There’s something uniquely satisfying about sleeping in a space that’s like a sensory deprivation tank. You’ve got sheets so silky you feel like you’re floating, your white noise machine is perfectly set to your preferred volume and tone, but if you’ve got light that’s still creeping in, either because a neighbor refuses to turn off their porch light or because, when you prefer a dark room, the moon actually seems quite bright.
That’s where blackout curtains come in. Sure, you may have tried curtains claiming to be blackout curtains, but if they don’t block out at least 98% of the light, you’re not getting your money’s worth. And if you think you can’t afford true blackout curtains, you probably just haven’t looked in the right places. To give you that perfect sensory deprivation tank feeling, we’ve put together a list of some of the best blackout curtains you can buy to get better deep sleep.
At a glance:
- Best overall:
- Best budget:
- Best thermal:
- Best window cover:
- Best for kids:
- Best color selection:
- Best eco-friendly:
- Most artistic: Ink 108 Blackout Curtains by Society6
- Best fair trade: Bark Texture Shine Jacquard Curtains from West Elm
- Most luxurious: Dupioni Silk Curtains from West Elm
Best blackout curtains:
If you’re most concerned about the level of light blocking in any of the curtains on this list, Eclipse Bradley has you covered. These curtains block nearly 100% of light, so this is the perfect model if you need curtains for a home theater or if you work the night shift. Plus, Eclipse Bradley’s design is twofold; the first is for light blocking and the second is for room insulation. That means you’ll be saving money on your power bill. These curtains are just $26; expensive if you compare these curtains to other choices on this list, but inexpensive if you add up the amount of sleep saved and money not spent on your air condition and heating.
Best cheap blackout curtains:
At just $16, these blackout curtains block between 85% to 99% of light. If you’re looking for true blackout curtains, especially if you’re light-sensitive, you should probably only aim for 98% light blocking and above, but this is a pretty great deal either way. These curtains come in plenty of colors, but if you only want the darkest blocking, go with classic black. Nicetown has plenty of options for blackout curtains in varying sizes ad colors, so if this choice doesn’t work for you or your windows, we recommend checking out this brand’s other options.
Best thermal blackout curtains:
Even if you’ve found curtains that block light well, but still leave that strip of light somehow shining directly into your eyes, they’re not the perfect curtains. Stop wrestling two-curtain panels to completely overlap; just get a super long single panel and you won’t have to worry about the piercing sliver of light. Rose Home Fashion’s blackout curtains help keep the warmth in during winter and out during the summer. These curtains scale all the way from 52-by-63 inches for $15 up to the massive 100-by-108-inch curtain panel for $40. They’re simple and attractive, too, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your bedroom aesthetic. If you’re looking for the next level of room darkening, make sure to buy black curtains, which keep out light more effectively than lighter-colored curtains.
Best blackout window cover:
Looking for a more unconventional “curtain?” This window cover by Blackout EZ fastens to your window frame via velcro and keeps all the light out without while being covert, too. If you’ve found a window treatment that goes perfectly with your decor and sets the tone in your bedroom, you don’t have to sacrifice looks for sleep, or the other way around. Blackout EZ’s window covers are removable, too, so you don’t have to deal with a dark room during the day. Just unfasten the window cover, roll it up and toss it in the closet until you need to go back to sleep.
Best blackout curtains for kids:
Before you get too excited about that $9 price tag, that’s for just a single small panel of 42-by-63-inch curtain, so this won’t fit every window. Still, these curtains are super inexpensive. They’re soft to the touch and rated well, so you know you’re getting a fantastic deal. Deconovo also has plenty of colors for you to choose from, so if black isn’t really your style, you’ve got a lot of options here, from mustard and lavender to royal blue and red.
Best color selection: Prince Deco Primitive Textured Linen 100% Blackout Curtains
Select a chic linen look in colors like teal, dove grey, white, taupe, and navy when you opt for a pair of Prince Deco Primitive Textured Linen 100% Blackout Curtains. If your room seems too small when you hang dark curtains, try these out in a lighter color that still blocks out the sun, the heat/cold, and even the noise. Washable in a linen and polyester blend, these panels are backed by a 100% lining of blackout thermal insulate, free of wrinkles, and incredibly easy to install. Available in five sizes, these curtains are also waterproof, UV-protective, and suitable for rooms including not only the bedroom but patios, balconies, porches, pergolas, and more.
