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16 blackout curtains to keep you cool and comfortable this summer

While the summer sun is great for a day outside, it can pose an issue if you're trying to get some rest or stay cool. Thankfully, blackout curtains are a simple solution to those irritating problems.

According to Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, one of the easiest things you can do to get better shut-eye is to make sure the room is dark.

“We’re designed to be sleeping when the sky is dark,” he told TODAY. “You want the room to be as dark as possible without it being dangerous,” he added. To achieve a dark room, he recommends using blackout curtains — curtains that block out light to help you sleep through the night.

Their benefits go beyond the bedroom. Blackout curtains are designed to reflect the majority of UV rays that hits it, reducing unwanted solar heat from entering your home.

We searched for bestselling and top-rated blackout curtain options available online. From Amazon to Bed Bath and Beyond, this list will help you find the perfect set of blackout curtains for your home.

Bestselling blackout curtains

1. AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Curtains

These AmazonBasics curtains have over 29,000 verified ratings and a 4.5-star average. They're designed to fit on any standard or decorative rod, and they're made with 100% polyester. The two-panel pack also comes with velcro strips to tie the curtains.

2. Nicetown Blackout Drapes

Available in over two dozen color options, these blackout drapes from Nicetown are designed to match the decor in any room in your home. Each package comes with two panels, and the silver grommets make them easy to install.

3. Nicetown Double Layer Blackout Curtain Panels

Block out every bit of sunlight with these double-layered curtain panels. While they're crafted to make your room pitch black, the brand also claims that they can reduce noise from outside.

4. BGment Thermal Insulated Room Darkening Curtains

Each BGment curtain panel has six metal grommets that make hanging easy. They're designed to block out over 85% of sunlight and they're insulated with high-density yarn for insulation.

5. Aquazolax French Door Blackout Curtains

If you have French doors leading to your bedroom, you can still experience total darkness with these blackout window coverings. They come in 11 colors and include velcro ties that will let some light into the room while giving you privacy.

6. Mainstays Energy Efficient Single Curtain Panel

Save money on your energy bill with these energy-efficient curtains. They're designed to reduce outside noise, block light and help your home stay cooler in the summer.

7. Eclipse Kenley Solid Color Blackout Single Curtain

These solid blackout curtains are just as practical as they are stylish. Available in five mature colors, the thick polyester texture helps block plenty of light from the sun.

8. Sun Zero Kylee Energy Efficient Curtain Panel

If you live in a loud area, these curtains may help you get a better night's sleep. They're made with thick, woven material that's designed to reduce noise and block light.

9. Brockham Solid Blackout Grommet Curtain Panels

Add an elegant touch to any room with these blackout curtains from Wayfair. Crafted with 100% polyester, they have a transparent top layer and a solid blackout layer on the back.

10. Clontarf Geometric Room Darkening Curtain Panels

These thermally-insulated curtains are made to reduce external noise and energy lost through your windows. Plus, they're available in seven cool geometric patterns!

11. Solid Blackout Thermal Grommet Curtain Panels

These blackout curtains have a modern design that can go with nearly any home decor. The triple-weave fabric blocks out sunlight while providing a sophisticated design to any room.

12. Darcy 84-inch Blackout Curtain Panel

These finely-woven panels combine utility and style. The blackout curtains are machine-washable and have top grommets that make them easy to install.

13. Quinn 84-Inch Grommet Top Blackout Curtain Panel

Maintain privacy and complete darkness with these polyester curtains. The texture of the material is designed to absorb heat, which helps keep your room temperature-controlled during the heat of the summer.

14. Quinn Geo Blackout Window Curtain Panel

Need to add some decor to an otherwise basic room? These geometric curtains will bring some excitement to your home while keeping it cool and dark.

15. Plaza Grommet-Top Lined Blackout Curtain

The Plaza curtains have an elegant, shiny look made from 100% woven polyester while the grommets have a distressed bronze finish.

16. Wallace Blackout Grommet-Top Curtain

This single panel curtain is machine-washable and easy to hang. It comes in eight colors and five lengths to fit any size window.

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This article was originally published on June 4, 2018.

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7 best blackout curtains of 2021, according to experts

While the days are getting shorter as the weather gets colder, Daylight Saving Time will shortly come to an end, which means more sunlight earlier in the morning. Blackout curtains can be a priceless investment for anyone trying to get some uninterrupted sleep in the morning. Instead of allowing the sun to shine through, these window treatments can block up to 99 percent of light, keeping the room dark and protected from daytime brightness and allowing you to snooze.

