Choosing Window Treatments

Choosing Window Treatments

How to Choose your Window Treatments

Choosing window treatments is as personal as choosing the furnishings for your home. Like all decisions in life, it’s important to weight the pros and cons. Below, we’ll discuss various factors regarding two window covering options: curtains and blinds. Either can pair nicely with your home decor, though each has its advantages and disadvantages. Before we get into the details, let’s take a quick overview of the pros and cons:


Curtains

Choosing Window Treatments

PROS
More design possibilities
Effective at blocking light
More energy efficient

CONS
More expensive
Harder to clean
Cords can be dangerous

Blinds

Choosing Window Treatments
PROS
Less expensive
Easier to clean
More light control

CONS
Minimal design
Less energy efficient
Cords can be dangerous

What to Consider

Design

Curtains can be great home decor accents. They can help coordinate the color with the rest of the room or even stand out as contrasting elements. Though blinds come in many styles and colors, they aren’t as versatile as curtains are. Curtain fabric can add a sense of warmth and coziness to a room while also acting as a type of sound proofing material. Alternatively, blinds make a room seem larger due to their unobtrusive nature.

Some may opt to use both blinds and curtains as a window treatment for a combination of style, form, and function. This is a more expensive option but it is ideal for certain applications, meeting all requirements.

 

Light & Privacy

Depending on your needs, the opacity level in curtains can block incoming light. However, blinds with horizontal or vertical slats can be adjusted to let the ideal amount of light in while still maintaining a decent level of privacy.


Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is more of a priority than it used to be. In extreme climate conditions, choosing a thermal-backed curtain can really help energy costs. You will have to accept that natural light will not make its way through because these types of curtains should be installed with a tight fit to the window frame.

Blinds will naturally block out heat and cold when closed while allowing thing traces of light to come through. This depends on their degree of opacity. They are said to be better at blocking heat than forming a barrier to cold conditions though. If you’re trying to battle the cold more than the heat, we suggest going with a curtain to maximize energy efficiency.


Safety Concerns

For the safety of young, small children, no window treatment should have hanging cords within reach. Make sure that:

  • The cords are as short as possible
  • The cord stops have been installed to limit movement
  • Continuous loop cords are anchored permanently to the wall

Choosing Window Treatments Made Easy

We hope that our guide has given you a clearer understanding of the style, function and differences between curtain and blinds. Choosing window treatments can be a tough task but now you have the knowledge and information to make the right choice. If you have any other questions or need help to get started, contact C&M Textiles today!