The right pair of curtains won't only change the look and feel of a room, but they can also help guard against glare, heat from the sun, and curious passersby. "Curtains are interior designers' best friend for layering in texture, comfort, and movement into a space," says Heather Goerzen, design editor at Havenly, an online interior design service. "They also add vertical interest and help draw the eye upwards."
We researched and tested the best places to buy curtains, ranking them on selection, variety of price points, customization options, shipping, and more. Our list includes large retailers, like Amazon and Target, which sell hundreds of curtains from many different brands, and smaller retailers, like Pepper Home, which offers chic, completely customizable pieces that are made in the United States.
Here are the best places to buy curtains online.
May not hold up for long-term use
As with their other housewares, Target offers curtains that are both affordable and stylish. There are nearly 2,500 curtains available, ranging from Vue's stylish Arashi Ombre Embroidery Light Filtering Curtain Panels, which have fun details like stitching and blended tones, to Eclipse's Kira Herringbone Absolute Zero Blackout Window Panel, meant for those who take sleep seriously and need maximum darkness.
Target's website is easy to browse, and you can filter by pattern, material, length, heading style (such as grommet top or pleated), and more. The retailer offers free shipping on orders over $35, and a generous 90-day return policy. To find deeply discounted window treatments, go to the Home section of Clearance, and filter by "curtain panels."
Target is also known for putting out coveted merch via designer partnerships, and our testers loved the Zig Zag Macrame Curtain Panels from Justina Blakeney, which have a playful, hippie vibe. "The delicate lines and unfinished edges offer the perfect Boho look, perfect set against a sun-filled window," our tester reports. Besides the popular curtain panels and hardware, Target also stocks tier curtains, valances, and window shades.
Great customer service
Overwhelming array of options
Search for "curtains" on Wayfair, a popular web-only clearinghouse, and you'll see more than 50,000 results. You can also take advantage of the "Window Treatments Sale" section, which is easy to find. Wayfair sells a large array of curtains, drapes, valances, kitchen curtains, blinds, and shades and has an entire section devoted solely to blackout curtains (with more than 4,000 to choose from).
The panel on the left helps you filter your results, and you can enter your desired length and width, color preference, header type, material, and more. Because there are so many choices, it helps to have an idea of what you want before you browse. A search for white living room curtains using eight different filters still brought up more than 100 options, including these statement-making Scandinavian Wave Geometric Semi-Sheer Thermal Rod Pocket Curtain Panels. For hardware, our testers liked the Wayfair Basics Adjustable Curtain Rod, which can't support fabric weighing more than 7 pounds, but has a telescoping rod, many color options, and decorative ball finials.
Made in the USA
Helpful paint suggestions for coordinating with fabrics
Pepper Home was started by Erin Banta and Kelsey Brown, two friends in New York City who were looking for stylish textiles to bring life to their rental apartments. Pepper's fabrics are bold, chic, and high-quality, and they use a direct-to-consumer model to help keep prices down. All curtains are custom-made in American southern states, and they also sell pillows (also made custom), table linens, throws, fabric, and wallpaper.
Widths are fixed at 25, 50, or 100 inches, but you can specify the length to the nearest fraction of an inch. All curtains are made from cotton, and you can opt to add trim to the sides and bottom. There are five different header types available, including ring top, tailored pleat, and grommet, and two different types of linings: privacy, which blocks 70 percent of light, and blackout, which blocks all of it. For long styles, you can opt to have your curtains break at the floor, which looks more clean, or puddle, which looks more formal.
Not only are there nearly 50 curtains to choose from, but Pepper also sells fabric and will make curtains in any style that isn't shown in the curtain section (shoppers just need to send an email). Bestsellers include the Denton Curtain, which is sky blue with a simple square pattern, and the Hockney Moss Curtain, which has bold swirls of green.
Customers can also get complimentary design assistance by submitting questions and uploading photos of their spaces, and the designers' blog includes lots of helpful resources, including suggestions for paint colors that match their prints.