In general, blackout curtains are an ideal choice for bedrooms, nurseries, home theaters or any room in the house where you want to limit exposure to natural light. The term blackout curtain often refers to drapes made of a double-lined, tightly woven fabric designed to block out light completely, explained Beth Halpern Brown of Beth Brown Interiors, an interior designer and home decor expert in Atlanta. However, there are other benefits besides keeping the morning sun out of your eyes, including :

  • Absorbing outside noises
  • Insulating the room from drafts or heat
  • Protecting furniture and decor throughout the room from ultraviolet rays, which cause fading

How to shop for blackout curtains

Brown explained that what makes for the “perfect” blackout curtains for your room depends on various elements, including their fabric, required maintenance, style and your price point. “It’s important to think about how these curtains are being used and where they’ll be located in the home to evaluate what works best and what makes sense for your long-term lifestyle needs,” she said.

But it’s also important to read the fine print before making your final purchase to avoid potential disappointment. “Be sure that you see the word ‘blackout’ in the description as opposed to room darkening or light filtering,” said Susan Peters, owner and interior designer for 9108 Designs. “These other two options may not block as much of the light from your room.”

Best drapery style

Blackout curtains come in a variety of drapery styles, including:

  • Grommet: rings or holes in the fabric that the curtain rod goes through
  • Ring: Fabric panels that hang from rings at the top attached either by clips or smaller grommets.
  • Single-rod pocket: A channel is sewn into the fabric that allows the curtain rod to slide through.
  • Fabric loop: As the name suggests, small loops of fabric are sewn to the top of the panel for the curtain rod.

“Using draperies with rings is much more user-friendly, and if you want blackout lined drapes, you will likely open and close them every day,” said Pamela O’Brien, principal interior designer at Pamela Hope Designs. “Rod pockets and grommets are more difficult to open and close while rings glide along a rod easily.” She also notes that with blackout lining, drapery can be rather heavy so sewn-in or at least pinned-in rings are best.

Curtain sizing

Blackout curtains function best when they minimize light leaks, obviously, explained Lesley Myrick, owner and principal designer at Lesley Myrick Interior Design and a former project manager at a couture drapery workroom. “So look for curtains that are wider than your windows when closed and also higher than your windows,” she said. “This extra coverage outside of the actual windowpane will help create a true blackout feel.”

Blackout curtain fabric versus liners

Although some curtain panels are made from blackout fabric, Myrick noted, she’s found the best results come from curtains with built-in blackout liners. “Because blackout-lined curtains are made with more fabric, they're heavier — which means that proper drapery hardware to handle the weight is essential,” she said.

However, you can also opt to buy a specific liner made to completely block out light. “This is accomplished through a coating that’s applied to the fabric and blocks the little pores in the weave,” added Brown. “This material is thick and offers thermal insulation benefits, blocks out noise and creates ultimate privacy.”

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Best blackout curtains to shop in 2021

There are countless blackout curtain options on the market across styles and price points. The experts we consulted recommended a few standouts for quality, performance and style.

Best blackout curtains overall: West Elm

West Elm Fair Trade Blackout Curtain

Available in three different sizes, these simple 100-percent polyester curtains with pole pockets can be hung on their own or layered behind a more festive material to make them blackout. Sometimes you just need a straightforward, effective, and tried and true choice, explained Brown. “This selection accomplishes all of your needs for a beautifully designed blackout curtain that’s still reasonably priced,” she said. “This dense drape blocks light, absorbs noise and insulates against heat and cold. By blocking sunlight, it also protects curtains, rugs and furniture from fading.”

Best affordable blackout curtains: Amazon Basics

Amazon Basics Room Darkening Blackout Window Curtains with Grommets

Instead of a stiff liner, these 100-percent polyester blackout curtains are made of a triple-weave fabric and feature two panels, as well as 1.5-inch grommets. They are also machine-washable, come with Velcro ties to pull them back and are made in an Oeko-TEX standard factory. “This is a super economical choice that ships quickly and comes in a multitude of colors and patterns,” said Brown. “Given the fabric type, they do a nice job of blocking outside noise and insulating rooms for energy efficiency.” Plus, with their reasonable price point and range of styles, she noted that they’re an ideal choice for rooms that change often, like kids’ rooms, playrooms or those who are renting.

Best high-end blackout curtains: The Shade Store

Ripple Fold Drapery

For buyers looking to spend a bit more on their drapes and curtains, Brown explained that The Shade Store is a great resource to customize the exact type of blackout curtain for any room in your home. “With over eight drapery styles and more than 650 fabric materials, you can basically create whatever type of blackout curtain you have in mind,” she said. However, “given its focus on customization, The Shade Store will cost more than your average home goods or big box retailer stores.”

Best style blackout curtains: PBteen

The Emily & Meritt Studded Blackout Curtain

Bring an edgy feel to your room with these pure cotton canvas woven curtains complete with delicate gold stud trim and pole pockets. They require dry cleaning only and are available individually or in a set of two — and come in three colors. “These studded blackout curtains are insanely chic,” said Myrick. “They'd bring a little edge and polish to a room.”

