Window curtains are more often than not seen as "the final touch" when it comes to choosing window treatments for a home or living space. While they certainly do add a splash of color, class, and personality to any room, don't overlook some of the more practical benefits that a good set of curtains can provide.
Blocking the Sun's Harmful Rays
Perhaps the most useful service window curtains offer is to provide a barrier between your home and the harmful rays of the sun. Extended exposure to bright sunlight eventually takes its toll on furniture, carpet and other home furnishings. Even the simple presence of a thin lace or gauze curtain can work wonders when it comes to extending the life of your belongings.
The other great benefit of a good set of window curtains is keeping your home cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. A well made, thick set of curtains can make a huge difference when it comes keeping out the hot summer sun. And when winter rolls around, those same curtains will provide an extra layer of insulation between your home and the cold outside. Either way, you're talking higher energy efficiency and noticeable savings when it comes time to pay your heating and cooling bills.
Finally, it's hard to beat window curtains when it comes to providing just the right amount of privacy for your home. Those thinner lace or gauze curtains are perfect if you're looking to filter out the light but still want to be able to see outside to a degree (and don't mind the neighbors making out your silhouette moving around). If you prefer to keep your daily routine entirely to yourself, however, a curtain made of thick wool or heavyweight cotton fabric is the answer you've been looking for. The best solution, of course, is a combination of the two. Thicker curtains with a lighter fabric underneath give you the best of both worlds when it comes to choosing just the right amount of privacy for your home and your mood!
All at a Low, Low Price!
Maybe the biggest upside to choosing curtains for your window treatment needs is the cost. Unlike high dollar shades, wood blinds, and other treatments known for their combination of good lucks and practical benefits, curtains won't put nearly as a big of a dent in your budget. Talk to an interior designer or window treatment retailer to get good advice on which styles and fabrics are going to be the best choice for you.