Why choose custom-made
Features & benefits
The perfect fit
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your thermal curtains, they need to fit just right. Thermal curtains should have no gaps top or bottom and fit against the wall snugly to keep the drafts at bay.
Curtains vs. blinds
Many of our curtains and blinds can have a thermal backing added for increased insulation. Blinds can be a good option for smaller, well-sealed windows, while floor length curtains will be a better choice for large windows or ranch sliders.
Insulate your home all year
The added insulating properties of thermal backed curtains is great for your home in both summer and winter. Thermal curtains keep the warm air in during those chilly winter nights and keeping the cool air in during the peak of summer.
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Free guide to choosing curtains
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Choosing a curtain heading style
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Frequently asked questions
Yes, curtains can be incredibly effective insulators and with a proper thermal lining, they can reduce heat loss by up to 60%! Glass is a very poor insulator, so adding thermal curtains can make a big difference, keeping the warm air in during winter and keeping the heat out during summer.
Yes, thermal curtains keep the cold out in winter by blocking draughts from windows and by adding several layers of thermal material between you and the glass of the window. Thermal curtains are a great way to keep your home more comfortable all winter long.
Yes, thermal curtains do keep out the heat, too! While it’s more common to hear about thermal curtains for use in winter, they’re actually very useful year round, reducing heat gain by up to 33% on windows that get direct sunlight.
Short answer – there isn’t one. Both thermal and insulated curtains help to insulate your home and keep it warmed in winter and cooler in summer with either a thermal coating or a thermal lining. Sometimes places will refer to a thermal curtain as one with a coating applied and an insulated curtain as one with a lining added, but they are effectively the same result and we use the term ‘thermal’ for both.
Thermal curtains reduce heat transfer by about 25% which, over the course of a year can make a big difference to your heating/air conditioning costs. However, it’s worth remembering that thermal curtains don’t produce heat, they only help retain or repel it, so they’re not a replacement for a proper heating and cooling unit.
There are two types of thermal curtains, lined or coated. You can tell if your curtains are thermal but taking a close look at the layers (thermal lined curtains usually have 3 layers of fabric), or at the back of the fabric for an applied coating. You can also check your curtain’s tags for more information.