Great selection of blackout curtains
Customer service is mixed
Not many prints
IKEA, which has hundreds of stores worldwide, stocks around 300 different curtain options. If you're on a tight budget, you can snag a single 83-inch Bengta Blackout Curtain, which is made from laminated fabric you can cut to your preferred size for just $10. Even at the higher end, you likely won't spend more than $100 for a pair—these crushed linen Dytag Curtains are only $70.
One area that IKEA falls short: There aren't many print or pattern options. There are a few that are kid-friendly, like these butterfly-themed Sanglarka panels, and a few botanically inspired options, like the splashy Gardskrappa, but otherwise, it's mostly solid colors.
Shoppers looking for discounted window treatments may be able to find them in the Deals section under "Our Lowest Prices" and the "Affordable Home Essentials Under $20" area also may have inexpensive curtains. If you can't make it to an IKEA store in person, make sure to use the "Buyable Online" filter.
Many price points
Generally easy returns
Amazon Basics curtains are popular and affordable
Quality can vary
Takes time to sift through options
Amazon pops up more than 10,000 results after a simple search for "curtains." Luckily, the retailer's site is easy to use and offers hundreds of customer reviews to help you get a sense of what's worth buying. There are many different search filters, including climate-pledge friendly, price, style, and even pattern type (like chevron or herringbone). You'll also find the affordable AmazonBasics line, which features several different blackout curtains, including heavyweight theater-grade, basket weave, and textured linen.
Our testers liked the Nicetown Thermal Insulated Grommet Curtains for their full drape and pleasing texture, especially given the price. In testing, the curtains would hang straight to the floor and flow seamlessly when pulled open. If you also need hardware, they spoke highly of the Umbra Twilight Single Curtain Curtain Rod Set for its ability to sit directly against the wall and truly block light. But the beauty of Amazon is that you can go in with a single idea—maybe your child is obsessed with sloths, for example, or you really need a pair of red velvet curtains—and likely be able to act on it.
We recommend purchasing directly from Amazon versus from a third-party seller—this is because, for products purchased from Amazon, the return process is straightforward.
Helpful measuring guide
"Fast delivery" filter
Mixed reviews on customer service
Online-only giant Overstock lives up to its name, with nearly 100 different curtain brands, including Nautica, Nicole Miller, Martha Stewart, and Laura Ashley. Although an initial search brings up 84 pages of results, it's easy to sift through them if you have patience. Overstock lets shoppers filter by fast delivery to their specific zip codes, which is welcome in these days of supply chain and backorder issues. You can also search by color, price, style, light filtration, care instructions (parents and pet owners can find machine-washable options!), and even features like energy efficiency and noise reduction.
One of the great things about Overstock is that there's never a shortage of discounts. Not only can you filter your results by "sale" and "clearance," but you can also check out the Sales & Deals section. At the time of this writing, there was a 48-hour app exclusive for 18 percent off, as well as an ongoing sale that included 15 percent off all curtains and drapes.
Keep in mind: To avoid disappointment, make sure to measure your windows carefully; Overstock makes this easy with their handy guide to the process.
Wide range of fabrics
Shoppers looking for curtains can visit a Pottery Barn store in person (there are more than 150 nationwide) or use their comprehensive website. There are dozens of curtains available, and Pottery Barn is known for its distinctive fabrics, such as linen from the famed Belgian mill Libeco, shimmery Dupioni raw silk, and groovy Ikat prints. It's easy to search the site using the filters provided (they include type, material, and length, as well as others like nontoxic and fair trade), and you can also restrict your search to only in-stock items. Pottery Barn's prices match its quality (meaning high), so they're best for those who are willing to invest in some statement window treatments.
Our testers loved the Belgian Flax Linen Blackout Curtain, which is made from durable fabric and can be hung in a variety of different ways. They also gave high marks to the Curtain Rod & Wall Bracket, which looks good, is sturdily constructed, and comes in many different finishes and finial options. Pottery Barn's custom window treatments include the Emery Linen and Belgian Flax curtains, as well as several different shades. For curtains, lengths are available in one-inch increments between 24 and 180 inches, and widths are available in six-inch increments between 24 and 156 inches.
