When you set out to decorate your newly built house or decide to renovate your house or apartment, a major part of doing or redoing the interiors is decorating the bare windows and doors. Dressing up the windows makes the whole place more homely, welcoming, and hospitable. This exercise posits a pertinent question: Which window coverings should you select? There are so many different types of window dressings you can choose from and that creates the conundrum. Each type of window coverings has certain advantages and some demerits as well. Depending on your preferences and requirements, you can select the ones that best suit your needs.
Blinds vs Curtains: Which One is Better?
This is one of the most common comparisons as both the blinds and the curtains are quite popular and are used as the window treatments of choice is most of the households. Both of these options are relatively affordable, easy to install, versatile, and available in a wide array of colors, designs, and material options. With so many similar advantages, a comparison between the blinds and the curtains is bound to happen.
However, there is no such thing as one option is better than the other one in every sense. It depends, to a large extent, on the suitability of the window treatments in question to your specific requirements and aesthetic preferences. To be a better judge of the same, you need to be aware of the pros and cons of both the blinds and the curtains. Only then can you make a decision that is informed and pragmatic.
What are the Advantages of Blinds?
- Compact form factor: There is a lot of variety in the types of blinds, but most of them are lightweight and compact. They don’t take up a lot of space and sit flush with the window frame. This gives them a tidy look and that can be a preferred choice for many people. Curtains, on the other hand, are comparatively bulkier. Long curtains can even touch the floor and can get dirty. While both the blinds and the curtains look absolutely gorgeous, blinds certainly look a bit tidier.
- Better light control: While both the curtains and blinds offer excellent light control, blinds give you more flexibility in terms of controlling the amount of light you want to allow inside the house. With curtains, you are limited by the openness of the fabric the curtains are made of, blinds have slats that can easily be adjusted to increase or decrease the amount of natural light that enters the room.
- Keeping the view: If you opt for blackout or room-darkening curtains to get better privacy and to block out the outside light, you either have to sacrifice the view of the outside or you have to pull the curtains to one side and risk leaving the windows exposed, thereby compromising the privacy. With blinds, you get more flexibility in this regard as well. You can adjust the slats to allow more light inside or to enjoy the view of the outside without having to retract the blinds completely.
- Easier to clean: Blinds are comparatively easier to clean than the curtains. While you can clean the blinds without having to take them down, curtains have to be taken down and washed to remove the dirt and grime. While synthetic and wooden blinds extremely easy to clean as these just need some dusting from time to time, fabric blinds may need more effort and deep cleaning at times. Even then, the fabric blinds, due to the compact form factor and design, are easier to clean compared to the curtains.
- More durable: Blinds have a structure that makes them sturdier and more durable in comparison to the curtains. Blinds can easily last you more several years (sometimes even in excess of 20 years) as long as they don’t get damaged due to any mishaps. Curtains, on the other hand, are drapery and won’t last that long.
What are the Advantages of Curtains?
- More energy efficient: Unlike the blinds that have gaps in between the blind slats, curtains are made up of continuous fabric. This ensures better coverage and better heat insulation. Thick curtains such as the blackout curtains are quite effective at preventing heat exchange. Thus, heat gain during summers and heat loss during the winters both get reduced. This helps maintain a constant temperature inside the room. Blinds are also helpful in doing so but curtains are more efficient in this regard. Fewer temperature fluctuations enable the air conditioners and the thermostats to be more energy-efficient and you end up saving on your power bills.
- Better blackout performance: As curtains comprise of a continuous fabric layer, the coverage is better in comparison to the blinds. This allows the curtains to deliver excellent privacy and blackout performance. So, for the people who are looking for window treatments that can safeguard their privacy and provide good blackout capability, curtains will be an ideal choice.
- Noise-proofing: Curtains, especially the thick blackout curtains also reduce the noise penetration to some extent to give you quieter and peaceful interiors. People who have odd sleeping hours or the ones who don’t like distractions caused by outside noise will surely find this quite appealing. Since blinds have open gaps between the slats, they aren’t as good at reducing noise.
- Can be replaced easily: Curtains are much easier to install and just as easy to replace. In most cases, you won’t need to avail of the services of any technician as you can easily replace the curtains by yourself.
Are Blinds Cheaper than Curtains?
While both the blinds and the curtains fall in the budget-friendly category, blinds are a bit cheaper due to less material involved. Curtains need more material and hence the cost is also a bit higher. It also depends on the nature of the material. Blinds made from plastic, aluminum, or synthetic fabric are much more affordable than the blinds that are made from natural fabric or wood. Similarly, curtains made from fabric that has a higher GSM value or the ones made from costly fabric such as silk come at a higher price than the average curtains.
So, blinds have a cost advantage but the difference is not too big. Depending on the choice of material, prices of the blinds and the curtains both can vary. Hence, the price difference isn’t always the best criterion to prefer blinds over the curtains. In some cases, blinds can be much cheaper (such as in aluminum blinds), or similarly priced (such as with wood blinds). You should make your requirements and stylistic preferences the benchmark for judging which one of the two you should go with.