Fabrics for curtains come in all sorts of different varieties and each variety has its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore knowing the difference between various curtain fabrics is very important. This will ensure that you get the best possible value for your money and get a good curtain that can look great in your home.
In this article I will discuss the different types of fabrics and what each one is suited for.
Woven or Knitted Fabrics
The most popular types of materials used for curtains Lighter weight fabrics – woven or knitted fabrics that are made from fine, lightweight cotton such as 100% cotton. So, what fabric should you get? Lightweight woven or knitted fabric with a smooth, uniform pattern is generally a good choice. There is not too much stretch to these fabrics; they are great for families with children who all move around a lot.
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Polyester Fabric Curtains
Another popular choice for curtain fabrics is polyester. Polyester is also known as acrylic and it is a synthetic fiber that gives excellent light control properties and has a beautiful sheen. It is also very easy to care for, which is great if you have children or pets. Unlike cotton curtains, there is little or no stretch to the polyester fabric which means that you will get a curtain that resists wrinkling. It drapes well, stays put, and dries quickly, making it a great choice for light-colored rooms that need a crisp appearance.
A fairly new choice in curtain fabrics is silk, natural light blockage fabric that resists moisture. It is very lightweight and smooth, which is good for rooms that see a lot of foot traffic. Silk does not absorb excess moisture and can thus help to prevent mold and mildew. Silk is also very easy to care for.
Lace Fabric Curtains
Lace is the classic choice in lace, a fabric that drapes well and is very attractive. There are two types of lace available; woven lace and rayon lace. Rayon is a natural light-blocking fiber that provides a silky feel to the material and a matte finish that locks in the patterns. Woven lace is made by weaving thread, polyester, and cotton, it provides a smooth feel and some textural interest. You will get more textural interest and warmth from woven lace compared to rayon.
The most common fabrics in contemporary room decor are linen, cotton, and silk. All three of these fabrics are used extensively throughout the world and although they all provide different benefits, they all still work well as room-decorating fabrics. Linen and cotton are the most cost-effective fabrics for curtains while velvet works well with formal settings. Most people have never tried muslin for curtains but it is one of those fabrics that look great, are comfortable, and easy to care for. Muslin can work well with most decorating styles because of its natural look.