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Tier Curtains

There are some window coverings that let you be flexible in when you get light or privacy, and tier curtains are one such covering. This curtain style lets you be as formal or informal as you want, and tier curtains can go nicely with whatever window treatment you already have going -- or are developing.

Tier curtains are one of the most basic kinds of curtains. A tier curtain is hung in the middle of the window opening and falls to the window sill. A top treatment is usually added to complete the look. Within this simple definition, just about any combination of half-length curtain with or without top treatment can be called tier curtains.

Tier curtains are often called cafe curtains, or tier cafe curtains. The idea is the same; it's two tiers of curtains. Tier curtains may have loop tops or pockets through which a curtain rod passes. They may be hung with tiebacks or without tiebacks; with swags or valances. Sometimes the top tier overlaps the bottom tier, and sometimes there is a broad gap of uncovered window between the two tiers. That latter is what is meant by cafe style curtains.

Tier curtains can be made of any fabric. The style lends itself well to kitchen curtains, so cotton, muslin, and calico are popular materials. But more delicate tier curtains are often made from lace or crochet, and sometimes embroidered dotted Swiss cloth. Heavier materials such as linen or canvas are often used in commercial settings such as cafes. Velvet and satin make elegant living room and bedroom tier curtains.

The colors and patterns used in tier curtains are equally diverse. Polka dots, stripes, checks, plaids, and graphic patterns all find their way into tier curtains. Toile tier curtains are fairly common. The style of tier curtains is bold and sporty looking, so bright colors often work best. But more subdued colors are good in solid-color tier curtains.

Tier curtains can be found just about anywhere. When shopping for tier curtains, measure the length of your window opening and decide whether you want the two tiers to overlap or not. Measure the window opening width as well, and look for tier curtains that are twice as wide.

One place to start shopping for tier curtains is Linens N Things, which has a small assortment of tier curtains in some of the most popular styles. Country Curtains has a much broader selection, including some tier curtains with narrow ruffles and colored trim. Ann & Hope Curtain & Bath Outlet also has an extensive collection of tier curtains. Over at BedBathstore.com, you will find lots of tier curtains that are not called tier curtains; they prefer to call them “kitchen curtains” instead. But you will recognize the look when you see it.

Tier curtains are inexpensive as curtains go. Some of the basic models at the sellers mentioned above go for as little as $8.99 per window. Fancy prints or materials can push the price up to $25, still a relative bargain for a window treatment. Whatever your budget, there is sure to be a set of tier curtains for you.

Tier curtains are fun, inexpensive, and widely available. They are also about as simple to make as anything gets. You might try your hand at sewing a pocket-top tier curtain and a valance to complete the top of your window. Happy sewing!

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