Which is Best: Curtains, Blinds, or Shutters?

There are 3 main ways that you can cover your windows but knowing how to choose the best one to fit your home is important! Curtains, blinds, and shutters all have their benefits and drawbacks so we are going to outline these for you today!

Window covering serve a functional purpose by regulating temperature, air flow, and light. Along with these purposes, window coverings can also be used for decorative purposes that will add a special touch to your home design! Whether you are looking for a modern design with simple lines or searching for a traditional covering with detailed artwork/patterns, the right choice depends on your own taste and desires!

Before you Get Started

When choosing your window covering, you should always consider the location of your window, any health concerns, and other problems that may arise. In the bedroom, it is best to pick something that can effectively block out most of the light to provide a relaxing sleeping environment. Also, try to avoid becoming emotionally attached to your “favorite” set. Think about how well these blinds, curtains, or shutters will work with a house full of kids or pets. These are things you should remember when making your decision!

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Curtains, Blinds, or Shutters. (via: West Elm)

Curtains aka Drapes

For all intents and purposes, curtains and drapes are essentially one and the same. They are a cloth that is hung from the top of the window using a curtain rod to help block light from your home as well as acting as a temperature control. Curtains can be found in a variety of styles, colors, textures and materials. Generally speaking, the thicker the curtain the higher quality of material you are getting. The price tag may reflect this difference but drapes are a great way to frame your window, providing you with a picture perfect view!

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Curtains frame your window well! (via: Wikipedia)a

Curtains offer several benefits! Not only are they easy to install, they are very flexible and low-maintenance. If your curtains become dirty, they can be dry cleaned and replaced on the curtain rod. This is a great way to go for individuals with allergies or asthma that may be affected by dust accumulating on window coverings!


Blinds are made of slats of fabric, wood, plastic or metal. Although they can appear to be similar to shutters, blinds can be distinguished by the presence of a string that can be used to adjust the position of the blinds by rotating a lever handle.


Even when shut, blinds will allow some sunlight to creep through. (via: Ian BC North)

Although they are easy on the wallet, blinds prove to be less durable and sometimes even fragile. Typically only lasting between 3-5 years, there are many different mechanical pieces that tend to crack and break overtime. If you don’t mind updating your window coverings every couple of years then this may be the way to go for you!



This picture notes all of the parts of a shutter.  (via: Wikipedia)

Shutters have a similar appearance to blinds as they both use slats. However, shutters have louvered slates that rotate open and closed that are hinged to either side of a window opening. Proven to be the most durable, shutters are an investment in your home property that will last for years to come! With thicker slates, you can effectively manage lighting, air flow, and temperature! While shutters tend to increase your budget, they will add value to your property and add a new robust look to your home!

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is an interior designer and freelancer. Although she enjoys the artistic flexibility that drapes allow, she favors implementing shutters into her design to create a timeless piece that is resistant to the effects of aging.