A good night’s sleep is vital to your mental health and well-being, just like a healthy diet and proper exercise.
According to research, an optimal sleep schedule and routine helps you work out more effectively, become healthier, make smarter decisions, and eat less junk too. Having an excellent sleep routine will benefit all aspects of your life, so you need to monitor the way your body rests.
But if you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, you’re not the only one - approximately 35-50% of adults across the world experience some form of insomnia.
The problem is getting worse as the years go on, and the drop off in sleep quality occurs for various reasons.
The rise of cell phones and tablets has people engaged with their screens at the highest rate of all time. Social media and applications reel in our attention and this screen time continues up until bedtime. Television shows and streaming services have the same effect because the quality of content on the screen is at such a high level.
So, how can you overcome this issue and improve the way you sleep?Read More
Installing a new set of blackout curtains might seem like a difficult task, but it isn’t - as long as you follow the correct process.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to have any special skills to hang blackout curtains and it should only take roughly 20-45 minutes per window.
Here’s everything you need to get started.
What You Need
To make the process as smooth as possible, I recommend assembling and organizing the tools and materials you'll use before you begin. You only need a few basic tools when installing blackout curtains, and they are as follows;
Your Blackout Curtains
You’ll obviously need your set of blackout curtains. To get the proper coverage, make sure these are sized to account for the distance above the window to the curtain pole and the overall width of the window.
Your Curtain Poles
These should fit the widths of your windows while still leaving some extra room on either side to ensure you get full coverage.
Curtain Pole Mounting
If you’re on the lookout for a new set of blackout curtains you may have come across reviews or forum posts that talk about a distinct smell coming from the curtains after they’ve been hanging for a few days.
But why do blackout curtains smell?
And is there a way to remove the smell if you’re planning on getting a set for your home?
Let’s take a closer look.
Why Do Blackout Curtains Smell?
The primary cause of the foul smell that seemingly comes with a set of blackout curtains is the manufacturing process.
Older manufacturing processes involved coating a piece of polyester fabric with layers of acrylic foam and adhesives to achieve the blackout properties.
Shortly after the curtains manufactured they’re sealed in plastic packaging to help protect them during transportation and aren’t opened again until the end-user has purchased the product, and brought them home.
There’s usually a very strong chemical smell when opening the packaging of a new set of blackout curtains, but this usually subsides after a few minutes.Read More
Having a brightly lit room is an achievement until it becomes a nuisance while you’re trying to sleep.
A good night's sleep is as crucial as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, and poor sleep negatively impacts your hormones and brain function.
Cutting out light in a room has been said to aid in fast melatonin production, thus getting quality and adequate sleep with zero interruptions to the body clock. For the body to adapt and not wake up when the sun rises, it is essential to expose your body to darkness.
In the modern world, many people have jobs that require them to work for long hours or at night, meaning they have to sleep during the day.
Light in the bedroom can hinder you from getting enough sleep and is also uncomfortable, and while permanent modifications such as adding curtain rails and blinds made to your bedroom to make it possible to sleep during the day, not everyone has the privilege of owning a house, and those who rent don’t have the freedom to do these modifications.
One of the biggest trends over the past two years is blackout curtains.
Their popularity has risen as they have become more affordable, and they offer an easy fix solution to light and sleep problems in your home.
But what are blackout curtains used for?
What Are Blackout Curtains?
Blackout curtains are great for blocking out light and when fitted correctly they will completely darken or “blackout” a room.
Whether the lighting problem is caused by the sun’s rays throughout the early morning or the artificial glow from street lamps or car lights that is disturbing your sleep, blackout curtains will help to keep your room dark regardless of what’s happening outside.
But what many people don’t know is that blackout curtains can help you save money on your heating bills and reduce the noise from outside entering the room.
So how do they work?
Well, it’s quite simple, our triple weave technology is used to make our proprietary 100% blackout fabrics. The special black yarns are woven tightly into the middle
Are you torn between choosing Blackout or Thermal curtains?
