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Difference between Curtains and Blinds

June 21, 2021

Honeycomb Blinds

Difference between Curtains and Blinds

Alright, you’re probably thinking, “I can easily spot the difference between curtains and blinds” and I have no doubt that’s true.  Nevertheless from a more technical standpoint, knowing about the different features of curtains and blinds can help you make the right choice for your style and your budget.  Light control, insulation, and privacy features can vary, so let’s take a moment to learn more about the difference between curtains and blinds.

We’re going to start simple.  Curtains and blinds both offer light control, privacy control, and even temperature control.  While blinds are designed with moving slats and curtains are designed with lengths of fabric, each come with their own set of pros and cons.  So, with that in mind, we’ll compare the difference between curtains and blinds in some key areas: cost, light and privacy control, maintenance, durability, sound and temperature control, and décor.

Cost

While this isn’t always the case, on average blinds will cost less.  Depending on the type of material they are made from, blinds can cost significantly less.  However, if you are looking for blinds that are made from natural materials or custom sizes, they can be more costly.  Still, blinds are quick to install and usually cost less than $100 per window.

Light and Privacy Control

Curtains offer two options – open and closed.  On the other hand, whether vertical or horizontal, blinds can be opened to varying degrees and can even be lifted or opened so windows are completely unobstructed.  Of course, even when they are closed, blinds are not great at blocking light entirely, so for full privacy and light blocking, curtains are preferred.

Maintenance

Though it may seem cumbersome to clean blinds, their regular maintenance is usually easier.  Most blinds can be dusted regularly to keep them clean, whereas curtains need to be removed from windows and washed.  Some curtain fabrics will have very specific cleaning requirements making them a bit more challenging to maintain.

Durability

Synthetic materials such as plastic, vinyl, and aluminum are commonly used in the construction of blinds.  These materials are highly durable, resistant to discolouration, and when well-maintained can last up to 20 years.  As curtains are made from fabric, they can more easily be damaged.  Rips, stains, and even mould or mildew growth make curtains less durable.

Insulation and Soundproofing

Whether you prefer curtains or blinds, both will offer some temperature and sound control; but, we usually see that curtains are superior in this realm.  Heat and cold can move through the slats of blinds which is why curtains offer better protection.  There are even thermal curtains which offer optimal temperature control.

Décor

Usually, curtains are more flexible from a design perspective.  Various materials, colours, and patterns of curtains can be found to match almost any décor.  Nevertheless, blinds are much more sophisticated and offer good variety for any décor.  Many designers consider combining blinds and curtains for better design and functionality.

Now that you know more about the difference between curtains and blinds, you’ll be better positioned to choose the best window treatments for your home.