A Comprehensive Guide to Window Covering Options: Curtains, Blinds, and Shutters



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When faced with the task of selecting the ideal window covering options for your home, the vast array of choices can be quite overwhelming.

However, at dollar curtains + blinds, we boast more than five decades of expertise in the realm of window coverings. With this wealth of experience, our aim is to assist you in making a well-informed decision that perfectly suits your home.

Curtains.

In the realm of curtains, you have the delightful option of selecting from soft, flowing, and warm fabrics, such as Sheer Fabrics and Blockout Fabrics. You can opt for either of them individually or combine both (Double Curtains) to achieve a captivating layered finish. Additionally, you have the freedom to further personalize your window treatment by complementing them with other products like Blinds or Shutters. With various heading types, styles, and track shapes available, the possibilities for customization are truly limitless, allowing you to create a unique and stylish look that perfectly suits your taste.

What are Curtains?

Pros & Cons of Curtains

Pros:

Curtains offer boundless opportunities for customization. You can express your unique style by handpicking the fabric, color, transparency, length, control type, and accessories to personalize your window treatment.

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, curtains also serve practical purposes. They provide essential UV protection for your furniture, furnishings, and flooring, helping to prevent fading and damage caused by sunlight.

Moreover, curtains are an excellent choice for enhancing thermal and sound insulation within your living space, ensuring a more comfortable and quiet environment.

In terms of design, curtains have a remarkable ability to create an illusion of height in a room, making the space feel more open and spacious.

Additionally, they add warmth and softness to your interior, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Last but not least, curtains introduce movement and texture, bringing life and dimension to your home decor, elevating the overall visual appeal.

Pros + Cons of Curtains

Cons:

Unlike Blinds or Shutters, curtains require more diligent cleaning and maintenance, making them a less suitable option for households with young children and pets. Their fabric nature demands extra care to keep them clean and presentable.

Additionally, curtains are not recommended for wet areas due to their vulnerability to moisture. While it’s possible to use them in such spaces, over time, the fabric will deteriorate and accumulate dirt, making them less than ideal for damp environments.

Types of Curtains.

Sheer Curtains:

Sheer Curtains are intelligently crafted to reduce glare while still permitting natural daylight to filter through, making them an excellent choice for achieving daytime privacy. Their ability to create a layered window solution adds a touch of texture and softness to your living spaces, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.

These curtains boast the advantage of adding movement and texture to your interior decor, elevating the ambiance of your home. Notably, Sheer Curtains serve as a perfect option to create a gentle transition between your indoor and outdoor living areas, fostering a seamless and inviting environment.

Operating them is effortless; with a wand and minimal effort, you can effortlessly glide the Sheer Curtains from side to side, adjusting them according to your preference and lighting needs. For more in-depth insights into Sheer Curtains, you can explore our blog post titled “5 things you should know about sheer curtains.”

Blockout Curtains:

Blockout Curtains

Blockout Curtains are a wonderful option, particularly suitable for bedrooms, dining rooms, or living rooms. These curtains offer versatility in their design, allowing you to opt for coated fabrics for enhanced light-blocking properties or choose an uncoated fabric with attached lining fabric.

If your primary concern is achieving complete light control, lined Curtains are the perfect solution. When combined with Pelmets, they offer the ultimate room darkening capabilities and superior insulation, creating a cozy and private atmosphere within your living spaces. With Blockout Curtains and the right combination of lining and pelmets, you can enjoy both functional benefits and aesthetic appeal in your home.

Double Curtains:

Absolutely, two is often better than one! Our Double Curtains provide an ingenious combination of a Blockout Curtain and Sheer Curtain on a single window, resulting in a beautifully designed and highly practical finish.

Consider it a perfect investment for your windows and home. These Double Curtains offer twice the practical advantages by providing enhanced light control, privacy, and insulation while also retaining all the visual benefits of soft, luxurious Curtains.

With this innovative window treatment, you get the best of both worlds – a versatile and functional solution that also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your living spaces. Experience the convenience and elegance of Double Curtains for an exceptional window covering experience.

Whether you desire the light-blocking capabilities of Blockout Curtains or the soft elegance of Sheer Curtains, custom curtains play a pivotal role in defining the interior design of a room. Apart from their aesthetic contribution, they offer numerous practical benefits that empower you to have complete control over your home’s environment.

The visual appeal and functional advantages of our Curtains make them a wise investment that not only elevates the ambiance of your living spaces but also adds value to your home as a whole. To explore the various heading and track options available, you can find more information here, allowing you to select the perfect combination that suits your style and preferences. Embrace the versatility and value that custom Curtains bring to your home decor.

Blockout Curtains or soft Sheer Curtains

Blinds

What are blinds?

The term Blinds actually covers a range of products. There are Cellular Blinds, Roman Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Vertical Blinds, Panel Blinds and the most common Blind the Roller Blind.

For this blog we have focused on the Pros and Cons of Roller Blinds but we have included a brief description of the other varieties for you as well.