Know that Pottery Barn hosts frequent sales, and coupon codes are available to rewards members. You can filter your search results by "Limited Time Offer" or "Clearance," search the site for "open box curtains," or look at the "Windows" section in the clearance section.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Frequent sales and coupon opportunities
Generous return policy
Volume of customer ratings is lower than other sites
You probably know Bed Bath & Beyond, which has more than 1,500 stores nationwide and a massive array of household products. They offer plenty of curtains at a range of prices, and there are more than 150 brands to choose from, including Ralph Lauren Home, Nautica, Kenneth Cole, and Martha Stewart.
Although a search for "curtain panels" brought up more than 3,600 options, there are many filters available, including the type of savings, which includes clearance and sale items, as well as the expected options such as pattern, material, type of curtain, indoor or outdoor, the all-important "in stock online," and many more. Shoppers can also search their local store specifically, which is helpful if you're hoping to visit in person but want to check availability in advance.
Bed Bath & Beyond doesn't have the same volume of customer reviews as a site like Amazon, but they do flag top-rated items in search results, like the No. 918 Yvette 84-Inch Curtain Panel, which costs only $30 for a pair and is made from an elegant sheer fabric with a trellis jacquard pattern. Our testers also praised the mid-range Cambria Premier Complete Curtain Tension Rod, which is exclusive to the store and has a classic look.
Customers hoping to save should head to the Deals section, where they can shop sale, clearance, or look for curtains in the store's most recent "savings event." They can also sign up to get text messages about upcoming sales.
Many sales and coupon offers
Styles tend to be fairly traditional
Not many shopper reviews
JCPenney, which has roughly 650 stores nationwide, has an impressive selection of curtains, valances, and window tiers, as well as many different types of shades and hardware. The site is easy to search, as shoppers can select filters such as brand (there are dozens), item type, price, and deals (at press time, more than 1,800 curtains were listed as on sale).
Although JCPenney isn't reinventing the wheel when it comes to style, there are plenty of attractive, well-made options, and prices tend to be reasonable, especially given the number of discounts that tend to be available. These CHF Rainbow-Tufted Stripe Curtain Panels have pretty 3D detailing and can be hung, so the stitching is either at the top or bottom, depending on the look you prefer. And these elegant Regal Home Damask Sheer Panels were recently discounted to less than $21 for a pair.
JCPenney has a 60-day return policy, which is helpful because one of the site's main downsides is the dearth of shopper reviews. If you're looking for something custom, the only options currently available are the Bali Coastal and the Bali Valencia, both of which are simple, light-filtering panels and have a customizable length to the nearest fraction of an inch (the width is fixed at 50 inches).
The current deals flash across the top of the website and might include specific events and might include an extra 30 percent off with a code, a dorm flash sale, and doorbusters, which are excluded from coupons. There are also many curtains sold in the clearance section.
Purchase supports independent artists
Limited number of styles and header types
Society6 is an online marketplace of more than 450,000 artists from 170 countries. The gist: Artists upload their original designs, and Society6 takes care of putting them on items like cell phone holders, wall art, and, you guessed it—curtains. Artists receive a 10 percent commission from each sale, so you can feel good knowing at least a small part of your purchase is going directly to them.
In terms of selection, it's straightforward: You can choose either sheer curtains or blackout curtains in two different size options, and at press time, both cost less than $150 for a pair, with single panels also available. They currently only have pole-pocket headers, so those who want grommets or tab tops are out of luck.
Although the price might seem high compared to big box stores, you're paying for what's essentially a distinctive piece of art that you likely won't see in your friends' windows. The selection is massive, but you can filter results by categories like popular, new, or random, as well as design style, and there are subcategories within those as well. The retro section has a subcategory called "midcentury," where you can find options like this Modern Abstract Blackout Curtain by Tony Magner. Another fun option is the OG East Coast Hip Hop Tapes Blackout Curtain, which could work well in a teen's room.
There's no official sale section, but Society6 often offers discounts and coupon codes; a recent one included $25 off purchases totaling more than $115. Those who sign up for updates will receive additional offers throughout the year.
