Thermal drapes look exactly like normal ones
Many people imagine that thermal drapes will look weird, but this isn't true.
With escalating heating costs we're all trying to save money by not losing heat from our homes. Even with double glazed windows some heat will escape, and for older properties some windows let in cold air.
Using drapes with good insulating properties can help with both situations.
But which is the best method to use? Here are your options.
To keep warm we use layers of clothing. The same applies to drapes. If you have a good quality main fabric and lining, you'll find that together they will in fact help to keep the warmth of your home from escaping through windows.
While not as effective as thermal lined drapes or interlining, normal lining together with the fabric will certainly help to conserve heat.
If you just want to line your drapes, you can buy special thermal lining and use it instead of ordinary lining. This special lining looks just like ordinary lining, so your drapes will look great.
Thermal lining is just a very good insulator, and helps to prevent heat loss from the room.
You make up your drapes in exactly the same way as with normal lining.
For drapes covering medium to large sized windows, my preferred option is to use interlining in drapes.
I use interlining primarily for the way it improves the looks of drapes, but it also is a great insulator. Because interlining is a thick, felt-like cloth, it traps air in the fibers, which gives it very good insulating properties.
The three fabrics combined, main fabric, interlining and lining, result in drapes with really good insulation.
So for the best of both worlds - improving the looks of your drapes and getting good insulation - line and interline your drapes.