Blackout Curtains Buying Guide

Blackout curtains make sense for a variety of rooms and lifestyles. These treatments are a must for bedrooms occupied by young children or people who work at night and sleep during the day. Blackout curtains are also practical for media rooms, and they help protect furniture and carpets from sun fading.

Types of Blackout Curtains

Types of Blackout Curtains

It's easy to accommodate different window and window-treatment types by choosing blackout curtains, liners, or shades. Each features an opaque (light-blocking) coating or layer designed to prevent much of the exterior light from filtering through to your interior. If you are concerned about the health risks associated with vinyl products, look for blackout curtains and shades made using acrylic or polyester as the blackout material.

Blackout Curtains

Whether made of two layers fused together or lined with a separate cloth panel, ready-made blackout curtains are widely available in a range of sizes and prices.

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Blackout Liners

To give your existing curtains blackout function, hang liners between the curtain and the window using double curtain rods, clip rings, or hook-and-loop tape. White liners allow disparate treatments to present a uniform appearance to the street (a requirement of some condominiums).

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Aurora Home
$66.49 $53.19

The blackout curtain liner by Aurora Home will help create a serene environment by keeping out light. The thermal insulating liner... will protect against heat and cold weather. It also absorbs outside noise to keep your home calm and quiet. The set of two blackout curtain liners are a solid off-white (grey shade) to blend with any design or pattern of your existing window treatments. Available in five different lengths. Rod pocket construction. Set includes: Two (2) Panels and Hooks For proper fullness, panels should measure 2-3 times the width of your window. Please note: There is a 1/2-inch allowance in length of panels. Blackout Curtain Liner Panels Block Heat, Cold, Light and Noise Hooks are included for easy installation Construction: Rod Pocket Rod pockets fits up to 1-inch diameter rod Color: White Panel dimension: 35 inches wide Available lengths: 60, 80, 92, 104, 120 inches long Set dimensions: 70 inches wide Energy saving: Yes Materials: 100-percent polyester Care instructions: Machine washable The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Aurora Home
$55.99 $44.79

The blackout curtain liner by Aurora Home will help create a serene environment by keeping out light. The thermal insulating liner... will protect against heat and cold weather. It also absorbs outside noise to keep your home calm and quiet. The set of... read more

Eclipse
$27.00 $16.14

Available in 60- or 80-inch lengthsOverall width is 54 inchesMade of 90% polyester / 10% cottonMachine wash and tumble dryIncludes... pair of panels with hooksSave up to 20% on home heating and cooling costsWhite colored curtain. Do you wish your curtains... read more

Eclipse
$17.02

Do you wish your curtains blocked more light? With the Eclipse Thermalayer Thermaliner Blackout Curtain Liner (Pair) you can block... out all of the light coming in through your window and not have to buy new curtains. And they don't just block out light... read more

Blackout Shades

While blackout curtains are practical for larger windows, blackout roller and cellular shades are ideal for smaller windows. Inside-mount shades fit snugly to block light best.

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Harbor Shades
$120.99 $119.99

Harbor Shades Champagne Blackout Roller Shade

Harbor Shades
$128.99

Harbor Shades Navy Blackout Roller Shade

Harbor Shades
$159.99 $145.99

Harbor Shades Chocolate Premium Blackout Roller Shade

Harbor Shades
$120.99 $119.99

Harbor Shades Linen Decorative Blackout Roller Shade

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You'll get the most benefit from your blackout treatments if they fit your window dimensions and your room decor. Consider whether the curtains will always be closed, or whether you'll want some light coming in at times.

Style

Don't worry about finding blackout curtains to fit your decorating style; they are sold in many styles, face fabrics, and colors.

Installation

Although blackout curtains are manufactured through a slightly different process, they are installed much the same as standard, unlined curtains. First check that their design -- grommets, tabs, or pleated panels -- works with your window hardware. Be generous with your measurements; curtains must extend beyond the window frame to block incoming light at the top, bottom, sides, and where panels meet. A safe guideline is to purchase curtains two to three times the width of the window itself.

