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Curtains or Blinds?

How to choose between curtains or blinds? Choosing between them doesn’t need to be hard. Most people already have an idea of what they want, but curtains and blinds work differently in different rooms and on different windows - - - sometimes people choose both!

Choosing between curtains or blinds for your windows is largely a matter of personal preference and practical considerations. Both curtains and blinds offer various benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to weigh these factors carefully before making a decision. We’ve covered the key questions we get asked when it comes to curtains vs blinds. Here’s a handy guide to the benefits of made to measure curtains and made to measure blinds.

made to measure bedroom curtains

01. Size matters

Size doesn’t matter, except when it comes to made to measure curtains and made to measure blinds. If you want to create space in a small room, roman or roller blinds are good starting point. If you’re set on curtains, make sure you’ve got space either side of your windows for the curtains to “stack back” when open. Our made to measure curtains and blinds work around any window type but curtains may be better suited than roman blinds for bay windows and awkward shaped windows. As you can install a pole or track to any point in your wall or ceiling, the curtains are able hang over windows where it would be difficult to install a blind.

made to measure blackout curtains

02. Blackout

Getting the best blackout is an art. Made to measure curtains are generally the best solution as they will cover more of the window. Made to measure roman blinds will block some but not all of the light and our roller blind range include blackout options too. Take a look at our tips and tricks for a better blackout.

blue made to measure blue curtains

03. The test of time

Curtains and blinds should last a lifetime. So what happens if you move home at some point in the future? The good news is your curtains and blinds can be altered. Curtains tend to be a bit more versatile than blinds and are super easy to take up.

white bedroom made to measure curtains

04. Should I get curtains or blinds?

It depends on the room. There are no hard and fast rules but from a practical perspective, curtains work better for warmth and added texture, and blinds work well when space is tight. We usually say curtains are good for living rooms and bedrooms, blinds are good for kitchens and bathrooms. Choosing between roller blinds and roman blinds? Roller blinds work well in rooms with low light, allowing natural light to flow into a room whilst still giving privacy. Roman blinds are a softer version of the roller blind, folding up into neat pleats when the blind is open. Roman blinds are more popular as they suit most room schemes and can be used to add a splash of colour to your interior.

made to measure curtains

05. Pets (and small people)

Pets and children are often a concern. The good news is we’ve got you covered. All Stitched blinds comply with regulatory standard for child safety. And if you furry friend is prone to climbing the curtains, blinds might be a better bet.

made to measure orange office curtains

06. Style

Forget fashion, it comes and goes. Style lasts a lifetime and only you know your style. Curtains offer more versatility complementing every style from modern minimalist through to industrial and all the way to traditional and maximalist looks. Blinds are a little more paired back tending to suit more modern spaces.

neutral made to measure roman blind

07. Budgets

When doing up your home, taking your budget into account is important. Curtains generally use more fabric than roman and roller blinds which makes them a bit more expensive. So if you’re on a budget fear not, a simple roller blind can look clean and smart.

made to measure privacy white roller blind

08. Privacy

Want to avoid the stares of nosey neighbours? We’ve got you covered, whatever your style. Gone are the days of twitching net curtains, simple sheer curtains give you all the privacy you need whilst looking super smart. And if you prefer blinds, we offer sheer roman and roller blinds. Transparent roller blinds are a great way to keep your homes private without blocking natural light. These often look great paired with curtains too!

pink bedroom curtains

09. Hot and cold

Curtains are great for helping to regulate the temperature in your home so are the perfect accomplice to a good radiator in winter or a fan in summer. Our fabrics have fantastic thermal properties (especially Wool Curtains, Flax Curtains, Upcycled Silk Curtains and Hemp Curtains), meaning they’ll keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Or, why not have the best of both worlds? You can have roller blinds for privacy as well as curtains to add colour, warmth, texture and blackout to your room.

grey bedroom made to measure curtains

10. Are blinds cheaper than curtains?

Curtains are generally more expensive than blinds due to the amount of fabric required, but the design options available can be worth the extra money. You can personalise your curtains with the heading, pooling and lining choices. Choosing between curtains and blinds depends on personal preference, the size of your room and window, as well as any design elements you want in your home.

Need more inspiration?

Choosing made to measure curtains or blinds gives you the ultimate freedom in designing your new window apparel. Head to our blog for inspiration on styling options for curtains or blinds, colour choices, top tips and more.