Blackout curtains and sheer curtains are opposites, but they are both great drapery options for your home. Depending on what you’re looking for, either one of the curtain styles will work perfectly in your space. Here are some of the benefits of each type of curtain to help you decide which type to choose.
BENEFITS OF BLACKOUT CURTAINS
One of the most apparent benefits of blackout curtains is their ability to block out light. During World War II, they were used in Great Britain to prevent the German bomber planes flying overhead from seeing the lights inside buildings and homes.
If you are a light sleeper who needs complete darkness to get your valuable shut-eye or if you’re a shift worker who sleeps during daylight hours, blackout curtains are a must-have! Similarly, if you have children with no concept of time who wake up as soon the sun rises, blackout curtains are a fantastic option for your kids’ bedrooms.
You will also benefit from the light reduction quality of blackout curtains if you live on a busy road. Blackout curtains will block light from other houses or buildings, street lights and cars’ headlights.
Blackout curtains are calling blackout curtains for a reason. They block out all of the light from outside, creating the perfect environment for a restful night of sleep no matter what time it is!
A less obvious benefit of blackout curtains is they additionally help to reduce noise. To be able to block out light, blackout curtains need to be made of thick and heavy fabrics with a lining. Noise reduction from blackout curtains helps them to create an even better sleeping environment for light sleepers, shift workers and those living on busy, noisy streets!
Another subtle benefit of blackout curtains is their ability to help you save energy! Approximately one-third of energy loss from heating your home occurs through your windows. Blackout curtains can help insulate your home during the colder months while blocking out the sun’s heat during warmer months! You’ll be amazed at the money you’ve saved on your energy bill each month.
These are just three of the useful benefits to blackout curtains. As you can see, they can make a big difference in your space and your life. To present you with an alternative, here are some of the benefits of sheer curtains.
BENEFITS OF SHEER CURTAINS
Sheer curtains are made from light, semi-see-through fabrics. The materials these curtains are made from filter and diffuse light from outside. Sunlight will still enter into the room, but your sheer curtains will soften it. These window covers are perfect for rooms with large ceilings where you will not be sleeping like kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, et cetera. If you prefer to wake up with a little sunlight in your bedroom and find you sleep in too late when your room is entirely dark, sheer curtains are a perfect solution! The morning sun won’t be too harsh, but it will still be able to enter your room.
Another benefit of sheer curtains is they prevent people from being able to see into your space while still allowing in light. If you live on a ground floor with large windows and still want to let sunlight in without having people gawking into your space, sheer curtains can help!
Sheer curtains are perfect for layering as they are super lightweight. You can easily pair them with blinds, shades and even black our curtains! By layering window coverings, you can easily control the lighting and privacy in your home. Additionally, as aforementioned, blackout curtains provide extra insulation in a space. By adding another layer of sheer curtains, you can further increase these insulation benefits! What a win-win!
For all of your window covering and treatment needs, reach out to Prestige Decor. We have sheer curtains and blackout curtains in over 10,000 fabrics in many colours, patterns and textures to choose from. Our interior decorating experts will help you choose the best style of drapery for you and your space. We will create an entirely custom set of curtains just for you and help you with curtain rods or curtain tracks systems. Prestige Decor is a one-stop-shop for anything you need when it comes to covering your windows. Book a FREE one-hour in-store or at-home consultation, check out our digital portfolio to see past projects or contact us to find out what we can do to transform your space!