How Do Blackout Curtains Work?
You have decided that you would like to completely block out light in a room, and the ideal solution is blackout curtains. As the name suggests, blackout curtains block out light, but not all to the same degree, that can vary from 85% to 100% – depending on the curtain fabrics.
So How Do Blackout Curtains Work?
100% blackout curtains do not allow a single ray of light to get through and it is the only product of its kind to be able to completely blackout the light.
Made from our innovative, proprietary 100% Blackout fabric, blackout curtains use triple weave technology to provide a three layer approach to functional curtains.
Special black yarns are woven tightly into the middle of a unique multiple layered thermal lining, and it is the middle yarns that deliver block out properties to a room.
What Are The Benefits of Blackout Curtains?
Block out sunlight, car lights, street lights.
Ideal for a shift worker, babies nurseries and anyone living on a main road.
Improve energy efficiency, keeping those electricity and gas costs down in winter by helping to insulate a room.
Help reduce outside noise, due to the curtains thick triple weave fabric.
Get a better night’s sleep.
Eliminates any outside light, when the sun rises, for an undisturbed sleep.
Made in our innovative proprietary fabric, easy-care and splash-proof, high-tech triple weave technology ensures the fabric is hard wearing and long-lasting.
Offers better privacy than standard curtains.
No additional linings required.
Blackout yarns are woven inside the triple weave layer of fabric.
Wash on a cool 30 degree cycle. No trips to the dry cleaners necessary.
Affordable, and available in a choice of colours, styles and sizes.
Ring Top and Taped heading, plain colours, and printed designs.
From 41” x 54” up to 90” x 90”
Easy to fit.
You just need a curtain pole, and hooks if purchasing taped heading.
Are White Blackout Curtains Effective?
The conventional idea is that in order to block out light you will need a dark colour, right?
Wrong. With 95-100% blackout fabric, white curtains are just as effective. In fact, you can have blackout curtains in any colour, light or dark.
Lighter coloured curtains, such as white, cream, pink and powder blue shades are more commonly seen in a nursery, where they block out the harsh light whilst the baby sleeps during the day.
Regardless of the colour, a baby – or a shift worker – can sleep peacefully even during the day because the blackout curtains block out the sunlight, provide privacy, reduce noise from the home and any noise from the streets and traffic on the road, as well as offering insulation from heat and cold.
Remember that fabric colour has no bearing on blocking out light.
The Bottom Line.
There is a lot that blackout curtains can do for you and your room, from keeping out the bright sunlight – and so preventing sun damage to furniture – to aiding a night of better sleep by lowering outside noises and offering better privacy than standard curtains.
They can also reduce your energy consumption, keeping the room warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months.
Whatever your choice of window decoration, there is a complementing blackout curtain out there for you. However, blackout curtains are not always suitable for everyone or the interior.
If you use your curtains to dress a window and they never move, you might want to consider a blackout blind which would be a good alternative option, they provide the same level of darkness as blackout curtains and are available in different finishes and colours and can be cut to fit inside the window recess.
In fact, they are ideal for a low window recess, whereas Blackout curtains are ideal for larger windows and rooms and are easy to pull and adjust vertically. We will cover more about our roller blind ranges in a future blog.