Smith & Noble
Easy, full-service experience
Hundreds of fabric options
Can be pricey
If you have the cash to invest in high-quality drapes and don't want to lift a finger besides ordering online or chatting on the phone, Smith & Noble might be for you. This online-only retailer sells only window treatments, is based in California, and has been around for more than 30 years.
Besides shades, blinds, cornices, and valances, Smith & Noble sells three different types of drapes: pleated, wave fold, and casual, and there are a variety of headers available as well, such as grommet, pinch pleat, and rod pocket. You can get an estimate quickly using the tool on the website; pairs of curtains tend to start around $350 and quickly go up from there. There are more than 600 fabrics available, but shoppers report that S&N's customer service reps are helpful and patient when reached by phone or text with questions, and the first 30 fabric swatches requested are free of charge.
Smith & Noble recently offered a 25 percent off storewide code that included free design help and measurements, and when you select fabric, you can filter it to only select options that are on sale. The company also offers free in-person measuring and installation, which starts at $99. If you use the measuring and installation services and your drapes don't fit, Smith & Noble will replace them at their expense. If you do it on your own and let them know within 60 days that they don't fit, you'll get a 50 percent credit of the original purchase price, and they will remake a new set. That same policy (50 percent credit) applies if you just simply don't like what you've purchased. All drapes are also covered by the company's limited lifetime warranty.
Products made in fair-labor conditions
Somewhat small selection
Founder and textile designer Annie Selke, who originally hails from Massachusetts, is also the visionary behind brands Pine Cone Hill (bedding) and Albert & Dash (rugs). The company is based in Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains, where the two retail stores are located, but you can also find shops that sell Selke's products using the store locator.
There are around 50 different curtain panels sold online, and they include lined, sheer, linen, and cotton options. There's no customization available, but there are around 20 different sizes offered, though not every panel comes in every size. You can search by size, color, material, and more, and also filter by on-sale options. There aren't many choices that would work as blackout, but there are a few options in the lined curtains section that should be fairly dark, like the Anatolia Linen Panel, which is reminiscent of an Oriental rug.
For shoppers looking for deals, there is a sale section that includes several curtains, and the company also runs sale events with promotional codes, which are often flagged at the top of the site.
Quirky, eclectic styles
Lots of interesting details
Unusual hardware and tie-backs
Search is limited
Items sell out quickly
Anthropologie has more than 200 locations in the United States. Originally just a clothing store, in recent years, it has become known for its home decor items, which, like its fashion offerings, have an eclectic and free-spirited feel.
A search on the AnthroLiving Home area of the website brings up more than 100 curtain choices, though it's smart to use the "ready to ship" filter, so you won't fall in love with a style only to discover it's on backorder. You can sort results by price, color, brand, and size, but it would be nice to be able to add additional categories like style or vibe (such as boho or farmhouse).
Anthropologie is best for those who want curtains to make a big impact. These 100 percent cotton Blockprinted Formation Curtains from Jen Hewett were inspired by scarf designs, and these cotton-linen Lisette Curtains have a whimsical bird motif that would spruce up a bedroom. There is a wide range of materials that includes heavier fabrics as well—the Louise Curtains are made of a rich-looking polyester velvet that can be machine-washed and comes in a range of colors.
If you're looking for sale items, you can simply go directly to the "Rugs and Curtains" section of the sale area, and at any given time, you'll probably find a handful of discounted curtains. Anthropologie also runs frequent sale events and offers coupon codes to newsletter subscribers.
Lots of options
Quality can be mixed
Some items don't have many reviews
Lowe's is a longtime home improvement retailer with more than 2,200 locations in the United States. They have a robust selection of curtains—more than 5,000 at the time of this writing—but as with other large companies, their website is easy to search and navigate. There's a wide range of brands like Safavieh, Nicole Miller, Tommy Bahama, and Martha Stewart.
