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Curtains vs blinds: Which one to choose?

When it comes to dressing up the windows, curtains and blinds are two popular options that homeowners can choose from. Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it's important to consider these features before making a decision. Here's a detailed comparison between curtains and blinds to help you make an informed choice.

Space-saving and dimensional requirements

Blinds are an ideal space saver for small homes as they can be fitted into the dimensions of the window. On the other hand, curtains are free-flowing and take up more space than blinds as they protrude beyond the window. So, if you have limited space, blinds could be a better option for you.

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Control options and maintenance

Blinds can be controlled manually with a cord or string, or they could be automatic, being controlled with a remote control. However, they need to be handled carefully so that the string doesn't break while opening or closing. Curtains, on the other hand, are usually heavy drapes and are controlled manually. They are comparatively maintenance-free and easy to clean.

Cost

Blinds, along with their operating device, are more expensive than curtains. So, if you are on a budget, curtains could be a more affordable option for you.

Shading and light penetration

Blinds are very accurate when it comes to shading and do not allow penetration of light. However, curtains allow filtration of light from the sides and the central gap. So, if you want complete darkness in your room, blinds are a better option.

Ease of cleaning

Slatted blinds are easy to clean with a cloth, but other types of blinds have to be removed individually before washing, which becomes a cumbersome process. Curtains, on the other hand, are easier to clean and put back on the windows.

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FAQs:

Which one is better for small spaces, curtains, or blinds? 

Blinds are an ideal space saver for small homes as they can be fitted into the dimensions of the window.


Which one provides complete darkness, curtains or blinds? 

Blinds provide complete darkness as they do not allow penetration of light.


Which one is easier to clean, curtains or blinds? 

Curtains are easier to clean and put back on the windows.

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