Curtains and blinds are some of the most commonly used window treatments today. If you're building, remodelling or looking to spruce things up in your property, you can do so by simply altering your curtains or blinds and getting something with better aesthetic appeal. However, the big question remains — which of the two window treatments is better for your premises? Read on to see how curtains and blinds compare in this regard.
Ease of use
When it comes to ease of use, blinds are much easier to operate. For one, their use is semi-permanent. They do not have to be taken off unless when cleaning. You can also stick with the same blinds for a long time, years even. On the other hand, curtains have to be changed every now and then for cleaning.
Blinds are also more functional. They allow better regulation of light, privacy and air through closing and opening of the slats. Curtains are more rigid and can either be used when opened or closed. When open, curtains will reduce indoor privacy so sheers are needed to fill that void.
Ease of cleaning
Since curtains are made of fabric, they absorb dirt better compared to blinds which are made of plastic, vinyl, metal or wood. This has both pros and cons. The advantage is that curtains will better keep dirt from your indoor spaces. However, it also means your curtains are likely to get dirty quicker. Luckily, curtains can easily be cleaned by uninstalling them and machine or hand washing. Blinds can be cleaned on a day-to-day basis through simple wiping and polishing. However, they need occasional professional cleaning to avoid discolouration.
Both blinds and curtains offer excellent window aesthetics. Blinds are simple in that they almost always feature a single colour and can be used for a long time without changing. However, they can get dull after a while. Curtains overcome this shortcoming in that they can be changed more regularly to keep the indoor spaces more vibrant. Curtains also offer more aesthetic choices as the fabrics are available in different colours. Pattern designs are available too.
Blinds offer better durability compared to curtains. This is because they are made of stronger materials that are less prone to wear. Blinds are also rarely removed from the windows so chances of damage when handling are further reduced. Curtains, due to the frequent removal and installation, are more likely to tear. They are also more likely to stain and change colour over time due to dirt or the effects of direct sunlight.
Remember that for professional spaces, blinds are better as they provide a more formal look. Curtains, on the other hand, are better for domestic uses. Consult your remodelling expert for advice on which to go with for your specific application.