I’m a shopping writer – these are the best curtains you can buy

The best curtains are room-darkening and energy-efficient. Plus, they look just as good open as closed

Blue and green curtains next to a table with potted plants on top.
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Curtains draw a line between your room and the rest of the world. They frame the view outside your window, while still forming an integral part of your interior design. The best curtains give you control over the heat, light, sound, and attention your room receives. 

Neutral-toned curtains blend beautifully into any background, while statement drapes stand out from the wall. Room-darkening curtains let a little light in, while blackout curtains banish every last ray. In fact, there are so many styles of curtains, sold at all the major homestores, that it can be difficult to know where to start.

As a shopping writer, I know all the best places to buy curtains. I’ve spent hours searching the sites of the top drapery dealers to bring you the very best. Full disclosure: I haven’t been able to test their light-filtering abilities. Instead, I’ve scoured the specifications and read thousands of customer reviews. 

From sill-length single panels to floor-length double drapes, these are my top nine curtains to suit every space. 

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Curtains FAQs

Where can I buy the best quality curtains?

The best places to buy curtains aren’t specialist stores, but some of the top home retailers. West Elm has the most sophisticated search filters to help you sort, while Wayfair has the widest selection. If you’re shopping for statement curtains, try Anthropologie or the Ashley HomeStore. For delicate materials and durable designs, you’re better off buying from Pottery Barn or Lulu & Georgia.  

Which is better − curtains or blinds?

It’s less a question of which is best overall, and more of which is better for your space. Curtains look best in larger spaces, while blinds are sleek, chic, and thin enough to fit in shallower windows. If you’re weighing up your options for a window treatment, you’ll want to know the pros and cons of drapes vs curtains vs shades vs blinds.  

Which curtains are best to keep heat out?

Blackout curtains are best for keeping out heat. Each panel is lined with fabric that repels light and heat while muting noise. Since blackout curtains are made from such thick material, they’re also best for protecting your privacy. 

Which curtains are best for living rooms?

It depends on the size and style of your space. Dramatic drapes look best in larger living rooms, while sill-length curtains complement smaller windows. If you’re looking to experiment with living room curtain ideas, you might be interested in something sheer to let the heat out and the light in.  

Which curtains are best for bedrooms?

As a general rule, room-darkening curtains are best for bedrooms. Only blackout panels can deliver total darkness, though this might be too extreme for young children. While light-filtering curtains are kinder on the eyes, they are less suitable for light-sensitive sleepers. 

Final thoughts

Once you’ve bought some of the best curtains, it’s important to keep them in good condition. It’s worth learning how to clean curtains to get the most out of your drapes. 

If you know you want a window treatment, but curtains just aren’t doing it for you, then you’re in luck: we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of everything you can use instead of curtains in a bedroom.  

Emilia Hitching
Sleep Editor

Emilia is our resident sleep writer. She spends her days tracking down the lowest prices on the best bedding and spends her nights testing it out from the comfort of her own home – it's a dream job. Her quest to learn how to sleep better has taken her all around the world, from mattress factories in Arizona to sleep retreats in Scandinavia. Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford. She also worked on the other side of the aisle, writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky.