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Blinds vs Curtains: The Pros and Cons of Blinds and Curtains

When you move into a new home or you feel like sprucing up a room in your home, you could feel overwhelmed by the options that you have available with window coverings.

Should you choose block-out curtains? Drapes? Venetian Blinds? Shutters? It is an extremely daunting and tedious venture.

However, if you narrow down your options between two of the most common coverings, curtains, or blinds, and you are not sure which to choose, you can consider the similarities, differences, and pros and cons of each option to decide which will work best in the room where they will be used.

Pros and Cons of Blinds

 

Features

 

Blinds are not made from a solid length of fabric but can be made from several different materials such as bamboo, aluminium, wood, faux wood, and vinyl slats that are also known as louvres that can tilt open to allow natural light in, or they can be closed to block light out and ensure privacy.

Blinds come in a wide range of colours and wood tones that are not typically patterned. Blinds block light out effectively and they are therefore an ideal choice for any room, especially in the bedroom. Blinds are also compatible with other window coverings such as sheer curtains or a valance, serving to soften the rigid appearance of blinds.

Blinds are a permanent and more practical solution with more limited options than curtains. This is because functionality must be prioritized, but despite this, blinds still add to any room and make it feel neat and more modern.

 

The choice in blinds includes the following types:

  • Venetian – which has horizontal slates and allows you to control the light.
  • Vertical blinds have slats made either from plastic or wood that hang from a horizontal rack.
  • Roller blinds are also known as shades, and they are fabric panels that are rolled onto a hanging pole.
  • Roman blinds are made of fabric and gather horizontally when they are raised.

 

Blinds are tucked neatly against windows, unlike curtains that can cause an air of clutter if they are not hung right. Blinds have a wide range of functions such as:

  • Single-functioning blinds – which are manual or remote-controlled and can either be open or closed.
  • Double-functioning blinds – that can be controlled with strings or a tilt wand.
  • Smart blinds that automatically open/close or partially open/close according to the time of day.

 

Where maintenance is concerned, when compared with curtains, depending on the type of blinds that are installed, it may be a more tedious process than with curtains. If you have common blinds that have individual slats, you may have to wipe each off individually and this can be time-consuming, especially if you have several windows.

Alternatively, you can use special tools to dust blinds, and many can be vacuumed.

 

Pros

  • Blinds offer more control over the light that enters the room
  • Blinds are very versatile, especially considering that they can have either horizontal or vertical slates.
  • Quick and easy installation.
  • Provides a room with a much more modern look.
  • Allows light in while obscuring outside view into the home.

 

Cons

  • Minimal choices between different designs.
  • Cords can be very dangerous, especially to children
  • It could make the room look cold or empty.
  • There are fewer design options available.
  • Bigger windows will mean bigger blinds, which could be difficult to navigate and much more expensive.

 

Pros and Cons of Curtains

 

Features

 

Curtains are merely fabric panels that are typically sold in pairs, and which are available in a wide range of widths, lengths, fabrics, colours, and patterns. Because of their unique characteristics, curtains are versatile and an extremely popular choice in every room of the home, even in kitchens as well as bathrooms.

There are short and sheer curtains that only cover half of the window over the kitchen sink. These versatile options can easily be matched to the valance across the top of the window, also known as café curtains.

When you choose curtains for the bedroom, you can use any over another window covering such as a blind or a shade. This is possible because curtains are lightweight, and many types of curtains are produced unlined.

This means that curtains filter out some light, but they do not completely block light out. This means that your bedroom will still have a lot of natural light that filters in, which may be an issue when you only use unlined curtains, and you tend to sleep in during the mornings.

Curtains can be hung in different ways such as from a rod that can be hidden or in plain view, with decorative rods adorning the tops of windows. Another common option is metal grommets, metal or fabric rings, and fabric sleeves that are attached either at the top or at the back of curtain panels.

You can easily use colourful curtains to contrast your bedroom, or you can use sheer curtains to add softness and femininity to any room. The possibilities are endless when it comes to curtains.

Curtains are also easier to maintain as they can be removed from the panel or rod and they can be washed, with many different curtains that can be machine washed and hung to dry.

 

Pros

  • Curtains offer a wide range of design possibilities and can effectively block out natural and artificial light.
  • Curtains are cost-effective and easy to install.
  • They provide any room with a unique and artistic look and by choosing the right design, colour, and shade, you can liven up any room in your home.
  • Curtains can block out light without making the room feel hotter, especially during the summer.
  • Curtains tend to make the room seem warmer during winter.
  • Curtains are easy to clean and are often machine washable.
  • Block-out curtains can eliminate all outside light and provide complete privacy.

 

Cons

  • Curtains can look untidy if they are not hung in the right way and they could make a room look much smaller.
  • Curtains in a bathroom or kitchen can make them susceptible to mold and stains.
  • Curtains can be dangerous in homes that have small children or pets that can potentially pull on the curtain.
  • Requires additional elements such as a curtain rod.
  • Not suitable for people who have allergies as they can collect dust, hair, and particles.
  • Without a liner, sheer curtains do not offer a lot of privacy.
You might also find our guide to choosing the right blinds useful. Blinds for U offers blinds for sale in Centurion and various other locations in South Africa. Get in touch with a consultant today.
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