What You Need to Know about Blackout Curtains & Drapes

As a homeowner, there have been many decisions you have had to make about your home, and choosing window treatments is definitely one of them. With all of the options on the market today, more and more people are choosing products that not only complete the look that they’re going for, but also provide functionality. One main focus of functionality, especially in bedrooms is being able to block out the sun’s light, so that you don’t wake up at the crack of dawn, and blackout curtains and drapes are what people are choosing to help them achieve just this.

So can a product be stylish and also functional? Can you really have it all? Let’s find out.

What are Blackout Curtains & Drapes?

Blackout curtains and drapes can come in a variety of different styles. Some are made of thick fabrics, so that light is diffused and unable to pass through the material. Other types contain a blackout lining on the back of the window treatment, virtually offering the same effect; however, the fabric type can be of a lighter variety, as opposed to a heavy fabric. The blackout material is composed of tightly-woven components to help stop the light from entering the room and is offered in dark or light shades, depending on what you’re looking for in your home.

Blackout curtains typically are composed of one layer of fabric with blackout features built into the fabric, making it heavier than a normal curtain. Blackout drapes normally have two layers of fabric, with the blackout features on the backside of the fabric.

These options easily fit into a drapery rod and can be used anywhere. Typically most choose to utilize blackout shades in the bedrooms, but you can also add them to living areas and nurseries as well.

The Benefits of Blackout Curtains & Drapes

Blackout curtains and drapes offer many benefits, including the most obvious being able to block light from entering a room when you are sleeping. Other benefits include:

·         Temperature control

o   Controlling the amount of light entering the room also helps to keep it cooler.

·         Privacy

o   Blackout curtains and drapes offer an extra layer of privacy, ensuring that no one can see through your curtains or drapes into the room.

·         Noise reduction

o   The extra thick lining on blackout curtains and drapes helps to minimize outside noises, such as neighbors, cars, yard maintenance and more.

·         Protection

o   Protects furniture, artwork and other priceless belongings from the sun’s harmful rays.

 Not only do blackout curtains and drapes do their job of preventing light from entering the room, they also offer additional functionality to help save money on energy bills and help your family get the privacy they need.

Blackout Curtains & Drapes in the Home

As you can see, blackout curtains and drapes are very functional window treatments. Gone are the days of the plastic backed polyester curtains. Softer, more stylish options have taken centerstage offering you a multitude of color options and styles to choose from, so that you can be sure to find the look that works for you.

Let the experts at G & L Drapery/Upholstery Shop help you find the product and style you’re looking for. Call (239) 596-5550 or visitwww.gnldraperyshop.com.

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