Room Darkening Curtains

There are many reasons why you may want to hang room darkening curtains. Perhaps you have bright street lights outside your bedroom window that shine in on you at night, keeping you awake. People who work night shifts and need to sleep during the day also benefit from these types of curtains as it certainly makes sleeping easier during the bright daylight hours.

Parents who find that their children have trouble going to bed on time during the long summer evenings or have a difficult time settling down for a nap during the day will also find them beneficial in helping their little ones have all the rest they need.

They are also helpful to hang in home theaters as too much light coming in from outside can disrupt viewing pleasure and make images shown on television or projector screens difficult to see clearly. Whatever the reason, it should be fairly easy to find a solution that meets your needs.

Room Darkening Curtains
Room Darkening Curtains

Blackout Curtains - A few more benefits

Curtains that darken a room, more frequently referred to as blackout curtains, also have added benefits, aside from limiting brightness. Many will also lessen the amount of noise that comes in from outdoors. This can be very helpful if someone is a very light sleeper, if you have construction happening outside your home, or if you live close to a busy street.

Blackout curtains can also help cut back your utility costs as they can also help conserve energy. They offer some insulation, thus during hot summer days your room will be noticeably cooler and in winter they will work to keep the heat in and the cold out.

Buying Room Darkening Curtains

Before purchasing room darkening curtains there are several things to take into consideration. First of all, you will need to decide exactly how dark you want the room to be. Different curtains will block the light to different degrees. For optimum room darkening you should look for curtains advertised to block out 99% of the light. Anything much less than that will give you a darkened room, but not total blackout.

Naturally you will also want to choose blackout drapes that match your room’s overall design. This is not really such a difficult task as you will find a variety of different styles of curtains in many different colors, with patterns and without patterns. There may not be quite as wide of a choice as there is with regular curtains but with the wide color selection available you should be able to find something that fits well with your décor. If you cannot find anything that matches, or if you recently bought new curtains, another option is to buy blackout curtain liners. These attach directly to the back of your curtain and will help to block out light.

Not all black out curtains are machine washable. If you like to be able to machine wash your own curtains look for material that says it is machine washable and that can be dried on low heat in a dryer. Otherwise you will need to resort to having your curtains professionally cleaned which can end up being quite expensive if you have a lot of curtains. This is an important option if you are hanging blackout drapes in a child’s bedroom, as in general children’s curtains tend to become soiled fairly quickly.

Hanging Room Darkening Curtains

When hanging blackout curtains it is usually best to place the curtain rod twelve inches above the top of your window frame. In many rooms this will most likely mean shifting your curtain rod up till it is fairly close to the ceiling.

You should also plan on extending the curtain six to twelve inches out on either side of the window frame. This will ensure that the curtains perform well and keep as much light out of the room as is possible. Curtains that are made to fit the window frame exactly will allow a fair amount of light to seep into the room through the sides and at the top of the curtain. Naturally you will need to take this into consideration when ordering your curtains, as they will need to be considerably wider and longer than your actual window frame.

This can actually be advantageous as having curtains hung in this manner can make the room and the window look larger than it actually is. A valance will help to hide the wall at the top of the curtain if you are concerned about the wall above the curtains showing when the they are open.

Room darkening curtains are a worthwhile investment for anyone with sleep disorders, night shift-workers, children and babies, to install in windows of the room where your television or home theater is located, and for any homeowners who are concerned with being more energy saving. They look no different than regular curtains and are not much more expensive. Many people find it is a very worthwhile investment to purchase blackout curtains and shades due to the varied benefits you can receive from installing them.

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pbredford 6 years ago

Hey! Thanks for the great info on room darkening curtains. Excellent idea for the early mornings of summer.


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hospitalera 6 years ago

Excellent information about the different types and attributes of blackout curtains. We use them to cool the house down in summer. We close the curtains in the rooms were the sun shines in directly, saves having an aircon (nearly), SY


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great info on room darkening curtains. I think I'm going to have to get some. My room is bathed in sunlight in the morning. I could use an extra hour of sleep every now and then.


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GiftedGrandma 6 years ago from USA

Great information :O) Would love them, but hubby hates a really dark room.


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RichardCMckeown 5 years ago

I never realized there are curtains to darken rooms. Thanks for the ideas.

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