Difference between Sheers, Curtains and Drapery
We get asked this question a lot...
Generally a drapery sheers, or sheer curtains made of the see-through fabrics. In other words, if you hold them up in front of your face you can see through them.
Drapery sheers are most often used in combination with drapery. - The combination providing great light control. During the day you can have the heavier drapes open but leave the sheers closed to filter harsh direct light and to provide privacy. At night you close the drapes and benefit from both privacy and the insulation that the much heavier lined drapes provide.
So that leaves the term 'curtain'
Curtains are somewhere in between a sheer and drapery. Whereas drapery is usually lined or self-lined, a curtain is usually unlined. Curtain fabric is not designed to allow a lot of light to pass through and while you might be able to 'kinda' see through it, its purpose is to provide a good looking treatment for your windows, without necessarily blocking all the light.
We always recommend lining your window treatment products particularly if you are in Australia where harsh UV rays can often burn and/or fade fabric over time. In other words, we recommend drapery over unlined curtains.