Where basic curtains and drapes simply look good, faux panels have the added benefit of providing functional advantages for the room. These lined and interlined pieces are intended to be used in place of regular window drapes, hung from a rail or runner and used in front of a window or opening. They come in a range of styles, with some appearing just as real silk curtains would, and also can be used to modify the feel and ambience of the area.
The secret to the functionality of these panels is in the lining. Thick interlining makes the faux curtains much more durable and robust than regular material. It can also be hung over drafty or single-glazed windows to improve the heat or cold air insulation. This is something very beneficial to those who may not have the funds to replace an old air conditioning unit or change the windows for better insulation. The panels are very inexpensive and are built in a way that makes them easier to install. They not only save money through cheaper heating and energy costs, but they are also easier on the wallet.
Another use for these thick drapes is to black out a room. This is a good idea in bedrooms or living spaces where intruding daylight can be disrupting to the activities in the space. They are also perfect for people who work shifts and are only able to sleep during times when the sun is at its fullest. In these scenarios, light-blocking panels are an affordable way to get a perfect 8 hours of sleep.