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.