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to think there is nothing wrong with net curtains?

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Pipbin Sun 13-Apr-14 18:37:22

I'm watching 'Selling Houses' and people looked and one house and said 'oh no, net curtains. Look the whole street has nets'.
Now I know that there are some nets that are a bit old fashioned but are they such a sin?

ilovemywestie Sun 13-Apr-14 18:42:19

I don't have nets up but I do have voiles on some that considered as bad? I don't care really grin what ever makes you happy I say!

RuthlessBaggage Sun 13-Apr-14 18:42:28

They are dust and grease magnets. Vile and deeply, deeply naff, even if you call them "voiles" and they brush the floor.

RuthlessBaggage Sun 13-Apr-14 18:42:46

Comedy cross post wink

BIWI Sun 13-Apr-14 18:42:55

Horrible! Really old fashioned as well.

Pipbin Sun 13-Apr-14 18:43:51

They might be naff but how else can I stop people seeing into my house?
In this house I only have the in my bedroom and they do touch the floor and therefore are voiles.

BirdieWhirlie Sun 13-Apr-14 18:44:21

Hate 'em in my house, but it wouldn't stop me buying a house or flat. They are not hard to take down! Don't care if the neighbours have them.

quietbatperson Sun 13-Apr-14 18:45:18

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Goldmandra Sun 13-Apr-14 18:45:21

I don't care if they're considered naff. I'd like to be able to use my sitting room without people being able to see in from the road.

ilovemywestie Sun 13-Apr-14 18:45:57

"They are dust and grease magnets. Vile and deeply, deeply naff, even if you call them "voiles" and they brush the floor."

you can wash them you know! wink

PurplePunkPrincess Sun 13-Apr-14 18:46:38

My neighbours look in all the time as they walk past and the postman waves to me while I'm drinking my tea on the sofa. I am will be going to get net curtains before I'm say breast feeding on the sofa on day!

Pipbin Sun 13-Apr-14 18:46:40

My old house had the front room window directly onto the street, no front garden. I had to have nets.

fluffyraggies Sun 13-Apr-14 18:46:46

I hate nets. Voiles are lovely all long and draped over floor to ceiling windows/doors.

DH and i are currently involved in a tussle of wills over our front nets. I want them gone. He insists it will stop the masses of burglars in our sleepy village from getting in.


Now he's reading this over my shoulder and he's off again!

thebody Sun 13-Apr-14 18:47:33

It depends where you live.

Some tourist areas with cottages right on the street would have absolutely no privacy.

Anyone who calls other people's style choices 'naff' are quite obviously up their own arses. grin

Fairylea Sun 13-Apr-14 18:48:29

We have them. I do wash them very regularly and they are modern ish ones .. not the old frilly flowered ones! I don't like people being able to see in from the street. The stick on panels people have are worse than nets I think.

WestieMamma Sun 13-Apr-14 18:48:58

You're also less likely to get burgled if you have net curtains. They make it harder for thieves to tell if anyone is home.

LtEveDallas Sun 13-Apr-14 18:49:15

So what do you have instead to keep people from looking into your house? How can you walk around naked at home if someone could see in?

I don't like blinds - dust magnets and hard to clean
I don't like vertical blinds because every office I've ever worked in has them.
Closed curtains make the rooms too dark.

MrsDeVere Sun 13-Apr-14 18:49:50

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fluffyraggies Sun 13-Apr-14 18:49:59

No westiemamma, noooooooooooooo


Pipbin Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:00

So what do you have instead to keep people from looking into your house? How can you walk around naked at home if someone could see in?

Exactly, especially as my house is lower than the one over the street. Without a net voile in my front bedroom window everyone would be able to see me getting changed.

Wuxiapian Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:09


There is nothing wrong with nets.

I have (plain) nets as they provide privacy. They're easily washable, too, clean-freaks!

MrsKoala Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:18

Well according to my grandparents anyone who didn't have nets lived in a slum. hmm . They also believed anyone who got out of bed after 7am even on their day off/when retired or watched tv before the 6pm news was a layabout goodfornothing, and not bleaching your nets weekly meant you were a dirty slattern.

I do hate nets personally. Our bedroom is ground floor and visible from the street but I still wouldn't have them.

SpineInABap Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:22

Hate nets too!

We installed blinds, and then cut out the top foot or so of slats so that you can close the blinds and the bottom 2/3 of the window is covered for privacy but the top 1/3 still lets in the light!

fideline Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:53

Oh dear. I have long voiles but they don't touch the floor. What does that make me? <worries>

PrinceRogersNelson Sun 13-Apr-14 18:54:01

I don't get why people are so worried about people looking in. We live in London and our window is not far from the road, but I would prefer to have people look in that not be able to look out. I love looking out of my window.

When I had DD and I was worried about all the teenagers from the boys school being able to see me breastfeed on the sofa we got one of those stick on frosted panels which helped.

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