*For best results, wash and dry before hanging on your window.
Best eco-friendly: Mangata Casa Kids Star Blackout Curtains
You can feel good about hanging the Mangata Casa Kids Star Blackout Curtains with their starry sky design. Their eco-friendly laser-cut triple weave fabric requires no chemical coatings or unknown fragrances, just the basics for a safe and light-banishing space. Consisting of 100% polyester, these panels come in pairs, each being 52 inches wide by 84 inches long, and easily work anywhere from the bedroom (child’s recommended), nursery, living room, recreation room, and more. These are easy to keep clean since they are machine washable and can be ironed at a low temperature. They come with a 30-day refund and replacement policy. Available in burgundy, lilac, olive, beige, and navy.
Best artistic: Ink 108 Blackout Curtains by Society6
Best fair trade: Bark Texture Shine Jacquard Curtain from West Elm
Take a stand for fair labor and safe working conditions when you purchase this certified fair trade product. These gently textured Bark Jacquard Curtains with tasteful interwoven metallic thread can be backed with your choice of sewn-in polyester blackout liner or unlined. Highly recommended for nurseries and other napping areas for the little ones. Made of 42% polyester, 21% linen, and 37% rayon, these panels are stylish for just about any room. Available in various lengths, all 48 inches wide. Made in a fair trade certified facility in India.
Most luxurious: Dupioni Silk Curtains from West Elm
Treat yourself to a bit of relaxed luxury when you hang Dupioni Silk Curtains in a soft Dusty Blush color instead of your usual blackout panels. Another fair trade certified product we’re proud to share, these blackout curtains allow you to choose from three different lengths. (Widths are always the same — 48 inches wide.) Curtains are lined with cotton to protect fragile silk and other materials.
How to find the best blackout curtains for you
When you’re considering buying blackout curtains, there are a few key areas to address in order to make sure you select the right ones for your needs. With the right blackout curtains, you should be able to block out all light, ensure privacy, as well as keep out most outside noise, harmful UV rays, and undesired temperatures (i.e. heat in the summer, cold in the winter), for the time you plan to be sleeping in the room.
Reading the label on your blackout curtains thoroughly should give you all the details you need in order to make your choice. Here are the questions you want answered by your product label:
You’ll want to opt for a fabric thick enough to block the light and noise out thoroughly, but flexible enough to be attractive and maneuverable. Try to find a fabric that is flexible enough to fit into the washing machine when needed, and that allows you to pull the panels back when you do want to let the light in. Generally, a polyester fabric is chosen for blackout curtains, sometimes sewn to be three or more layers thick, but most often paired with a thick cotton lining. Other times you’ll find they’re made of linen or a polyester and cotton blend. Some fabrics may need to be dry-cleaned. Your label will show you how to launder your curtains properly.
Your label may also show terms like privacy-lined, blackout-lined, foam-backed, or thermal-lined, and each has its own self-explanatory meaning. Find the one that works best for your needs.
Your blackout curtains don’t need to be black, or even dark necessarily. With the right type of fabric, even a light color can significantly block outside light, noise, and temperatures from entering your room. If you want something that’s going to block it all out 100%, however, you may want to focus on the darks and blacks for best results.
How to hang them
There are several ways to hang blackout curtains. You can choose how to hang yours based on personal preference, or on what types of windows you have in your home. There are grommet curtain headers, which are metal rings you can string your curtains through and hang them, as well as tab tops, which loop around the curtain rod to hang your blackout curtains. There are also rod pockets, where you slip the curtains on over a slit in the fabric, and pinch pleat curtains, which are pleated at the top.
Measure your windows before you begin shopping. Make sure you choose a piece of fabric that fits your window all the way from top to bottom and side to side with no light sneaking in anywhere. Make sure it’s at least two to three times the width of your windows in order to allow for the drape and ripples of the fabric.
To spend within your budget, have an acceptable range in mind before you start shopping. Generally, you can easily find decent-quality blackout curtain panels in sets of two for less than $100. Remember, however, that even if you exceed this price to get the perfect set of blackout curtains, they will likely pay for themselves over time by keeping out drafts and unwanted temperatures throughout the year.
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