When choosing window coverings for your home there are many aspects to consider. Privacy is one of the most common reasons home owners require blinds or curtains in their home. If privacy is your main requirement then read on as here we list our top 5 options.
- Shutters – Plantation Shutters are the ultimate window covering for privacy for both day and night. With louvreable blades that can be positioned to get the best of light control and cooling breezes, shutters will provide you with a solution for all times of the day.
- Sheer and blockout curtains on a double rail – Sheer curtains will give you the daytime privacy and the filtered light you need without blocking your view. Blockout curtains will provide night time privacy as well as light and warmth control.
- Day/Night roller blinds – As with sheer and blockout curtains sunscreen fabric roller blinds will give you privacy during the day as well protection from the heat and glare. A blockout roller blind provides you with night time privacy and light control.
- Venetians – traditional Venetian blinds are still a winner providing privacy whilst allowing light and breeze to filter into your home. The blades can be moved to suit your requirements at different times of the day.
- Panel Glide Blinds in light filtering fabrics – A translucent fabric is a lovely option for providing privacy in an area that does not need to be darkened. Living areas that need privacy will sometimes need filtered light and sun control without making the room dark. Translucent fabrics provide privacy night and day.
Plantation Shutters with louvreable blades provide many options for privacy.
Sheer and blockout curtains provide privacy for both day and night requirements.
A Basswood Venetian Blind provides privacy and filtered light when required.
Panel Glides in Translucent Privacy Fabric allow light to filter into the room
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One of the most common questions we get asked when visiting customers in their home is ‘Which blind would be the best option?’
There is no one answer for each situation but to provide a solution I ask a few questions first. Such as why do you need a window covering there? Is it for privacy, to make the room darker, to keep the room cooler – or warmer? Is it purely aesthetic? How do you use the window or door? Is it mostly closed or open or is it used a lot if it is a door. Do you need cooling summer breezes at night? How sunny does it get – does it face west?
Once I have established that information it is so much easier to provide an answer. For example a Maleny customer I saw yesterday needs a blind on her kitchen window. The main reason she wants that blind is for privacy at night as the window faces her driveway. It is not a sunny or hot situation and she doesn’t worry about the privacy during the day. Since the blind is over a sink my suggestion was to use a roller blind in a blockout fabric that can be rolled up out of the way in the daytime and closed at night for privacy. By using a low maintenance fabric like Dawn any splashes from the sink can be removed easily.
A roller blind can be up out of the way when you don’t need it or down when you do.
Another customer I visited last week in Elimbah has a large west facing living room that has three windows and a sliding door around the room. A priority for this customer is to be able to keep out some of the summer heat and also keep the room warm in winter. It was a particularly cold day when I was there and easy to see how the large amount of glass allows warm air to escape. The floors in the room are tiled so there are a lot of hard surfaces in the room. To help with thermal insulation and sound absorption my suggestion was to use curtains with a blockout lining that stack each side of the windows. These would give the room a balanced and pleasing symmetry whilst also providing a soft and inviting look for a family living room. My customer is also very keen to keep the products she uses in her home low VOC so we chose a Wilson lining that is Oeko-Tex certified and a natural linen for the face curtain.
What works for a sliding door? A panel glide is one option that could suit you.
One common question that is asked is what would be suitable for a large sliding door. As sliding doors can be commonly used areas it is important that what is used on the door is practical and easy to use. The most appropriate window coverings for these situations are Curtains, Panel Glides or Shutters on a sliding track. Panel Glides are excellent for doors as they easily span a large area without compromise in their function or appearance. The panels can be stacked away over a wall where possible when not in use and pulled across when needed. The panel glides slide easily along the track and can be opened when access to the door is required. There are many options for fabric for a panel glides and can be made in Blockout, Translucent or Sheer to suit your specific needs.
Curtains are also ideal for large areas as they can easily span large widths and can also be stacked back against or over a wall. The options for fabric choices are almost endless and any style can be achieved with a curtain.
Almost any style can be achieved with the seemingly endless options for curtain fabrics.
Shutters are also a lovely option for a sliding door as they be installed on a tracking system allowing the panels to be stacked over each other. The blades can be left open or closed to suit your privacy or light control needs.
When it is time to choose your window coverings it is a good idea to think about your needs and requirements for each area and put them in order of priority. This will give you the best chance of the choosing the right blinds for your home.
With the colder weather here covering your windows especially at night is so important for helping to keep your home warmer and to help reduce your heating costs. Uncovered windows can significantly increase the heat loss in your home in winter and also the heat gain in summer.
According to Wilson Fabrics Energy Savings information ‘Up to 40% of heating and cooling energy loss occurs via your windows’
The best types of window covering for insulation are close fitting drapes that fit snugly to the windows creating a pocket of dead air between the glass and the window covering. Curtains in a thick or blockout fabric that does not allow air flow is the most effective for increasing the insulation value of your window coverings. Installing a separate lining on your curtains will further increase its insulation properties. Windows furnished with drapes and pelmets contributes to a 220% improvement in R value compared to exposed glass* (Insulation is measured as an R value).
To reduce further heat loss installing a pelmet over the curtains will stop the flow of cool air over the drapes and into the room. Drapes that are snug against the wall and block vertical airflow as well cut heat loss up to 25%**
It is important to allow warmth into your home during the day by opening your blinds or window coverings to let in as much sun as possible. This warmth will be retained in the home for longer by closing the curtains at dusk.
Blockout curtains and pelmets have the added value of keeping your home cooler in summer and providing acoustic/noise reduction. They are also the most effective window covering for blocking out light and are perfect for children’s rooms, media rooms and for shift workers who need to sleep during daylight hours.
Curtains and pelmets are an attractive and value adding addition to any home and can be made in a variety of styles and fabrics to suit your décor whether it is traditional or contemporary.
*Source Wilson Fabrics – http://www.wilsonfabrics.com.au/EnergySavings.aspx
**Source – Green Energy Efficient Homes http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/energy-saving-window-coverings.html#Energy_saving_drapes_and_curtains
Great news Maurice Kain and Filigree’s free lining promotion has been extended until the end of June this year. Now is the time to think about keeping your home warmer for winter and curtains, particularly lined curtains, are the best way to insulate. For more info see our original post https://www.customcurtains.com.au/2015/02/free-lining-promotion-2/ or contact us in store.
Latitude by Maurice Kain