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Thermal Blackout Drapes

Updated on October 9, 2014

Use Thermal Lined Blackout Curtains

Thermal blackout drapes can make all the difference in how comfortable your home is during hot summer months. They also keep your home warmer in winter (if you live where you have a cold winter, that is!).

When summer approaches here in Arizona, I consider it to be our "winter." It has all the trademarks of that season: you don't want to go outside, you feel best just gazing out the window at what's happening out there, rather than actually experiencing it first hand. Summer in Arizona is hot.

Like real winter, you just want to hunker down inside. Granted, you don't want to get near a blanket, but instead sprawled out under a fan with the air conditioning going feels about as good as it's going to get. Thermal blackout drapes at every window help keep the sun and heat out.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Sleep During the Day

If you work shift work or just like to sleep during the day, invest in insulated thermal blackout drapes

for your bedroom.

The dark is wonderful!

Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains - Back Tab/ Rod Pocket - Black - 52"W x 84"L - (Set of 2 Panels)
Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains - Back Tab/ Rod Pocket - Black - 52"W x 84"L - (Set of 2 Panels)

135 Amazon 5-star ratings for these thermal lined drapes.

Amazon description: Keep your home decor under wraps with these thermal, insulated blackout curtain.

Laboratory test shows these curtains insulate against heat and cold, saving you money & energy.

Independent laboratory test also shows curtain blocks out 99.9% of light and 100% of UV ray.

Curtains feature innovative fabric construction and Machine washable for easy care.


Thermal Blackout Drapes - Keep Your Rooms Cooler

I have these thermal blackout drapes on all of my windows in my condo. Since I live in Arizona, it gets HOT in the summer. The layer of thermal insulation really helps keep the blaring sun out of my rooms.

Thermal Drapes Tip

Choose thermal-lined drapes in darker fabrics to block more light and heat.

Short Thermal Blackout Drapes - for smaller windows

These blackout drapes are shorter (63 inches long instead of 84 inches) for smaller / shorter windows.

Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains - Back Tab/ Rod Pocket - Beige - 52"W x 63"L - (Set of 2 Panels)
Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains - Back Tab/ Rod Pocket - Beige - 52"W x 63"L - (Set of 2 Panels)

77 Amazon 5-star ratings

Amazon review: The reviews are right on, these curtains work. By Leonard Baker -- Just as the other reviewers said, these blackout/thermal curtains work exceptionally well (and thank you very much for taking the time to write the reviews, they really helped me make up my mind). But truthfully, I wasn't expecting much of a change.

I got them yesterday, put them up and then went to work. When I got home last night my bedroom was at least 10 degrees cooler than normal; and with the lights out, much darker as well. I recently moved from a house where my lady worked nights and had the bedroom basically blacked out so she could sleep during the day. My problem is where I live now the morning sun comes streaming in my window very early and very bright, thus waking me up earlier than I like (I work second shift and usually sleep until 10 AM, so being awakened at 8-9 AM was killing me). That is no longer a problem, thank God. I even overslept 1.5 hours this morning!!


Blackout Drapes Tip

Hang the drapery rod several inches above the window and extend it several inches to each side of the window to block as much light as possible.

More Blackout Curtains and Drapes - Insulated to cool your home

These insulated thermal blackout curtains and drapes keep rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

Extend the Width of the Drapes

If needed, buy a dowel rod to insert in the drapery rod

to connect the two pieces to extend the rod farther.

It works!

Nighttime Nursery Blackout Curtain

Redmon Nighttime Drapery Liner Total Light Control Blockout Shade 4101
Redmon Nighttime Drapery Liner Total Light Control Blockout Shade 4101

Keep baby and you happy with blackout curtains.

Amazon review: Perfect! By A. E. Serio "Amy S" (Wisconsin)

My 5 year old and 3 month old share a room. My 5 year old was used to having it brighter in the room and will sleep fairly late into the morning. My 3 month old was waking up with the chickens and as soon as we installed these curtains she slept until 8am. They work perfectly and we used an exsisting second rod and have pink curtains in front of it. They do let a little light in on the sides, but magnets or velcro will take care of that in an instant.


Save on Utility Bills

Hang blackout curtains and blackout drapes.

Raise the air conditioner setting.

Save money and conserve energy.

Blackout Fabric - so you can line a window and use your own drapes

I've bought blackout fabric to line my windows. I have thermal blackout drapes in all but one room but I added an additional layer of darkness with thermal blackout fabric on several windows. It really helps keep the heat, light, and sun out of the hot summer days in Arizona.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Do you use thermal blackout drapes?

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I use them. Before I had my surgery I was a really light sleeper. This helped me to be able to sleep a little better and longer. The thermal aspect of the curtains works well for the master bedroom since there's a picture window which takes up the wall almost entirely.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      These are exactly what I need. It is much healthier to sleep in the dark but most curtains and blinds are useless for blocking out the light. I want it black when I head to bed. It is how I have always slept best.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I will so be back here in a couple of months - we need these in our west facing bedrooms something fierce in the summer months

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      5 years ago

      Nice tip. Thanks for posting.


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