There are many types of window coverings to choose from, and you may want different styles for different rooms of the home. Consider privacy, light blockage, insulation, and the aesthetic when making a decision. Some options are fabric shades, Venetian blinds, thermal drapes, and sheer curtains.

Types of Window Coverings: Fabric Shades

Fabric shades roll down to completely cover the window. They come in a variety of materials like heavy canvas or light linen or cotton. Some are made of synthetic materials like polyester or fiberglass.

Depending on the material and weight, shades can make the room completely dark or let some light through. They are great for front-facing rooms when you want privacy from the curb, but some materials may not be suitable for rooms prone to moisture like the bathroom.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are versatile because the slats can be adjusted to be open or closed when the blinds are down. Even closed, they will still let some light in during the day, while providing privacy. Blinds come in wide or narrow slats, with the wide slats being more sturdy and durable. They also come with or without cords. If you have children in the home, choose the cordless option for safety.

Thermal Drapes are Efficient Types of Window Coverings

Thermal drapes are heavy and thick and insulate your windows. They are great for keeping heat inside during the winter and blocking the sun from warming up the house in the summer. Thermal drapes are usually labeled as “blackout” so they will not let any light through. These types of window coverings will make your home more energy-efficient.

Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains are mainly used for aesthetics as they do not block light or insulate. Since they are partially transparent, sheer curtains aren’t the best option if you want privacy. However, they are an appropriate option for windows that face a private backyard. People who need complete darkness while sleeping should choose another option for their bedrooms.

Window coverings can be functional and decorative. Consider the properties of each before deciding what type of window covering to install in each room.

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