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How to Choose an Insulated Curtain

curtains in a bedroom

What's tall, good looking, hardworking, and financially responsible? No, I'm not talking about a romantic connection—I'm talking about an insulated curtain! Curtains are a beautiful way to highlight your windows and add color, height, and softness to your room.

But more than that, an insulated curtain is super hardworking. It absorbs heat and cold air leaking through your window, increases privacy, and softens sound. Your room will be more comfortable, and you'll save money on your monthly energy bills.

Whether you need drapes for patio doors, living room windows, or bedroom windows, Bali Drapery has beautiful options that will add style AND comfort. For the maximum energy savings, here's what I recommend:

1. Choose thicker fabrics.

Sheer fabrics are lovely for letting in lots of natural light, but for energy savings, go with something thicker. With the large selection of Bali fabrics, it's easy to choose the look you want with a thicker material that can help insulate your windows. 

Ordering free swatches is a great way to feel the fabric thickness and texture before buying. It's also an easy way to check that the fabric mixes well with the overall style and color scheme of your room.

Drapery in Living room

Drapery with Pinch Pleats: Wilston, Carbon 6590; Linear Fabric Cornice: Wilston, Carbon 6590

2. Add a liner.

One huge benefit of Bali Drapery is that you have five different liner options, so you can really create the best drapes for your needs. (For obvious reasons, sheer fabrics can't have liners added.) 

Our thermal liner is the best choice for creating an insulated curtain, but each of our liners adds something important. 

For sliding glass door draperies, you might want that thermal liner to block the most hot and cold air leaking through that large space. For a bedroom or nursery, you might choose a blackout liner to block out all light for a better night's sleep. 

For a bathroom window, a water repellent liner will offer protection from moisture. And for the living room, a flannel-backed liner will give you additional privacy at night. 


Drapery and cellular shades by desk

Combination Shades with Cordless Lift: 1" Pleated Shade: Westport, Bone 3101 (top) and ⅜" Double Cell Cellular Shades: Libretto, Birdbath 2055 (bottom); Drapery with Grommet Top: Coastal, Caribbean 2465 with Inside Edge Banding: Dover, Snowfall 1157

3. Layer up.

We have drapes layered over Roman shades in our living room, and I could really tell a difference this winter when we pulled the drapes shut at night vs. when we left them open. Layered curtains really help keep the heat in and the cold out (and vice versa, in the summer!) because now you have two layers of protection. 

For maximum energy savings, consider layering cellular shades with an insulated curtain. Cellular shades are made with honeycomb-shaped cells that trap heat and chill, so layering them with drapery means you'll be getting the most insulation. You can order swatches for cellular shades, too, so you can see them side by side with the drapery swatches and make sure they look good together! 

No matter what you choose, an insulated curtain is an easy way to make your home more beautiful and each room more comfortable. Plus, they'll save you money on your energy bills, too. That makes them a pretty perfect home purchase in my book!