With energy prices rising, most of us want to reduce heating costs and keep bills low this winter. One simple and cost-effective way to keep heat inside your home is to hang thermal curtains around windows and doors to block out cold draughts.
Choosing the right type of curtain for your home is based on many factors, from design aesthetic to material choice. Mostly importantly, for curtains to retain heat within your home, they need to have a thermal lining. Whilst windows and doors are a common source of heat loss, the addition of thermal curtains limits the cold air flowing through your home by trapping it between the window and the curtain itself. Outdoor Curtain
Before purchasing curtains ensure you have to accurately measured your window or door size, and consider the positioning of the curtain pole, so that the curtain drops to touch the floor. Generally eyelet curtains are easier to hang, whilst pencil pleat curtains require attachment to a track, but either option will keep the heat inside your home for longer.
Adding thermal curtains to your home is more affordable than replacing windows or adding extra insulation, and with so many designs to choose from, it’s easy to find curtains that fit with your existing decor.
Whether you choose pencil pleat or eyelet curtains, made to measure, or ready made, we have a set of thermal curtains to suit your needs. Here we’ve chosen the best thermal curtains in a range of price points to help you stay cosy in the colder weather.
Soft matt velour fabric always has an air of luxury and these curtains feel even more decadent thanks to the metallic gold print. With their thick thermal lining, these curtains feel cosy enough to keep any home warm this winter. The steel eyelets on these polyester curtains will fit poles up to 35mm diameter, and can easily be slid into place with minimum fuss. They come in a choice of dark green, grey, tan or navy and matching cushions are available.
We tested these curtains in a bedroom and loved how the timeless deep navy fabric made the room darker. The option to customise these curtains with thermal and blackout lining is very useful, particularly if ordering for a bedroom. These curtains should be handled with care when unwrapping, and hung quickly to remove any creases. Although they are dry clean only, we tested a hidden corner and small stains can be gently blotted out if necessary.
Buy now £48.00, The Mill Shop
With an attractive silver moon and stars design, these thermal curtains are the ideal addition to any children’s bedroom. Stargazers and budding astronauts will love lying in bed and drifting off to sleep with these cosy curtains keeping any draughts at bay. We tested these curtains in the navy blue option and were impressed with their deep rich colour and the thickness of the fabric. They kept outside light to a minimum, whilst the silver star design twinkled in the glow of a night light.
These curtains have an opulent and luxurious feel and come in a choice of pink or blue. Considering they are an affordable choice, these light-blocking essentials have a high-quality look and feel that matches some of the more expensive options we tested.
Feeling a draft around your front door? This thermal door curtain is ideal for keeping heat inside, especially if cold air whistles around your hallway on windy days. Featuring a beautiful delicate floral pattern with woodland birds and foliage, this all-cotton curtain has a recycled thermal poly-cotton lining. This helps preserve the design and front fabric from fading, making these curtains a long-lasting choice.
We tested these curtains in a sage green hallway and loved how the soft colour palette made the space feel warm and relaxed. With an eyelet header, they’re designed for use with a curtain pole and we found them very easy to fit. Matching cushions can also be bought for a hallway bench or kitchen seating to bring the look together.
If you’re struggling to find a curtain colour that suits your interior decor, you have plenty choice with these door curtains that come in 15 shades, from pale blue to mocha and rose pink. This single panel door curtain has a thermal lining that will keep heat inside your home.
This heat-trapping option has a tactile textured weave, are reassuringly thick and will make a noticeable difference to drafty hallways or kitchens. Choosing the right size of door curtain is important to ensure warmth is not lost. Hang this door curtains from a pole or track using hooks and ensure the drops touches the floor to avoid heat escaping underneath the door frame.
Add a thermal lining to these made to measure curtains, which are ideal for large living room windows. This customisable design is cut to suit the size of your windows or doors, so always ensure you double check measurements and fitting preferences before ordering. Measure the window where you would like to hang the curtains and opt for the thermal lining option.
Featuring buzzing ochre-coloured bees surrounded by delicate dots on a neutral background, these curtains have a soft texture and fresh feel that would suit living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and hallways. These 100 per cent cotton options were designed by Sophie Allport who was inspired by the bees buzzing around her own garden.
Hang them to cover kitchen french doors and bring some of the outside inside. Plus, if you fall in love with this bee design, the collection includes matching kitchen linens, table linens and fine bone china mugs.
Regulate heat in your home with these fresh teal thermal curtains that are made using a textured thermal fabric blend. These curtains are suitable for most homes, with nine different sizes to choose from, giving a wide variety of choice for large and small spaces. The eyelet trim makes it easy to fit these curtains to a curtain pole, with minimal hassle.
These curtains are heavy, with a full drape, but hang them quickly to remove creases. If any remain, they can be carefully cool ironed on the reverse side, or better yet, steamed. Keep them open during the daytime to prevent moisture build-up, and maximise the benefits of any winter sun, then in the evening close them as darkness falls to trap in the warmth.
These thermal curtains are made from brushed fabric and have a simple eyelet hanging. A blackout finish blocks light from outside and ensures total privacy. They come in a range of colours, including ochre, charcoal, blush and duck egg. Soft and tactile to the touch they will soften any room that needs extra heat.
These curtains are perfect for bedrooms because they have a blackout lining which stops light filtering through, especially on bright summer mornings. They can be ironed at a low temperature if creases remain once removed from their packaging.
Buy now £30.00, M&S
Made to measure curtains will maximise heat retention in your home because they are cut specifically for the size of window or door you’re hoping to cover. The good news is that customised designs don’t need to break your budget. These curtains come in a range of price points depending on finish and sizing, so you can personalise them to suit your home and finances.
Cleverly, you can also choose blackout options, which are popular for bedrooms, especially in the summer months. Michelle Wall, Marketing Manager at 247 Curtains explains: "There has definitely been an increased interest in thermal lined curtains recently, with sales 40 per cent higher compared to last October. We expect sales in thermal curtains to continue to soar through the colder months as people look for extra ways to warm up their home."
We loved the soft handle and delicate metallic detail on The Mill Shop curtains that come in a choice of autumnal colours. These curtains will keep your home cosy throughout the colder seasons, and are stylish enough to match existing decor. Choose the thermal lining option and have these curtains made to fit the coldest window frames or doors in your house, and enjoy a warmer winter.
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