Window treatment terms specific to the industry can be confusing, even for home and business owners who have managed decorating projects before. Whether you’re updating the look of your interiors or starting from scratch, you should know a few key terms. It will help ensure you end up with the product you want and the look you love.
Types of Window Treatments
There are many different types of window treatments.
Blinds: Blinds are horizontal slats stacked on top of one another. You lower blinds using a cord, chain or motor.
Curtains: Curtains are fabric selections hung using a curtain rod and come in a range of materials, colors and styles.
Drapes: Drapes are different than curtains — they’re thicker and many are lined in an effort to keep out the cold drafts or hot sun.
Shades: There are many sub-types of shades, such as Roman shades, cellular shades and more, all operated either manually or automatically.
Shutters: Made of wood or faux wood, shutters are comprised of slats that can be installed either on the exterior or interior of the home.
Types of Window Styles
Make sure you know what type of window you want to cover when you visit a window treatment supplier.
Awning and hopper windows: these windows are hinged at the top and open outward (awning) or the bottom and open inward (hopper). They’re designed for providing ventilation.
Bay: Bay windows come in sets of three and project outward in a trapezoid shape.
Casement windows: This type has a hinge on the side and opens outward, usually via a crank.
Double-hung windows: A common type, these windows have two sections that open by sliding inside of their frames, either up or down. In a single-hung window, only the bottom section slides up to open.
Slider: As the name suggests, this type slides to the side to open.
Stationary: This type doesn’t open at all — it’s simply there to offer you a view.
Transom: This window is placed above doorways to let in light.
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At Utah Blinds Gallery, we make it our business to know everything there is to know about windows and treatments, so we can fully explain every aspect of the selection and installation process to our customers.
Are you ready to create the environment you dream of in your own home? It starts with carefully researching the types of window treatments that fit with your interior design vision. Visit our showroom today to see our products in person.