Cheryl Hucks, your DESIGN INTERPRETER with a couple of questions: Are you getting a good night’s sleep? Do you wake up several times a night? Blackout Lining can be the answer to a more restful sleep. Scientific studies have proven that too much light and certain color lights in your bedroom can effect your sleep. I recommend to all my design clients to purchase ready made or custom made drapery panels, roman shades, and roller shades with blackout lining. I think you can never make a bedroom too dark! I cover all lights from DVRs, TVs, clocks, smoke detectors, computers, printers, phones, etc with black electrical tape. I carry it with me when I travel. If I cannot cover the light with tape, I cover it with a black bath cloth. Call me crazy, but I sleep all night without waking one time! Your bedroom will be dark enough that bright sunshine will not wake you! I especially like blackout lining in nurseries and kids rooms. When my grandchildren spend the night with me, they sleep later and usually say they have a better night’s sleep. Rooms where you watch TV it can be a must.
Drapery panels can be purchased at most any store that sells bedding, pillows and draperies. These charcoal grommet panels are contemporary and sleek.
Did you think the drapery fabric had to dark? No way! It is the blackout lining that makes it dark..not the outside drapery fabric color.
I had these gorgeous silk draperies with blackout lining made for clients whose bedroom windows faced the morning sun with it reflecting on lake water. You can see the lake out the window. The traverse rod was mounted next to the crown molding. Otherwise, the sunlight could have escaped out the top of the windows.
The only light that escapes is on the floor. Beautiful custom made blackout lined draperies! My client’s love their dark bedroom to get a great night’s sleep!
Another way to not allow the light to escape the top of the windows is to hang valances above the panels. This panel was hung as close to the ceiling as possible. The valance was stapled onto a 2 x4 piece of wood. The drapery panels have blackout lining.
What if you already have window treatments you love and have invested a lot money? You can purchase or have blackout liners made that can be hung on a separate rod behind your existing drapes.
If you want to make your own blackout lined draperies,here is a link that shows you step by step.
Reasons why you should have blackout lining:
With a wealth of qualities to improve your sleep, treating your bedroom to an elegant pair of blackout curtains or investing in a smart blackout blind could have a big impact when it comes to getting
your forty winks.
We tend to associate sleeping comfort with temperature, support and softness, but blackout products bring something unique to the table. Their key purpose is to provide an efficient and effective barrier to stop external light sources from disturbing your sleep, plus a range of other benefits.
Blackout products are naturally best suited for use in the bedroom where being able to control light and temperature levels is imperative for quality of sleep, but blackout fabrics are also great for the living room if street lights or vehicle headlamps persistently shine through your window.
Beyond blackout: what else do they offer?
Light control is the headline story when it comes to blackout, but what else can they do to create a sanctuary of sleep? The special coatings and linings of blackout collection have a triple benefit system, of which the light exclusion that gives them their name is just the first.
Temperature control & thermal insulation
Blackout products also have the ability to regulate room temperature thanks to the added thermal insulation they offer. Thermal insulation is something we usually associate with keeping warm, and while blackout does offer an effective defence to keep chills out and warmth in when the temperature drops, it also keeps your home from suffering the effects of sweltering summer sun.
Far from a seasonal addition to your home, the special layer of lining or coating used to create blackout curtains and blackout blinds helps to keep your room cool on hot days, making them a handy ally to escape the summer heat. Draw your blackout curtains or lower your blackout roller blind during the day and the coating will create a barrier to the sun’s rays to keep your room cool.
If you’ve ever been kept awake by irritating little noises from the street below that pull you back from the edge of blissful sleep, you’ll appreciate the noise reduction abilities of our blackout drapes.
The extra thick lining of our readymade blackout curtains helps to dampen noises, contributing further to the peaceful sanctuary you need when you are drifting off to sleep.
…and they’re ideal for children’s bedrooms
Most of our children’s curtains come with a blackout lining because it’s so important for your little ones to get the sleep they need. Babies and children need more rest than adults because their bodies and minds are still developing.
Our blackout curtains are perfect for creating the ideal sleep environment for your kids, as well as avoiding those ‘but it’s still light outside’ arguments at bedtime in the summer months.
If you need a better night’s sleep or want to eliminate cold, heat or noise, blackout lining is the perfect solution. It will not cost you a lot and it will be well worth the investment!