The Differences between Lined and Unlined Curtains

The difference between Lined curtains and Unlined curtains

Curtains are an essential part of every home’s decor. And having the right curtains can be the last piece to the puzzle – the furnishing that makes the room, while having the wrong ones . . . well, no one wants to look at bad curtains.

When given an option, should the curtains be lined or non-lined? What are the differences? We’ll find out in this article.

Lined Curtains

Lined curtains, as the name would suggest, have a supplemental lining on the inside of the curtain. This lining can be multifunctional so it’s best to consider what you want to achieve with your curtains.

Sometimes the lining is simply for decoration, giving the curtain a bit of depth and extra weight, perhaps offering a splash of color to offset the primary color of the curtain.

More often than not, they are often designed to be noise cancelling, heat insulating, or fully light blocking, among other things. If for example, you’re planning your living room to also be a fully-functional home entertainment center, 100% blackout – lined curtains would be your best bet.

Blackout Curtains


Lined curtains offer better privacy due to the extra thickness of the fabric. They often have extended lifetime compared to unlined curtains due solely to the lining preventing the fabric from fading.

Lined curtains, on the other hand, have their own advantages.

They are both lighter and airier making them perfect for rooms that have either smaller or fewer windows and a tendency to remain dark.

They allow natural sunlight to fill the chosen area while still providing privacy to the homeowner. This has the added benefit of reducing the potential need for electrical light and thus ultimately reducing one’s electric bill.

Another perk is that unlined curtains cost less than lined curtains on average and so are a more affordable solution. The reduced amount of fabric used for unlined curtains also means that they attract less dust than lined curtains, which in turn creates fewer risks for those with allergies.

A lining layer

They are washing machine-friendly which is huge in itself. You will save both time and money avoiding dry cleaning.

Lastly, for those people who enjoy changing the appearance of the room frequently, unlined curtains are easier to hang or take down and store, and with their reduced costs, infinite combinations are possible.

Whether choosing lined or unlined curtains, the fact remains that curtains are the one element that pulls a room together. Both options have their pros and cons so homeowners must consider what purpose the curtains will be fulfilled before making their purchase.

At Cheap Outdoor Curtains, you can choose blackout lining and no lining depending on your needs.

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