It may seem like a silly question, but which curtain lining should you choose when you’re having new curtains made? You don’t even see that bit, right? Unless you’re outside nosying in? And maybe the edges of it sometimes, peeping in coyly at you from behind the main event part of the curtain? Well, there’s more to a curtain lining than meets the eye … or the utility bill!
A good lining not only provides several functional benefits (more of these later) but it will also likely add fullness to the curtains, helping them hang better. They add an extra layer of protection, helping the curtains to last longer. The clever things keep the curtains’ colours vibrant by preventing fading due to pesky sunlight, as well as keeping a great deal of dust from settling.
Different types of lining material will provide different levels of protection and also insulation.
Polycotton is a mix of cotton and polyester that brings out the best in both fibres. Polyester is an incredibly durable synthetic fibre. It retains its shape and colour beautifully, mildew stands little chance of gaining a hold in its fibres and it’s virtually wrinkleproof. Cotton, on the other hand, is a natural material, which allows easy passage of air. It’s much more resistant to heat than like-for-like man-made fibres making it ideal in the war against sunlight fading. All in all, it’s light and airy, making it a perfect companion to your curtains in any room of the home.
Pure cotton has a tendency to wrinkle easily, likes to shrink after washing, has no defence against mildew and if untreated can burn quite readily. Polyester is likely to melt if burnt and is super-retentive when it comes to stains.
When both materials are brought together, it’s like Kryptonite! Polycotton proves to be strong, is less prone to wrinkling, washes well, laughs at shrinkage, denies mildew access, has a high anti-flame tolerance and can also insulate well. In short, it’s epic!
Blackout lining does what it says on the tin – it blocks out the sunlight! There are differing degrees available, some of which are less Draconian than the heaviest brigade, but in general terms, if you employ this type of lining, you can expect to have some measure of light blockage. The most common room to find this type of lining in is the bedroom, which is especially useful if you’re the type who doesn’t like to surface too early on a summer’s morning. It’s also perfect if you want to watch the cup final in the comfort of your living room without the need to contort yourself into that sun-shadow-on-screen-avoidance position. Blackout lining is generally made from a much thicker material than its thinner polycotton cousin, which is also a boon for increased thermal insulation (keeps things cooler, as well as warmer) and noise reduction.
Unsurprisingly, thermal lining will help keep down utility bills and can also keep a room cooler by repelling unwanted summer heat. It’s basically a more heat-focussed version of the blackout lining mentioned above. The thicker lining gives the curtain extra volume for a fuller look too.
If you choose a curtain fabric that’s particularly thin, a bonded interlining can add some well-needed body. The bonding is created by layering standard curtain lining together with a cotton and polyester fleece. Bonded interlining also offers added volume to create a quite luxurious look.
If you were to take advantage of our custom making service, you’d have the option to plump for the lining of your choice. Put yourself in the driving seat and ask in store for more information.
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