Curtain linings may seem an unnecessary expense, but there’s more to curtain linings than you might think. Here are five good reasons why it’s a good idea to use them in your next curtain project.
1 Windows, particularly windows without double glazing, are areas of great heat loss. Lining your curtains adds an extra layer, and increases the insulation. Thicker curtains will also insulate a room from noise outside, absorb sound, and make a room feel cosier.
2 Adding a lining to curtains will help keep out more light, especially if you use a blackout lining. This is a lining which has had a coating applied which blocks the pores in the weave which normally allow the light to pass through, so no light passes through the fabric itself. Look for a blackout lining which retains its soft characteristics and isn’t stiff and plasticky. Note that blackout lining on it’s own will not block all the light from a window – some will creep around the edges of a curtain or blind. It’s very difficult to actually blackout a room completely! But blackout lining will certainly help get a child off to sleep.
3 Linings also protect your beautiful curtain fabric from fading. The light from south and west facing windows is particularly damaging to fabrics.
4 Add designer style to a window treatment with colored linings. Some of the most glamorous interior decorator- styled curtains use an alternative fabric, such as a coordinating check or stripe, as a lining, so the curtains look great front or back. Get the look without expense by using a colored sateen lining – most suppliers have a range of colors as well as the standard cream and white. DrapeStyle’s standard lining is white but ask us about other colors available!
5 Finally, curtain linings are not just functional, they add to the aesthetics of your curtain project. Just a simple lining will make your expensive face fabric drape better, and look fuller and more glamorous.