create a variety of different looks.
Curtain panels are designed to cover at least the full length of a window. Typically mounted above and slightly outside the window frame, panel length curtains offer the most coverage and have the most impact on your room's aesthetic.
How they hang
Featuring a series of rings along the top of the curtain panels, grommet top curtains fall into gentle folds. Grommet top curtains are extremely easy to add to almost any curtain rod, and slide along the rod much more smoothly than other styles.
Also known as pole top curtains, rod pocket tops are a classic way to hang curtains. With this style, a casing may be sewn on to the back of the curtain, or the hem at the top of the curtain is sewn in such a way as to create a pocket for the curtain rod to slip through. Rod pocket curtains hide the curtain rod they hang from.
Featuring an exposed loop of fabric at the top of the curtain, tab top styled curtains are a great way to show off a decorative curtain rod. This style of curtain hangs with a gentle fold, similar to a grommet top.
Pinch pleat style curtains add an extra level of detail. Typically, this style of curtains features pleats or gatherings along the top hem, causing the curtain fabric to hang in tighter, more structured folds that relax slightly as you move down the length of the curtain. Pinch pleat curtains are hung using either pin hooks that pierce the fabric behind the pleat, or using clip rings. Hanging with pin hooks can be time consuming and will hide your curtain rod. Clip rings are easy to attach and allow you to show off a decorative curtain rod.
Valances and Swags
Valances and swags, sometimes referred to as "window toppers," are designed to cover just the top of a window. Often thought of as a finishing touch, swags and valances can be layered over curtain panels or curtain tiers. They also look great over blinds, and even on their own. These styles come in a variety of different types:
Classic panel with clean, straight lines
Classic panel with soft, scalloped hem
Tailored panel with added top pleats
Two layered panels of the same fabric
Decorative panel with accent or adjustable ties
Two fabric panels layered for contrast
Two piece top panel with longer, fluttery sides
How to Measure Valances and Swags
Measure from the top of the curtain rod to where you would like the valance or swag to end. Remember: the rod pocket measurement is included in the length.
Similar to valances and swags, tier style curtains are designed to cover only part of the window. Typically the curtain rod is mounted at the middle of the window height, and the tier curtain falls from there to the window sill. This style of curtain looks lovely on its own, but also works well paired with a valance to provide privacy without completely covering the window.
How to Measure Tier Curtains
Hang the curtain rod across the middle of the window. For length, measure from the top of the curtain rod to the windowsill. For width, order panels that are 1 1/1 to double the width of the window area.
For more easy tips on how to measure different styles of curtains, plus a free downloadable worksheet, visit our How to Measure page: