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October 11, 2023

Nursery Curtains: Ideas & How to Choose

If you’re looking for nursery curtains, you’re likely interested in creating a soft, elegant and inviting ambiance for your nursery. Choosing the right drapery for your nursery will depend not only on your aesthetic preferences but also your needs in terms of functionality, light and privacy control and safety.

So how do you choose the right nursery curtains? First, learn about the overarching benefits of drapery for your nursery and get answers to a few common questions. Then, discover specific factors to consider when choosing nursery curtains so you can make the most informed decisions. Finally, explore your drapery options in terms of pleat style and spark your creativity with inspiring ideas from curated nursery rooms.  

Why Choose Drapery for a Nursery

Drapery is a beautiful and functional choice for a nursery and delivers several unique benefits, including:

Nursery curtains made of Tailored Pleat Drapery in Linen, Ivory, offer a soft off-white color to peach colored walls
  • A soft, welcoming aesthetic thanks to the long, elegant panels of fabric.
  • Several pleat styles varying from modern to traditional to suit your aesthetic style.
  • Hundreds of fabrics ranging in color, pattern, texture, weight and more so you can find the right combination for the perfect look.
  • Lining options including privacy lining, blackout lining and interlining for better privacy, light control and insulation to keep your nursery darker and cooler to promote better sleep.
  • Beautiful hardware with safe, cordless control options, including traditional rod and ring hardware with a baton, modern track systems with a baton for easy functionality and motorized track systems for effortless control.

Pictured: Outer Layer: Tailored Pleat Drapery, Linen in Ivory with Samuel & Sons Sorrento Cotton Striped in Sand and Inner Layer: Waterfall Woven Wood Shade, Sienna in Ivory, design by Ariel Okin, photography by Donna Dotan

Even knowing the benefits of nursery curtains, you may still have a couple of burning questions. Here are a couple quick FAQs to put your mind at ease:

Are Curtains OK for a Nursery?

Yes, nursery curtains are a safe choice, especially when you choose cordless control options such as a baton with your track system vs a corded loop. Motorized track systems are another safe choice as the cords for a power source can often be placed well out of reach, or with a battery power source, you won’t have any power cords at all.

Does a Nursery Need Blackout Curtains?

No, blackout curtains for nursery rooms are not necessary, as it will depend on the room and your baby’s needs. However, it is typically recommended that babies have complete darkness to help them sleep best. So, to ensure the best environment for sleep, blackout curtains for nursery rooms are a great idea as they’ll block most of the light during the day for nap time and provide greater room darkening at bedtime. To achieve the best blackout from your drapery, choose a thicker fabric like wool or velvet and add blackout lining.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Nursery Curtains

Now that you have a good understanding of why nursery curtains are a good choice, it’s time to think about the specific factors you need to consider when choosing drapey for a nursery.

Functionality & Hardware

In a nursery, you’ll likely be adjusting your drapery a lot: closing it for nap time, opening it for feeding time, closing them again for bedtime, etc. Functionality and ease of use are hugely important for your curtains, and since not all pleat styles are compatible with all drapery hardware and control types, you’ll need to consider your functionality needs when making your selections. For instance, if you’re set on a track system, your pleat style options are limited since some, like Grommet Drapery, are not compatible with track systems — standard with a baton or motorized. For less functional drapery pleat styles and hardware, these are often best used in a decorative application where they’re layered with Shades or Blinds which will act as the more functional option to open and close regularly.

Pictured: Ripple Fold Drapery, Luxe Linen in Beige, designed by Becca Tobin, photography by Katie Jameson

Nursery curtains made of Ripple Fold Drapery in Luxe Linen, Beige, complement the wood crib with a warn, soft, neutral look


When it comes to nursery curtains, safety is of paramount importance. The control you choose for your drapery plays a big role in safety, and your best bet is to choose options with control types featuring a Best for Kids® certification which indicates it has been tested and is deemed safe for kids by the Window Coverings Safety Council. Our cordless drapery, including rod and ring hardware, track systems with a baton (pictured) and motorized track systems are certified Best for Kids.

A pile of swatches made of Sunbrella Alma shows the soft texture and neutral colors of this OEKO-Tex certified material


When choosing your drapery fabric, it’s not just about how it looks and feels. You’ll want to consider its material makeup to ensure it’s safe for your sensitive newborn. Natural materials made with minimal or no chemical compounds are an excellent choice and you can identify these options as those with an OEKO-TEX® certification. Examples include Luxe Linen, Osprey, and Victoria Hagan’s Oceana. Synthetic materials can also be a safer choice with green certifications like OEKO-TEX and GreenGuard®, which measures the chemical emissions of materials. Examples of green-certified synthetics include: Sunbrella® Alma (pictured) and Neblina, and Victoria Hagan’s Breeze.


