Right now just really enjoying my curtains from Best Home Fashion. After a few months use after purchasing them, the Burgundy(Burgandy as they call it) solid thermal blackout curtains do their job and do it quite well! We’re talking like wonderful blackout because I’ve had zero sunlight issues with them up. The quality is just so well done and its truly still a favorite for me. I’ve only liked one set better than this one so far. I do hope they last and I am currently deciding on purchasing another color since they have so many. For less than the 50 dollars I spent on them for the pair of curtains I’d say it was a good investment. Though it does have one downfall is that they aren’t really noise reducing/soundproofing curtains of sorts. Too skinny for that but that’s okay because the other features out weigh this downside of things.
When I look at these curtains I like the black and white color with the zebra print. I like that you can also tie back the sides if needed. I also like that the sides look thick, so you can hang them down and they should block out the sun well. It has a micro fur feeling to it and its a two piece curtain set that is imported. One is sheer and one is a normal curtain. It’s also machine washable, so that makes it easier to wash if needed. Each panel is 60-inch x 84-inch with a 18-inch valance drop.
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Chezmoi Collection Black and White Micro Fur Zebra with Giraffe Design Window Curtain/Drape Set, with Sheer Backing
What first drew me to this curtain was the design. It is very elegant. There is a short layer at the top of the curtain that is designed. It zigzags across the top of the curtain and in between the zigzags is a silky piece that hangs down in folds. The gold color adds to the elegant look of these curtains and I also like the double layers. The bottom layer is lighter than the top which accents the whole piece.
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Link to curtains: Luxury Dallas Jacquard Panel
With the insanely hot summer here you’re wondering to yourself, “what kind of curtains help to keep a room cool?” Well lets take a look deeper into the real problem of summer as there’s two main schools of thought of whats causing the warmth.
Sunlight and Outside Air.
Lets dive a bit into the problems with Sunlight. During the day for sure sunlight is going to be your main cause of warmth unless you have the windows completely open. Immediately you maybe thinking well if I just buy really dark curtains then it will be much cooler. Yes and No unfortunately. As you see black curtains will just absorb the sunlight and then get warm themselves to the point that you now have hanging heaters near your windows. It’ll reduce heat a bit since the sunlight won’t be able to actually fill up the room but it will still keep things pretty decently warm. Time to move to the upgraded version of curtains, white backed/thermal insulated curtains. These curtains have a special backing to them that faces the outdoors that reflects the sunlight and heat far greater than any other type of curtain. There will be a considerable feeling of difference between these and normal curtains because all the heat from the sun just goes right back out the window. The good thing is these types of curtains aren’t that much more expensive than the normal curtains, you just got to look out for them. Curtains in general also help keep a barrier between the rest of the room and the windows so it does help even with the smallest and thinnest of curtains. But we always recommend going for thermal insulated/white backed curtains for all seasons. Plus for winter they help keep heat in when you want it. 🙂
Another thing to consider along side your curtains is just typical blinds. Usually a type of plastic of sorts these will help even more considerably because they are usually closer to the windows than what a curtain can do. Thus having both curtains and blinds will be a live saver in terms of keeping out the heat especially when you live in the southern states where the summers are brutal.
Outside air can be an issue but its not as big of an issue as sunlight. Any curtains unless they are just pure thin silk will help alleviate warm air from coming in past the window. The thicker the curtain though the more protection you’re going to have. If you don’t get much sunlight but get really warm still. What to do really is not worry about curtains so much as making sure your windows are sealed tight. Feel around the edges of windows and if there’s any sort of air movement get out the calking gun or make sure to push down tight on your windows. Make sure that things completely close as even just a small amount of air flow can make a huge difference. Not to mention an increase in air conditioning costs!! If your windows are really worn down it may be a good idea to get replacements. It maybe a bit costly up front but it’ll save you so much money in the next few years especially if you have long summers. Newer windows in this day and age are wonderful in that technologically they are more weather proof, soundproof, and insulated to keep your summers cooler and your winters warmer.
What to avoid: Silk! Silk curtains really won’t do you much good if they are super thin. They will help a bit if you’ve opened the windows and want to keep a bit of sunlight out just to air out the house. But they won’t do anything for you on those super hot days because the sunlight will still find a way right through them.
Other options: Thermal additions like a curtain liner is another good alternative. These go behind your curtains to help insulate without having to replace your current curtain sets. Maybe you have that absolutely lovely set of curtains that work all year round and look great inside but during the summers they really don’t help out. Well you’re in luck because companies like Thermalogic make curtain liners to help out.
You can purchase some of these here: Thermalogic Ultimate Window Liner for less than a typical curtain panel, especially compared to an expensive blackout set.
Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a fun and cool summer!
Washing: Your curtains got dirty from just dust or perhaps someone spilled something on them. Now if they are your favorite, be on the safe side and get them dry cleaned. Often times even if a curtain says machine washable, they really aren’t. Or if they are, make sure they don’t go through the normal cycle. The delicate cycle will always be your best bet even if they are extra dirty. Not 100% sure why a lot of curtains say machine washable just to turn out not to be. You can tell after a washing if the colors have faded or you have small pieces of fabric missing. Very little damage will likely occur if it does but its still best to be careful. Some curtains will however rip and destroy themselves but those almost 99% of the time will say Dry Clean Only.
Drying: Then the dryer after cleaning. Make sure to always use just non-heated air especially if you have a thermal backing on the curtains. Soundproof curtains have such a backing and if you put these in the dryer they will likely melt and you’ll have ruined curtains afterwards. After all these backings are usually a type of plastic that melts really quickly. Plus with little room in the dryer there’s a good chance the curtain won’t move around enough to evenly distribute the heat. Instead you’ll have one part heat up a lot more than the others. If something starts to smell, turn off the dryer immediately!
After Cleaning: You may notice that after cleaning your curtains that they do not smell like the fabric softener or even the washing liquid you used. Sadly you can’t prepare for this happening besides unless you just do dry cleaning. The best option in this case is just let them hang and wait as the smell will go away. Otherwise a few squirts of febreze will help out greatly!
Keep those curtains clean and smelling fresh!