Do thermal curtains work and are they right for you?

living room with grey thermal curtains
Thermal curtains are available in a range of different styles (Image credit: Make My Blinds)

Do thermal curtains work? It is a question you may well have found yourself uttering of late. With soaring energy prices proving to be something of an ongoing headache for most homeowners right now, anything that might help cut our household bills at the same time as keeping our homes warm and cosy is most welcome. 

The use of thermal curtains and blinds is often billed as one of the best energy saving tips around, but is it one that actually works? Here, we take a look at how these products trap heat, how much warmer you can expect a room to feel and whether some types of thermal curtains are better than others. Armed with all this information, you can then decide whether to start shopping around or to stick with your current window dressings instead.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.