There are several imperative decisions one can make for creating an ideal custom window covering for your house such as choosing the fabric, selecting from a variety of window treatment styles such as insulating blinds, complementing with tiebacks as well as hardware, and selecting the curtain lining. When it comes to keeping the heat out, at times curtains alone don’t cut it. Some of them would have considered using curtains made of heavy fabrics which may bring in a slight difference, but aren’t nearly as functional as when used with linings. Curtain linings are an imperative yet often overlooked component of window treatments. Apart from completing the overall appearance of curtains, they reduce the fading of fabric while acting as an insulator. However, their functionality depends on the type of lining you select. Curtain lining can be the final touch that can make wonders and bring your room’s custom appearance together while ensuring it lasts for decades to come.
What Is Thermal Lining?
Thermal lining fabric is wool, polyester, or cotton fabric coated on one side with a thin aluminum layer or acrylic foam. This thin layer offers the material with insulating properties. The best way of saving on your energy costs is by adding the curtains with a thermal lining as they retain the warmth within a space during the winters. They can also block out heat from entering during the warmer months. Thermal lining is ideal when it comes to keeping your space at a comfortable and optimal temperature throughout the year. Thermal linings possess noise dampening and room darkening properties. If you have single glazed or poorly insulated windows, then sustained heating is often required to keep up a warm temperature in the house. This is because heat can escape through the gaps and the seal of window frames can also lose its quality over time. Adding additional microfibre layers to your curtains not only thickens but also adds mass to the curtains thereby, offering a complete look.
What Makes The Thermal Curtains Work?
The key to the working of thermal curtains lies in the lining. These types of curtains are lined using a special fabric that seals off a window so as to maintain a more consistent room temperature without wasting energy. Various insulation materials are available which can be used to prepare thermal curtains. Some materials are thick, having a rubbery texture which is highly durable as well as washable. However, there are various fabric weights that can be used for insulation. Based on the climate control you require, you can select a heavy or light insulation material. There are materials that come with the advantages of insulation in an even more appealing fabric. Also, there are a wide array of color options that will amplify the top decorative fabric.
Energy expenses can be saved substantially through the layering effect of thermal curtains. In thermal curtains, the front fabric layer is ornamental and the lining is the functional layer. The ornamental layer can be made of any fabric ranging from medium-weight to heavy-weight. This layer intensifies the thermal function as well as the presentation. Thermal curtains made of sheer, lightweight fabric will not actually conceal the functional lining properly. This is the main drawback in fabric options for thermal curtains.
How To Attach Thermal Linings To Curtains
Thermal curtains are very easy to prepare which requires a minimal amount of ability to sew as well as to measure. The following instructions will help you to make your own thermal blinds:
- Using a tape measure, note down the breadth and height of the windows you are making the thermal curtains for. For best results, the curtains have to extend beyond the window. Additionally, leave one or two inches around the perimeter of the fabric.
- Then, using a fabric measuring tape and fabric scissors, measure and cut the thermal lining material and the decorative fabric according to the dimensions of the window. While cutting the curtains, you have to ensure that they are at least six inches taller and ten inches wider than the window. This way, your thermal curtains will completely cover the window and overlap when they are lowered.
- Halve the curtain fabric lengthwise to make two pieces of each. Layer the decorative fabric and thermal lining fabric in two separate stacks.
- Pin the curtain fabric to the thermal lining material with the outer surfaces facing inwards to facilitate the sewing.
- Fold the edges of the curtain stacks by half an inch and then press firmly with an iron. Ensure to fold them on the liner side. Secure the pressed sides of the stacks with sewing pins by inserting pins with a gap of six inches between them.
- Sew the curtain fabric to the lining material with a sewing machine. Three edges should be sewed together and then they should be turned inside out for exposing the exterior. Fold one or two inches of allowance material into the curtain, on the fourth unsewn edge, and stitch closed.
- Create holes in the curtain which is at a gap of a three-fourth inch from the side along the top into which the grommets will be inserted. Holes have to be present at an equal distance from each other. Install the grommets in place using a hammer.
- Velcro should be sewed along the curtain sides that will be attached to the wall. Place and fix the flip side of the Velcro to the wall in the corresponding position of the Velcro on the curtains. This offers better insulation.
- Finally, fix the curtain rod and hang the curtains.
Attaching your curtains with thermal lining fabric is an affordable way of saving on heating and cooling expenses. The thermal lining in the curtain avoids the hot or cold air from entering your house through the windows. Lining the curtains is easy to achieve and can be completed in half a day with all available supplies.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.