Before we compare blinds vs. curtains for energy-efficiency, it would help to understand what the term means in the first place. We see it everywhere, especially nowadays when climate change and global warming are widely discussed topics. In short, energy-efficiency means utilising less energy resources to achieve the same goal. For example, reducing the amount of energy to heat your home to the same level is considered being energy-efficient. In other words, getting rid of energy wastage.
There are many ways in which you can improve the energy-efficiency of your home. Window coverings are one of them, and can range from blinds to curtains and shutters. The good thing about this is that you get to tick off both style and functionality.
Glass windows are the primary reason for air transfer, and window coverings act as a barrier to prevent this. Though they may not look it, glass panes are quite problematic and affect the heating and cooling of your home. Some spend a small fortune on double-glazing and insulating window frames, but a cheaper and effective option is definitely window coverings.
So let’s take a look at blinds vs. curtains here, for a more detailed insight into the topic as a whole.
1. Are Blinds Better Than Curtains?
We’re going to start this one off by saying that both types of window coverings can be energy-efficient. With curtains however, blockouts are better suited for this purpose as they consist of a thicker layer than sheer curtains. Adding a pelmet at the top will also further help with insulation, while also creating a more streamlined look. Additionally, if they can just ‘kiss’ the ground and extend across the sides, so much the better. Look up tips on how to choose the right curtains for your home to really get stuck into the topic.
With blinds you’ll be spoilt for choice considering the expansive variety that’s available. You can insulate in style, so energy-efficiency doesn’t have to look like a bore. For instance, you could opt for honeycomb blinds which are especially designed for insulation for your living room. Then you could opt for Roman blinds in other rooms, or even combine roller blinds with sheers for functionality and ambience.
You can personally style your window furnishings to match both traditional and modern homes. While it ultimately boils down to your preference, curtains typically look great in large spacious rooms and blinds in smaller ones. You just want to be sure that your blinds are measured and fitted well for best results.
2. Why You Should Consider Installing Blinds
If you’re having a hard time making a decision, here’s a look at why you should consider installing blinds:
- Cost-effective: Blinds can be a more affordable option than curtains. So if you’re on a budgetary constraint, this could be a good route for you. DIY blinds in particular will further reduce costs and give you bang for your buck.
- Enhanced light and privacy control: Curtains, as beautiful as they are, can only be opened or closed. Blinds on the other hand offer more precise light and privacy control. Venetian blinds for instance consist of individual slats, which can be tilted depending on your needs. Double-roller blinds offer two blinds on one bracket, typically a blockout with a sunscreen/ light filter. This helps keep light out fully or filter it when necessary. Plus, they can help control views from the outside-in and vice versa.
- Easy to clean: Let’s face it, we’re all busy bees nowadays. The mere thought of unhooking your curtains and putting them to wash can be too much at times. Then of course, they’ve got to go back up. Blinds however, are super easy to clean. All you need to do is wipe them down with a duster. For stains, use a slightly damp cloth. A handheld vacuum cleaner can also help keep dust at bay. At no point will you need to remove the blinds.
- Expansive range of options: Really, it’s incredible. Blinds have come a long way since their inception, and today sport a variety of styles. So you get to customise your kitchen, bathroom and hall just the way you want. From simple rollers to double-rollers, Romans, Venetians, panel blinds and more, the range is truly expansive. They can also be personalised according to your specific needs, in your choice of colours, textures, fabrics and patterns.
3. Why You Should Consider Installing Curtains
That being said, of course there are times when curtains might be the better choice. Let’s find out why:
- Timeless aesthetic: Curtains have been around since way back when. In fact, you probably can’t remember a time when they weren’t present. To-date, they continue to be a staple in interior design, and it’s easy to see why. They’re dripping with drama and sophistication, and have the ability to effortlessly elevate a room from 0-100.
- Full privacy and sun protection: Blockout curtains don’t mess around when it comes to privacy and protection from the sun. When they are drawn, they well and truly blockout light during the day and light from the street too. Plus, their thick layers ensure zero visibility into your home so nobody can see inside. Great for windows that face the neighbours or passers-by. Blockout curtains also offer insulation properties.
- Drama and sophistication: Sometimes, you just need that extra dose of personality for a space. Curtains help you achieve that effortlessly. You can customise the heading style from S-wave to pencil pleats and double-pinch pleats for instance, which determines the drape. Then you can also combine blockouts and sheers for double the functionality and ambience. Tall, wide windows in particular look stunning dressed in this combination.
DIY window furnishings are always a great way to deck your home out luxuriously without the heavy price tag. Our DIY range of blinds and curtains are available in a wide range of styles and colours to suit every taste. Plus, it certainly beats off-the-shelf options. The benefits of having custom-made roller blinds for instance, is a perfect, glove-like fit. This in turn ensures maximum functionality.
We hope the above has shed some light on both blinds and curtains, and what to expect. Of course you’re likely to have more questions, and we encourage you to reach out and ask us. Our team is always here to help iron out any queries you might have. We can help you find the perfect window furnishing solutions for your needs.