When to use thermal lining in your curtains

Many people imagine that making drapes with thermal lining will look weird, but this isn't true.

With escalating heating costs we're all trying to save money by not losing heat from our homes. Even with double glazed windows some heat will escape, and for older properties some windows let in cold air.

Using drapes with good insulating properties can help with both situations.

But which is the best method to use? Here are your options.

Normal lining

To keep warm we use layers of clothing. The same applies to curtains. If you have a good quality main fabric and lining, you'll find that together they will in fact help to keep the warmth of your home from escaping through windows.

While not as effective as thermal lined drapes or interlining, normal lining together with the fabric will certainly help to conserve heat.

Thermal lining

If you just want to line your drapes, you can buy special thermal lining and use it instead of ordinary lining. This special lining looks just like ordinary lining, so your drapes will look great. Some thermal linings can be stiffer than ordinary cotton lining, but once the curtains are made up and have hung for a while, they should look just as good as curtains made with thermal lining.

Thermal lining is just a very good insulator, and helps to prevent heat loss from the room.

You make up your drapes in exactly the same way as with normal lining.

Interlined curtains

For drapes covering medium to large sized windows, my preferred option is to use interlining in drapes.

I use interlining primarily for the way it improves the looks of drapes, but it is also a great insulator. Because interlining is a thick, felt-like cloth, it traps air in the fibers, which gives it very good insulating properties.

The three fabrics combined, main fabric, interlining and lining, result in drapes with really good insulation.

If you're making large curtains and aren't sure whether to use thermal lining or interlining, do a quick check on the cost involved. Thermal lining is usually more expensive than ordinary lining, and you may find it's just the same price to buy ordinary lining and interlining .

So if you want the best of both worlds - improving the looks of your curtains and getting good insulation - then line and interline your drapes.

But if the curtains definitely don't need interlining and you want as much insulation as possible, then go for thermal lining.

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