Roller blinds are among the most popular choices for window treatments, but do they keep the cold out? Yes, roller blinds will help keep the cold at bay, but there are several better options.

In this article, we will help you explore several other choices that are more thermally efficient. Let's jump straight in with honeycomb blinds, buzz buzz.

1. Honeycomb Blinds

Sometimes called cellular blinds, the nickname 'honeycomb' comes from the hexagonal cells formed when drawn closed. These small cells form an air pocket as an insulating barrier between your window and room.

Also available with an aluminium foil inside the pocket, transforming the fabric to block out more light. Furthermore, this lining traps heat inside during the winter and blocks sunlight out during the summer.

Since they require tension to keep the pockets open, retailers sell them free-hanging with a bottom bar or, more commonly, as part of a no-drill frame that attaches to the window glass.

The no-drill frame makes honeycomb blinds an excellent choice for conservatories, making easy work of the most challenging room to regulate all year round.

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2. Shutters

Window shutters are another fantastic window treatment for keeping out the cold. They create a thick barrier that prevents cold air from entering your home. You can order them online from The Shutter Store, our sister company.

While shutters are an excellent long-term investment, they can be pretty expensive. Wooden blinds are a cost-effective alternative, delivering the same aesthetic at a fraction of the cost.

If you're looking for ways to long-term reduce energy bills, shutters are your best bet to keep cosy in the winter.

3. Thermal Roman Blinds

The reason that roller blinds aren't great at keeping out cold is that they lack thickness. If you're looking for fabric blinds and worried about the cold, consider a stylish Roman blind with thermal lining.

With a thermal lining sewn into the fabric, there's a real sense of weightiness and luxury to roman blinds. These layers help form a barrier that reduces heat loss and traps cold air at the source.

Unfortunately, soft fabrics like these are unsuitable for damp environments such as bathrooms or kitchens. They're best suited for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

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4. Thermal Curtains

Many heavyweight fabrics sold as Roman blinds are also available as curtains. Perfect for installing outside the recess, curtains are a top candidate for adding layers to windows.

The most popular combination includes shutters, wooden blinds, or Roman blinds inside the recess. Two air pockets between the window and room will dramatically improve heat retention.

Great Combinations

So far, our theme is to create insulating barriers to keep out cold. Roller blinds aren't very thick, making them poor candidates for creating insulating barriers. But that doesn't mean you can't layer them up!

If your roller blinds are inside the window recess, why not add thermal curtains outside to create a pocket of air between them?

Alternatively, if you prefer roller blinds, you can always double up with a no-drill pair of honeycomb blinds placed directly onto the window glass.

Lastly, if all you want is the most thermally efficient window treatment, combine shutters with either honeycomb on the window or thermal curtains outside the recess.


Layering blinds, shutters, and curtains is the best way to stop heat escaping. While roller blinds will offer some insulation, there are better combinations available.

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