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Pros and cons of curtains and blinds at a glance:
- Huge selection of colours and designs
- Blocks out light
- Can insulate against heat and cold
- May reduce energy bills
- Great for light filtration or blockout
- Relatively easy to clean
- Works well with limited space
- Generally fade resistant
- Harder to clean
- Higher chance of staining
- Requires more space in the room
- Can be less energy efficient
- Certain materials can bend easily
- Loose cords may present a hazard
Whether you’ve just built or bought a new home, or are seeking a new look for your existing home, choosing between window furnishings can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.
With so many options, it can be hard to settle on the right choice for you.
If you are struggling between curtains and blinds, here is a brief comparison of the features of both to help you make a more informed decision…
Curtains are available in a huge array of colours and styles, making it easy to match with the décor of any room in your house.
They can be sheer curtains to add privacy, decoration and reduce the level of sunlight coming in. Or, they can be blockout curtains which are designed to block out the elements and improve energy efficiency inside the home.
Roman blinds and roller blinds are also made of fabric, and can be drawn up to allow light in (rather than being draped like curtains). If you are trying to cover a large window or sliding door, you may opt for a panel glide blind, which is also made of fabric but moves in large vertical panels across the window or door.
Vertical blinds are made from fabric and create a vertical panel effect across your window. They are generally a practical and inexpensive way to control light and add privacy, and come in a wide range of colours and designs.
Vertical blinds are horizontal slats and are made of timber, PVC or aluminium. They also make it easy to control light in different variations, and add privacy to your home. There are countless colours to choose from, including timber and timber-look styles.
Different curtains and blinds offer different functionality, depending on what you want your window furnishings to achieve.
For example, you may want to:
- Be able to see out without people seeing in
- Control light in varying degrees
- Block out all light
- Block out cold air or hot sun
- Add maximum privacy
Not all window furnishings will be able to achieve all of the above, so it’s important to find a balance between style and practicality.
For example, if you want to increase the energy efficiency in your home, you might want to consider block out curtains or Thermotek roman blinds. Or, you could combine a block out roller blind with a screen roller blind, which provides better insulation and day time privacy.
It would be impossible to cover off all the different options for achieving the functionality you want and need here, which is why it’s always a good idea to chat with a professional who can offer advice for your specific situation.
Considering their longevity, and the value they add in both style and practicality to your home, window furnishings should be one of the most important budgetary considerations for any house.
Without knowing the size of your home, the style of your windows, or the fabric/material you are after, here is a rough guide in pricing (ranked from lowest to highest):
- Aluminium Venetians
- Roller Blinds
- Vertical blinds
- Timber Look Venetian Blinds
- Timber Venetian Blinds
- Roman Blinds
- Panel Glide Blinds
- Honeycomb Blinds
- Verishade Blinds
- Curtains & Pelmets
- Plantation Shutters
At Regency Knights, we offer a free measure and quote for all homes and businesses in the Canberra and surrounding regions. So even if you’re unsure if a certain style is affordable for you, give us a call and arrange for one of our friendly staff to visit your home. That way, you can decide if the design and functionality you are hoping to achieve will fit within your budget.
We can also walk you through all of the designs, and guide you in making the right decision between curtains and blinds.
On 7 June 2018, the ACT’s Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission released its decision to increase household energy prices by approximately 14.29% ($5.73 a week).
The price hike took effect on 1 July 2018, and may be the first of many in coming years, due to increasing wholesale power prices and the growing cost of meeting the national renewable energy target.
It’s a tough hit for Canberra home owners, many of whom are already struggling to keep their houses warm during our harsh winters – even with the air conditioner running throughout the day and night.
Clever Canberrans are already looking for ways to cut back on energy usage, by using alternative methods to keep the heat in and the cold out (and vice versa during summer).
We have had an influx of enquiries about the benefits of curtains for natural heating and cooling, with more people wanting to find out how curtains can increase energy efficiency in the home.
More than a pretty face
With Canberra frequently showing the most extreme weather variations of any state or territory in the country, it’s easy to understand why we may be a little more choosy about how we dress our windows.
Of course, there are many home owners who choose to install curtains simply because they love the look. Available in a huge range of colours and styles, curtains can certainly add elegance to any room.
Other home owners however, value curtains for the functionality they provide. In winter, the right curtain is capable of blocking cold air from coming through the window, while retaining the existing heat in the room.
Not all curtains are created equal
Unfortunately, you cannot just go out and grab any curtain, put up a rod, and hope it will block out the elements.
Most “ready-made” and store-bought curtains are more aesthetic than anything else, and do not have the components needed to provide much (if any) protection from the cold.
Ideally, chat to a specialist who can help you determine what type of curtain you need, based on what you want your new curtains to be able to do. It’s important to balance functionality with aesthetics to complement existing features in your room.
The importance of installation
In addition to the type of curtain you choose, it’s essential to ensure proper installation – especially if you want your curtains to do more than just cover your window.
For curtains to retain heat and block cold air from seeping in, they need to be meticulously measured and fitted in a particular way.
We are regularly called to re-do curtains that have been incorrectly fitted, which allow too much cold air to flow through (making them impractical as an energy-saver).
Our installers are specially trained, with many years’ experience, to ensure that everything from the size of the curtain to its distance from the window, the placement of the track, and a few other trade secrets are brilliantly executed to provide maximum return on investment.
If you really do want to use curtains to keep your energy bills down – both in winter and summer – it needs to be done properly. And this means the right type of curtains, and the highest quality installation.
Does it really work?
Don’t take our word for it. Here is a testimonial from one of our recent customers…
“We were tired of keeping the heater running all day and night, and wanted a more efficient way to keep the house warm. We went to see Martin at Regency Knights to find out if curtains would do the trick, and he was able to walk us through all of our different options and explain how they would work. We settled on the design, and Regency Knights installed our new curtains.
Since then, we only need to turn on the heater for an hour when we get home just to warm up the living area. We very rarely need to heat the bedrooms, and it’s nice not to have hot air blowing constantly around the house. I would definitely recommend curtains for adding warmth to a home, if it’s done professionally to get the results we’ve experienced from Regency Knights.”
For more information about using curtains to save on electricity in your home, or to book a free measure and quote, give us a call on (02) 6147 0469 or pop in to see us at 1/60 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.