Accessories

Look for wraparound curtain rods that curve to bring curtains' outside edges snug against the wall. Install sheer curtains beneath the blackout curtains if you want to filter incoming light during your waking hours.

Cleaning

Most blackout curtains are machine-washable, but some are labeled dry-clean only.

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Exclusive Fabrics
$71.09 $60.43

Accent your home with this beautifully simple curtain panel. Made with soft, thick velvet and blackout lining, the curtain provide...s insulation to help lower your utility costs. The blackout lining blocks harsh light, making this curtain perfect for... read more

Bali
$183.99 $147.20

Create some shade and cool off your patio with the Outdoor Solar Shade by Bali, designed to lower your air conditioning bills by b...locking damaging UV radiation and reducing solar heat gain. Select your desired privacy level with 5-10% open weaves... read more

Bali
$95.99 $76.80

Get durable, low maintenance style with 2-inch Vinyl Blinds by Bali, designed to resist moisture, warping, chipping and peeling-pe...rfect for high-humidity rooms like bathrooms and garages. Featuring easy-to-clean gloss alabaster and gloss white... read more

Bali
$245.99 $196.80

Bali's 2 1/2-inch Northern Heights Wood Blinds put the elegant look of shutters into a versatile blind. When open, these 2 1/2-inc...h blinds provide a clearer view to the outdoors and give you the same feel of plantation shutters at a substantially lower... read more

Bali
$394.99 $316.00

Bali? VertiCell? Blackout Cell Shades put the energy efficiency of cellular shades in a vertically hanging design that offers tota...l light blockage. The side-opening construction makes them ideal for wide windows and patio doors, especially in climates... read more

Blinds
$63.48 $50.79

The Blinds.com 1-inch Cordless Mini Blind is a truly unique aluminum blind that provides a chic, cordless look for your windows. I...nstead of cords, the lifting and tilting of this blind is operated cordlessly, which makes for a clean and unobstructed... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.71 $10.97

Better Homes and Gardens Tapestry Sheer Curtain Panel:This Better Homes and Gardens Sheer Curtain Panel has a beautiful printed mo...dern scroll patternRod pocket panel can hang 2 ways: with a rod pocket or clip-on ringsFeatures easy care fabric, so beautiful scroll pattern can always look freshCreates a sweet splash of color in your homeIdeal choice for privacy and style read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.87 $10.97

Better Homes and Gardens Roses Waterfall Valance:Uses rod pocket and has a macramédecorative trim detail along the bottom for adde...d touch of elegance100% polyester, making it durable and long lastingBetter Homes and Gardens Waterfall Valance adds a style to your room decorWindow panel combines with textured yarns to create a vertical stripe on sheer fabric read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.97 $11.97

This Better Homes and Gardens Crushed Room Darkening Curtain Panel will provide extremely filtered light in your room. It is also ...designed to add an elegant touch to your home decor. It is made from 100-percent polyester material. The Better Homes and Gardens curtain panel features a subtle crushed texture and grommets that allow for easy hanging or taking down for cleaning. Available in a variety of colors, this polyester panel helps block out the sun's rays. Pair this curtain panel with coordinating Better Homes and Gardens accessories (sold separately) for a complete and matching look. It is also available in different sizes so you can find the ideal fit for your window. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$15.97 $12.97

This Better Homes and Gardens Crushed Room Darkening Curtain Panel will provide extremely filtered light in your room. It is also ...designed to add an elegant touch to your home decor. It is made from 100-percent polyester material. The Better Homes and Gardens curtain panel features a subtle crushed texture and grommets that allow for easy hanging or taking down for cleaning. Available in a variety of colors, this polyester panel helps block out the sun's rays. Pair this curtain panel with coordinating Better Homes and Gardens accessories (sold separately) for a complete and matching look. It is also available in different sizes so you can find the ideal fit for your window. read more

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