Cafe Curtain FAQS

Blue and green tulip cafe curtains hanging on a brass rod in a white bathroom with a white tub

See below for what customers are asking about our cafe curtains!

 

What is the difference between your Custom Cafe Curtains and Custom Curtains?

Our custom cafe curtains are unlined, while our custom curtains are lined with your choice of privacy or blackout lining. Cafe curtains let in just enough light while still providing privacy, making them perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. There are also a few differences in the construction of the panels: 

- For rod pocket panels, the sewn-in pocket is smaller on cafe curtains to accommodate smaller rods. 

- The side seam on cafe curtains is 1.25" vs. 2" on full length curtains. 

- The bottom seam on cafe curtains is 1.5" vs. 4" on full length curtains.

 

What's the difference between unlined panels and panels with privacy lining?

Unlined panels let light filter through while privacy lining blocks 70% of light. 

2 photos comparing an unlined blue and green floral cafe curtain to a blue and green floral panel with privacy lining

 

Are panels sold individually or as a pair?

Panels are sold individually. 

 

What construction options are available for cafe curtains?

Choose from 6 construction options for a look that best suits your style, and your windows. We offer rod pocket, rod pocket with header, double rod pocket, ring top, pinch pleat, and tailored pleat. Try our complimentary design help if you need an extra hand or check out our Cafe Curtain Construction Guide for a breakdown of each look.

 

How do I choose the correct panel width?

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we have you covered with four different widths—25”, 50”, 75" or 100”. Need a hand picking the right panel dimensions for your windows? We recommend the following:

 

How do I choose the correct panel length?

To figure out the appropriate length for your panel based on your preferred construction style, we recommend following the measurement guide below:

Rod Pocket with No Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and add 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Rod Pocket with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch.

Rod Pocket w/ Header: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and add 2". Round down to the nearest inch.

Double Rod w/ Header: Measure the distance between the two rods and add 5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Ring Top + Tailored Pleat with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Ring Top + Tailored Pleat with No Clips: Measure from the bottom of the rod to the window sill and subtract 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch.

Pinch Pleat with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Pinch Pleat with No Clips: Measure from the bottom of the rod to the window sill and subtract 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

*If you add trim to your panels, we recommend subtracting 1” from the length measurement.

 

I need help choosing panel width and length. Where do I start?

Our team of trusted engineers created a simple to use measurement finder to help you determine how many panels you need and at what length and width. Head to our Curtain Calculator to get started!

 

Can I add trim to my cafe curtains?

Yes! You can add trim to the bottom of cotton cafe curtains. We do not offer trim on sheers.

 

Do you have any cafe curtain hardware recommendations?

Yes! Check out our cafe curtain hardware recommendations.

 

Are curtain rings included in a purchase?

No, rings are not included. However, curtain hooks are sewn in on ring top, pinch pleat and tailored pleat panels. Check out our Cafe Curtain Hardware Edit for our go-to ring recommendations. See below for how many rings you need per panel. 

cafe curtain ring count table

 

Can I choose a cotton fabric that is not listed on the Cafe Curtain page?

Yes! Any of our cotton fabrics can be made into cafe curtains. Send us an email at hello@pepper-home.com to order.

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