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How to Choose your Window Coverings

When you invest in new windows for your home, the last thing you want to do is cover them up… after debating over materials, design, glazing and more, it makes sense that you want to show them off. However, window coverings are essential, especially if you value your privacy. That’s why we decided to create this guide, to help you choose the right window covering.


The style of window you’re working with is usually one of the biggest determinants in choosing the type of window covering. Factors that are important to consider include shape, size, and how they open. The following are the most common window styles in the London area.

  1. DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS are the most popular window style; Beaumart is proud to offer double hung windows by Regency. Their design allows the glass to tilt in or out.
  2. SLIDER WINDOWS are elegant and designed for openings that are wider than they are tall.
  3. CASEMENT WINDOWS are the opposite of slider windows because they are meant for spaces that are tall or narrow. They are attached to the window frame and swing outward. Usually a crank, handle or lever is used to open and close casement windows.
  4. AWNING WINDOWS are great for openings that are wider than taller (just like sliding windows). However, they open like casement windows, with the hinge on the top of the frame. This allows them to open outward from the bottom.
  5. BAY/BOW WINDOWS are large and picturesque. They’re ideal for letting natural light in. Some open, while others don’t offer the feature. It’s common to leave these windows without coverings.


Before you consider the materials or colours of your window coverings, you’ll want to think about functionality. By determining the purpose of your coverings you’ll be able to get more use out of them. Some functionality you may wish to consider include:

  • UV BLOCKING. If the windows face north or south, you’ll likely receive plenty of sunlight. That seems ideal for your plants but it may get in the way of watching TV. UV light can also cause furniture, flooring, and natural stone countertops to fade.
  • LIGHT BLOCKING. Some curtains are designed to keep light out, not just their thickness, but with extra material at the top.
  • AESTHETICS AND MATERIALS. Blinds can feel clinical, while curtains feel comfortable. Depending on the room you’re outfitting the window coverings for, you may find one option to be more sensible. For example, blinds are usually preferred in the bathroom because of the moisture and humidity.
  • One of the most common reasons for needing window coverings, thankfully many options are suitable for keeping your homelife private.


Now that you’ve determined which windows need covering and why, you can choose the perfect treatment.

  • CURTAINS, often made from sheer cotton, silk, or polyester.

Curtains are light-weight and usually chosen for their aesthetics rather than function. They pair well with blinds or shades. Most curtains can go in the washing machine, but be sure to read the label first, some sheer options might be to frail.

  • DRAPES, often made from velvet, linen, cotton, or polyester.

Think of drapes as a thicker, heavier curtain. Many of them are lined which makes them a great choice if your goal is to block light. Most drapes are suitable for the washing machine, but not the dryer.

  • BLINDS, often made from vinyl, metal, wood, or bamboo.

Most binds are durable, with individual slats that open and close. Because of their materials, blinds are popular in the bathroom. Many bedrooms also feature the blinds/curtain combo discussed above. Blinds can be typically wiped down with a damp cloth or feather duster.

  • SHADES, often made from cotton, linen, bamboo, or vinyl.

Shades are to blinds, as drapes are to curtains. They’re slightly interchangeable, even though they’re technically considered different. Shades are a solid, single piece of material, they do not have slats like blinds. They’re often chosen for their aesthetic appeal, rather than functionality, as they can be difficult to clean.