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One sided curtain ideas

04 Apr 2024 0 Comments
One sided curtain ideas

Hi there! I'm James from I want to share some ideas about one-sided curtains with you today.

I have sold custom-size curtains for over 10 years. I have seen how these curtains can change a room.

Let's learn about one-sided curtain panels together!

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Main Section Key Takeaway 
Benefits of Single Panels Single panels provide a simple, elegant look while letting in more light and saving space compared to double panels. Consider using a single panel for small windows or tight spaces to create an airy feel without overwhelming the room.
Sheer Curtain Panels Sheer single panels filter light while providing some privacy. Use them in living rooms for a bright, open feel or layer with other window treatments for added depth. Try ivory linen or voile for a romantic, dreamy look in bedrooms.
Blackout Curtain Panels Single blackout panels block light for improved sleep and energy savings. They are ideal for bedrooms to create a cozy atmosphere. Look for options with different hanging styles like grommet tops or back tabs for a clean, tailored look.
Textured & Patterned Panels Add visual interest with single panels featuring textures like linen or geometric prints. These create a focal point and express your personal style. Pair textured curtains with solid-colored furnishings for balance. Try bold patterns in neutral rooms for a pop of personality.
Hanging & Styling Tips Hang single panels higher and wider than the window to make the space feel larger. Experiment with unique headers like hook belts for a relaxed look. Layer a sheer panel with a blackout for versatility. Coordinate the curtain color with accents in the room to tie the look together.


What are One-Sided Curtains?

One-sided curtains are also called single curtain panels. They use one drape instead of two panels. One-sided curtains are good because:

  • They let in more natural light. This makes the room bright and airy.
  • They look elegant and chic. They are perfect for living rooms or bedrooms.
  • They save space. They are great for small windows or tight spaces.

Types of Single Curtain Panels

Types of One Sided Curtains

There are many types of one-sided curtains. Each has its own style and use. Here are some popular options:

Sheer Curtain Panels

Sheer curtain panels are made from light fabrics like linen or voile. They let light in but still give privacy. Our Solid Sheer Curtain Panel in ivory adds elegance to any space. These curtains are perfect for:

  • Living rooms or dining rooms where you want a bright and open feel
  • Layering with other window treatments for depth and texture
  • Creating a romantic or dreamy feel in bedrooms
  • Perfect option as room dividers.

Blackout Curtain Panels

Blackout curtain panels are made from thick fabric that blocks light. They are great for:

  • Improving sleep by blocking out light
  • Saving energy by keeping heat in or out
  • Creating a cozy, intimate feel in bedrooms or home offices 

Textured Curtains

Textured curtains are made from fabrics like linen or velvet. They add interest and dimension to your windows. They create a cozy and inviting feel in any living space. They are perfect for:

  • Adding luxury to living rooms or bedrooms
  • Creating a focal point in a room with neutral décor
  • Providing a tactile element that invites touch

Geometric Curtains

Geometric curtains have bold colors, patterns, or embellishments. A single panel with a geometric print can liven up a room. They are ideal for:

  • Adding a pop of color to a neutral room
  • Creating a focal point in a minimalist space
  • Expressing your personal style in your next home

At Doclewe, our curtains are available in grommet, ring top and pinch pleats to fit various curtain rods.

Choosing the Right Single Panel Drape

hanging one sided curtains

Does this room look okay with just one curtain panel on each window? When picking a one-sided curtain for your home décor, think about:

Purpose of the room

Living rooms

Use sheer curtain panels or light fabrics like linen. They let in light but still give privacy.

For a formal look, use floor-length curtains in heavy fabric like velvet or silk.


Use blackout curtain panels or room darkening curtains. They block light for better sleep.

Look for curtains with a rod pocket or back tab for a clean look. For a romantic feel, use velvet curtains or curtains with ruffles or lace. 

Home offices

Use curtains that balance light control and style. A semi-sheer curtain reduces glare but still lets in light.

For a professional look, use curtains in a neutral color like gray or beige.

Think Your Light Control Need

Room darkening curtains

If you need complete darkness for sleeping or movies, use curtains with a blackout lining.

They block up to 99% of light. They are perfect for bedrooms or media rooms.

Sheer or semi-sheer curtains

If you want some light but still want privacy, use sheer or semi-sheer curtains. They provide a soft light that creates a warm feel. They are perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, or any space where you want to balance light and privacy.

Layering curtains

For the most options, layer a sheer window curtain panel with a blackout curtain panel.

This lets you adjust the light throughout the day by opening or closing the blackout curtain as needed. The sheer curtain provides constant privacy and style.

Check our multi-layered curtains.