What are blinds?

Pros + Cons of Blinds

Pros:

  • Affordable and versatile.
  • Available in easy to clean fabrics as well as decorative fabrics.
  • Easy to use.
  • Perfect for layering behind Sheer Curtains for light control.
  • Double Blinds is the combination of a Sheer Blind and a Blockout Blind on the one bracket providing daytime and night time privacy.

Cons:

  • Blinds aren’t a complete blackout product so if your someone who needs a room completely dark to sleep, we wouldn’t recommend this product for you in the bedroom unless combing with a Blockout Curtain.

Pros and Cons of blinds

Types of Blinds

Roller Blinds

Meet the unassuming overachiever, the Roller Blinds. With a minimalist design and straightforward construction, these blinds consist of a flat fabric panel connected to a tube and a base rail. A chain drive allows for smooth operation. They offer versatility with options of blockout, sheer, or semi-sheer fabrics. For added convenience, you can even combine both types on a specialized bracket, creating double blinds. In essence, simplicity at its best, yet remarkably effective.

Cellular Blinds

Cellular Blinds

Introducing the ultimate energy-saving solution: Cellular Blinds. These blinds are ingeniously crafted with a distinctive honeycomb cell shape, forming pockets of insulation that contribute to significant energy conservation. Embrace superior thermal protection for your home with these cutting-edge Cellular Blinds.

Roman Blinds

Experience the perfect fusion of practicality and elegance with Roman Blinds. These blinds seamlessly blend the functionality of Roller Blinds with the decorative impact of luxurious soft furnishings. Adorned with pleated folds, they exude a sense of opulence. Raising fold by fold, they create a soft, layered look that adds a touch of sophistication to any space.

Venetian Blinds

Step into modernity and functionality with Venetian Blinds, a timeless classic that elevates any home’s style. These versatile blinds are crafted from either timber or aluminium, adding a touch of elegance to your living space. Enjoy the perfect blend of privacy, precise light control, and enhanced ventilation, all wrapped up in the beauty of Venetian Blinds.

Vertical + Panel Blinds

Discover an affordable and practical solution for large windows and doors – Vertical Blinds. These blinds feature vertical blades made from sturdy fabric, allowing effortless adjustment for controlling light levels. Versatile enough for both home and office settings, Vertical Blinds offer a simple yet effective way to manage light and privacy.

But that’s not all; for a slightly more contemporary aesthetic, Panel Blinds step up to the task. Comprising wider vertical blades of fabric, these blinds exude modern charm while remaining highly cost-effective. Panel Blinds are perfect for those seeking an affordable and stylish option for their larger windows or doors.

With an array of options to choose from when it comes to Blinds you are sure to find one that is perfect for your home.

Blinds

To learn more about our different Blind options or for more window covering inspiration check out our latest Magazine.

Shutters – What are Shutters?

Indulge in the elegance and durability of Shutters – the epitome of practicality. Not only do they add a touch of sophistication to your space, but they also excel in thermal insulation. With Shutters, you have complete control over light, effortlessly allowing natural light in while ensuring the desired level of privacy.

Custom-made to perfectly fit your window and door dimensions, these Shutters come in an extensive selection of colors and stains, allowing you to find the perfect match for your decor. Choose from timber, PVC, or aluminium options, ensuring there’s a suitable choice for any room or setting. Enhance your space with the timeless appeal and functionality of Shutters.

Pros + Cons of Shutters

Pros:

  • Custom made to fit any shape window or door making them a great option for tricky shaped windows.
  • Enhance your homes facade.
  • Can be fitted onto French doors.
  • Child and pet safe – no chains or cords!
  • Strong and durable.
  • Ideal for thermal and sounds insulation.
  • UV protection for furnishings and flooring.
  • Easy to use and clean.

Cons:

  • Shutters are a more permanent window covering solution which makes them harder to remove if you do change your mind.
  • If you have large window winders your shutters may need to be installed onto the face of the window to avoid them which means they will project further into the room.

Types of Shutters:

Timber Plantation Shutters

Timber Plantation Shutters are your traditional Shutters, designed to be used indoors in dry areas, these come in a painted or stained finish.

PVC Shutters

PVC shutters have been designed to be used in wet and damp areas like bathrooms. Unlike timber PVC will not expand, crack, or bow in a damp environment like your traditional timber shutters will.

Made with an aluminium core which strengthens the blades and panels adding extra support for a more durable longer lasting shutter. Available in a painted finish only.

Aluminium Shutters

Aluminium Shutters are made for the great outdoors. Like their name suggests these Shutters are made from aluminium and are designed to be used outdoors.

Commonly used in alfresco areas to create a barrier in voids whilst still having light and airflow control.

Discover more in our blog Plantation Shutters 101: Everything you need to know about picking the right Shutters for your home.

Want to learn more? Download our Shutter brochure.

For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on choosing your window coverings call or visit your nearest store to book in your FREE Measure + Quote.

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