Why curtains in the kitchen might not be a good idea (and what to use instead)

While curtains can be a lovely option for many rooms in your home, the kitchen presents some additional concerns which make them a poor choice for kitchens.

Curtains are more flammable

Although some curtains are available in a flame-resistant material, many fabrics are flammable, presenting an obvious problem when it comes to kitchens. Anything near a stove, oven, kettle, toaster or any other appliance should be carefully considered. The added movement of curtains also makes them more hazardous in these areas as a small breeze could blow them into harm's way.

Fabrics can be hard to clean

Kitchens are a common place for spills and splatters and since fabrics can absorb smells and grease, they will need to be cleaned more often than other curtains in your home. And with many curtain fabrics being dry clean only, that can be a hassle, not to mention expensive.

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So what should you use instead of curtains in the kitchen?

You may be wondering, if not curtains, what should I use for the windows in my kitchen? Well, most blinds will be a good option, although you'll want to avoid Roman blinds for many of the same reasons as curtains. Our top picks for kitchen windows are roller blinds and Venetian blinds here's why.

Roller blinds are a great option in the kitchen because of their slim profile. They're especially good in a kitchen if you can mount them inside the window frame, this will keep them tucked out of the way of any hazards. They're also usually made of less flammable materials and the bottom rail helps to keep the blind in place when lowered.

Not to mention, you can simply raise the blind when you want to keep it clean. However, many of our roller blind fabrics are also very easy to keep clean by simply wiping down with a damp cloth.

Venetians are a very popular option in kitchens as they can allow as much breeze or light in as you want. They are usually made of aluminum or faux wood, both of which can stand up well to the extra heat and humidity of a kitchen and their timeless look suits a range of styles.

Why you should choose blinds for your kitchen

While curtains can add charm to various rooms in your home, the kitchen poses unique challenges that make them less than ideal. Their flammability and susceptibility to stains and odors make them a risky choice in this high-activity area. Instead, consider practical alternatives like roller blinds, which boast a sleek profile and easy maintenance. Venetian blinds, made of durable materials, offer excellent control over light and airflow. By opting for these alternatives, you can enhance both the safety and functionality of your kitchen space without compromising on style.

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