Lining can make a big difference in the atmosphere of your nursery. It can give you blackout curtains for nursery windows that block light for a better room darkening effect. Lining can also do more than provide light control; it can also block a draft and warming sunlight to keep the room temperate and even block sound for a more tranquil environment.

Your options for lining include:

  • Privacy lining, which provides excellent privacy, some insulation and some room darkening, while still letting some natural light filter through.
  • Blackout lining, which gives you blackout curtains for nursery windows, providing excellent privacy and a room darkening effect, along with better insulation.
  • Interlining, which is an additional cotton flannel lining in between either privacy or blackout lining that adds lots of body to your drapery and provides the best in insulation as well as adding to your privacy and a room darkening effect.

Color & Pattern

The aesthetics of your nursery curtains are purely down to your preferences, but there are certain factors to consider before you make your selections. Namely, the longevity of your design choice. If you choose a child-friendly color or pattern such as a bright pink like Canvas in Petal, you may need to consider the possibility of swapping out your drapery as your child ages and their tastes change. Or if you prefer to make a longer-term investment in your drapery, choose a more neutral color or pattern that will grow with your child as they age.  

Nursery Curtains: Product Options

With insight into how to choose nursery curtains, you’re ready to explore your product options so you can find the right look with the right functionality for your space.

Functional Pleat Styles

These styles of drapery are easy to use on a daily basis, so you can adjust them for naptime, bedtime, and more. They are all compatible with track systems with a baton as well as motorized track systems. These styles will be best suited as blackout curtains for nursery rooms since you’ll be able to more easily adjust your nursery curtains to achieve a room darkening effect when needed. Tailored and Pinch Pleat are also compatible with rod and ring curtain rods, which can be easy to use as well, depending on the rod’s height and whether or not you have a baton or pull the fabric panels.

Decorative Pleat Styles

These styles are all compatible with a traditional curtain rod, and a few are also compatible with track systems. However, they are either somewhat difficult to adjust, or their pleats do not look their best in certain positions without significant dressing (adjusting the pleats by hand). Therefore, they are best used decoratively as standalone panels, perhaps paired with blackout Roman Shades or Roller Shades.

Ideas for Nursery Curtains

Now that you know what factors you need to think through when choosing nursery curtains as well as your pleat style options, dive into inspiring examples of curated nurseries to spark your own ideas.

Warm Tones & Layered Textures

Nursery curtains made of Aberdeen in Bisque complement other textures in the room like wallpaper and woven textiles
Pictured: Inner Layer: Waterfall Woven Wood Shade, Laguna in Shell and Outer Layer: Tailored Pleat Drapery, Aberdeen in Bisque, design by Mindy Gayer, photography by Vanessa Lentine

Instead of using colors to create design dimension in your nursery, use patterns and textures. A subtle plaid pattern for your drapery, like Aberdeen, layered with a Woven Wood Shade made of Laguna in Shell creates two layers of different textures without being overwhelming. Adding in other textures and patterns, all using the same warm-toned color scheme creates even more depth and dimension, like patterned wallpaper, woven baskets and textiles like pillows and blankets.

Get the Look

A product image of Tailored Pleat Drapery shows the three-finger pleats pinched at the very top of the panel

Tailored Pleat Drapery with Blackout Lining

Tailored Pleat Drapery delivers an elongated look that adds a sense of height to the room. Plus, blackout curtains for nursery windows darken the room perfectly for sleep.

A display of Wrought Iron Hardware shows the character-rich aesthetic of these distressed metal tones

Wrought Iron Hardware, Black

Wrought Iron Hardware is a rod and ring system that delivers beautiful, character-rich designs. The sleek Black rod with a matte finish contrasts nicely with the warm, light cream colors of the room.

A swatch of Aberdeen in Bisque shows the plaid pattern and warm colors of the fabric that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Aberdeen, Bisque

A plaid pattern with subtle lines, Aberdeen in Bisque adds an inviting warm color as well as a touch of visual interest to your space, all without overwhelming other design elements in your room.

More Material Options

A swatch of Highland in Driftwood shows the loose check pattern and warm colors that make it ideal as nursery curtains

highland, Driftwood

A swatch of Osprey Check in Parchment shows the tight check pattern and warm colors that make it ideal as nursery curtains

osprey Check, Parchment

A swatch of Emerson in Shea shows the complex plaid pattern and warm colors that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Holland & Sherry, Emerson, Shea

Soft, Neutral Color Scheme

Nursery curtains made of Windsor Stripe in Taupe offer subtle visual interest to a modern nursery filled with soft neutrals
Pictured: Tailored Pleat Drapery, Windsor Stripe in Taupe, design by Studio McGee

Sticking to a neutral color palette doesn’t have to be boring. Mixing subtle patterns and different shades of the same color scheme can create a multi-dimensional, contemporary look for your nursery. Contrast the soft, muted beiges and tans in your drapery and furniture with bright off-white furniture and décor elements. Burnished gold and bronze elements like a mirror frame and drapery hardware add subtle metallic elements that contrast the soft textiles in the rest of the space.

