What Is A Headrail?

What is a headrail? I get this question all the time when people are contemplating the many customizable options that you may choose when looking for new window treatment options. Headrails are essentially the part of the blind that houses the operating system – a.k.a. the mechanisms that make our blinds go up and down. The type of window treatment you select, whether that is wood blinds, roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters, will determine what the headrail will look like.

Headrails also vary depending on how you customize your window treatment to operate, whether that is with motorization, cordless, top down bottom up, or old-fashioned cord loops. When you have two or three large windows in rows, you may opt for a 2-on-1 or 3-on-1 headrail. This just means that the two or three blinds in a row will operate under the same headrail, giving your window treatments a sleeker, continuous look at the top. Headrails can also provide a decorative touch to your windows. You may choose to color coordinate, fabric wrap, or add metallic finishes to certain products. A decorative flair gives your home a finished touch that ties together the entire look of your home.