Do curtains always need to be lined?

Curtain lining is a plain special fabric that is stitched  to the back of a curtain 

Curtain lining can also have heat retaining properties or light reducing properties such as blackout.


 In this article we explore the uses and differences between the various  curtain lining, blackout curtain lining and interlinings to help you decide which will work best for you.


What is a  Lining Fabric For Curtains?

Curtain lining fabric is stitched  to the back of a curtain and different linings provide different  properties such as being thermal, blackout, plain or patterned.

Curtain lining can help provide a fuller looking curtain as well as offer other benefits such as  you are needing curtains to block out the sunlight, so it’s important to know what type of lining will suit your need.

Lining also helps gives shape to curtains and helps to protect the front facing fabric.


Do Curtains Need Lining?

There are many reasons for choosing curtain lining but there is also the option of not having the lining at all. 

In some countries like Denmark , we found that curtains without lining was the most popular trend.  In these scenarios curtains tend to use a more thick fabric to allow for the absence of the lining.

In most homes where there is a voile or window blind -  the absence of lining will not cause any long term damage to the fabric as the sunlight is shielded by the window blind.  

Where there is a lot of light exposure, linings will most importantly protect your curtains from direct sunlight and reduce fading. Additionally, curtain lining fabric will increase privacy and can enhance the appearance of your chosen curtain fabric by adding structure and shape. Many types of lining will also help with insulation, thermal lining being the best choice for this.




Something to keep in mind is that not all curtains will need lining. It is down to personal taste and what look you are trying to achieve but thicker fabrics such as wool have good structure and so may not need extra volume. Sheers and voiles won’t need a lining as they naturally let the light through and have a flowing drape.


Blackout Lining 

Adding blackout curtain lining to your curtains can have several different benefits. Blackout curtain lining is often used in bedrooms to keep out unwanted light, allowing you to get the rest you need. They are particularly useful in children’s rooms, especially if it is light when you put them to sleep.What Is Blackout Lining For Curtains?

Blackout curtain lining is specifically designed to turn your regular lined curtains into blackout curtains. It is a thin layer of fabric that goes on the inside of your curtains and blocks out the light so that you can have maximum light control in your home.

What Is The Difference Between Thermal Lined And Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtain lining blocks out unwanted sunlight so is great for bedrooms, especially children’s bedrooms. Whereas thermal lining is an acrylic foam layer that provides insulation – great for winter and windows that let in a draught.

What Colour Is Blackout Lining?

Blackout lining is typically white or off white. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is not black. It can be discreetly added to any colour curtains.




Thermal Lining Explained. 

Research suggests that 35% of heat escapes from a building through its walls, and gaps in and around windows and doors.

With winter fast approaching and the cost of energy bills increasing , many across the UK are looking to make their homes heat efficient. 

Luckily, there is a quick, affordable solution . Curtains with thermal lining.

What are the benefits of thermal lined curtains?

Made from multiple layers of material to improve thermal resistance, these curtains help to maintain a room’s warmth in a similar way to a winter coat. By creating dead-air space between you and the cold, rooms retain their heat, keeping you snug while the world outside becomes increasingly miserable.

And wait, there’s more. Curtains with thermal lining are equally beneficial in the warmer months, keeping the hot air out by reflecting it back outside. Remember the sticky hot days of this summer, with thermal curtains installed you can enjoy the next heat wave in greater comfort.

Additionally, due to their weighty construction, these curtains also help to insulate rooms from outside noise. 



•   Interlining makes curtains look luxurious and drape elegantly.  It’s the key to getting a grand, full, lush look.

•   Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and heat, than curtains with just lining.


Why You Need Interlined Curtains In Your Home?

Interlined curtains are one of the ultimate luxurious and show of opulence in any home (in our humble opinion!). The extra thickness and the hand-sewn quality really shows through when the curtains are hung.

•   Interlining is not just for curtains. You can also interline Roman shades.

•   Interlined curtains can’t be washed, and must be cleaned by a specialist.

•   Interlined curtains are considerably heavier than curtains that are just lined.  Make sure that your track or pole is able to take the weight.  Metal tracking is a worthwhile investment – plastic tracking may deform and perform badly under the weight of interlined curtains.

•   The interlining is held in place between the face fabric and the lining with vertical lines of loose locking stitches.  This is done by hand and adds an extra process to the making up of curtains, which adds to the cost if you are having them professionally made.

Interlined Curtains Give The Ultimate Homely Feel

There is no doubt that having curtains with interlining is the very top end of curtain making; the time and effort needed to make such wonderful curtains really shows through when they are finally hung.

When we add interlining to our curtain making process, we add a layer of  in-between the decorative fabric and the blackout lining; which gives the thickness and cosy feel. Because of the nature of this process, interlined curtains have to be hand-sewn, therefore giving it an extra layer of quality.

At night time, when you put the fire on and draw your beautiful curtains, you will then see and feel how homely the interlining option is.

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