And Peters agrees with PBteen’s combination of quality and design details. “Don't let the ‘teen’ part fool you, this curtain is appropriate for all ages,” she added. “Pottery Barn across the board makes some amazing blackout curtains.”

Best blackout curtains for the bedroom: NICETOWN

NICETOWN Blackout Curtain Panels

For your bedroom, these thermal insulated drapes will block up to 99 percent of light, according to the brand. Available in 24 fade-resistant colors and ten sizes, these wrinkle-free blackout curtains come with two panels per package to accommodate various styles and window sizes. Plus, more than 60,300 reviewers on Amazon have given these machine-washable curtains a 4.7-star average rating.

Best blackout curtains for kids rooms: Pottery Barn Kids

Evelyn Linen Blend Ruffle Bottom Blackout Curtain

Many of the experts we consulted agree that Pottery Barn Kids offers adorable blackout curtain options for a nursery or child's room. “They have really set a high bar for the style of blackout curtains by selling an abundance of unique, stylish curtains in various colors,” said Peters. One of her favorites is this cotton weave curtain with four-in-one top treatment so you can pick from pole pocket, belt loop, clip rings or drapery rings depending on the look you want. “The ruffles add some beautiful detail to the bottom of these girly curtains.” However, if you’d like something more gender-neutral, they are also available with just a simple pleat design.

Best blackout curtain liner: Rose Home Fashion

Rose Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain Liner Panel

A creative way to bring both function and unique style to your windows is using a blackout curtain liner under your regular curtain. “With this feature, you can buy any curtains that fit your style and pair them with a blackout curtain or blackout curtain liner,” said Peters. This insulating blackout liner comes with two panels and drapery rings, is machine washable and blocks out up to 99 percent of light, according to the brand.

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Theater drapes and stage curtains

Large piece of cloth designed to mask backstage areas of a theater from spectators

Different types of curtains.

Theater drapes and stage curtains are large pieces of cloth that are designed to mask backstage areas of a theater from spectators. They are designed for a variety of specific purposes, moving in different ways (if at all) and constructed from various fabrics. Many are made from black or other darkly colored, light-absorbing material (In North America, for example, heavyweight velour is the current industry standard[1]). Theater drapes represent a portion of any production's soft goods, a category comprising any non-wardrobe, cloth-based element of the stage or scenery.[2] Theater curtains are often pocketed at the bottom to hold weighty chain or to accept pipes to remove their fullness and stretch them tight.

Proscenium stages use a greater variety of drapes than arena or thrust stages. In proscenium theaters, drapes are typically suspended from battens and can be controlled by a fly system (i.e., They are "flown," in theater terminology). When a drape is flown, the task of adjusting its height for best masking effect is simplified and, in the case of a drape that must be moved during a performance, this enables the drape to be quickly raised above the proscenium arch—thus positioning it out of view of spectators—or lowered to any desired height above the stage. In flying, instead of using the directions "down" and "up," drapes and curtains are flown "in" and "out," respectively. ("Down" and "up" always refer to downstage and upstage.)

Types of drapes and curtains[edit]

Grand drapes[edit]

Main article: Front curtain

The front curtain, also called house curtain, act curtain, grand drape, main drape, main curtain, proscenium curtain, main rag or, in the UK, tabs, hangs downstage, just behind the proscenium arch. It is typically opened and closed during performances to reveal or conceal the stage and scenery from the audience. There are several styles of front curtains. They can be pleated or flat; can part in the centre; can be drawn upwards, sideways, or diagonally; and can fly out, gather out, or roll out.

The grand valance is a short curtain that hangs between the proscenium and the grand drape. It may match in color and style or it may be more ornate. The valance can be used to create the top of the false proscenium.

False proscenium[edit]

A false proscenium, if in place, creates a smaller frame for the stage within the proper theatre proscenium. It is formed at the top by a horizontal teaser (or house header in the UK) and at the sides by vertical tormentors (or side maskings). These pieces can be made with drapery or hard materials. "Hard" teasers and tormentors are typically constructed with a wooden frame faced with thin plywood and dark colored, light-absorbing material like velour. The teaser is usually hung from a dedicated batten so that its height can be independently adjusted to optimize the masking of the fly system and its loads.[1]

In some productions, a show portal is used in place of teaser and tormentors as a decorative frame for the stage, often designed with the current production in mind. It can be employed in front of or behind the front-of-house curtain, and it too serves to mask backstage areas.[1]

Legs, borders, travelers, and tabs[edit]

For diagonally opening front curtains known as "tabs", see Front curtain § Tableau.

