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Lined or Unlined Curtains and Blinds?

When it comes to choosing between lined and unlined curtains and blinds, it is important to consider exactly what job they need to do, how much they will cost and what the long-term effects of the choice will be. Both lined and unlined curtains and blinds have advantages and can be a stylish way to dress a window.

Unlined curtains and blinds can be a good option for those on a tight budget as less fabric is required to make them and the reduction in production costs usually makes them a cheaper choice. As many unlined curtains can be washed in a washing machine, dry-cleaning bills can be reduced. However, lined curtains and blinds can help to save money over the long-term by reducing the amount of heat that leaves the home through its windows and saving on heating bills. 

The best types of blinds and curtains for reducing heat loss are those with a thermal lining. Some curtains are lined and interlined, saving further heat loss by being comprised of three layers. Lined curtains also have a neater appearance in many cases as the extra weight means that they hang better.

Unlined curtains and blinds can be a better choice in rooms that are small or have access to little light as they have a fresher, lighter appearance. In summer evenings, unlined window coverings also have the advantage of allowing some light to enter a window while they are closed. This saves electricity as privacy can be maintained without the need to switch on the lights. Both lined and unlined options can be attractive and cost-effective.

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