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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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Factory Direct Drapes

100% HAND MADE IN AMERICA - Thermal Lined - Excellent drape fabric; Beautiful and Elegant Reddish Burgundy color; Hangs and pleats... wonderfully ; Modern and clean looking drape; Top has large circular silver grommets to attach to the rod; Available in... read more

Factory Direct Drapes

100% HAND MADE IN AMERICA - Thermal Lined - Light Airy Green Fabric; Mild wrinkly and wispy; Contemporary and light for any room; ...Offers complete privacy; Lined drapes are the absolute best form of insulation of any window covering; over 50% insulation... read more

Factory Direct Drapes

100% HAND MADE IN AMERICA - Thermal Lined - Safe drape material; Permanently fire retardant; This attractive black and gold materi...al is washable; Offers complete privacy; Lined drapes are the absolute best form of insulation of any window covering;... read more

Factory Direct Drapes

100% HAND MADE IN AMERICA - Thermal Lined - Delightful small triangle fabric; Smart triangle Gold and Silver pattern; Amazing appe...arance; Modern and clean looking drape; Top has large circular silver grommets to attach to the rod; Available in any... read more

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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Eclipse
$19.99
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Can't part with your existing curtains, simply add the Eclipse Thermaliner? behind your existing curtains and instantly experience... the light blocking and noise reducing benefits. The energy saving properties will help you save on home heating and... read more

Overstock.com

Ultimate liner is a true black out liner, that works with all styles of panels. Liners are hotel quality, save energy, reduce ligh...t, reduce noise. Color white, available in four sizes. read more

Solaris

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. Save energy with the Solaris Blackout Liner. Two 27x80in panels provide complete blackout covera...ge for a standard window. The polyester/cotton blend surface fabric and foam backing help keep a room's temperature... 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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Bali

Bali DiamondCell Midnight blackout cellular shades are extremely popular due to their low price, ability to darken a room, single ...or double honeycomb pleat for effective insulation, and neutral backing to the street. The honeycomb fabrics are subtly... read more

Bali

Bali DiamondCell Midnight blackout cellular shades are extremely popular due to their low price, ability to darken a room, single ...or double honeycomb pleat for effective insulation, and neutral backing to the street. The honeycomb fabrics are subtly... read more

Graber

Ideal for day sleepers and media rooms, Graber's CrystalPleat Blackout Cellular Shades offer a soft touch. CrystalPleat Honeycomb ...Shades provide superior year-round insulation for lower energy bills, and are available in both single and double cell... read more

Blinds.com

Our Signature Blackout Roller Shades are perfect for eliminating most of the light from entering your room. Great for nurseries, m...edia rooms and bedrooms. Available in a wide assortment of materials and colors that include solid colors and jacquard... read more

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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$96.83 $148.97
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"Block harsh sunlight during the day and bright streetlights at night with the Premier Double Cell Blackout Shades. Because these ...shades are made from blackout fabrics, they?re also great if you have a home theater, letting you enjoy your viewing... read more

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$95.62 $147.11
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"Block the majority of light in your bedroom and home theater with the Good Housekeeping 3/4"" Single Cell Blackout Shades. Choose... from 32 designer colors and patterns, including Fresco Flagstone and Floral Dark Mocha. With so many style options,... read more

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