5 Things to Avoid When Choosing Thermal Drapes 5 Things to Avoid When Choosing Thermal Drapes
Thermal drapes are different from other kinds of drapes and curtains because they have a special lining designed to act as a barrier to keep light and cold/hot weather out. Whether you’re choosing sliding door drapes or bedroom drapes, here are 5 things you should avoid when choosing thermal drapes.
1 - Buying Online
Avoid buying thermal drapes online. This might come as a shock, but when you can’t feel the drapes in your own hands before you buy them, you never know what you’re going to get and, frankly, no description will ever take the place of your own sense of touch. Go somewhere and touch the drapes.
2 - Buying Single-Layer Drapes
Steer clear of single-layer thermal drapes. Some companies claim the fabric alone is enough to be thermal; this simply isn’t true. The whole point of having thermal drapes is, as mentioned earlier, is to have another thermal layer that helps keep cold air out and warm air in, or the other way around. Thermal fabrics generally don’t make for good drapes, so they’re attached to curtain fabric to combine function and design.
3 - Getting Drapes with the Wrong Lining for Your Needs
If you're trying to lower your cooling bill, stay away from thermal drapes with dark lining. These don’t reflect light very well, so keeping your house cool won’t happen because dark colors absorb light, and kick out heat as a result.
4 - Cheap Lining
Stay away from thermal drapes that feel like they’re not completely sewn together— meaning the lining feels like it might sag. In truth the fabric should be fused to the lining with at least an iron-on fabric glue to prevent sagging.
5 - Cheap Drapes Entirely
Be extremely wary of the deeply discounted bargains you may find at bargain stores and discount home décor stores. More often than not, there’s a reason those particular thermal curtains are there, and are so cheap. You can get good quality drapes for a reasonable price. Usually you can find a sturdy set of thermal drapes for about $40, which is a great investment if you consider the money you’ll save in a year on your energy bill.