So many clients ask me for blackout curtains as they want their room to be dark not necessarily knowing the additional benefits of blackout lining…
It’s great that many people want blackout curtains but there are just so many additional benefits of blackout lining than just using it in bedrooms for its blackout properties. Here are some of the main ones below.
When choosing your made to measure curtains, the lining is the most important factor to consider when designing. Lining protects your beautiful top fabric from so many elements, regardless of its quality, so your curtains will only stand the test of time if you have a good lining.
Lining adds weight to your curtains, the thicker the quality of lining the more luxurious your curtains will fall. A standard lightweight cotton lining will appear flimsy, thin and basic. Not what you are looking for when you are investing in a pair of curtains that last many clients 7 years or more!
Windows that are south-facing are exposed to intense sunshine. Not only does the lining keep the sunlight out, but it also keeps the room cool, protects your top fabric from fading and prevents some of the natural fibres from rotting in the sun. Fading fabrics and furniture is costly to replace. hence lining is very important!
Similarly, windows that experience condensation would best suit a high-grade lining as this protects the top fabric from damp spores; spores can be whipped off blackout lining, keeping your top fabric in perfect condition.
Blackout lining comes in many grades. At Elizabeth Styles, we only offer the highest quality; super soft blackout lining and always advise on the best lining for the job during our home consultations. Did you know blackout isn’t black as the name suggests? It comes in cream and white.
Blackout lining also comes interlined and offers additional benefits such as greater climate control, keeping out draughts and adds weight and thickness to your curtains so they have a more opulent and sumptuous appearance. I would suggest the use of interlined blackout curtains in a lounge or living room; or for a roman blind that needs greater substance, for instance if you are using a thin cotton or linen top fabric.
Please do be aware that blackout lining, by itself, will not black a room out completely. Some light will seep in around the edges of the curtains or blind, especially if you have chosen an eyelet heading or a recess fitted blind. To minimise light seeping through ensure curtain rails are fitted with a large allowance around the window aperture and if you feel you need further darkness a roman blind can be fitted underneath your curtains to achieve the best results.
If you would like more information on blackout lining and made to measure curtains, get in touch to book your free home consultation where I can offer hundreds of amazing fabrics to suit your home.
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