Recently, my parents asked me to come over and help me with the color design scheme of their windows. They are amateurs on that front and have no idea about anything other than curtains. They do not understand the mechanism of solar shades, shutters or any other window treatments. All they wanted was to be able to adjust their blinds as and when they need, without bothering about the cold weather outside or worrying about privacy after night time.
My idea for the windows was simple: to replicate the window treatment solutions in my bedroom in theirs, and probably repeat it for the windows in their living room. This included having shutters, vinyl or aluminum shades along with a curtain to complete the look. Hanging curtains over blinds is an often-used trick that homeowners employ, and they are usually successful in achieving objectives of light filtering, privacy and insulation. The idea is great, but it might not be as simple as it sounds. Installing curtains using nails or drills can be a tiresome process. So in this section, I will guide you to hang curtains over blinds without the pain of putting your hammers and screws to use.
Why Should You Hang Curtains Over Blinds?
A mixture of two window treatments over the same window constitutes a multitude of advantages. It might entail some work in the beginning along with investment. But once the home decor is in place and you can get down to their functional properties, they can serve you in the best way possible. Here are a few such advantages to boast, so you are better advised to go for them if you aren’t satisfied with a single-window treatment.
1. Controls Temperature: So maybe there is a crevice or hole in your window shutters that you didn’t pay attention to, and you often wondered how the room stayed cold even when the blinds were shut. Having an additional window treatment, a curtain in this case, can fill this gap by serving as a great insulator. With two window treatments to protect you, your indoors will stay warm and cozy during winters. You wouldn’t need to stay wrapped up in your blanket for longer hours when you can afford to get up and be productive.
2. Enhanced Privacy: There are some translucent and light filtering window treatments, especially in vinyl blinds, that allow outsiders to get a fair idea of what’s going on indoors. This makes the house vulnerable to external threats posed by burglars who might find out if there are some expensive items that they can get their hands on. Adding a curtain over a blind makes the house much safer against attack.
3. Light Control: Having two blinds doesn’t mean that you remain in a claustrophobic home with no means for the natural light or air to come in. A combination of light filtering and blackout fabrics in window treatments is thus essential if you want to put up more than one window treatment. A blackout curtain with light filtering Zebra shades can be a good option, as you can adjust the shades for better light control or privacy, depending on the time of the day or the weather outside.
4. Focus On Work: If you work from home or are working weekends for an important client presentation, you need a work environment free of distractions and any outside noise or glare. The sunlight is pleasant and brightens the room, but its glare can be a major distraction when it falls on your laptop screen. Sometimes, your shades might not be enough to prevent the glare or from muffling outside noises, especially when your house faces a busy street or noisy neighbors. Having a curtain, preferably, a blackout curtain, over your blinds can create an enclosed environment in which you can work without disturbance and interruptions.
How To Hang Curtains Without Nails Or Drills
Unless you are a pro, drilling nails into your walls for hanging curtains can be a painstaking process, which might backfire if not done correctly. Halfway you may realize that the curtain rods are crooked, in which case you will have to start all over again. Instead of the trouble, we present a few ways you can add curtains over your blinds.
1. Coat Hooks: Besides being an effective way of hanging curtains, coat hooks can add a nice elegant touch to your window spaces that will attract the attention of everyone who visits your room. They will prevent you from looking for rods and then going through the elongated process of hanging curtains. You just need to ensure that the hooks are placed at an even distance across the window for a precise look. The downside: opening and closing the curtains can be a tad challenging. Other than that, they are best for windows that do not require frequent adjustment.
2. Command Hooks: Command hooks are one of the simplest ways of hanging curtains, which can also be used for mounting a variety of other things, including wall paintings and photo frames. If, however, you do not find curtain command hooks, find the most sturdy ones that you can find, which can hold the maximum amount of weight. Two command hooks might suffice for narrow curtains, while you need more than two to hold the weight of the rods and heavy drapery if you want to dress your long and wide living room windows. If you do not find them in a color that matches your walls, you may also paint them accordingly.
3. Tension Rods: These rods are positioned from one side of the frame to the other, offering a simple and uncomplicated look sans any nails or drills that may threaten to ruin the appearance of your blinds. Taking your curtains off the tension rods may be a tad complicated though, and they are more suitable for smaller windows with lighter curtains.
4. Suspended Rods: This is another method of hanging curtains without drilling holes into the walls. Suspension of curtains from the walls will work especially well if you have higher windows where reaching to the top can be difficult. The suspension will also look natural, and can fit into your overall home decor with aplomb.
Different Window Treatments With Curtains
While we are at it, describing the different ways you can hang your curtains over blinds other than the tried-and-tested screws-and-drill system, it might be beneficial for you to understand what window treatments go best with curtains. Here are a few combinations you can try, or you can make your choice based on your own sense of aesthetics.
1. Aluminum blinds with light filtering curtains: The blackout effect of mini blinds and their slick textured appeal will go well with an alternate window treatment that provides a solid, appealing contrast.
2. Single-cell honeycomb shades with blackout curtains: The light filtering capability of the single-cell pockets, along with the room darkening fabric of blackout curtains will serve you well for a variety of purposes. Choose colors in the same family to amalgamate the shades well.
3. Window shutters with floral curtains: The traditional meets the contemporary here. You may become as creative with the styles. This combination can work well on any window of the house.
To sum up, window curtains over your regular blinds is an especially good idea, when you reside in a place that is prone to fluctuate temperatures, and also when you need privacy. There are many alternative ways to hang your curtains over blinds, including coat hooks, tension rods, command hooks, and suspended rods.