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Blinds and curtains are two of the most common window treatments on the market today. They account for a large share of the window covering industry. Both are available in various styles, colours, designs, and shapes to fit individual needs. Some people prefer blinds while others go for curtains. Your choice depends on several factors, including:

  • cost
  • style
  • light control

Understandably, it’s not easy to pick between blinds and curtains. And that’s why we’ve created this “blinds or curtains” guide to help you decide. This article explains the difference between these two window coverings as well as the pros and cons of each. 

Blinds vs curtains

Before we advise you on which window covering is best between blinds and curtains, let’s start by comparing the two window treatments based on several factors.

Light control

One of the main aims of installing either blinds or curtains on windows is to control the amount of light entering your home. Blinds offer more light control than curtains. When closed, curtains block out almost all the light entering your spaces. They are best suited for bedrooms and similar rooms.

Blinds do more than just blocking or letting light inside your house. They come in various types, shapes, and designs to give you more light control. You choose the amount of light that gets in. Such blinds are suitable for living rooms. Some particular types, like blackout blinds, filter out all the light leaving a room in complete darkness. These blinds are best for children’s rooms and bedrooms.

Blinds let in light while still maintaining privacy in your spaces. Curtains must be closed completely to provide the privacy needed.

Our pick: Here, your choice will depend on your needs. Want control over light? Go for blinds. If you don’t care much about light control, curtains may work for you.

Design options

Both blinds and curtains come in multiple styles and designs to match your home decorations. They are both extremely versatile and come in a wide range of options.

Curtains come in a variety of patterns, thicknesses, and colours. They can match almost every interior design style. Similarly, blinds can be made from various materials, including wood, jute, fabric, and even metal, to suit specific decor requirements.

In both cases, you can choose different colours and patterns. The main advantage of blinds is that you can also choose different materials – not just fabric, but also wood, uPVC and aluminium. This makes them a little more flexible.

Our pick: When it comes to patterns and colours, this is a tie. However, if you want a choice of materials – for instance, if you think natural wood could really help add a rustic feel – then blinds are the better choice.

Safety

The safety of your children and pets should be a top priority when deciding which window treatment is best for you. Window coverings are among the hidden hazards at home. When loose cords get entangled, they create a loop that can potentially trap toddlers and pets.

To avoid this, there are various options. At Excell Blinds, all of our blinds come with child safety features, including toggles that pull apart easily if anyone gets caught in the cords. You can also choose motorised options for some types of blinds, which will reduce the need for any loose cords.

Our pick: While curtains are generally safer as standard, some blinds come with special safety features that make them equally risk-free.

Tips to keep your blinds or curtains child safe

  • Keep the cords short – If you have to install wired window treatments, make sure the cords are high above and beyond children’s reach. Always tie the cords to something, don’t leave them hanging. Regularly check the wires and cords to make sure they’re tied up.
  • Choose safety materials – Both blinds and curtains are made from various materials. When shopping or choosing between the two, be sure to choose one safe fabric or material.
  • Keep all furniture away from the windows – Children have been blessed with curiosity. They’ll do everything to access the blinds or curtains to see what they are. They may also damage the window treatments.  Keep your children’s beds or any climbable furniture away from the windows. Kids might use the fabrics to get on top of this furniture, risking injuries.

Cost 

The cost of blinds or curtains affects the choice for window treatments. It includes the price of shopping for the product, the installation cost, and the maintenance cost. Various factors dictate the cost of blinds or curtains, including;  the type of blind or curtain you need, the material used to make the product, the size, control options, effectiveness, the number of products, and many more.

Generally, blinds are more cost-effective when buying and even during maintenance compared to curtains. This explains their increased popularity in most homes. Curtains cost significantly due to the greater quantity of material involved.

When shopping for blinds or curtains, compare different prices from various companies and sellers.

Our Pick: Go for blinds. Blinds tend to be more affordable than curtains. However, it’s best not to choose a window treatment based on cost. If you can pay more for quality and durable window coverings, do it.

Type and size of the room

The size of your spaces can influence your choice of blinds or curtains. Some rooms need curtains while others are better with blinds. Curtains, precisely those in full-length, are best for spacious rooms. They do well in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, among other spaces.

On the other hand, blinds are suitable for small and compact spaces. They are also a better option for damp rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. Blackout blinds are perfect for bedrooms and children’s rooms as they provide complete darkness. When closed, no amount of light can filter through them, allowing you to sleep peacefully.

Our pick: Blinds are your best bet. Since blinds can be installed in almost every space in your home and remain functional, we highly recommend them over curtains.

Durability and maintenance

If your needs for window treatments are long-term, we recommend blinds over curtains. Blinds are much more durable and will serve your needs for an longer period than curtains. They are more rugged and rigid than curtains and are less prone to wear and tear. If well maintained, blinds could last for as long as 15 years.

Blinds are made of synthetic materials, making them resistant to stains and discolouration. They will maintain their looks for years. You won’t need to replace them as often, which will cut down maintenance costs.

Curtains, whether made from cotton, silk, or velvet, are prone to staining, moulding, and tearing, making them less durable. You’ll need to replace them after every decade or less.

Blinds are easier to maintain than curtains. They only need regular cleaning to keep their appearance.

Our pick: Blinds.

Tips on cleaning blinds

There are various ways to clean blinds, depending on how dirty and dusty they are. The best part is that you don’t need to take them down during cleaning, unlike curtains. The first way to clean blinds is by dusting. Use a duster or a non-abrasive cloth to wipe each slat on the blind. Do this while the blinds are closed to make the process effortless. Use a vacuum to get rid of dust that has accumulated on other parts of the blind. For stains, you’ll need to make a cleaning solution like that of water and vinegar. Dip a sock in the solution and wring it out to remove the excess water. Use the sock to clean each spot.

For a deeper clean, remove the blinds from the window. Fill a bathtub with warm water and soak the blinds for about half an hour. Rinse the blinds and leave them to dry before installing them back on your windows. Always double-check with the manufacturer before using any invasive cleaning process.

Avoid wetting wooden blinds and instead, use a dry cloth to clean them.

Blinds or curtains? Final thoughts

Blinds and curtains have some common advantages that make them more functional. However, each of them has cons. Blinds take the crown for effective light control, safety, cost, durability, and ease of maintenance. Curtains might be the best option for interior design and larger rooms. Our final vote goes to blinds.