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The many benefits of lined curtains


This past week the temperature has dipped a bit low at night, reminding us that we have some cold weather ahead. Are you prepared? Are your curtains lined?

lined drapery panels

Curtain lining is one great way to help insulate your home. In a blog about this time last year, we gave some information on the R-value of windows and the benefits of installing some honeycomb blinds to help insulate. Today we want to discuss curtain lining for better insulation.

But first let’s look at some sheer window treatments:

unlined sheers

The sheer window treatment is light and airy and adds a certain atmosphere to the room as well as letting the most light in. Great if you aren’t worried about the fading of the fabric from the sun or insulation from solar heat or from the cold. If these factors enter into your decision to line or not to line, sheer or very light weight fabric may not be the best choice for you. (Side note: unlined draperies are actually “curtains”)

And with all window treatments, you have options with linings as well.

Lined draperies

Good quality lining is usually a bit lighter than the decorator fabric and made of a cotton or polyester fabric or a blend of the two. It has a bit of a sheen, and adds weight to the face fabric, making the curtains hang better on the rod. The curtains look fuller and more luxurious.


Linings are usually of a white or off-white color but are available in lots more options. The white or off-white help to unify the look of the home from the outside and the light color reflects the sunlight instead of absorbing it. Many HOAs have guidelines regarding the colors they want seen from the street so it is a good idea to check with them first.


Interlining is a flannel fabric that is between the decorator face fabric and the lining. This layer adds extra insulation. There is also a heavy version known as English Bump. English bump is quite thick, keeping out the damp cold of their weather across the ocean.

English bump

The linings we mentioned above are uncoated. Coated linings are made of fabric that has been specially treated to provide more insulation from the heat and the cold, protect the curtain from moisture, but can also block out the light. Blackout lining is great to make rooms dark for better sleeping at night or to watch your favorite movie.  A high end, exclusive type of blackout is called French blackout. French blackout is not a lining but rather a method of lining that involves four layers – the decorator fabric, the interlining, black lining, and then the white or off white layer. Wow, that’s a far cry from the sheers! This method of lining is used when coated blackout lining is not preferred, and a softer more luxurious curtain is desired.

coated lining

And lets go back to the sheers or other lightweight fabrics for a second. Lining is a great way to add weight to a lighter fabric that you simply love, but may not hold up on it’s own to make the dramatic affect you seek. Lining will also help keep some of the street noise from entering your home.

lined light weight fabric

Lined curtains are made with the lining inside the face fabric, or rather within the hem on the sides of the draperies as well as the top and bottom. The lining is not seen when opening or closing the curtains.

lined drapery construction

Hopefully this tidbit of information helps you decide to Line or not to Line when choosing new curtains for your home this cold weather season. But remember they help keep the heat out as well! And here is yet another option – adding lining to the existing curtains to add an extra layer of protection:

adding lining later

To inquire or learn more about lining and curtains call Kim at 513-398-5798 or email