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What Is the Difference between Day Curtains and Night Curtains?

Updated on March 30, 2013

Curtains for Day and Night

If you are a homeowner and want to live in a home that is designed according to your own taste and preferences, you should know that there are indeed a lot of decisions to make when it comes to interior design. One of these decisions is related to curtains, as curtains come in many different types, designs, shapes, colors, materials, and so forth. Aside from being used for blocking sunlight and providing a sound barrier between your home and the outside world, there are also special types of curtains for daytime and nighttime. Here, we will discuss the difference between day and night curtains, and what each of these types is used for.


A Little Something about Day Curtains

In spite of the fact that most people do not realize this, the vast majority of curtains you will see in homes all over the world are in fact day curtains. These curtains are in most cases see-through, and they are there to provide people with a level of privacy during the day. Namely, they are designed in a way that lets people from the inside see through them during the day, but people on the outside will not be able to do the same thing.

Aside from this, day curtains also let sunlight into the room, as they are typically made out of materials that breathe and that are thin enough to let some light go through it. However, you should know that once it gets dark outside, day curtains cannot offer you any privacy, as the light levels on the inside let everything be seen from the outside.


What Are Night Curtains?

Unlike most of the day curtains you will see, night curtains are in most cases made from heavy and dark-colored materials, such as cotton. They are different than day curtains in the sense that they can be used both during the day and the night, with similar or even exactly the same results. They are used to completely block the light from going out or coming into the room, so they are perfect when you want to darken up a room during the day, as well as when you want to have complete privacy regardless of the time of day.

For example, night curtains are great for occasions in which you want to see a movie without the annoying glare coming from your windows. What’s more, taking a nap during the day is the perfect time to use your night curtains, as they will darken up the room and provide you with the perfect environment for sleeping.


So, Which Curtains Should You Choose for Your Home?

Ideally, you should be using both day and night curtains in your home, as these two types of curtains have different functions. They will provide you with privacy, they will make sure that enough natural light comes into your home, and they will give you a chance to rest assured that your windows are safe from inquisitive and unwanted eyes.

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      5 years ago

      I much prefer night curtains to day curtains, simply because there is nothing worse than having sunlight wake you up in the early hours of the morning! Thanks for the informative hub that explains all the important concepts.



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