How to Choose the Correct Window Covering
There are many different types of ways to cover your window, but what are they and when is the best time to choose it? Whether you are trying to block out the light, keep in the warmth, or add texture to the design of a room, every window covering is going to have a different effect. Here is a quick guide as to what is meant by curtains, blinds, drapes, or shades, and even within each category you’ll see there are some different categories.
Curtains are made of a fabric that can be drawn across a window to block out the light and provide privacy. Usually, they come in pairs and when not covering the window will be pushed to either side of the window. They are by far the most popular choice of window coverings for homes in Britain, because they are very functional, and can also add to the design of a room. They come in a multitude of fabrics, colours and patterns. However, they are not so effective in some rooms, such as kitchens or bathrooms, where they may get in the way of the function of the room.
Blinds work by a mechanism that either moves them up and down, or side to side, but also rotationally. That means you can have the blinds ‘drawn’, but twist them around to let some light in. Typically, blinds are made from a non-fabric material, such as wood, bamboo, aluminium, or vinyl slats. They will be fixed to a window and have a mechanism that tilts to open in order to let light in, or fully close them. However, most blinds provide enough privacy when tilted; yet still allow light in, meaning that you never really have to open them fully. Vinyl slats are typically the preferred choice of window covering in offices, but many people install wooden blinds in their homes because of their functional value. Window blinds in Newcastle and the northeast are fitted because of their multi-functional value to homes where you need to allow a lot of light in, but still do not want to open the blinds fully. In particular, they serve a useful purpose on patio doors that are exposed in residential areas.
Just like blinds, shades are operated with a string mechanism, and not simply swept side to side like curtains are. They take up less space than curtains, so are useful for places where the windows are small. Aside from that, they look great in any room due to their fabric design. More so, they are particularly useful in rooms where curtains aren’t appropriate, but you don’t want to lose that fabric appeal by fitting blinds.
Well here’s where things get a bit confusing. Drapes function in the same way that curtains do, but are made of a much heavier fabric. It is almost like hanging a rug down over the window. Typically they are used for floor to ceiling windows, where a heavy material needs to be place over the glass to stop heat escaping. Usually drapes are found over patio doors or French windows.
These are the four types of window coverings, but which is the best for you? Well really that depends on what you need it four. You’ll see that what might work in one room, might not be best for another. So you’ll need to think about what is best for your room and window covering, be it curtains, blinds, shades, or drapes.