Perfect Curtain for Your Room

How to Choose the Perfect Curtain for Your Room: Room-Darkening Curtains

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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One of the essential steps when furnishing a room is adding a curtain rod and curtains. Curtains can serve both aesthetic and functional purposes, depending on your needs. With Bouclair's room blackout curtains, you will find options to help darken the room for better sleep while you decorate your space.

Room-darkening curtains are perfect for light sleepers who need total darkness to get a good night's rest. These curtains are usually made of thicker, heavier materials that block out most, if not all, of the light. This is ideal if you live in an area with street lights or other sources of light that can filter into your room at night. Room-darkening curtains can also help keep the heat in during the winter and block out unwanted cold drafts.

One of the most appealing features of blackout curtains is that they can help you save money on your power bills. Approximately 10% to 25% of heat loss comes from windows in most structures. However, by adding blackout drapes, your energy costs may be reduced by 25%. During the winter, blackout drapes keep the heat in the space and reflect heat out during the summer. Both of these scenarios save you money on your energy bills.

Now that you understand the benefits of room-darkening curtains, it's time to select the perfect pair for your space. When shopping for room blackout curtains, consider the following tips:

Measure your window

Various blackout curtains are available; thus, measure your windows before shopping. If you're not sure what size curtains you need, measure the width of your window and double it. This will ensure your curtains are sufficiently big to cover the entire window. Room-darkening drapes should reach from the top of the window to the floor in length.

Choose a style for your room.

If you want your blackout curtains to go unnoticed, pick a color and fabric that complement the rest of the space. Blackout drapes come in a variety of colors and designs, so you should be able to discover a pair that fits your decor. You may also use room-darkening curtains as an opportunity to add some brightness to your space with bold colors or patterns. Designate a specific style for your curtains, whether classic, romantic, or modern.


When choosing room-darkening curtains, it's important to consider the material. Heavier materials like velvet or blackout lining will provide the best results in blocking out light. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can try thick cotton or linen fabric. It's also necessary to choose a color that will complement your dĆ©cor. Blackout curtains are available in various colors, so you should be able to find something that works with your space. 

When it comes to blackout curtains, you will want to choose a heavy-duty fabric that can withstand repeated washings. Blackout curtains are typically made from polyester, velvet, or another thick material. You will also want to consider the weight of the fabric when choosing room-darkening curtains. Heavier fabrics will block out more light than lighter fabrics. If you live in an area with a lot of light pollution, you may want to opt for heavier blackout curtains.


Installing room-darkening curtains is a simple process. Start by attaching the brackets to your curtain rod, and then hang the curtains on each side. Ensure that the hooks are facing in to be easily opened and closed. Once your curtains are hung, adjust them until evenly spaced across the rod. Then, use a steamer or iron on a low setting to remove any wrinkles in the fabric.

With all these tips in mind, you are ready to shop for room-darkening curtains that will work best in your space. Be sure to measure your windows, consider the style of your room, think about the weight and material of the curtains before making a purchase, and don't forget to install them properly! 

With these tips, you'll be sure to have blackout curtains. Whether you're looking for a classic black curtain or something more colorful, we have options to suit any space.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.