Plain curtains are fabric panels that are most often sold in pairs. You’ll find curtains in a wide range of widths, lengths, fabrics, colors, and patterns, making them a versatile and popular choice for every room of the home, even bathrooms and kitchens.
The short, sheer curtains that cover only the bottom half of a window over a kitchen sink, frequently matched to a valance across the window’s top, are called café curtains. In the bedroom, you’ll likely use curtains over another window treatment, such as a blind or shade, because curtains are made of lightweight, sometimes sheer fabrics that unlined. This means that while curtains do filter out some light, they won’t filter out all of it—thus, they won’t keep your bedroom dark when you want to sleep late.
Curtains hang from a rod, which can be hidden and plain or decorative and on display, depending on how the curtains are hung. There are quite a few hanging options, including metal grommets, metal or fabric rings, or a fabric sleeve on the top of the back of the curtain panels are the most common.