Whether you’ve just moved home or are looking to freshen up a room, your window dressing is one of the key priorities when considering decor. But how do you choose whether to pick curtains or blinds? Are curtains or blinds best for your home?
While your decision will come down to personal taste, we’ve covered the advantages and disadvantages of both to help aid your decision.
Curtains vs Blinds: Advantages and Disadvantages
Curtains – Advantages
#1 Warmth and Insulation
During the colder months, curtains can help provide additional warmth and insulation from those pesky drafts.
This could have the added benefit of saving energy and those heating bills!
#2 Wider Range of Styles, Colours and Patterns
While the range of blind colours and styles has significantly increased in range over the years, curtains win hands down on range.
The wider range of fabric colours and textures can aid with the aesthetics of a room. Whether you are aiming for a light airy feel or looking to sue heaving fabrics such as velvet to get that cosy and luxurious feel.
#3 Can Be More Affordable
Curtains tend to be more affordable than blinds, though this of course is dependent on whether you opt for ready made or made to measure and the type of fabric you opt for. Light cotton standard size curtains will of course be much cheaper than thicker, blackout or thermal lined curtains.
Curtains – Disadvantages
In comparison to blinds, curtains do take up more room and will block some natural light even when open with tie backs.
If you are decorating a small room, depending on fabric and colour choices, this can make it feel smaller than it is.
#2 Harder to Clean
Opting for long curtains but have a room that is frequently used with children or pets? Long curtains can very quickly gather up dust, pet hair and get marked by those sticky fingers!
Cleaning curtains will typically involve removing and dry cleaning. No quick wipe over or fix!!
#3 Not Suitable for all Rooms
When it comes to moisture and a need to be waterproof, curtains won’t be top of your list! If used in these environments, there is the risk of mould and will quickly become damp.
So, if you are looking for window decor for your bathroom or kitchen, then curtains aren’t suitable for these environments.
Blinds – Advantages
#1 Great Light Control
Due to the range of styles available, blinds offer the perfect solution to controlling light. Whether you are installing one blinds or more, you can flex blinds throughout the day to achieve the light control that you need.
There are also advanced features available such as:
- Duo Roller Blinds – operating similarly to a roller blind, they have alternating strips of sheer and solid fabric that allow you to vary the amount of light that you want to flow through. Ideal if you want to enjoy natural light but with an element of privacy.
- Room Darkening Application – If you are looking for 100% blackout, this application ensures that there is no glimmer of light sneaking through the top and sides of your blind. While there are a number of ways this can be installed, typically this involves using a cassette system with headbox, side channels and bottom channel. Fabric runs within the side channels providing complete blackout of light.
#2 More Hygenic and Easier to Clean
With readily available cleaning products, you’ll be able to easily incorporate cleaning into your normal household routine.
As they don’t collect dust as quickly, they have the benefit of being more hygenic too!
#3 More Durable
If you’ve opted for blinds made of wood, then in comparison to fabric curtains, they are likely to last much longer.
Blinds – Disadvantages
#1 Need to Consider Safety
If you have children at home, then you do need to consider safety in relation to cords. If opting for blinds in a child’s room or a room they have access to, you need to ensure that your blind has no cords at all. While you could opt for chain operated, ensure that they come with a child safety clip to tie the chain off against the wall to prevent accidents by keeping it tensioned against the walls.
#2 Time to Clean
While they may be easier to clean, if you’ve opted for a slat blind, then it can be time consuming.
You will need to clean each individual slat, and carefully, to ensure you don’t damage the bind.
#3 Can Be Easily Damaged
If you’ve opted for blinds with slats, it can be tempting for family members to pop their hand through to open windows or just have a sneaky peek out the window.
This can result in damage, especially if you’ve chosen aluminum or plastic blinds.
In Summary: Should You Choose Curtains or Blinds?
Taking into account the advantages and disadvantages outlined above, we’d suggest considering the below:
- Level of privacy required;
- Size of room and window to cover;
- Room type;
- Does it need to be waterproof?; and
- The level of natural light you’d like to maintain.
Ultimately deciding between curtains and blinds will come down to personal taste, however taking time to consider these 5 points, will ensure that you choose the right window dressing for you.
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