Valance. A valance is a short curtain and comes in many many shapes and styles. Valances can be used on their own to cover the tops of windows, doors or along with sheers and drapes.
One idea is to use a floor-length curtain to make short windows look taller. Hang them on stylish curtain rods installed at least 5 inches above the window frame. If your window is both short and wide, a medium-weight fabric is a better choice.
1/2" above the window sill. Casual and charming. These are the shortest of the standard curtain lengths, which makes them a good opportunity to have some fun with pattern or color.
Jabots. In the world of window treatment, window jabots can also be called cascades. They are decorative, narrow side-panels which are either tailored, pleated or ruffled arrangements of lace or cloth.
Rod pocket curtains, also called pole top or casement curtains, are a classic, and classy, way to hang drapery. A casing sewn onto the back of the curtain panel at the top allows the rod to slip through unseen. Panels bunch in gathers on the rod for a soft look with clean lines.
These short panels are available in hard-to-find 36," 45" and 54" lengths. Each curtain panel has 8 grommets (1.5” inside diameter). It also features 1" side hems and a generous 3” bottom hem.
Hanging long drapes on a short window is one of the easiest ways to increase the importance of the window and bring it into proportion to the room. Short drapes on a short window call attention to the size of the window and reduce the significance of the room, window and drapery style.
Measure the width of the rod from left to right. A common rule for displaying curtains properly says the curtains finished width should be at least 2 times the width of your window (if not more - sheers can be 3 times the window width) to achieve a look of proper fullness.
Most curtain designs come in standard drop sizes of 54”, 72”, 90” and 108” so you may have to round up to the nearest size. For example, if you measure your drop and it is 147cm (58”) in length and you wanted your curtains to sit off the floor you would round this up to the 72” drop curtains.
Ripple fold style curtains are curtains that have a consistent s- curve rippling across the span of the track. The ripples are created by carriers corded together to create that consistent wave. These styles are seen often in hospitality installations as hotels and banquet rooms.
A panel is a length of fabric, hemmed at the bottom, that hangs in front of a window. It may be tab- or tie-topped; have grommets; be one of two panels that form a set of curtains that cover a window when pulled closed; or be a fixed, flat panel of cloth over the window.
A valance is a short curtain and comes in many many shapes and styles. Valances can be used on their own to cover the tops of windows, doors or along with sheers and drapes.
Eyelet curtains or Ring Top curtains are a contemporary curtain heading for use with curtain poles. Eyelet heading gives large even soft pleats and are so called because they have metal rings at the top of the curtain in place of a normal header tape.
Pencil pleat curtains are a classic. Folds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading that resembles a line of pencils. From the close pleats of the header, the fabric tumbles freely to the floor. You can choose pencil pleat curtains for either poles or tracks.
Simply put, they're called valances. Valances are stationary, meaning that they don't move. Shades can also be hung above a window, which are functional window treatments that can be moved up or down. Most people know what shades are, so we'll focus on valances in this post.
A curtain knob consists of a decorative metal or wooden knob projecting directly out from the wall next to the curtain. The width of the knob serves to hold the curtain from spilling back into the window.
Like curtains, drapes are fabric panels, and are typically sold in pairs. The difference between curtains and drapes, however, is that drapes are lined, sometimes with fabric heavy enough to block out all outside light, making them perfect for bedroom use.