Blinds vs Curtains: The Pros and Cons

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Windows are often a big feature of all living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and more, and ensuring that they are made the most of is essential for effective interior design.

When it comes to window dressings, there are two main options: curtains or blinds. Deciding between the two is both a case of preference and practicality. So to help you choose, here are a few pros and cons of each…

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–          Blinds are available in a wide range of styles and designs, from contemporary looking  Venetian Blinds to luxurious Roman Blinds. Depending on the ambience you are trying to create in your room, there is a blind for every application.

–          When it comes to light filtration, blinds are king. Whether it’s the slatted design of Venetian Blinds that allow for accurate shading, or Blackout Blinds that block out all sunlight for those requiring uninterrupted sleep during the day, the choices are varied.

–          When space is limited, blinds are again advantageous. Certain designs can be fitted inside the window recess so they don’t project out into the room. Flats and smaller bedrooms can certainly benefit from this.

–          Blinds, particularly slatted Venetian Blinds, can be easily cleaned using a duster.


–          One of the prominent drawbacks of blinds is that they tend to cost more than curtains – particularly those that require some form of operational mechanism.

–          Some blinds can be difficult to clean, especially as most fabric materials cannot simply be removed and placed in the washing machine. Similarly, water may damage some Wooden or Aluminium Blinds.




–          As they generally require no pull cord to operate, curtains provide a safer window dressing option than blinds – particularly with small children and pets around, as the string or any small toggles could present a choking hazard.

–          As it is generally desirable for curtains to overlap the edges of the window, it does not matter so much if they are not made to measure. Similarly, cutting down curtains that are too big is not a difficult task.


–          Animal hair and fur tends to stick a lot more to heavy fabric curtains than it does to Venetian or wooden blinds, meaning upkeep is a more regular task.

–          In smaller homes and rooms, curtains can protrude outwards into the limited available space, where blinds can sit neatly out the way inside the window recess.

–          Curtains rarely fit perfectly over the windowpane, allowing light to filter in around the sides or through the central gap. This can become an issue for light sleepers who are affected by sunlight, or for babies who need to sleep during the day.

If you are still undecided as to the window dressing that’s right for your needs, the above points would suggest that blinds are the most versatile in terms of materials, style, practicality and maintenance.

Express Essex Blinds

Here at Express Essex Blinds, we supply a wide range of made to measure blinds (and curtains, poles and tracks) for use in all domestic and commercial environments, all at highly competitive prices. We are on hand to carry out free home visits to assess your requirements and offer a free, no obligation quote, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01268 350 520 or email [email protected]

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