The most common lining that we use to make curtains is a cotton sateen which can be in ivory, white or cream coloured, though ivory is the most popular. This has what we call a ‘soft handle’ meaning that it drapes well and It has a ‘solprufe’ coating which prevents fading and sun damage.
We use two different types of blackout lining, both are classed as a ‘3 pass’ lining which means that no light will pass through the fabric itself. How does it work? The lining fabric has a coating applied which blocks up all of the tiny pores in the weave which would usually allow the light to pass through. The standard blackout lining can be a little stiff to drape and depending on the fabric being used for the curtains or blinds, we also use a ‘supersoft’ blackout lining which as the name suggests, is a much softer lining.
Blackout lining also has thermal qualities, helping to prevent draughts and minimising the loss of heat, in the same way that thermal lining works and also keeps the room cooler in summer months by blocking the heat from the sun entering the room.
(Please be aware that blackout lining, by itself, will not black a room out completely. Some light will seep in around the edges of the curtains or blind)