Drapes for the Kitchen

Are you unsure of what window treatment to settle on for your kitchen?? Drapes are a great choice in any room thanks to the huge range of different materials, styles, prints, and prices – and the kitchen is no exception. When it comes to the kitchen, you have different requirements than in other areas of the home. Generally there is less of a need for privacy, and more of a need for natural light to enter. Then there are the external factors – the purpose of a kitchen is of course to cook in. This means your material will have to contend with the occasional splatter and more moisture and heat in the air.


The great thing about window treatments is their ability to finish off the look of a room. In the kitchen, the last thing you’re probably thinking about when choosing your cabinets and layout is what drapes will match it. Thankfully they come in such a wide variety of styles, it won’t be hard to find something that complements your decor. A common trend in the kitchen is to opt for shorter drapes than you would in for example, the bedroom or living room. In fact a popular choice to have a valance – which covers just the top of the window – or half length (so as to still keep an element of privacy). This helps let in a lot of natural light to the kitchen, with the drapes being mostly decorative in nature.


In other rooms you can afford to err on the luxurious side with your drapery – but silk or velvet isn’t practical for the kitchen. Instead opt for less fragile, easier to clean materials like cotton or vinyl. You may need to wash these drapes more often than others, so be sure to find out how easy it is to this when reviewing your options.