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What is curtain lining?

Curtain lining is fabric that is attached to the back of a curtain and it can be plain or patterned fabric.

Curtain lining can also have heat retaining properties or light reducing properties such as blackout. We have a range of plain, coloured and striped curtain lining fabrics. In this article we explore the functions and differences between curtain lining and interlinings to help you decide which it is that you need. 

What is the difference between lined and interlined curtains?

What is the difference between lined and interlined curtains?

Interlined curtains have three layers of fabric. The outer or patterned fabric that you see, an inner layer of fabric known as interlining and a rear fabric that is lining. Interlining is used to pad out a lighter weight fabric to give the curtains a fuller look or to give the curtains an extra layer to keep warmth in the room.

Sometimes the interlining is a separate layer from the lining and curtain fabric, but you can get bonded lining fabric which has the interlining bonded to the lining.

Not all curtains have interlining, but most will have a lining of some kind, to either make the curtains hang with fullness, to help to prevent the curtain front fabric from fading or to prevent light leaking into the room.

We also stock a nap lining that is brushed cotton on one side, it’s an in between version of using lining and interlining and gives curtains more body.

How do you attach blackout lining to curtains?

Blackout curtain lining is usually sewn to the back of the curtain instead of a regular lining. If your curtains are already lined then a blackout lining can be hung behind the curtains if the track or pole can take the weight of both.

Do blackout curtains keep a room cool?

Blackout curtains will keep a room cooler as they reduce the amount of heat transferred through a window.

What are thermal lined curtains?

What are thermal lined curtains?

Thermal lined curtains are curtains that have a thermal lining. Thermal lining has heat retention properties and will also help keep out the drafts from windows keeping you cosy on a cold night. Thermal curtains will also keep the heat out of a room.

Can I machine wash thermal curtains?

We do not recommend machine washing curtains as often the lining will shrink at a different rate to the curtain fabric. Curtains are usually dry clean only.

What are the best curtains for keeping heat out?

Thermal curtains with blackout lining are the best curtains for keeping the heat out.

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