See 100+ short retro window curtains & cafe curtains that were essential ’70s home decor

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Hundreds of short retro window curtains cafe curtains 1970s
In the years before many Americans turned to window blinds, most homes had short curtains — as opposed to floor-length drapes — in their windows.

Made in a variety of fabrics, colors and patterns, these vintage “shorty” curtains were often sold in sets — sometimes with multiple tiers, or accessories like canopies, swags and valances.

Here, you can take a look back into the seventies to remember more than 100 different kinds of these retro window curtains, including sheers, tie-backs and cafe curtains!

Colorful chef print and swag kitchen curtains from 1973

Colorful chef print and swag kitchen curtains from 1973


Colorful vintage-style cafe curtains from the 70s – floral and gingham

Colorful vintage-style cafe curtains from the 70s - floral and gingham


Cute country-kitchen curtains with canopy from 1973

Cute country-kitchen curtains with canopy from 1973


Retro curtains from the 1970s – Tempo contemporary pattern

Retro curtains from the 1970s - Tempo pattern


Flocked Dacron polyester marquisette retro window curtains

Breezy. 8 feet wide. White snowflake dots. Rod-pocket tops. 5-in. bottom; 34-in. side hems. Hand wash, drip dry, touch-up iron. 3 prs. tiers; valance extra. State color number 20-frosty pink 29-sunshine yellow 941-Winter White

Toppers: 70×38 in. long. Deep 6-in. ruffles have 1-1/2 to 1 fullness. For windows wider than 42 in., use extra valance (E) below. Tiebacks included.

Country Kitchen: No-iron Fiberglas in bold sunfast colors

Classic print tier curtain with rod-pocket top. Fiberglas glass fabric resists kitchen dirt and grease. Flame resistant, won’t sag, stretch, or mildew.

2-in. bottom; 1A-in. side hems. Hand wash, drip dry; no ironing. Shown: 2 prs.; valance extra. NOTE: For best fullness, order prs. and valance to cover 2 to 3 times total measured window width.

Flocked Dacron polyester marquisette and Country Kitchen vintage 70s curtains

Crewel-print floral print on cotton - Vintage curtains

Bright and bold retro daisy print shorty and cafe curtains from 1973

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Cute retro kitchen and cafe curtains with canopies


Pinch-pleated prints in 3 styles – Vintage 70s curtains

Pinch-pleated prints in 3 styles - Vintage 70s curtains


Tradewinds shorty retro window curtains

A pinch-pleated shorty that takes active living — beautifully, with little effort from you.

NEATNIKS machine wash, medium; tumble dry; rehang. Woven with 72 heavy threads per square inch. 1-1/2-inch side, 3-inch bottom hems. Gold-Color rings (fit rods) on all lengths thru 45 inches (lengths stated include rings). Unlined.

Tradewinds pinch-pleated vintage shorty curtain

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Spindrift short vintage curtains

Slightly-slubbed, DuPont Dacron polyester fabric woven with 150 threads per square inch. Deep 3-fold pinch pleats, 4-inch headings, 3-inch bottom. 1-1/2 inch side hems. Gold color rings on all lengths through 45 inches.

Spindrift short vintage curtains


A go-everywhere Perma-Prest tier curtain: Windsong

Almost 7 feet wide. Luxurious, easy-care sheer of 70% rayon and 30% DuPont Dacron polyester. Rod-pocket top. Extra-deep 5-inch lockstitched bottom; 1-inch blindstitched side hems.

NEATNIKS like the Sears Lab-tested and approved PERMA-PREST, no-iron performance when machine washed, med., tumble dried.

State color/number: 504—Lemon yellow; 603—Indian Orange; 908—Avocado Heather; 17—Raspberry

Retro Perma-Prest tier curtain Windsong

 

Jacquard-woven floral motif - Retro window curtains

Retro 70s Fiberglas curtains with pinch pleats


Retro curtains: Shorties of heavy cotton

Vibrant designs printed with 4 to 6 separate color rollers for sharp, clear color reproductions. Full-bodied cotton woven with 154 threads per sq. in. NEATNIKS like the PERMA-PREST curtains because Sears Lab approved them for no-iron performance when tumble dried. Just machine wash, med.

