Net Curtains v Blinds

I have net curtains in the house.

I don’t care if they make me look old fashioned and people think I’m living in the olden ages but I love the fact that they give you privacy without blocking out much light.

I don’t care if people think they are horrible and I need to get more modern.

I love my privacy…and can you actually get that with blinds? Whether horizontal or vertical?

And don’t they make the room darker too?

But I am having to think about getting blinds. At least in the living room.

And why?

Because of Rosie.

Rosie

 

Now as much as I love her (and who couldn’t love that cute face), she is driving me crazy!!

She loves torturing anything that moves, even our rabbit gets a slap on the head. But the worst is when she brings in flies through the cat flap to play with indoors.

If their wings don’t end up damaged in her mouth they fly off and straight towards the light.

Which is the window.

With my net curtains.

I am sure you can guess what happens next.

Yep, Rosie jumps up and tries to catch it!

At the time of writing this I have about 7 holes in the curtain. And I am sure there will be more by the end of the weekend, especially if I go out.

They look bad, especially from the outside.

Like I am someone who doesn’t care and has put up old net curtains. *sigh*

So whether I like it or not I think I will need to get some blinds. They may not give me as much privacy as I crave but will offer *some* privacy. The other thing that concerns me is that they may make the room look darker too.

But better that than holey net curtains I guess.

My other concern about blinds is Bee. My parents have them in the conservatory and she has at times tried to play with the cord. The cords can be dangerous to inquisitive toddlers and there have been a number of deaths. Like with eveything, safety is the key.

Blinds now have new saftey guidelines and Terrys Blinds have created a safety guide with some handy tips which I have agreed to share for them. This is an important topic with there being blinds in a lot of homes.

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22 Comments

  1. June 7, 2014 / 10:38 am

    We have recently got net curtains for the sitting room. I simply love them as they let in the light yet give me privacy. But. I. Don’t. Have. A. Cat.
    Yikes.
    Liska xxx

  2. June 7, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Good post – blind cords are SO dangerous – to cats as well as babies!

  3. Mina Joshi
    June 7, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Like you I like my privacy and have got net curtains. I think there are so many variety’s of net curtains and a nice pattern can transform the room. You have a really cute cat.

  4. June 7, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    I hate net curtains, but they are quite practical. A great reminder to everyone to be careful of blind cords x
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  5. June 8, 2014 / 5:47 am

    Be aware that some cats looove to play with blinds :P. I don’t love blinds either, but I did keep them on one window. At this house I have more privacy than previous places, but some windows are not very private so I have a combination of curtains and… privacy film. Maybe you would like this alternative. They have a lot of neat patterns and designs now 🙂 I have gone a bit crazy with it. It lets in light but you can get ones that don’t allow visibility at all (if it’s a window you don’t need to look out of). Or if you want to be able to peek out or see out as needed, at another house I had some windows where I put film on the bottom and left the top open for the sky, light, and tops of trees (but nobody could see in from that angle… kind of depends on the windows and your particular setup). But it works really well in some situations and I like it better than blinds :).

  6. June 8, 2014 / 9:12 am

    My cat destroyed our net curtains -_- I actually hate nets – although, the privacy they give with the light is a good thing – I am always torn between nets and blinds – depends on the room I guess!
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  7. June 8, 2014 / 9:30 am

    Great post to raise awareness x

  8. June 8, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    I have nets at the front of the house which is overlooked and blinds at the rear of the house where our garden is very enclosed and private.

  9. June 8, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    yikes what a terrifying info graphic! great to raise awareness though x

  10. Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    June 8, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    I have had new blinds fitted since i wanted the safer ittings with little ones, but they are older now and i need a new refurb of the whole house doing x

  11. June 8, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    Great tips about blind safety! My mum has the same issue with her cats leaping at the net curtains and has also mentioned getting blinds so will keep an eye out to see how you get on 🙂

    Jess
    http://owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

  12. June 8, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    I have to say I cannot stand net curtains I’m afraid! Mind you I’m not really keen on blinds either! We are lucky to live somewhere where not many people look through so we can get away with not having either up! Good luck finding a solution!

  13. June 9, 2014 / 7:04 am

    Oh Rosie – little terror. I remember those days. Cats and mums net curtains!
    I think net curtains look nicer and give a home a better feel but completely relate with your frustration!

    Blinds do get dusty though……
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  14. June 9, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    now i’m sure butter wouldn’t melt in her cute little mouth! Great points about safety’ I’ve heard some horrific stories 🙁

  15. June 10, 2014 / 10:52 am

    We used to have a net curtain in our old house after we got fed up of people staring in but it was a good few years before I succumbed because I don’t like nets.
    In this new house there were already blinds up so we kept them, even though we don’t need them for privacy anymore as our room faces the back. It’s good to be able to close them when the sun gets too bright.
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  16. Rachel
    June 10, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I hate net curtains but we have no choice as we have massive windows and live on a busy road.I definitely think blinds look neater but they do worry me with young kids!

  17. January 5, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    i like the net curtains and i always use them with the linings and they look fabulous. I think these look more elegant. I have net curtains in my conservatory but i do not have cat or kids. But the blind cord should not be accessible to the young children. Its good that they have included the awareness guide.
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  18. February 3, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Who said that the net curtains are old. I do not think so i also have net curtains in my kitchen and i like it that way. I think they look more trendy. Though i have blinds in my conservatory but i prefer net curtains in my kitchen and back yard.

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