What’s the difference between drapes and curtains?

While drapes and curtains seem similar, they each have their own unique features. Length is one of the main differences—drapes are floor-length, while curtains usually cover the windowsill. Drapes give a room a more formal look, and are often made of thicker fabrics, which require heavier rods and brackets for support. Curtains are lighter-weight, are often sheer and give a room a relaxed look.