many of the functions that curtains have always traditionally
performed, plus they provide some extra benefits. One of
the main differences between blinds and curtains in the
most basic sense is that blinds work by either covering
the window vertically from the top down, or they use a series
of rotating slats. Curtains simply pull horizontally across
to cover the window. Both blinds and curtains attach to
the wall or window frame at the top. Curtains use a rail
or pole whereas blinds generally use brackets. Curtains
obviously consist of 2 large areas of material / fabric
whereas blinds generally consist of just 1 (e.g. roller
blinds or roman blinds) or many individual slats e.g. horizontal
blinds and vertical blinds.
blinds and curtains
can be operated by draws or drawstrings. Many curtains however
are simply pulled manually. This is generally not as convenient
as many of the blind draws or wand controls which operate
and blinds are both available in a wide range of colours
and patterns, although blind slats e.g. for vertical blinds
are available in a number of different finishes. Basic cleaning
and maintenance of blinds tends to much easier than that
of curtains. For example, to fully clean curtains they first
need to be taken down i.e. separated from all the curtain
hooks. They may then need to be either machine washed, steam
cleaned or dry cleaned. Blinds on the other hand are frequently
made of materials and finishes that can be wiped and cleaned
without the need for large amounts of water or any kind
of major washing activity. Vertical
blind slats for example can be individually removed
and cleaned, or even replaced if necessary. This means that
a brand new vertical blind slat of the same colour and finish
as the others in the blinds can be easily and cheaply purchased.
Where curtains are concerned this kind of maintenance or
replacement can’t happen as easily.
curtains, when they are half closed this completely obscures
half of the window space thus making the room much darker.
With vertical blinds
however, when they are half closed light can still enter
the room between the slats thus making the room much lighter
inside while still retaining the privacy of the room, and
the ability to see clearly out.