Materials for making insulated curtains

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People are looking for more ways to make their home energy-efficient. Making insulated curtains helps keep the cold air outside during the winter months. There are several different types of materials that are suitable for making insulated curtains. Some of these materials are very cost-effective. Some are a little pricier but will help your heating bills go down.

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Curtain Liners

Making curtain liners at the same time as the curtains is best. Curtain lining comes in a variety of different colours and weights from lightweight to heavyweight. Use lightweight linings for protecting the colour in the fabric of the draperies from the sun or for summer curtains. Use heavyweight lining for protection from the cold weather.

Quilt Curtains

Quilt curtains add a country look to your decor while providing a built-in liner. Sew a quilt top just like you normally would. Sandwich a blanket in between the front and the back layers instead of traditional batting. This blanket adds insulation, and the heaviness of the quilt makes it hard for cold air to get past it. If you don't sew, you can purchase used quilts at flea markets and yard sales. Add a casing to one end of the quilt for the curtain rod.

Mylar Blankets

Mylar blankets are what emergency personnel use to help victims who are cold or in shock. Mylar blankets are very lightweight, yet do an excellent job of keeping out cold air. If you back your curtains with Mylar blankets, you may also want to add another layer. Remember that the back of your curtains show outside of the house. Cover the Mylar blankets with something that will hide the shiny space look from view.

Double Curtains

If your curtains are already made and you don't want to sew an extra layer of lining onto them, add an extra set of curtains. Hang these curtains inside the window frame using a tension rod. You could also purchase flat flannel sheets. Use the top part of the sheet for a premade casing. Hang these the same way. This allows the curtains you have to be used all throughout the year. Take down the extra curtains when the weather gets warmer, and wash and pack them away for next winter.

Shower Curtains

The plastic of shower curtains is a great insulator. Don't just throw away those old shower curtains. Wash and dry them thoroughly and add these to the backs of your window curtains. Use safety pins and the premade grommets in the shower curtain to pin the shower curtain to the back of the window curtain. This is the probably the easiest way to insulate your curtains. Take down the shower curtain and toss it away at the end of the cold season.

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