Heavy curtains for front doors making a comeback as they block draughts and reduce need for heating

Heavy curtains for front doors are making a comeback, blocking drafts and reducing the need to turn on the heating.

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They had their heyday during the war to darken doors and windows in order to hide residential areas from German bombers.

But now heavy curtains are popular again to help with another crisis, as people struggle with heating bills.

Stores are reporting increased sales of hanging door shades, often for open-plan homes where front doors lead directly into living rooms.

Demand at John Lewis has increased by 50 per cent in the last six months, Argos is selling more thermal door curtains and Dunelm has expanded its range.

Rebecca Hunt, a John Lewis buyer, said: “Door curtains are back in style. Some use them to prevent drafts and save on heating bills, while others are drawn to aesthetics.

Costing as little as £30 (and requiring a pole), the favorites are made from chunky, colorful materials, woven linens, wools, brocades, bold abstract prints and large-scale florals to match the room’s décor.

Demand at John Lewis has increased by 50% in the last six months, Argos sells more thermal door curtains and Dunelm has expanded its range (file photo)

Demand at John Lewis has increased by 50% in the last six months, Argos sells more thermal door curtains and Dunelm has expanded its range (file photo)

Interior designer Emily Harrop-Griffiths said, “There is now a strong influence of Maximalism in the interiors, and adding details such as door curtains has become desirable.”

A convert who has put up a curtain on the door of his Oxfordshire country house says: ‘Previously it took three hours to heat our rooms downstairs, but now it’s only an hour. Door curtains definitely work.

There’s also a comeback, too, for ‘coffee curtains’: sheer, half-length drapes. They were favored in the 1950s to keep dust out and protect furniture from direct sunlight.

Often derided as ‘shields’ for nosy people who could keep an eye on neighbors without being seen, they are now frequently purchased to protect valuables from the prying eyes of thieves.

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