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What Are the Advantages of Lining Curtains?

April 24th, 2019 Nick of Time Textiles
The Benefits of Lined Curtains

The Benefits of Lined CurtainsAt Nick of Time Textiles, we get a lot of questions on the phone and in person from people just like you who are working on– or planning on working on– various projects. One of the questions that comes up often is this:

“Should I line my curtains?”

A lined curtain typically consists of an uncoated fabric at the front– so it looks and feels like a curtain–with a separate coated fabric attached to the rear, which provides insulative qualities.

Most curtains/draperies are lined– almost all, except sheer draperies. A proper lining helps fabrics last a long time. It protects against fading and shields delicate fabrics from the harsh sun. Furthermore, the lining improves privacy– boosting the opacity of a window treatment. Lining comes in room darkening options, so if you’re trying to make a room really dark (such as a bedroom or media room) then a good lining is essential.

Keep in mind few people ever see the lining of curtains. That said, a lining is so important. Without it, your curtains are likely to fall flat and lifeless. Furthermore, they’re not going to resist UV sun rays as well, and may end up damaged over time. So, yes, you should line curtains.

Now to get specific: there’s a thing called the interlining. It’s the layer of material between the lining and the inside of the fabric you’re using to create curtains. The interlining is actually sewn to the outer facing curtain, giving it a protective layer. Thankfully, it’s undetectable to the naked eye, yet truly helps with overall aesthetics. Did you know most interlining is made from “Bump?” It’s a thick flannel fabric. Bump essentially helps protect your curtains from sun rays. It adds volume, and, when the weather is nasty outside, it’ll help insulate a room. Basically, a strong interlining means your curtains will protect better against noise pollution, unwanted sunlight, and it’ll insulate you from the elements, reducing heat loss or transfer. So “Bump” is good.

Adding a proper lining and “Bump” to curtains helps give them a more plush, weighted shape– it’s what separates the cheap, lifeless drapes from the nicer, more luxurious ones.

As for curtains, might Nick of Time suggest you use natural fabrics like silk or taffeta? Do browse our many lining fabric options online.

Do you have questions? Call Nick of Time at 877-447-8370 or email [email protected]

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