When Curtains May Be a Better Option Than Blinds or Shades

When it comes to window treatments for any room of your home, you want to think seriously about your choices before you shop, as these items can either add to the look of the space or make it seem drab and dull. While blinds, shutters, shades and other such choices all have their advantages, there are times when curtains can be the best choice. Note a few considerations to keep in mind so you know the best option for every room of your home and when to choose curtains versus any other window treatment.

Older windows

If your home has older windows, chances are they're somewhat draughty. This happens when the window frames pull away from the frame of the home, as the home settles and shifts over time or as the wood expands and contracts from absorbing moisture and then drying out. Rather than invest in brand new windows, you might opt for thick curtains. These will help to block out some of that cold air in wintertime and warm air during summer. Hang them as close to the wall as possible for maximum insulating value and be sure you choose an insulating material such as wool or cotton, versus a thin nylon curtain.

It's noisy outside

Along with insulating your interior space from air that might leak through draughty windows, thick curtains can also provide a sound barrier. The cloth material will absorb soundwaves, whereas blinds and shades, especially those made with any type of metal, might actually conduct sound and make it worse. Curtains can also help insulate against noise inside a room, so they're good for the living area or family room where the TV or stereo might be located. Some people even hang curtains along the walls of such room, to help insulate against the noise when others in the home need a bit of quiet.

You need maximum sun blockage

If someone in the family suffers from migraines or has skin that is very sensitive to sunlight, or for homes in tropical areas with lots of light, curtains usually do a better job of blocking that sunlight than blinds or shades. This can also be a good choice for bedrooms that are under a streetlight or near a street where headlights might shine across the room at night; even the most snug-fitting blinds and shades will still let in that light, interrupting your sleep. Thick and heavy curtains with very dense weave may actually black out the light and the room itself.