Choosing the best curtains for bedrooms

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When choosing the right curtains for bedrooms the aim is to create a good sleeping environment and all-round enjoyable place to be. Let’s go over what you need to think about.

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Reducing noise

Unfortunately, short of buying expensive, specially engineered curtains, blocking out noise completely is not possible, but it can be reduced. It all comes down to absorbing the sound vibrations so the thicker and heavier the fabric, the better the result. As above, you may not want a weighty fabric so instead think about adding layers – have the curtains lined as well as perhaps adding a blind underneath. For more ideas, check out our blog on soundproofing bedrooms.

Blocking light

Opt for blockout lining to really darken a room. This lining also offers thermal insulation properties. As far as fabrics go, a medium to heavy fabric is best for blocking out light but they may not be the look you’re going for so don’t take that as a ‘must-have’. Also, hanging the curtain high, wide and down to the floor also improves light blockage and energy efficiency. But what about letting light in; does that mean sacrificing your privacy?

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Retaining privacy

If you’re concerned about privacy, consider double tracks with a sheer curtain underneath or even a sunscreen roller blind or translucent honeycomb.

Whose room is it?

This matters because if it were a guest room then whilst minimal light and noise getting in would be a bonus it’s not essential as it’s only used on occasion; the curtains may even remain open for most of the time.

If it’s a child’s bedroom then blocking light and reducing noise become even more important as it can be the difference between bedtime being simple or a struggle. For more on choosing curtains and blinds for kids’ bedrooms check out our recent article.



For a bright, ‘sunny’ vibe, go for an airy, lightweight fabric such as cotton or linen. To be more formal, heavier fabrics like velvet or something elegant like silk adds drama and a touch of romance. Because the bedroom is considered a low traffic room you can get away with these more dramatic fabrics that wouldn’t necessarily work as well in a living room.

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