Thermal curtains are more than just aesthetically pleasing accents for homeowners who love their curtains. Made of thick, heavy materials such as cotton or polyester, thermal curtains are an extremely popular option for your windows and home decor. They provide several benefits like providing increased privacy while preventing air from entering or escaping your window. You can reap all of the benefits of full thermal curtains by choosing from stylish, affordable, and multi-purpose alternatives available in the market.
What Are Thermal Curtains?
Thermal curtains are made from double or triple-layered fabrics. Most have a special acrylic foam in the middle which provides additional insulation and also dampens sound.
While thermal curtains keep in the heat during the winter, they protect your home against heat gain in the summer. While you get insulating and blackout functionality with both blackout and thermal curtains, thermal curtain’s main function is to provide insulation to the room.
What Are Thermal Curtains Used For?
Thermal curtains are energy-efficient options for homes with central heating or air conditioning. These are used to keep heat inside during winter months and keep cool air from escaping during the summer months. This helps to save money on utility bills by reducing climate control requirements.
Almost all thermal curtains also function as blackout curtains and dampen sound too because of the multiple layers. So, when drawn shut they will block sunlight and even help to reduce some of the traffic noise. This is a perfect combination for light sleepers, night shift workers, babies or anyone who simply wants to sleep in.
Tips On Styling Thermal Curtains:
- When evaluating curtain styles, you want them to blend in with the decor or make a statement. You can choose an array of solid, polka dot, patchwork, and kicky chevron prints in blues and greys to make a bold statement.
- If your style is more understated, go for ivory and other neutrals for the drapes which are light, airy, and blend into the space. By selecting from a range of curtain accessories, and mixing and matching fittings and fixtures you can give your window a beautiful makeover.
- If you have patterned furniture or bedding in the room, it’ll be easier to pair them with curtains in solid colors. This brings a sense of calmness to the room. When the room furniture is in solid colors, curtains with large graphic prints definitely add flair to the room.
- Thermal curtains come in multiple styles of shades, such as Roman, hobbled, balloon, classic curtains, and side-draw shades. You can integrate them into systems that use draperies, valances, shutters, and add a touch of modern luxury to your home.
- The size of the thermal curtain you’ll choose depends on the size of your window and the desired style you want to achieve. Thermal curtains are available typically in 63 inches, 84 inches, 95 inches, 108 inches, and 120 inches length.
To obtain a precise height of the space we suggest following the rule of thumb of measuring the distance between the ceiling and the floor.
- If you’re going for a more traditional look, you should hang the curtain 6 inches above the top of the window frame, 3 inches below the bottom of the frame, and 3 inches beyond the sides. You can add to the style statement with beautiful antique metal grommets.
- You can let the curtains hang about 1 inch from the floor. Keeping the width of the curtains up to three times wider than the window will give a sense of modernity and continuity to the space.
- Create a “puddled” effect for a luxurious look by hanging the curtains as close to the ceiling as possible, and allowing the bottom of the curtains to rest on the floor.
Thermal curtains can be both functional and a style statement if you keep some of the important pointers mentioned here when choosing one for your home.