Protecting fine furniture, artwork and floors with solar shades


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors, and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

How to Protect Furniture and Art From Sun Damage

While everyone enjoys summer and the gorgeous weather that comes with it, it can cause your home some serious harm if you let it. On top of making your home feel like a bit of a sauna, it can also cause important features of your home’s interior, such as furniture, artwork, and flooring, to fade.

Why does the sun damage our furniture?

While we think of damage from the sun’s rays as something singular, there are in fact three main causes of damage in the light spectrum: UVA and UVB rays, heat radiation, and visible light. As heat and light are things that we need in our home, unfortunately, we can’t avoid their harmful effects altogether. As such, it is UV damage that we will want to focus on putting a stop to.

Many homeowners believe that glass alone keeps the sun’s harmful effects at bay but, sadly, this isn’t the case. A clear glass window actually lets in up to 70% of the sun’s UV rays, meaning that your expensive furniture and treasured artwork will still be taking the brunt of the hit.


The best and most obvious solution to saving your personal possessions is to invest in some window shades, draperies, or blinds. Sometimes known as solar shades, UV window blinds are made from fabrics that filter and disperse aggressive light, making them a useful option. However, solid fabric blinds such as Roman or roller blinds will block up to 98% of UV rays, making them an excellent and stylish choice to protect your furniture.  However, to ensure that every possible part of a room is protected, opting for made-to-measure blinds could be the best option.

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