Fresh Window Look: 4 Alternatives to Heavy Curtains

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Heavy curtains are not just an eyesore. They can also be a safety hazard. The sheer weight of the fabric combined with its length means that it’s difficult to open and close them easily. 

It’s also easy for heavy curtains to get tangled up in themselves, which creates another safety issue for your household. You may have thought about getting rid of your heavy curtains before but don’t know what alternative window treatments you could use instead. 

This blog post will give you some ideas!

Alternatives to Heavy Curtains

Here are some of the best  four alternatives to heavy curtains:

1. Curtain Panels

Curtain panels are a great way to add some lightness to your window without going completely curtain-less. They come in various materials, from sheer cotton to linen, and you can hang them on a rod or track system.

If you’re looking for something with more privacy than sheer panels, consider getting ones that have a blackout lining. This will keep the light out and maintain your privacy during the day.

They are also a great way to add color or pattern to your window without making a big commitment.

2. Window Film

If you want to maintain your privacy without adding much light, consider window film. This is a thin vinyl that you can apply to the inside of your window, and it comes in all different colors and patterns.

You’ll find this option especially useful if you don’t like curtains because they are near impossible for outsiders to see through when closed. All you’ll see is your reflection.

This option comes in three different levels of privacy – light, medium, and dark (you can also choose to buy it with or without a backing). 

3. Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains are a great way to add privacy to your window without completely obscuring the view. They consist of two panels of fabric that hang at each side of the window, with a gap in the middle for you to see through.

This style is perfect if you want to open and close your curtains easily as they can get lifted up and down like a regular curtain.

Although they do provide some privacy, the gaps in between mean that people outside will still see you if you’re sitting near your window. So great for daylight hours but not so good at nighttime!

Cafe curtains come in many materials and styles to suit every decor. However, if you want to add some pattern or color, check out the commercial window coverings. These are thicker than regular cafe curtains and have a backing making them more opaque.

You could also choose cafe curtains made from sheer material, which means you can still see outside, but your view will get slightly obscured. This option is a good compromise if you want some privacy and natural light in your home.

4. Shutters

If you’re looking for a window treatment that provides both privacy and light, then shutters are the answer. They consist of two panels per window which sit on either side of the frame with louvers (like mini-blinds) in between them. 

Shutters are a great way to make a statement in your home as they come in different materials, colors, and styles. You can even get them with decorative flourishes or carvings! They’re also a good option if you have large windows as they can cover the entire window area – no need for multiple panels.

There are different window treatments out there that can give your home a fresh look. So whether you’re looking for something to keep the light out during the day or want some privacy at night, there’s an option for you!


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