How to Style Cafe Curtains In Your Home

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Cafe curtains are becoming a popular choice for homeowners who desire ample privacy, but don’t prefer the bulk and length of traditional curtains, or don’t have windows suitable for longer curtains. 

Also known as kitchen curtains, cafe curtains are mostly prevalent in European cafes. Now, they’re making a comeback in homes around the world. Cafe curtains are lightweight, short in length, practical and functional, and can be used in almost any corner of your home.

Today, we’ll show you how to update your windows with modern cafe curtains and refresh the look and feel of any room in your home. Read on for our top tips and best practices for hanging cafe curtains! 

For more details on how to select, style and hang curtains throughout your home, check out these great resources.

What to Consider When Shopping for Cafe Curtains

Before you get started with cafe curtains, you’ll want to take note of your window dimensions and make sure you’re choosing the right fabrics, materials, brackets and rods

First, check your window’s height and width. While this seems like an obvious step, it’s a crucial piece of the puzzle. Cafe curtains aren’t suitable for all window sizes, so double check to ensure this style is a good fit. 

Next, note the whereabouts of your window. Will your cafe curtains hang in the bathroom, kitchen or nursery? Will they face north or south? This information will guide your decision regarding fabrics and styles. 

Discover everything you need to know about selecting the right curtain fabrics for your needs. 

How To Style Cafe Curtains

There are no one-size-fits-all rules when it comes to hanging cafe curtains in your home. Each room has different needs and therefore different checklists of things to consider. 

1. Bathroom

The bathroom is a prime location for a cafe curtain setup since windows are generally smaller in bathrooms.  It’s the perfect place to hang bright, flowy linens that invite sunlight in the mornings or help you wind down at night. If you need more privacy, choose a darker color or thicker fabric. 

You may also want to select a heavy-duty or waterproof material such as vinyl, depending on where you hang your curtains. 

2. Nursery or Playroom

Cotton cafe curtains are a practical choice for nurseries or kids’ rooms. Not only do they block out light, but they are also soft, dainty and easy to maintain. 

Lace or sheer curtains are aesthetically pleasing in a kid’s playroom, while blackout curtains help your little one get a good rest. 

See more of our favorite nursery curtain styles here.

3. Kitchen

The kitchen is another popular spot for cafe curtains. Mimic an intimate European cafe by hanging neutral panels adjacent to the dining table for a modern and contemporary appearance. Or, capture farmhouse vibes by hanging gingham or buffalo plaid cafe curtains on your kitchen window. 

Important: Avoid using flammable fabrics like polyester, which pose a safety hazard in your kitchen. 

In need of even more kitchen curtain ideas? Check out our blog.

4. Bedroom

The style and design of your bedroom dictates what kind of cafe curtains you should use. 

For a modern look and feel, opt for bright and airy voile panels, or a classy and elegant silk valance. If your bedroom errs on the traditional side, try colorful cotton or linen curtains. 

Although cafe curtains are much shorter than regular curtains, they can still make a statement in your bedroom. Choose bold patterns or bright colors, or hang an additional valance like pictured below. 

Take a look at other bedroom curtain ideas for inspiration.

5. Office Space

Brighten up your workday by adding cafe curtains in your office or study. 

Sheers or light-colored neutrals allow sunlight to pour in while you’re working during the day. If distractions are an issue, go for darker panels to encourage focus and productivity. You can also hang your favorite patterns or colors to spark creativity. 

Style Cafe Curtains With Kwik-Hang

Now that you’ve decided on your ideal cafe curtain look, it’s time to hang those curtains. Spare yourself the frustration and make the smart choice with Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets and curtain rod collection

Kwik-Hang’s no-drill patented curtain hardware transforms a time-consuming chore into a smooth, effortless task. Say goodbye to drills, screws and nails, and hang your cafe curtains in seconds! 

Kwik-Hang brackets are available in 5/8″ or 1” inch widths and come in a variety of colors to complement any room or decor style in your home. Plus, shop our collection of stylish and adjustable rods to complete your cafe curtains. 

Ready to get started? Try Kwik-Hang risk-free today! 

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