How to Choose Between Curtains and Blinds [See the Difference!]

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See The Difference Between Blinds and Curtains

Undecided between blinds and curtains? Here we list all the differences to help you make the best choice for your home or business!

DESIGN

The design of curtains varies significantly with a wide range of styles that can add warmth to any room.

A curtain can be made from a number of different materials with either a pattern or a solid color.

Materials range from silk, linen, and lace to more modern synthetic fabrics made from polyester.

Horizontal and vertical blinds, also have variety in design and look based on the material that is used in their construction.

Venetian blinds, for example, have been around for centuries and have the same overall design they always have.

The only difference is the materials that are available to make them just right for your decor!

Common materials used to construct a window blind include hardwood, faux wood, aluminum, vinyl or fabric.

Blinds can be found in any color from black to purple and everything in between.

COST & INSTALLATION

The cost of window curtains and blinds varies significantly based on the materials used in their construction.

Curtains can be the easiest to install with the parts consisting of an appropriate strength curtain rod and the curtains.

On the other hand, as the design of curtains has progressed there are many options to consider including automatic curtains that are controlled by a remote or light switch.

These will involve much more technical expertise and come with additional costs.

Blind installation will always be a custom-designed process that is based on each window or door being covered.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

You might find yourself wisely on the lookout for the most cost-efficient and energy-saving products for your home.

The type of window treatments you choose for your home may also provide an energy-efficient benefit for your wallet.

Thermal curtains can be used to regulate temperatures in extreme climates. While you may gain energy savings you may sacrifice your ability to vary how much natural light is allowed into the room.

High-quality blinds can be used in a similar way for different purposes in winter and summer months.

Blinds can block or reflect heat as the sun shines during the day in the summer and can be opened to gain the solar heat from the sun during winter months.

MAINTENANCE & LIFESPAN

It is recommended that window blinds be dusted and spot cleaned year-round although curtains may not need to be cleaned as often as blinds.

Blinds are more likely to catch dust due to static electricity depending on the material they are made from. They also have flat surfaces that dust will land on and accumulate

Dusting curtains while generally required a handheld vacuum, and stain removal requires specialized cleaning products based on the material used in their construction.

Be sure to follow the instructions listed on labels for cleaning your window coverings.

LIGHT & PRIVACY

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The amount of light that is let into your home through windows and glass doors is based largely on what types of treatments you choose for your windows.

Blinds and shutters offer more control over the amount of natural light you would like in the room as they can be partially opened.

Sliding curtains are limited in how much light comes in as they will be open or closed.

You may consider multiple layers of curtains with one layer providing a sheer white or gray covering to allow light but retain privacy during the day.

The second layer can be a thicker material and will provide privacy at night as well as the ability to blackout the room if need be.

Roman shades provide another unique type of light control and design.

SAFETY

Any window treatments that have cords or chains should be secured to protect children and pets.

Fortunately, many new designs come with cordless options providing added protection.

Can Blinds and Curtains Be Used Together?

Get the best of both worlds by layering one window treatment with another.

Let us show you how to get the perfect look for each room you are sure to love.

How Do You Choose?

Trust the window covering experts to help you choose the best design and provide you with professional installation and support.

With free consultations, we let you decide what looks best for your living spaces.

We help you have confidence in your choices so you know you are getting the right products and the right price from the right company.

We are here for you! Call us now at (928) 778 4799 or use our email address to contact us.

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Tom Binkley

Voted the Best of Business in Quad Cities Business News in 2021. Apart from serving his community with quality window treatments and service, Tom also enjoys traveling, boating, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

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