Deep 4-in. pleats backed and tacked to prevent popping out when washed. Blindstitched 3-in. bottom; 114in. side hems. Unlined. Removable brass-colored rings (fit 1/2-in. rods) on 24, 30, 36, 45-in. sizes. (Lengths stated include rings.) “Swinger” and “One Little Indian” bedspreads sold separately.

Flower polka: Colorful bouquets in field of dots

Colors: Cherry red, tawny gold

Retro curtains Shorties of heavy cotton from the 1970s (2)


Bottled up: Light, bright kitchen pattern

Colors: Strawberry pink, apple green, melon

Retro curtains - Shorties of heavy cotton from the 1970s (3)


One little Indian – and lions, too… for young at heart

Shorty curtain colors: Apple Green, Pumpkin, Federal Indigo, Flag Red

Retro curtains - Shorties


Lemontree shorty curtains: Warm, decorative dinette or kitchen print

Colors: Lemon yellow bright & Sapphire

Retro curtains Shorties of heavy cotton


Vintage ’70s floral window curtains with valance

Vintage 70s floral window curtains with valance

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Blackhawk vintage curtains with knit trim

Blackhawk. Either style comes in natural or colored backgrounds to go with any period of furniture. Knitted trim of 98% cotton, 2% rayon adds to the homespun look.

1-inch looped bottom fringe. Fabric has 72 sturdy threads per square inch; weighs 5.47 ounces per square yard. Seamless wide widths perfect for hard-to-fit windows. The PERMA-PREST® fabric keeps NEATNIKS away from the ironing board. Just machine wash, warm; tumble dry.

Vintage window curtains - Blackhawk homespun knitted pattern

Retro short window curtain styles from 1973 (1)


Vintage shortie length curtains – Rugged cotton hopsacking with knitted trim

Vintage shortie length curtains - Rugged cotton hopsacking with knitted trim

Vintage shorty window curtains from the 1970s

Short urtains and tiers - Vintage home decor from 1973


Retro ruffled curtains & sheers

Retro ruffled curtains in pastel colors and white

Vintage window tiers elastic frame valances and canopies - 1970s home decor

Retro tiered bouffant polyester short window curtains with flocked daisies

Flock and print vintage floral pattern shorty curtains with swag topper

Vintage sheer curtains - Breezy tiers - graceful panels - Pretty Cape Cod curtains with ruffles

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Topsail vintage pattern window curtains

Adventure on the high seas. Pattern of charts and sailing ships on black waves repeats every 20 inches. Great for kitchen, breakfast nook, boy’s bedroom.

Short vintage curtains from the 1970s - Topsail pattern

Vintage alphabet print curtains and canopies

Bright juvenile pattern for kids rooms - Curtains from the seventies


Retro ruffled Cape Cod window curtains

Retro ruffled Cape Cod window curtains


Sheer ruffled vintage shorty curtains & cafe curtains

Sheer ruffled vintage shorty curtains

Vintage 70s machine washable tier curtains and toppers (1)

Vintage 70s machine washable tier curtains and toppers (2)

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Sheer ruffled curtains and tiers – Vintage home decor from 1973

Sheer ruffled curtains and tiers - Vintage home decor from 1973


Semi-sheer ruffle round curtains – Dazzle pattern

Semi-sheer ruffle round curtains - Dazzle pattern


3 color schemes of floral pattern retro window curtains

Vintage 70s machine washable tier curtains and toppers (3)


Vintage fringe-tiered window curtains of cotton muslin

Vintage fringe-tiered window curtains of cotton muslin


Retro mini drapes and panels – Curtain tiers and shirred tiers

Tailored rayon tiers, peek-a-boo style curtains and matching accessories… trimmed with two-tone cotton ball fringe.

Retro mini drapes and panels - Curtain tiers and shirred tiers


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