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Comparing Window Coverings

When it comes to window coverings, there are plenty of options to choose from. In terms of window blinds alone, there are roller blinds and slat blinds, Persian blinds and Venetian blinds, blinds made out of fabric, blinds made out of wood, and blinds made out of aluminium. Then there are the various types of curtains available, whether that’s heavy window drapes, blackout curtains or sheer curtains. So, how to make the right decision from all the options on offer?

Most people consider the amount of light they want to let in – or keep out – when investing in new window coverings. After all, that is basically what a window covering does: it shades the inside of the house from the world outside. Some buyers may want the heaviest of drapes, to keep out the hot sun during summer, and cold drafts during winter. Others may look for blackout qualities in their window coverings, choosing either blackout blinds or blackout curtains that block all light from outside. On the other end of the scale are sheer curtains. Also known as window sheers, these curtains let light flood through them, working to create a certain effect, while offering a certain amount of privacy.

Investing in Sheer Curtains

Just like other types of curtains, sheer curtains come in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. Choosing a certain colour will work to create an effect within the room, acting as a design feature. Darker colours let less light in, offering slightly more privacy, while lighter colours offer much more light – and less privacy – in their transparency. When choosing sheer curtains, be sure to measure the window or door they are to cover, allowing for sufficient fold in the curtain so that it sits nicely and is not pulled too tight. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if undertaking alterations at home, sheer fabric can be somewhat more difficult to work with, so it may be best to choose the correct dimensions so no alterations are needed.

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