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Curtain Ideas for Large Windows

A young girl in white gown opening curtains in front of a large window letting in the morning sunlight.

Large windows are a wonderful feature in a home, letting in plenty of natural light while also providing beautiful outdoor views. But during the winter, they can make a room feel cold and drafty, especially if you have slightly older windows. Curtains for large windows can help your house stay warmer in the winter and, by blocking out hot sunlight, can help it stay cooler in the summer as well. They also add additional color and style to a room, providing beauty as well as functionality.

Curtains for Large Windows

The style and type of curtains for large windows will depend on the room, your own personal tastes, and their desired functionality. You’ll want the curtains to integrate well into your décor, but that’s only part of the equation. Whether you want them for heat retention, keeping the light out, or just making a room look cozier, there are a few options you might want to consider.

Drapes layered over sheers

This is a classic look and gives you the best of both worlds: plenty of light during the day when you want it, but the ability to pull a heavier, thicker drape fabric closed to keep in warmth (or shade the room) and make it a bit dimmer when you need it.


  • Plenty of fabric options to fit any interior.
  • Flexible and can easily be changed with the seasons.


  • Can be costly, depending on which type of fabric you choose.
  • Drapes might not be the best option for families with young children or cats, since they can wreak havoc with that much fabric.

Multipanel Curtains

If you have a large window, there’s no rule saying you can only have curtain panels on one side or the other. Consider adding three or more panels to make the fabric over your window seem lusher and fuller.


  • Plenty of fabric options.
  • Inexpensive options are available.
  • With basic sewing skills, you can even make your own simple panels.


If you choose a light-colored or lightweight fabric, it won’t do much to block drafts or bright sunlight. It takes a bit of planning and trial and error to get the right width and number of panels for your window.

Curtains or drapes over window blinds.

This is a good option if you want the optimal amount of light control but also the softness and decorative options that drapes or curtains provide.


  • Easy to control the amount of light.
  • More decorative than plain window blinds.


  • Can be the most expensive option if you’re buying both new blinds and curtains.
  • Blinds for large windows can be difficult to install on your own, and you’ll definitely want to get help if you do so.

Related Topic: Keep the Cold Out! Learn How to Insulate Your Windows

Curtain Rod Ideas for Large Windows

Just as the style and material of your curtains are important, you’ll also want to think about the different curtain rod ideas for large windows. The curtain rod you choose should both fit the style of your room and the window treatments and also be strong enough to support the curtains over a large expanse.

  • Choose a long enough rod. The curtain rod should extend at least six inches on either side of the window frame.
  • Think about support. For large windows, you’ll likely need more than just a bracket at either end. You might need one or more in the center of the window as well. You can find either decorative options or brackets that are meant to be less noticeable.
  • Custom or store-bought options abound. They’re available in nearly any material, with wood, wrought iron, and other metals being the most popular. Whichever material you choose should match the style of your overall décor and the curtains as well.
  • You can also make DIY curtain rods. Wooden dowels, plumbing pipes, or even long branches can be turned into effective curtain rods with a little know-how and elbow grease.

Window Treatments for All Shapes and Sizes

The right window treatments can help add your own style to large windows, but you don’t have to stop there. Although large windows can be challenging to clean, you can keep the inside and outside of your windows looking their best with window cleaning service from your local Window Genie. If you are interested in improving the energy efficiency of larger windows, ask about the decorative window tinting services we offer. To learn more, give us a call or request a quote online today!

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