Blinds or curtains – what to choose?

blinds or curtains

Window treatments are an essential part of any room’s interior. Not only are they stylish, they also help to increase a room’s privacy, maintain the right temperature and most importantly, control the amount of lighting that comes through the windows.

However, it’s quite difficult to choose which one to install in your room since there are so many different options out there. There’s day night blinds, curtains, drapes and other variants which are all gorgeous and offer their own advantages.

In this article, we will help you determine which of these ones are better for your home, by comparing the two main types of window treatments which are blinds and curtains.

Blinds are pricier

While blinds are more easily manufactured and require less time to be made, they often are a bit more expensive than curtains since they use more expensive materials. However, it takes just around 20 minutes to be installed on a window, which makes installation more easy.

If you want to save money on them, your best bet would be to choose plastic blinds which are the cheapest on the market. For a more classy look of course, you can choose vinyl or wooden blinds which come for a bit of a higher price.

In comparison, curtains are a cheaper option, however they do take more time to install. Typically it can take at least an hour for a professional to take care of everything.

Blinds give more control over light

Venetian blinds, for example, can be operated in two modes when it comes to controlling light. The cord at the top can let you lower your blinds to the required height, while the secondary wand will allow you to tilt the blinds the way you want them to control the light flow.

Depending on the blind model however, some blinds can still allow a bit of light to come through even when you’ve closed them entirely. Curtains on the other hand, can block light completely, albeit with very little light control.

It’s easier to clean blinds

From time to time, you’ll want to clean up your window treatments. With blinds it’s much easier to do so since you’ll only need a cloth to brush away any dust that’s on them. You can do that for the sides, as well as the main surface and after you’re done on one side, simply rotate them to the other side to clean the other one.

Curtains on the other are much more difficult to maintain. You’ll need to vacuum them carefully from top to bottom in order to clean them up from the surface. Stains however will require you to scrub them with a cleaning product.

Apply it and wait for a couple minutes, clean them and dry them.

Blinds are a long-term solution

If you maintain your blinds properly, it’s not difficult to keep them in perfect shape for at least 15 years. Whether its plastic ones, vinyl, aluminium or any other, they simply are sturdier than your normal curtains.

And of course, there’s the everyday wear and tear which curtains also don’t have a very good answer to. Curtains usually stay on for about 10 years. After that, you’ll have to replace them.

Curtains can offer more soundproofing

Both curtains as well as blinds improve the overall insulation and soundproofing of the room, allowing to save more energy and having a more silent room. It’s believed that curtains do a better job in this department allowing to save up to 40 percent more energy.

Naturally, thicker materials in both blinds and curtains will do a far better job in providing the necessary insulation. So when choosing the ones you like, pay attention to see whether the materials are sturdy enough to bring you these benefits.

Curtains are more fashionable

Curtains are in general made from more materials and designed in a variety of colors, types and patterns. This as a result allows homeowners to easily choose the ones that they think are the best for them.

While blinds have less of a selection, it’s still not difficult to find a style that fits your style. Many owners nowadays go for a minimalistic one, which allows to maintain space inside a room.

All in all

Curtains and blinds are both a great choice for window coverings. To choose the right one, consider what things are more important to you, whether its style, insulation, light control and so on.

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