A foolproof guide to buying curtains or blinds

As you age, your home becomes your sanctuary. It’s where you’re likely to spend a lot more of your time in later years. Sure, it needs to be comfortable, but functionality and style can make your home even more of a haven.

When it comes to adding that extra touch of comfort and style, curtains and blinds play a crucial role.

Style is important when choosing curtains or blinds. But you should first consider functionality. If you need increased privacy or light control, blackout curtains or block-out blinds are great options. They almost completely block out light and provide excellent privacy. You may also want to consider double blinds. These offer complete blockout in the evenings, while during the day, a light filtering blind provides privacy and UV-protection for your interiors.

If you’re looking for a more decorative option, UV-resistant sheer curtains add elegance to a room while still allowing natural light to filter through.

When selecting curtains, consider the type of fabric you want. If you’re looking for something lightweight and sheer, go for UV-resistant linen look polyester.

Now for the colour and pattern of your curtains. If you have neutral walls, you might want to add some pops of colour with your curtains. Those with bold furniture might choose something more understated.

Blinds and curtains can also provide good insulation and reduce your energy bills. Fabrics with a high insulation factor can help keep your home cooler in summer or warmer in winter. Keep this in mind when you buy – a little higher initial outlay can save you heaps in the long term.

When it comes to blinds, there are a few different types to choose from.

Roller blinds are stylish and simple to use and come in a variety of fabrics and colours. Plantation Shutters are great for controlling the amount of light that enters your home.

“The type of curtains and blinds you choose are influenced by a few key factors, including the type of window or door fixture, the interior style you’re trying to create or match, and the purpose you’d like them to serve – like privacy, light-filtering, block-out or even sun protection,” says blind and curtain specialist Carpet Court.

If you’re unsure about what style or material to choose, consider visiting a showroom or speak to a professional. But before you go there, read through our step-by-step guide to choosing curtains or blinds.

Set your budget

Before you start shopping for curtains and blinds, determine how much you’re willing to spend. This will help you narrow down your options and avoid overspending.

Choose the right fabric

Look for lightweight, sheer fabrics such as polyester, which softens natural lights and provides UV-protection. Heavy fabrics such as velvet or suede are great for blocking out light and sound. If you’re looking for something in between, consider a blend of synthetic and natural materials.

Consider your privacy

Privacy is essential, especially if you live in a busy neighbourhood, so choose a window treatment that provides you with your desired level of privacy. For instance, sheer curtains might not be suitable for your bedroom. However, with Carpet Court Veri Shades® you can enjoy the elegance and versatility of a sheer and the privacy of a curtain.

The purpose of the room

The purpose of your room should influence the window treatments you choose. Opt for a blockout blind with a sheer curtain in your bedroom to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. In the living room, look for something that lets the light in but still provides privacy.

Measure your windows

It sounds silly but so many people forget to take accurate measurements of their windows before blind and curtain shopping. Having this information will help you determine the amount of fabric or material you will need and helps you choose the right size and style of curtains or blinds.

Choose the right hardware

Finally, choose the right hardware to install your curtains or blinds. There are a variety of rods, tracks and brackets, depending on your selection of window treatment. Ensure the hardware you choose suits the room and matches the style of your curtains or blinds.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find the right curtains or blinds to significantly transform the look and feel of your home – and reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Disclosure: Carpet Court is a YourLifeChoices affiliate.

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