Bedroom Curtains, Valanaces and Window Treatment Ideas

We have tips on choosing the best bedroom curtains, valances and window treatments as well as suggestion on hardware and how to hang them. Hanging drapes in public areas of your home like the kitchen, living room or den is different than those in your room. In the bedroom, there are issues of privacy and often room darkening quality that don't present a problem in public rooms.

Trims and fabrics that would look too "over the top" and inappropriate for a room where men hang out to watch sports fit just fine in a master bedroom even if there is a man in residence. Here’s a tip for getting the man in your life to approve the style of bedroom curtains that you like; skip the floral fabrics. Even if you managed to sneak a floral bedding set by him, don't push it.
The bedroom window treatments do not necessarily have to look masculine or even tailored with clean lines to get an approval. But after many years of working with couples decorating a master bedroom I have learned that the same men who have no problems with ruffles and fancy edgings will turn their noses up at floral prints.

High ceilings have made curtain panels more expensive than ever! The reason for this is that it simply takes more yards of fabric to cover taller windows. I'm often asked how high over the windows to hang floor length curtains. The answer is not always easy without seeing the room, but if you want to save money you will want to keep the drapes as short as you can.

The best way to save money on curtain panels is (of course) to make your own. Not every lady can manage inverted or pleats, but rod pocket curtain panels are nothing but a couple of straight seams. Experiment with making some bedroom window treatments for the kids using cheap cotton fabrics before trying your hand on expensive, difficult to handle silk and taffeta.

If your budget allotted for window treatments is tight you may want to start out with blinds and a window topper or valance rather than a full set of drapes. Window valances give the room a more finished look than a bare wooden, window frame. Long scarves and rod pocket styles are inexpensive unless you have your heart set on an elaborate, custom style. In addition to the cost of the fabric there will be an additional fee for having your custom bedroom curtains made and more details translate into higher prices.

The only drawback to valances even when used with most blinds is that they do not do a good job of blocking sunlight as bedroom curtain panels. And blackout curtains are a must in a baby’s room or when you must sleep or just like to take the occasional nap in the daytime.

If you have made your own bedroom window treatments, please take a minute to snap some pictures of your curtains to share with visitors who stop by searching for the best bedroom curtains for their decorating projects.

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