Curtains Or Shutters, Which Is Better?
The longstanding debate of which is better has been discussed for many years. However, we are going to get to the bottom of which is better for your home and discuss the pros & cons of shutters & curtains.
How you decide to dress your home’s windows is a very personal choice, decided by style, taste and practicality whether that is blackout curtains to avoid that sunny glare or stylish colour matched shutters. First we need to delve into what makes these two window dressings different.
What Is The Difference?
The difference between the two is significant from how they work to their visual appeal in your home. Depending on the style you’re trying to create you’ll tend to find more suitable options with either shutters or curtains.
The main functional difference between the two is that shutters reflect some of the sun’s energy away from your home, whereas curtains can often absorb that energy resulting in a warmer room. Functionally, shutters offer slightly more control over the amount of light you allow into a room but are much more robust which can put people off in comparison to curtains.
As we compare the two options further we’ll showcase the benefits and things to consider when investing in either option.
Which Has the Best Light Control?
In terms of controlling the amount of light that you allow into your rooms, shutters give you a huge amount of control that curtains simply can’t. This does depend however on the style and design you choose as some options may have more or less forms of control.
If you live in an area that sees a lot of sun or have a south facing home, this may be an important consideration for you and can be something that can drastically affect the aesthetic of your room.
Curtains do give you a level of control when it comes to allowing light into your room however due to being made of material, they can absorb heat. Which may not be a bad thing but something to consider when choosing window dressing for sunnier rooms.
Which Has the Best Privacy?
When it comes to your privacy, covering your windows is important. It’s important to make sure that whichever option you choose it serves you as a stylish but effective barrier to the outside world whenever you want them to.
Our blackout curtains are very good at this, when drawn they offer complete privacy when necessary. Shutters also offer fantastic privacy that you can control more easily. Depending on the design you can have complete autonomy over how much of the outside you want to let in.
Which is More Efficient?
Both options benefit from great efficiency depending on the styles you choose. Our range of shutters have great sound insulation as well as heat insulation, reducing winter drafts and preventing the loss of heat in your home. Shutters, as we mentioned earlier are great at reflecting sunlight keeping your home the right temperature at all times.
Curtains are great for trapping heat into your house, up to 30% of a home’s heat loss is through the windows so having high quality curtains can significantly mitigate that loss.
Both options are great for energy efficiency depending on the quality you choose and the style. All of our options available offer varying degrees of energy efficiency. Our expert team will be able to advise you on the best options for your space.
Which Option is the Hardest Wearing?
Again, many of the factors of both options depend on the style and designs you choose. That being said our curtains are made from durable materials that keep their colour and aesthetic for a very long time. They stand the test of time being used daily.
Our shutters are also made of a robust material that doesn’t fade in the sunlight. The hard wearing structure means they last a very long time and withstand constant use.
Which is Most Stylish?
This is a question only you can answer. Both have very stylish factors to them that can complement any room from lounge to bathroom. The deciding factors to look for are the overall aesthetic of your home and the room you’re planning to add them too. Shutters have a very distinctive look that can really make a room stand out, especially with gradual light being allowed through.
Curtains on the other hand are renowned for their versatility when it comes to style and aesthetics. From shorter options to long grand designs, there are styles to suit all rooms in many colours too.
If you’re unsure about how each option may benefit your home. Call our expert team so they can assist you with your decision. They have years of experience offering guidance to people in search of the perfect dressings for the windows.