A Quick Guide To BlockOut Curtains

The blockout curtain is a good choice for urban dwellers. They block out external light almost entirely, as their name suggests. These window coverings are a popular choice for bedrooms. Installed correctly, these window coverings create an atmosphere that promotes a deeper level of sleep. also improves insulation.

Made Curtains & Blinds have put together a guide on the different types of blockout lining to help you make a decision when selecting new window treatments for your house.

Thermal Lining

The thermal curtain lining is a blockout fabric that has one layer of suede acrylic applied to the reverse of the fabric. The acrylic lining acts as a thermal barrier to help you save money on your energy bills, and keep your house warm in winter and cool during the summer. Thermal lining protects interiors from ultraviolet light and is treated to resist mildew.

It is important to note that with a single layer of acrylic, some light will be able to pass through your windows. This fabric can also cause ‘dust,’ which is annoying when it collects behind the curtains and on the sills. Thermal lining coated drapes are also not machine washable. Cleaning by a professional is recommended.

Blockout Lining

Modern technology has made to measure blackout curtains it possible to find a wide range of options for blockout linings on the market. Here are some of the most common types:

Silicone-coated curtains

The silicone lining is one of the most popular and newest options. Three layers of silicone are applied directly on the reverse of the fabric to protect it from the sun and moisture. The fabric is thicker and retains heat more effectively than thermal linings. It has excellent blockout capabilities. The silicone-coated curtains are easy to clean as they don’t collect dust and can simply be wiped with a damp cloth.

Triple weave curtains

Triple weave lining is another option. The fabric of these curtains is woven, which makes it thicker and softer.

This fabric does not completely block out light. This fabric allows for a tiny amount of light through. It is called dimout because of this. Darker fabrics will reduce light more effectively.

The three-layer construction is more energy efficient than the standard thermal liner.

Blackout suede acrylic curtains

The reverse of the fabric is coated with a three-layer acrylic suede. This allows it to block out more light and retain more heat than a thermal liner. These blockout curtains do not eliminate dust. They are therefore a less desirable option, as they naturally rub off with time. Like thermal lined curtains, acrylic coated drapes are not machine-washable.

Curtain lining in classic textile or fabric

The classic textile lining allows you to control the light and thermal properties of any curtain fabric. The second layer gives more body and fullness. The composition of the fabric is usually a polyester/viscose blend, cotton or 100% napped. The textile lining provides better insulation, acoustic qualities and extra protection against fading for both the interior and the curtains themselves.

Add interlining between the fabric face and the lining.

Our local business owners will always be available to answer your questions regarding blackout curtains and cost. Also, we offer free estimates and measuring.

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