Get the Look

A product image of Tailored Pleat Drapery shows the three-finger pleats pinched at the very top of the panel

Tailored Pleat Drapery with Privacy Lining

Tailored Pleat Drapery creates a modern, streamlined look that’s accentuated by the striped fabric chosen. Privacy lining provides excellent privacy while still letting some soft light in.

A display of Madison Hardware shows three colored rods and three types of finials all of which are modern and sleek

Madison Track, Bronze

Embrace a modern look and easy functionality with a Madison Track that allows you to effortlessly pull your drapery back and forth. The Bronze color adds a warm metallic element that complements other warm tones.  

A swatch of Windsor Stripe in Taupe shows the pinstripe pattern and warm colors that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Windsor Stripe, Taupe

A subtle pinstripe pattern, Windsor Stripe adds a touch of visual interest without pulling away from other design elements in the room. Plus, the soft Taupe color creates a feeling of inviting warmth.

More Material Options

A swatch of Awning Stripe in Fawn shows the thick striped pattern and warm colors that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Awning Stripe, Fawn

A swatch of Alejo in Willow shows the stripe pattern with hand-drawn details that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Nate Berkus, Alejo, Willow

A swatch of Lily in Buff shows the subtle stripes that add elegance to any space and makes it ideal as nursery curtains

Victoria Hagan, Lily, Buff

Off-White Linen with Decorative Pink Tape

Nursery curtains made of Tailored Pleat Drapery in Luxe Linen Oyster add a creamy warm tone to a nursery will pink walls
Pictured: Tailored Pleat Drapery, Luxe Linen in Oyster with Samuel & Sons Trim Sakiori Embroidered in Blush, design by Ariel Okin, photography by Donna Dotan

For a more playful take on your nursery design, opt for a traditional color scheme like pink for a girl or blue for a boy. Incorporating one of these traditional colors can be as subtle or as bold as you please. For a subtle addition, add pink or blue decorative tape, like Sakiori Embroidered in Blush or Porcelain to your neutral off-white drapery. To add bolder elements, paint your walls pink or blue or work in other larger elements like artwork, furniture or bedding textiles with these colors.

A product image of Tailored Pleat Drapery shows the three-finger pleats pinched at the very top of the panel

Tailored Pleat Drapery with Blackout Lining

Tailored Pleat Drapery, even on a smaller window, adds height to the room. With blackout curtains for nursery windows, you’ll create a tranquil environment for sleep.

A display of Steel Hardware shows four shiny rods with different colors ranging from light silver to deep bronze

Steel Hardware, Antique Bronze

A rod and ring system, Steel Hardware delivers finishes ranging from matte to a metallic sheen. Antique Bronze features a matte finish and deep bronze color for a character-rich look.

A swatch of Luxe Linen in Oyster shows a light off white color and a durable weave making it ideal as nursery curtains

Luxe Linen

A heavyweight linen, Luxe Linen features a beautiful, durable weave ideal for children’s rooms. Warm, off-white Oyster is an inviting soft hue that complements pink beautifully.

A swatch of Sakiori Embroidered trim in Blush shows a geometric pattern in white over a pink backdrop

Samuel & Sons Sakiori Embroidered, Blush

The hexagonal satin stitch embroidered over the linen canvas background gives this trim a bold yet versatile design. The light pink color is charming and sweet for a girl’s room.

More Material Options

A swatch of Shoreline in Pearl shows an off white color with texture and a loose weave that make it ideal as nursery curtains

Shoreline, Pearl

A swatch of Sheer Wool Blend in Bisque shows a warm beige color and soft texture making it ideal as nursery curtains

Sheer Wool Blend, Bisque

A swatch of Andes in Vanilla shows a creamy light yellow color and soft touch making it ideal as nursery curtains

Holland & Sherry, Andes, Vanilla

Start Designing Your Perfect Nursery Curtains

With insight and inspiration for nursery curtains, you’re ready to start designing your own Drapery. The best place to start is to order free swatches of your favorite Drapery fabrics in either neutral tones or bold colors. If you’re thinking of laying your nursery curtains with Shades or Blinds, be sure to order swatches of those materials as well to compare at home and see which colors and finishes pair well with each other. For any questions about lining for blackout curtains for nursery designs or other lining or layering options, be sure to visit your local showroom where you can connect with our expert Design Consultants who can help guide you toward the right options.

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