Options for Hotel Window Treatments

sun peaking through blinds

One key element when designing a hotel guest room or lobby space is the windows. Hotel window treatments can be just as crucial to the overall look of your space and satisfaction of your guests as a comfortable bed or good water pressure. 

Window treatments are not just for showing off a nice view — they also serve an important function in giving your hotel guests privacy, regulating temperatures, and filtering light.

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What to Consider

When looking over your options for hotel window treatments, you need to think about a variety of factors in order to choose the best fit. 

Light control

Different hotel window treatments will let in and keep out varying levels of light. 

For example: if you’re outfitting a meeting room in your hotel, vertical blinds might be the best choice, whereas blackout curtains aren’t going to be necessary. 

Privacy

When it comes to hotel guest rooms, privacy is very important, especially if the room is on a lower level or facing another part of the hotel. Choose a hotel window treatment that gives the option for maximum privacy to make your guests feel comfortable and secure.

Climatic Condition

Having your guests feel comfortable during their stay is incredibly important. If your hotel is in a cooler climate, having extra blankets and a working thermostat is essential, but so are window treatments that can help insulate the room.

Style

Window treatments may not feel like the most exciting interior decor to pick out, but you still need to make sure your curtains, blinds, or shutters don’t look out of place. 

Certain window treatments, such as curtains, can allow for customization that can help you really accentuate your hotel’s unique interior decor style.

Durability/Maintenance

One of the most important things to consider when it comes to hotel window treatments is the durability and maintenance of what you choose. 

For example, blackout curtains are more durable than the average roller shades, and curtain materials such as microfiber or polyester blends are going to be easier to clean than velvet.

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Types of Hotel Window Treatments

Although many options exist for hotel windows, here are just a few of the most common (and most practical) hotel window treatment choices.

Blackout Curtains

Big windows are great, but when you’re decorating a hotel room for travelers who need to catch up on their sleep, excessive natural light should be optional. 

Blackout curtains that block out the light and keep the room dark and cozy can help hotel guests deal with their jet lag or simply sleep in as late as they want regardless of the sunshine outside. Another great thing about blackout curtains is that they assist with hotel room insulation, keeping a cool room cool and a warm room a comfortable temperature.

You can find blackout curtains in dozens of colors and patterns for any style of room, and in materials such as cotton, linen, and velvet. Blackout curtains usually have a thick white cotton, polyester, or microfiber backing that helps to cut out the light.

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Blinds

Blinds are a fairly basic cover for your hotel window made out of different slates controlled by a knob. When a knob is turned one way or the other, the blinds will shift open or close. 

Depending on what type of blinds you choose for your hotel, you can either move your blinds side to side in order to expose the window pane, or pull a string at the side to move the blinds up or down. 

Blinds can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, fabric, and metal. 

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are what most people think of when they think of window blinds. They are blinds that are opened and shut with the pull of a string, allowing maximum privacy when rolled down.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds have a very stylish look, and are most commonly made out of wood. These blinds don’t gather up completely like roller blinds, but with the tug of the string, the parallel wooden slabs shift in order to let in (or keep out) outside light.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are typically made of a solid heavy fabric material that stacks and gathers in equal folds when the string is pulled. Similar to blackout curtains, these types of blinds are great for privacy reasons and also help insulate rooms.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are easy to clean and can make a space appear larger because of their orientation. These blinds can be tilted to allow in light, or can be pulled to one side of the window or glass door to let light in.

Shutters

Shutters may seem like a unique choice — but that might be just what your hotel is looking for! 

Window shutters give off a comfortable, retro, and vintage-inspired look, and are also one of the most durable window treatments available. In addition to their versatile style and durability, window shutters allow for excellent light control and maximum privacy.

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Contact QA Group Today

If you’re looking for assistance in choosing the best interior decor for your hotel, whether that means stylish furniture or the right window treatment options, QA Group is ready to work with you. 

QA Group has been helping the hospitality industry in the Puget Sound since 1936, and can help you bring your vision to life through their custom commercial furniture design, reupholstery, and refinishing services.

Contact QA Group today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your hotel room decor and furnishing goals.