Are net curtains dated and ugly?

(69 Posts)
ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 23-Jun-16 09:16:06

Not very exciting, but just wondered what the general opinion is of net curtains..
Our house is on a fairly busy street so I have net curtains at the front. I took them down to wash them today and am quite tempted to bin them.
Do you still have nets? do you love them? Or do you think they're ugly and old fashioned?
Is there a modern alternative that I don't know about?

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Thu 23-Jun-16 09:19:22

I think they're hideous. There's a street in my town where net curtains go to die. Each house has filthy mismatched nets in every window. Various patterns in various shades of grey and brown.

But it's your home and if you like them you should have them.

Seeline Thu 23-Jun-16 09:19:52

I live on a busy main road with a bus stop virtually outside. I hate nets, so only have them in our bedroom, which is in the front. More to protect the poor unsuspecting commuters on the top deck than anything else grin I know some people have had shuttery/blind things fitted, but I think that they make the room quite dark.

BertieBotts Thu 23-Jun-16 09:21:27

Horrible. Get some sheer curtains instead or some of that stick on frostinng stuff? Ikea do the sheer curtains and I think next.

Scuttle22 Thu 23-Jun-16 09:23:23

They make the road look rubbish. I have a house opposite with them and they look awful and ruin their renovated property.

megletthesecond Thu 23-Jun-16 09:25:04

I've got the floor length plain basic ikea nets in my bedroom. Something like a fiver.

Blinds in all the downstairs rooms though.

Oblomov16 Thu 23-Jun-16 09:25:40

I hate nets. So, I asked dh for blinds in lounge and 2 bedroom windows. Oh what a pain to clean they are - awful!

redhat Thu 23-Jun-16 09:27:27

Yes, sorry.

Take them down and replace with a floor length voile behind your normal curtains. If you hang them on a cafe pole you will be able to have both poles up at the same time.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Thu 23-Jun-16 09:27:46

I just have curtains which I never close.

So people might see in. Who cares? I'm not hiding anything.

60sname Thu 23-Jun-16 09:28:33

We have the frosting (from Wilko or similar) which in my opinion looks decent if you apply it properly. You do still lose a lot of light, even if you only cover part of the window

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 23-Jun-16 09:30:25

Thanks everyone. This has given me the push I needed to throw ours away now. Obviously all my neighbours have been tutting and sneering at my horrible nets and I was oblivious grin
Think we need something though. I don't want passers by to see me eating cereal at 3 in the afternoon in my pants or something.
Will look into sheer curtains.

RiverTam Thu 23-Jun-16 09:30:28

I'm not a fan. I would try with nothing for a while, it may well be fine. Any kind of covering means you lose light which I would hate.

Can you plant something in the front garden to screen you a bit?

60sname Thu 23-Jun-16 09:32:13

So people might see in. Who cares? I'm not hiding anything

And other people like to feel that their space is their own and not have random strangers peering in

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 23-Jun-16 09:32:49

redhat please could you explain what a cafe pole is?

parmalilac Thu 23-Jun-16 09:33:31

I like Venetian blinds - they still allow a lot of light in and allow you to see out better. Re cleaning I close them and hoover with the soft brush attachment

Evenstar Thu 23-Jun-16 09:36:42

It was expensive but I have replaced mine with half height shutters, they look so much nicer and let in a lot more light

idontlikealdi Thu 23-Jun-16 09:43:44

We've got shutters, so much nicer.

IfNotNowThenWhenever Thu 23-Jun-16 09:48:42

Nets are only minging if they are cheap nasty ones, or dirty. They are in fact an excellent crime prevention tool!
I had some nice lace ones from Ikea once, and currently have polka dot ones in my bedroom that look quite vintagey and sweet.
Blinds are the very devil.

redhat Thu 23-Jun-16 09:50:28

[http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-cafe-rod-dia-10-13mm/p1539169]]

Like this op. It's basically a thin curtain pole and you hang it about an inch below your normal curtain pole so that the voile sits behind (you can hang them half way up the window like in a cafe - hence the name).

MiaowTheCat Thu 23-Jun-16 09:58:50

We have them in our bay window (you can get some relatively modern designed patterns if you look around at least), and while I'm not a fan - I took them down for a while and put them back up as I couldn't take the loss of privacy when people walk down the street and openly stare in your windows and door to door salesmen would make a point of just looking in your front window to see if you were ignoring the door.

If the window wasn't due to be replaced in a few weeks I'd look into replacing them with blinds or something - but as its getting taken out, I'll live with the faux pas that are net curtains a while longer before looking for a more modern solution.

Back in the day you could still walk down Downing Street before they gated it off because of IRA attacks and the like - my mum and nan stood outside Number 10 and commented how Maggie Thatcher needed to wash her mucky net curtains!

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 23-Jun-16 10:00:27

Thank you I quite like the idea of some thin voile.
The nets are in the bin so no going back now.

Letmehaveausername Thu 23-Jun-16 10:04:41

Noooooo I love net curtains, so peed off that I can't find anywhere that actually sells them sad

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 23-Jun-16 10:05:10

I agree, Miaow I feel a bit exposed without them and I sometimes don't answer the door and pretend I'm not in grin
I also have a habit of walking about in my underwear waiting for fake tan to dry (something no one needs to see).

MangoMoon Thu 23-Jun-16 10:57:54

I have a plain, sheer white type of net on my bedroom window which looks fine, but on the front downstairs window I have white vertical blinds.
Vertical blinds are great because you still get light even when closed, but you can also angle them when you do want them open - most houses round us have vertical blinds downstairs.

MangoMoon Thu 23-Jun-16 10:59:02

Dunelm Mill have some decent nets Letme.

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