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Are you faced with the dilemma of choosing blinds or curtains to dress your windows? We feel your pain. It’s a tricky decision, right? And as much as it would be nice to have both, sometimes it’s not that feasible, especially in terms of cost! Well, here you can learn the pros and cons of each to help with the decision making process.
They’re The King of Light Filtration
If you’re someone who is easily disturbed from your sleep by sunlight, blinds are your best bet. Why? Well, there is a range of blinds on the market that will expertly meet your needs.
Blackout blinds are available, which provide you with complete darkness as and when you need it. And even if you don’t opt for blackout ones, blinds in general are still the ultimate choice when it comes to controlling light and privacy in your home.
Easy to Clean
When it comes to cleaning blinds, you don’t need to remove them; simply use a feather duster or a slat cleaner. It sounds super easy, right? Well, that’s because it is.
However, if you do want to give them a more thorough clean, roll them up, put them in an empty pillow case to protect them and use a gentle wash cycle on your machine.
They Don’t Take up Space Like Curtains do
Are you pushed for space? Then blinds are a great choice. Regardless of the style you opt for, blinds lay fairly flat against a window or within a window space, as opposed to curtains which tend to occupy more space.
Whilst you may not think there’s much in it, choosing blinds over curtains can make a huge difference in a small room.
Tend to Be More Expensive Than Curtains
Typically, blinds cost a bit more than curtains, particularly if they have an operational mechanism. If you’d prefer to invest in making your windows more energy efficient, it might be worth opting for curtains and spending your money on double glazing.
Not Ideal for Those With Dust Allergies
If anyone in your house has severe dust allergies, blinds are a no-no. Blinds collect dust easily, so it’s best to avoid them completely and instead choose lightweight curtains than can be regularly washed.
Safe Option for a Family Home
Most curtains don’t require a pull cord to operate, making them a safer option than blinds. How? Well, if you have small children or pets, they may choke or get tangled in the string or toggles that operate the blinds.
With curtains, you won’t have to worry about your little ones messing around with cords or chains like you do with blinds, unless you opt for a cordless design.
Add a Touch of Warmth
There’s just something about curtains. They can instantly make a room feel warmer, providing a cosy effect which is especially appreciated during the colder months.
Curtains win hands down when it comes to opting for a window dressing that will bring texture and comfort to your home.
The beauty of curtains is that they’re available in a wide range of colours and styles. So, if you have a specific theme going on, you can opt for curtains to tie in with it. Plus, not only do curtains add a sense of style, they’re practical too.
Time Consuming to Maintain
It’s essential to clean curtains. Failure to clean them will result in them losing their visual appeal, so it’s important to keep on top of care and maintenance.
However, this can be time consuming. If you take your curtains down to have them cleaned, you could have no privacy and light control for as long as it takes for them to be cleaned and then dried!
So, the decision making process should be easier now you know of the pros and cons of each. However, whilst it’s all very well dressing your windows, if they need replacing altogether then curtains or blinds just won’t do. Be sure to upgrade your windows; it’ll be an investment you won’t regret.
Give us a call on 02920 650 854 today. We’ll be more than happy to assist you and advise you on the windows we have available here at Heath Windows.
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