Match Your Existing decor

Color scheme

Look at the colors in your room. Choose a curtain color that complements or contrasts with them.

If your room has neutral colors, add a pop of color with your curtains. If your room has bold colors, use a neutral curtain color to balance the look.


Consider the style of your room. Choose curtains that match that style.

For a modern look, choose curtains with clean lines and simple patterns.

For a traditional look, choose curtains with more details like pleats or embroidery.


The fabric of your curtains can impact the look and feel of your room. Heavy fabrics like velvet or wool create a formal and luxurious feel.

Luxurious velvet curtains are perfect choices for master bedrooms. 

Light fabrics like cotton or linen create a casual and relaxed feel.

Size and material Consideration


Before buying curtains, measure your window carefully. Measure the width of your window and add 8-12 inches on each side for fullness.

Measure the length from the top of your curtain rod to the desired endpoint (sill, apron, or floor).


When choosing the width of your curtains, aim for a fullness of 2-3 times the width of your window.

This means if your window is 50 inches wide, you'll want curtains that are 100-150 inches wide total.

This extra fullness creates a luxurious and gathered look when the curtains are closed.


Consider the material of your curtains based on your needs for durability, easy care, and insulation.

Cotton and linen are popular choices for their durability and easy care. Velvet and wool provide better insulation.

Look for machine washable options for easier maintenance.

Hanging One-Sided Curtains

layering window treatments

Hanging one-sided curtains is simple. You can do it in different ways:

  • Curtain Rods: Use a straight curtain rod for most windows. Use shaped rods for bay windows or unique layouts. Choose a rod that matches your curtain style and room décor. A sleek metal rod looks modern. A wooden rod looks traditional.

  • Hanging Options: Create pleats with rod pockets. Allow easy opening and closing with curtain rings. Provide a casual look with tie tops. Rod pockets create a tailored look. Curtain rings allow for easy movement and a modern feel. Tie tops are perfect for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

  • Positioning: Hang the curtain higher and wider than the window. This makes the window look larger. Leave some wall space visible on the sides for balance. This trick works well in small rooms or with small windows. It makes the space feel larger and more open.

One-Sided Curtain Styling Ideas

Get creative with your one-sided curtain styling using these ideas:

  • Swag and jabot on one side: Create a luxurious look by draping a swag over the top of the curtain rod. Let it fall gracefully down one side. Add a decorative jabot on one side for elegance.

  • Hook belt: Use a hook belt to cinch the curtain at the top. This creates a relaxed, gathered look that adds visual interest to your window treatment.

  • Layered look: Combine a sheer curtain panel with a blackout curtain panel for a layered look. This provides both light filtering and privacy options. This versatile combination allows for easy installation and customization throughout the day.

  • Fabric options: Choose sheer fabrics for a light and airy feel. Choose heavier fabrics like blackout velvet for more light blocking and thermal insulation. Choose patterned fabrics to add visual interest. Consider the mood you want to create in your living space. Choose a fabric that supports that feeling.

  • Coordinating with decor: Match the curtain color to other accents in the room. Contrast it with the walls for a bold look. This helps to create a cohesive, intentional design scheme. It feels put-together and polished. It adds sophistication to any room.

Alternatives to Traditional Curtain Rods

If you want to hang your one-sided curtains without damaging your walls, consider these alternatives to traditional curtain rods:

  1. Curtain track: A curtain track system is a sleek and modern alternative to traditional rods. It allows for smooth and easy operation of your curtains. They're perfect for large windows or sliding glass doors.

  2. Tension rods: These adjustable rods stretch from one side of the window frame to the other. They can be installed in minutes without any hardware. They're best for small windows and lightweight curtains. They may not support heavier fabrics.

  3. Magnetic curtain rods: These rods have an adjustable width that ensures a perfect fit for your curtains. They're easy to install but can shift out of alignment. This makes them less convenient for high-traffic areas.

Shop Custom Curtains Online at Dolcewe

At Dolcewe, we offer a wide range of custom size curtains to fit any window or door perfectly. We have various styles, fabrics, colors, patterns, and headers to choose from. You're sure to find the perfect one-sided curtain panel for your home décor.

Our custom size curtains start at just $26.99 per window. We offer free shipping on orders over $199. Plus, when you register with us, you'll receive an extra 10% off coupon!

All our curtains are machine washable for easy care. They are made without any harmful substances or chemicals. This ensures a safe and healthy environment for your home. Whether you need curtains for your living room, bedroom, home office, or outdoor living space, we have the perfect single panel curtain to suit your needs.

If you have any questions or need help finding the perfect curtain, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly team at Dolcewe. Happy decorating!

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