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The kitchen is one of the most shared spaces in a house. It is commonly used for cooking, of course, but also for cooking some meals, usually breakfast or coffee. It is a room that should be well lit and cosy.

We know that housewives love their kitchens to be nice and beautiful, but we also know how difficult it can be to choose a curtain that fits all the needs of functionality and decoration, so we have prepared a buying guide where you will find everything you need to make the best decision.




Summary

  • We will try that your only concern is the choice of the design of your curtain, otherwise we will facilitate the purchase by giving you all the information you need, after reading this buying guide you will know exactly where and how you can install your curtain, and other things.
  • Kitchen curtains are differentiated by their shape, the most common ones are the bando, the folding and the smooth. Each one has a different function and adapts to different window sizes, it is a matter of getting to know them and knowing which one suits you best.
  • In addition to the type of kitchen curtain, there are other factors to consider in order to install the right curtain. These include style, designs, materials and the size of the window. If you control all these variables, you will have the perfect curtain.

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How to choose the style of your kitchen curtain?

If you want to create a harmonious space in your kitchen, you should start by assessing the style of decoration of your kitchen to match it. For example, there are kitchens that are more minimalist or modern that are better suited to a plain, solid-coloured or single-coloured curtain style.

In rustic kitchens, you can use bando curtains and perhaps floral or checkered patterns. White lace curtains also work well with the rustic style because they go perfectly with the wood. More modern kitchens look amazing with folding curtains.

Bando, folding or plain kitchen curtains - what should you pay attention to?

Kitchen curtains have to have some special features to suit your kitchen, but there are three main types that can have slight variations or be different just by design. The important thing is to know which one is most functional for you.

Bando. This kitchen curtain is definitely the favourite. It is characterised by having a valance at the top and then the two vertical panels that are separated to allow the user to choose how to use them. There are variations that include two levels of vertical panels.

Folding kitchen curtains do not take up much space

Folding. These are blinds that open horizontally, i.e. from the bottom upwards. They are ideal because they do not take up much space. They are available in fabrics, although the most common is to get them in flexible plastic.

Plain. Plain curtains are the best known, but not the most commonly used for the kitchen. They are characterised by two or more panels installed vertically. Although they are called plain, they are usually folded at the top to give them movement.

Bando Foldable Smooth
Style Rustic and traditional Modern and elegant All styles
Designs Plaids, Fruits, lace and fabrics Unicolour Unicolour, lace and fabrics
Materials Polyester, Combination, fabric Polyester and Combination Polyester, Combination, fabric
Window size Less than 2 metres Less than 1 metre More than 2 metres

Which kitchen curtains can you use for cabinets without doors?

Although the dream of a perfect kitchen is to have all the furniture and cupboards with doors so that it always looks tidy and clean, the fact is that many people don't have them and opt for kitchen curtains which are without doubt an excellent solution.

The type of kitchen curtain that suits you in this case is the plain one, as the folding one would be very uncomfortable to open and close while you are cooking. The bando curtain is also impractical and even less so if it is a three-tier curtain. So the ideal one is smooth and made of polyester fabric.

Should a professional be called in to install the kitchen curtains?

Normally kitchen curtains are easy to install, however it all depends on the type of window you have and the curtain system you have to install them, if you already have one. If you don't have one, buy a simple one.

To install it you will need to have the necessary tools: drill, hammer, etc. If you think you can't install it yourself, the best thing to do is to call someone who knows how to do it, because this will save you a lot of trouble and you will have a guarantee of a job well done.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of kitchen curtains

When dressing the kitchen, it is not only important to choose the right curtain model, you should also think about other factors that will give you the greatest advantage in terms of decoration, but also in terms of practicality of use. What we recommend you to keep in mind is:

  • Style
  • Designs
  • Materials
  • Window size

Style

The style of the kitchen curtain is the one that defines the harmony with the whole space. Before choosing a curtain, you should carefully evaluate the style of the decoration and architecture of your kitchen so that you look for one that matches it and enhances its character.

