Privacy and light control are two of the most important factors when considering the purchase of new blinds or curtains. Blockout blinds and curtains are the perfect solution for those rooms in the home where you want to completely blockout sunlight and street lights and are particularly useful in rooms such as bedrooms, media rooms or lounge rooms. Let’s take a look at the difference between blockout blinds and curtains and see which is better for your home.
Blockout blinds are a seamless way to cover your windows and doors, whilst blocking out street lights and natural sunlight that enters the home. Another benefit of blockout blinds is the increase in privacy levels. If you live on a main road, busy street or have neighbours close-by, then blockout blinds will help to protect your privacy.
The most common types of blockout blinds include Honeycomb Blinds, Roller Blinds and Roman Blinds. Here are the three blockout blind types and their additional benefits they could provide your home.
Honeycomb Blinds are the super insulating blind type that will not only help you to rely less on your air-conditioning and heating, but also help you to save on your energy bills. The cellular design of the Honeycomb Blind helps to trap air within its cells. Choosing a blockout Honeycomb Blind will ensure you get the privacy you require and prevent sun from entering the home, whilst offering excellent insulation properties.
Roller Blinds are an unobtrusive blockout blind solution and one of the most popular found in Australian homes, as they offer a seamless look and feel for windows and doors and roll up onto a small tube at the top of the window frame. The Roller Blind is also made up of a single piece of blockout fabric which helps to blockout unwanted sunlight and help to protect your privacy.
Roman Blinds are a classic blind type that works well with formal interior décor styles. Roman Blinds offer a similar look and feel to curtains however with the functionality of blinds. The blockout Roman Blind comes with either a light filter or blockout lining. Choose a blockout lining to ensure the best protection from sunlight, for privacy and for better insulation for the home.
When it comes to buying curtains for your home, it’s important that they not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also help you to achieve practical benefits to your lifestyle. Blockout curtains help to prevent light from entering the home and are a good way to help insulate a space. This means you can rely less on air-conditioning during summer and heating in winter. Blockout curtains are great for all bedrooms as they can help to control the level of light and reduce noise.
As all curtain styles are available in a blockout fabric, here are the three most common types of curtain header styles and how they could work in your home.
Wave Fold Curtains
The Wave Fold Curtain is well suited to both formal and casual living spaces. The design of the Wave Fold Curtain creates soft folds in the fabric which makes for a ripple like effect. The Wave Fold Curtain is well suited to living areas such as dining rooms and lounge rooms.
Pinch Pleat Curtains
The Pinch Pleat Curtain is commonly found in homes due to their versatile design. The Pinch Pleat Curtain design is made up of folded fabric that is sewn together to create the Pinch Pleat effect. The most common Pinch Pleat Curtain design is the Double Pinch Pleat. This is made up of two folds of fabric sewn together. As Pinch Pleat Curtains are so versatile, they are suited to nearly any room in the home such as bedrooms, dining rooms, media rooms and lounge rooms.
Reverse Pleat Curtains
The Reverse Pleat Curtain creates the opposite effect to the Pinch Pleat Curtain. As the pleats are created at the back of the Reverse Pleat Curtain, this then creates a flat appearance on the front. This makes for a more formal design and work well with a modern or classic interior décor scheme. Reverse Pleat Curtains work well in most space of the home such as living rooms, formal dining rooms and bedrooms.