Blackout curtains are those made of blackout material, a special fabric padded with layers, mainly of foam or thermal padding.  The specialised function of blackout curtains lies in blocking out as much light as possible.  This makes them ideal for those who require a darkened effect even during the day.  Hotel rooms, studios, babies’ rooms, research rooms or (for) those working shifts and desiring to sleep during the day, can install blackout curtains in their premises for an uninterrupted experience.

How are they different from normal Curtains?

Curtains made for the purpose of creating a blackout effect, consist of an opaque fabric backed with 1, 2 or 3 layers of foam depending on the requisite.  These layers are known as ‘passes’.  A 2 pass blackout curtain has one dark sheet of foam and another light coat.  A 3 pass curtain has a white layer of foam attached to the fabric, followed by another black one and finally another light-coloured layer for increased light resistance.

Blackout curtains can also insulate and help absorb sound which makes them ideal for movie screening rooms and audio visual studios.  Due to their insulation abilities, one can also use them to keep a room cool during summers and warm during winters without investing in air-conditioning or heating devices.

Curtain Styles that can be used for Blackout Curtains

  • Pleated: Pinch or pencil pleated blackout curtains create a layered effect in the curtain itself so the need for passes is lesser.  Pleated fabric insulates much better against light and sound, than a flat piece of curtain material.
  • Eyelet: Eyelet blackout curtains are usually of a thick material and have a thick curtain rod going through the entire upper section of the curtain, creating deep wave effects in it.  This design tends to offer an extra layer of insulation with the added material.
  • Tab top: Tab top blackout curtains are attached to the curtain rod via small tabs or belts of fabric which are stitched along the top edge of the curtain.  The rods for these are mounted few inches above the window.
  • Rod pocket: Rod pocket blackout curtains are ones in which the curtain rod is slipped into a pocket sewn into the top of the curtain that opens from either side. In this style, the curtain material can be as gathered or spread apart as one wishes it to be.

Hence, blackout curtains can be of numerous styles and mainly utilise thick material.  Their prints are usually solid and of darker shades, though one can utilise a light curtain covering provided the passes are adequate.  Existent curtains can be changed into blackout ones by merely adding the foam layers. But if the material is too delicate, one may need to select a sturdier variety of fabric.

To know if your curtains can be transformed into blackout curtains, or then how to select and install the right blackout curtain for your needs, contact Best Fit Drapes for more information.