Customers can sort search results by the usual categories like brand, style, price, color, and pattern and also opt to hide unavailable items. Prices range from affordable choices like these gauzy Allen + Roth Sheer Rod Pocket Panels, which are just $7 each, to Designart's 108-inch decorative Room-Darkening Panels, which are made with eco-friendly ink and retail for nearly $200 each. Our testers praised the Best Home Fashion Blackout Curtains for their ability to guard against noise and help provide thermal insulation.
In the savings section, customers can filter by category and find daily deals. Lowe's also publishes their weekly ad online, which has a guide to all the current discounts.
1 percent of purchase price goes back to charity
Funky but elegant aesthetic
Unique look isn't for everyone
Mexicali Blues was founded in 1988 by Grateful Dead fans Pete and Kim Erskine in Portland, Maine. It now encompasses five retail stores in Maine, a textile brand, and a website. They have pledged to give 1 percent of each purchase to causes like earthquake relief, drinking water projects, and school construction in remote regions and have donated half a million dollars to charitable causes thus far.
Their Recycled Silk Panel and Recycled Patchwork Sari Valance are made in India using upcycled silk saris and consist of six different fabric strips that have been sewn together. Note that when you are buying these, you're choosing one of six general colorways but opting to, as the site says, "let the universe decide which one is right for you."
For those who want a more uniform look (and more control over the process), Mexicali Blues sells Sari-Inspired Floral Curtain Panels, which are made in India, and the Batik Curtain Panels from Bali, and both are made from a single piece of fabric.
Mexicali Blues is committed to paying fair wages to their artisans and designers who live overseas. The company runs specials, such as 10 percent off all tie-dyed items during a given month, and also has a sale section, but this isn't fast fashion, so customers shouldn't expect huge or frequent sales.
If you're on a tight budget, know pretty much what you want, and don't mind weeding through tons of options, consider a major retailer like Target or Amazon. Smaller companies, like Pepper Home and Annie Selke, offer more unexpected and fashion-forward fabrics—but expect higher price points. Pottery Barn strikes a balance between the two categories, as they're a larger company but have many unusual and distinctive options and may also have frequent sales and coupon codes to help offset the price.
When's the best time to buy new curtains?
"If you're looking for a major curtain overhaul throughout your home, consider holding off for one of the major holidays that's bound to come with major sales, like Memorial Day, July 4th, or Black Friday," says Goerzen. She also suggests swapping out your curtains when you want a change of color palette or something to mark a new season. "Whether it's breezy spring or cozy fall, if you're looking to welcome a change of season, consider swapping to sheer curtains or a more luxurious velvet," she says.
How often should you replace your curtains?
There isn't a hard-and-fast rule—instead, let your intuition guide you. "My recommendation is to keep an eye on them for either extreme fading due to harsh sunlight or wear and tear—things like pet hair or snags," says Goerzen. Depending on the material, dusting, gently vacuuming, machine-washing, or dry-cleaning should also help prolong their life and keep them looking fresh. However, you may also find yourself naturally gravitating to new textiles every few years. "I had some bold navy velvet curtains that I loved for several years, but I wanted to update our living room to feel lighter, fresher, and a little more timeless, so I ultimately swapped them out for a more neutral and natural linen material," Goerzen shares.
Is it better to buy curtains online or in person?
Although it's always nice to see and feel the materials in person, shopping online offers an impressive array of choices. "I tend to scour online and narrow down my selections. Then, I'll buy three or four options with flexible return policies so I can see the fabric, color, and design in real life," says Goerzen. Textile-focused companies like Pottery Barn, Annie Selke, Pepper Home, and Smith & Noble also offer free or inexpensive swatches. Note that custom-made curtains won't be eligible for returns, so it's best to try to at least get a sense of the fabric first.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Lexi Dwyer has contributed to The Spruce since 2019 and often writes about home-related topics like faux fur blankets and woven baskets. She has experience with the majority of brands on this list. To compile her curtain sources, she spent several hours doing research and tried to include a mix of larger companies with a wide range of price points, as well as smaller retailers doing creative and unusual things. She considered things like the number of brands sold, the number of styles offered, customization options, customer satisfaction, and policies like shipping and returns. For additional insight, she spoke to Heather Goerzen, design editor at Havenly, an online interior design service.