When you want to completely block out light from your room, consider using blackout curtains which also offer many practical benefits.
Commonly found in hotel rooms as curtain linings or drapery fabrics, blackout curtains work wonderfully at home to block much of the light that would otherwise enter through a window when the curtains are closed. Made from foam-backed, opaque fabric used to black out light, this type of curtain is ideal for bedrooms, especially rooms with direct sun. If you like to sleep in a completely dark room, this is the fabric to go for. Other than bedrooms, blackout curtains are a practical feature for home theatres as well.
You’d be glad to know that blackout curtains play a crucial role in the temperature control of your home. They also reduce energy costs by cutting the amount of sunlight and UV rays that enters the room. In addition, they protect furniture and floors from sun damage and fading.
Most blackout curtains are hung like regular curtains. The fabric at the top needs to be situated properly so that it blocks light. Make sure the rod gives the curtain ample space to cover the sides of the window.
Blackout Curtain Tips
- For absolute darkness, install floor-to-ceiling drapes 18 inches past each side of the window.
- If you find choosing blackout curtains limit your choice of fabrics, you can actually use a 3-pass lining to make your finished curtains 100 percent blackout.
- For total darkness, you could team blackout curtains and blinds together on one window.
Article by Curtains Place