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Spotlight's Guide To Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are a popular curtain choice for bedrooms these days, as they block out most of the sunlight and keep the room nice and dark. Of course, there are lot of things to know about blackout curtains aside from this, so we decided to create a useful guide for you to refer to. If you are interested in blackout curtains and their features, be sure to read on.
How Do Blackout Curtains Work?
While blackout curtains have many benefits, their main purpose is blocking out sunlight from the outdoors. To perform this function, blackout curtains must be made with specific materials that can block out the light, this mainly includes heavier fabrics with a tight weave.
There is always a bit of discussion as to how much light blackout curtains eliminate. The answer to this question demands us to explain two other curtain types with similar features, this includes room darkening curtains and light filtering curtains.
In theory, blackout curtains should eliminate 100% of the incoming light. If you choose room darkening curtains, your curtains will block out 95-99% of incoming light. Anything below 95% falls under the category of light filtering curtains.
What Is The Difference Between Blackout Curtains And Thermal Insulated Curtains?
While there are certain blackout curtains that come with thermal insulation, to illustrate the difference between both types, let us take a closer look at the definition of each type of curtain, this will make it easier to distinguish between them.
A thermal insulated curtain is created to keep your home warm during the warmer months, this through a special coating or layer of acrylic. Naturally, these curtains can block some degree of light, but not all reach the level of a blackout curtain.
Many manufacturers are now applying thermal properties to their blackout curtains. Instead of the acrylic layer you will find with dedicated thermal curtains, they will use an acrylic coating on the back of the curtain, this provides similar benefits as the acrylic foam used in thermal curtains.
In conclusion, blackout curtain's main purpose is blocking out sunlight, while thermal insulated curtains are focussed on keeping warmth inside the home. In some rare cases, curtains can display both qualities.
Are Blackout Curtains Necessary For A Good Night Sleep?
The use of blackout curtains often comes down to your surroundings. For example, if there is a streetlight right opposite your window, it is likely that the streetlight will disturb your sleep. Naturally, if your room is dark enough without a blackout curtain, then there is no problem.
There are certain people who do need to sleep during the day, especially if they work the nightshift. Sleeping during the day is not that easy though, especially if there is a lot of noise and light coming in from the outside. To prevent this, blackout curtains can provide a solution and a better sleeping environment overall.
Are Blackout Curtains Made From Heavier Fabrics?
Blackout curtains must have the ability to keep light out, this means that manufacturers will always use a heavier fabric with a tight weave. The tighter the weave, the less likely light will escape through the tiny gaps.
Since blackout curtains can be heavier than the average curtain, it is important to take this into consideration when you go shopping for a curtain track or a curtain pole. For heavier curtains, it can be advised to choose more durable materials such as metal. If you rather not have metal, you can also choose PVC or wood with a larger pole diameter.
Does Spotlight Provide Blackout Curtains Or Fabrics?
At Spotlight, customers can find both blackout curtains and fabrics. Our premade curtains are perfect for anyone who wants to replace their existing curtains or wants to provide their window a quick makeover. Of course, if you want to put a more personal stamp on your blackout curtains, you can check out the many blackout fabrics in our catalogue.
Do you have a question about blackout curtains or the blackout fabrics available at Spotlight? Do not hesitate to get in touch via email or telephone. Alternatively, you can also visit Spotlight in person and get some assistance from a member of our team.