Legsmasking the theater wings
Theatre side and top curtains (black, beige, pink) (Albert Hall stage, Canberra) (2016)

Legs are tall, narrow drapes hung parallel to the proscenium at the sides of the stage. They're used to frame the sides of the acting space as well as to mask the wings, where actors and set pieces may be preparing to enter the stage.

Borders are short drapes hung above the stage, spanning its width. They're used to mask equipment and hidden scenery above. Borders hung close to lights are backed with heat and flame-resistant material. Legs and borders are typically made from a heavy, light-absorbing material similar to that of other stage drapes. One border downstage of a pair of legs forms a complete masking frame around the stage. Dependent on venue size, three or more sets of legs & borders may be employed at varying upstage distances from the proscenium. More legs allow for more locations for actors to enter from.

Travelers, also known as draw curtains and (when flown) bounce or guillotine curtains, are curtains that open and close horizontally. They're used to reveal or obscure everything upstage and sometimes create a portal. They can be rigged with an operating line, which is motorised or pulled manually. The rear stage wall may be obscured by a traveler, if a cyclorama or projection screen is not in place.

Tabs, also known as up-and-downers (UK) or Germans, are drapes hung perpendicular to the proscenium and at the sides, used to more completely mask the wings than legs. Unlike most stage drapery, these run up to downstage (hence "up-and-downer"). Note that the name tabs can be short for tableau curtains or even sometimes refer to the aforementioned legs.[3]

A theater may have a single U-shaped track around the sides and back of the stage instead of rear travelers and tabs. Gaps between sections of curtain on the track can be aligned with the legs to form entrances.

Scrims[edit]

A scrim, sometimes gauze, is a curtain made of an open-weave fabric that appears opaque when lit from the front, but transparent when a person or object behind the curtain is lit. Scrims can be painted and used as both a backdrop and a scrim in some situations. Some scrims can also be used for projections but produce a lower quality and intensity of image than a projection screen.

Backdrops[edit]

A backdrop (or cloth[citation needed]) is a painted curtain that hangs in the back of the stage to indicate scenery. Before the advent of motion pictures, theaters would have 6-8 stock painted backdrops on canvas for use in live theatrical performances.[citation needed] Often these would include an urban scene, a nature or garden scene, and a domestic interior.[citation needed]

Drops may be hung by various means. Often made of canvas which has been sized and painted, the top may be pressed between two pieces of lumber (a batten) and clamped to a pipe, with a pipe or chain through a hem pocket at the bottom giving it weight to prevent flapping. Some may be grommeted along the top and tied to the pipe with tie-line (usually drapery cord nowadays). A time-honored method of hanging a drop is the roll-drop, in which the bottom of the drop is attached to a round batten. The drop is rolled onto it from the back, and is deployed by rope rigged through blocks (pulleys) to be pulled from offstage to release the tension holding the batten up, thus unrolling it slowly until completely unfurled.

There is also a form of drop used in Vaudeville days, which may still be seen in older theaters, called an olio. "Olio" means conglomeration, and these drops were most often roll-drops covered with advertisements from various sponsors, for the audience to view between shows.

See also: Front curtain § Olio drops

Cycloramas[edit]

Main article: Cyclorama (theater)

A cyclorama, or cyc for short, is a large curtain, often concave, at the back of the stage that can be lit to represent the sky or other backgrounds. Traditionally white or natural colored cloth, cycloramas now come in various colors of white, grey, light blue and the green or blue curtains used in Chroma key (greenscreen) work may also be called cycloramas.

With projected scenery, cycs and scrims may be used as drops, by employing either front or rear projection. This was done in a general sense in the 1910s and 1920s by means of painted glass plates in front of lighting instruments, which made sculptured shadows on the cyc to indicate such images as a cityscape or a scary dungeon. (Focus was generalized in the early days; nowadays projectors have adjustable focus lenses.) Lighting instruments (generally ellipsoidals) may also be used to project scenic effects on cycs and scrims, by using gobos, also known as templates or patterns. With an ellipsoidal reflector, the light source is positioned at one focal point of the three-dimensional ellipse, then the pattern - cut metal or glass or other heat-resistant material - is positioned in reverse position so that the light escaping the instrument passes through the pattern first, then through the other focal point and the lenses, and is projected upon the cyc or scrim.

Safety curtain[edit]

Main article: Safety curtain

The safety curtain or fire curtain is used to separate the stage from the audience in case of a fire onstage. It may be made of heavy fireproofed fabric or solid steel sheet. Some were made of asbestos cloth. After several deadly theater fires in the early 1900s, safety systems were developed to isolate the stage, direct smoke away from the audience and limit the fire's oxygen supply. The safety curtain can be a major part of that system, physically separating the stage space with the curtain running in a guide pocket on either side of the proscenium to form a better seal. They are often designed to descend automatically when a holding line is cut or a winch break released with a minimum of operator effort.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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