What’s Cheaper, Blinds or Curtains? Quick Answer: Blinds!
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You’ve got some bare windows you need to cover up, and you’d like to do it without breaking the bank. If you’re only looking to pick one window treatment, you’ve probably narrowed it down to curtains or blinds, and you’d like to know which one is more affordable. Below, we break down what’s cheaper—blinds or curtains?—and then explain some other factors you might want to consider beyond just cost when choosing window treatments. Finally, we offer some tips for pairing blinds with curtains if your budget allows for it.
What’s Cheaper, Blinds or Curtains?
When you’re trying to choose affordable shades, you may feel like blinds should cost more than curtains. While some types of blinds—such as zebra blinds—are on the more expensive side, as a whole, blinds are usually cheaper than curtains. This is especially true if you have a specific fabric in mind or are searching for custom curtains. Blinds also come with the hardware needed to mount them, while you’d need to buy a curtain rod separately, adding to the cost.
Curtains also aren’t as durable as blinds, so they have to be replaced more often, adding to their overall cost. Usually, you only get 3-4 years of use out of a curtain, while blinds can last twice as long—maybe even more if you take good care of them.
If you’re shopping for affordable shades, some blinds are more likely to be in your budget than others. Mini blinds, faux wood blinds, cellular shades, and roller shades are usually the least expensive blind options for a window. Keep in mind, the price of the blinds will increase along with the size of the window.
If you need to order custom blinds, those will also cost more than a standard window size, so bear that in mind as you shop. For the most accurate prices, make sure to input the size of your windows before you begin comparing different window treatment options.
Other Factors to Consider
Price isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing your window treatments, however. Here are some other factors you should keep in mind as you shop:
- Light control: Blinds offer the most options for light control because they can be partially opened and the slats can also be tilted at various angles to further control the amount of light getting in. To get the same amount of light control with curtains, you usually have to layer two sets, opaque drapes over a sheer layer, which further increases the cost.
- Mold resistance: Fabric window treatments of any kind, either curtains or shades, are not very mold resistant. If you need window treatments for a damp area, such as a bathroom or basement, you should consider faux wood blinds or aluminum mini blinds for moisture resistance.
- Insulation and soundproofing: While blinds offer many good qualities, curtains offer better soundproofing, as well as insulation in the winter, especially if you choose a thick fabric. However, in the hot summer months, blinds are better at helping heat to dissipate, so it somewhat depends on the season.
- Fabric and color options: Both blinds and curtains offer a timeless look. Blinds can be matched to wood trim or furniture in your home, while curtains can be matched to upholstery and other fabric items. If you have a very specific color you’re trying to match, you might have better luck with curtain fabrics, but most blind colors go well with any decor.
Pairing Blinds with Curtains
If you can’t make up your mind between blinds and curtains, you can totally pair them together. Blinds with curtains is a classic look that provides optimal privacy, light control, soundproofing, and insulation. If you’re considering pairing blinds with curtains, you might want to inside-mount the blinds so the window treatments won’t stick out from the window too far.
If you’re not sure how blinds and curtains would work together, check out our guide that explains how to layer window treatments. In our guide, we offer our expert tips for layering window treatments together and give some of our favorite examples how blinds and shades can be paired with curtains.
If you’re not sure what window treatments you want, make sure to check out our free sample program. We’ll send samples of your chosen blinds to you at no cost so you can see what they look like in different rooms of your home. That way, you know you’ll be 100 percent happy with your window treatments when you order the final products.