To help you make the right decision and ensure that you are completely happy with your choice, we have compared both products, so that you can select the right product for your home.
But what’s the difference between thermal and blackout curtains?
In short, blackout curtains are primarily designed to blackout a room by reducing the amount of light that can enter through the window.
Thermal curtains, on the other hand, are primarily designed to reduce heat loss from a room’s windows.
However, both types of curtains have similar properties that can make the choice between the two a little tougher.
What Are Blackout Curtains?
Blackout curtains are designed to darken a room.
When fitted correctly they will block out unwanted light, from a bright sun beaming light into your room during early morning sunrise, through to street and car light that is disturbing your sleep.
Blackout curtains can also help to reduce noise from outside and, save you some money
It’s easy to transform any pair of standard curtains into blackout curtains with our ready-made blackout curtain linings.
Once attached you will benefit from no sunlight, no street light and no unwanted car lights shining into your room, enabling you to get a betters night sleep or some more privacy.
Blackout curtain linings are very easy to attach and can be added to a set of curtains in a matter of minutes, with no skills required, and the job can be completed from start to finish in under half an hour.
Can You Attach Blackout Linings To Curtains Without Sewing?
Ready-made blackout curtain linings can be fixed to a set of curtains without any need for sewing, and are suitable for use with both eyelet and tape heading curtains.
You simply attach the linings to the curtains using the rings and hooks supplied in the pack, following a simple three-step by step illustrated fitting instruction is enclosed with the linings.
It really couldn’t be simpler!
What You Need
Before you get started, there’s
Can’t find that pair of blackout curtains to fit your window and fancy having a go yourself?
Anyone with basic sewing skills should be able to make a pair of handmade curtains to the desired size, using a wider choice of patterns, colours and fabrics compared to ready-made curtains.
Some of the benefits of making your own blackout curtains include, they will fit the exact size of your window, block out light, thermal insulation, noise reduction, extra privacy, no additional costs for curtain alterations and you could customise to suit your own style, for example, add a bit of sparkle.
If you are new to curtain making, it is best to start with a plain material and remember: accurate measuring and cutting is vital for creating a successful pair of blackout curtains.
This guide is ideal if you have a lightweight fabric that you want to make into blackout curtains with a Taped Heading.
Or, if you just want to use our Blackout fabric on its own to make a pair of Blackout curtains, the same approach works with standard non-blackout fabric.Read More
Installing a Blackout Blind is a really easy job and can make a huge difference to your home.
We've created this easy to follow step by step guide, to help you through.
- Metal Tape Measure
- Small Step Ladder
- Ruler or Spirit Level
- Hand Drill (optional)
- Rawlplugs (optional)
Before you start:
Check the area where you are fitting the blind, is it a suitable surface or are there any electrical cabling nearby.
Check there are no obstructions, to opening/closing the blind.
Remember Ball chain device can be dangerous to pets and children.
Around 1 Hour.
Step 1 - Measure The Windows
When you’re measuring your window for blackout blinds, you need to decide whether you prefer to fit the blind inside the window recess or outside the window recess.
Each position has some benefits and drawbacks, so ultimately it’s up to you to decide which you prefer.
Measuring For Blackout Blinds - Inside The RecessRead More
If you’re looking at purchasing a set of blackout curtains or linings then you’re probably aware that blackout products will block out sunlight and unwanted light from cars and street lights, and have thermal and noise reducing properties
But one thing you probably hadn’t considered was whether there would be any potential effects on your health.
Sadly, there are some blackout products on the market that are made using harmful chemicals.
So, are all blackout linings made the same way?
What Is Blackout Lining Made Of?
Despite all helping to keep your room dark, not all blackout linings are made the same way.
Two-pass blackout lining is made by spraying a base fabric with a black opaque membrane before spraying it with a white acrylic foam. It blocks 95-100% of light and is lightweight.
Three-pass blackout lining is made by first spraying the base fabric with a white acrylic foam, then spraying with a black opaque membrane, and finally spraying it with another layer of white acrylic foam on the outside. It also blocks 100% of light,