Modern. Modern kitchens tend to be austere in their décor. They lean towards solid colours and geometric shapes, whether they opt for colourful or monochromatic. Curtains for modern kitchens have these same characteristics, if this is your case you should choose a folding or plain one, with no design or something discreet.

The combination of rustic with modern kitchen curtains goes well

Rustic. This is the country style with irregular walls, stone and wood. Almost all styles look good in these houses, depending on the trend set by the other decorative elements. The combination of rustic with modern kitchen curtains is interesting as well as with delicate lace or bando curtains.

Traditional. The traditional style is the one we find in a house whose decoration has been more naïve than really designed conscientiously. However, they are still beautiful, harmonious and very cosy, in fact it is common in the kitchens of our mothers and grandmothers.

Elegant. Elegant kitchen curtains are also more identified with the plain curtain type, although don't exclude the idea of a delicate, flowing bando curtain in light colours and discreet designs, possibly with fruit details.

Designs

In the end it is the design that defines which curtain will dress your kitchen window. There are as many designs as you can imagine, but there are some classic motifs that never go out of fashion and are still the most used.

Fruit. The fruit motif goes very well with the kitchen space. Kitchen curtains decorated with fruit are often combined with other small coloured checkered fabrics, for example. These designs look great in rustic or traditional kitchens.

Paintings. Pictures will always be a hit. Whether combined with white or on their own, small pictures will never fail. The preference is for red, blue and even black. They look great in rustic, traditional kitchens and, don't forget to try them even if you have a modern kitchen... you may be surprised!

Unicolour. Unicolour or solid colours are an excellent alternative for small kitchens because they give a feeling of spaciousness, even more so if the colours are light. They are an ideal style for folding or plain curtains. What colour would suit your kitchen?

Woven or lace. Another classic design is woven or lace. They are a very delicate style because they are usually white fabrics and very light, almost translucent. They are ideal when it is necessary to preserve the brightness of the window and also when the kitchen is small. They are elegant and at the same time a bit naive.

Materials

The basic material for kitchen curtains is fabric, but there are other materials that are often used and look beautiful. When choosing your kitchen curtain, pay attention to the type of fabric used, because hygiene depends on it.

100% polyester. Fabrics for kitchen curtains are generally made of 100% polyester fabric, as this plastic fibre makes the fabric less absorbent of liquids and grease, it also tends to stain less and is very easy to wash and quick to dry.

Combination. Some kitchen curtains offer a combination of fabrics, for example 50% cotton and 50% polyester, in this case the texture of the curtain will be softer and perhaps the drape of the fabric as well, but be aware that it is more prone to soiling.

Fabric. There is a temptation to use crocheted curtains, however they are not the most recommended although they certainly look very good. This fibre which is normally cotton yarn will absorb all the grease in the kitchen and will look very unpleasant.

A piece of furniture with a spectacular plain curtain gives harmony and movement to your kitchen without detracting from its elegance and style.
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Window size

The last factor is not the least important. In addition to the style of decoration of your kitchen, you should evaluate the architectural space of that room very well. Take into account the size of the window, the amount of light coming in and the need for ventilation.

Less than 1 metre. If the window is small, you will probably need to make the most of the light, if so you should install a light-coloured bando type kitchen curtain or better still a lace one that lets in a lot of light and ventilation. It will also depend on what is outside.

Up to 2 metres. A window of this size is considered a good window, certainly with good light and ventilation. This size is a great way to get creative and make the most of the space. Plain or folding kitchen curtains will certainly look great.

Larger than 2 metres. A window of this size is a bay window and can sometimes be a problem. It may be feasible to leave one area without curtains and another covered with a light curtain, although you may want to control the light a little. Folding blinds may be the solution.

(Featured image photo: Katarzyna Białasiewicz/ www.es.123rf.com)

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