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Curtain Materials: The Pros and Cons of Each

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It can be a daunting task to find the perfect window treatments for your home. After all, there are seemingly endless colors, sizes, styles, and materials to choose from! Starting off with a specific focus on what material you want in your new custom drapery will make the search easier. Here's what you need to know.


Polyester is among the most popular choices for window treatments and custom blinds. This material is cost-effective, durable, and can let the sun softly light up your room. They come in countless colors and patterns, and are a great choice if you are looking for the most basic of curtains for your room. However, polyester custom window treatments are prone to stain and catch fire very easily. These would not be the best choice for a kitchen or a messy child's room!


Cotton and silk are two more popular materials in the world of commercial drapery. Cotton is an excellent choice for kids' rooms since it is easy to wash and can be purchased in many different weaves to let more or less light in. Sheer cotton curtains are very popular for dining rooms because they bring a hint of elegance to your decor.

Silk brings a feeling of romantic minimalism to a room. The fine fabric can tie any dining or family room together. However, silk can only be washed through dry cleaning. This can be a hassle, especially if you choose a lighter color and stains are obvious.


Specialty draperies like blackout and thermal curtains have skyrocketed in popularity these past few years. These styles specialize in keeping things out of your room, particularly light and cold air. Additionally, materials like MLV have been used to keep out noise as well. Some MLV curtains can reduce sound by 60% to 80%. The downside of MLV is that it is not fabric, so you forfeit some of the elegance of sheer material.

Blackout curtains in particular have garnered tons of attention due to their incredible ability to completely "blackout" light from your windows. If you are looking for window treatments for a bedroom or a guest room, blackout curtains would be a top choice. These can help improve your sleep, your mood, and even your mental health! They come in countless colors and styles and are among the most popular choices in commercial window treatments.

All-in-all, your perfect curtains depend on what your goals for your room are. Silk and Cotton bring more light for social spaces, and blackout and thermal curtains ensure a quality sleeping space. Before you make your big decision, don't forget to explore all of the exciting material options for your window treatments.

Window Treats Inc in Red Bank New Jersey also has a showroom in Brooklyn New York and offers Hunter Douglas window treatments including curtains, blinds, shades, drapery, and shutters. These can all be made into motorized blinds, shades, and drapery, and integrated into a home automation system. Window Treats proudly serves the surrounding areas, including Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Lakewood, Little Silver, Lincroft, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oakhurst & Ocean Township, Rumson, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls and Toms River. Our team is often called upon to serve the tri-state area as well including Brooklyn and Manhattan (New York City).