The power of curtains

Brrr, it’s cold out there! Well, it is by my standards…we only have a light snowfall and I know it’s much worse in other areas so I’m not really complaining. However it does feel much colder.

A cheap but thick pair of curtains can help keep in the heat


Last year the little room we used as a dining room (now our lodger lounge) was so cold we simply stopped going in there until the spring. For a small room there is a lot of glass: some old French doors that need replacing, a front door, a back door and a small window too. It got so cold and damp in the room there was mould around the windows and behind furniture. 

This morning it was really cosy. The curtains have made a huge difference. I bought quite cheap ones, £20 a pair, but they are a heavy cotton with thick linings. I had intended to buy some additional thermal linings but they aren’t really necessary.

The other measures we have taken to warm things up have helped too. Regular readers may remember the blood, sweat and tears that went into thermal lining the walls! We also put some insulated foil behind the radiator. But it is the curtains that make the biggest difference. I feel it if I forget to draw them each evening.

So if you can afford nothing else, a decent pair of thick curtains or even a blanket up at a chilly window could make you feel much cosier and maybe even lower your heating bills. 

I hope you aren’t under 3 feet of snow and keeping warm and cosy!

3 thoughts on “The power of curtains

  1. I was only saying this last night … the blessings of good thick, curtains … when I drew our hall curtains. We close the Venetian blinds (which are at some of the windows, I don’t like vertical blinds but I do like Venetian blinds) as soon as it becomes dusk, and draw the curtains and it is surprising what a difference it makes to the warmth in the house, even though our windows are double-glazed. Well done on finding that pair for £20!
    Margaret P
    http://www.margaretpowling.com

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