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How to Easily Make Blackout Curtains: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making blackout curtains is a great way to control the amount of light in a room and create a cozy atmosphere. In this blog post, we'll provide a step-by-step guide to making blackout curtains that will fit your windows perfectly and provide the perfect amount of darkness. We'll discuss the benefits of blackout curtains, the materials you'll need to make them, and the steps you need to take to create them. We'll also provide helpful resources and tips to make sure you get the most out of your blackout curtains. Let's get started!

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A split image of a bright nursery baby room. On one side, no blackout curtains are installed and the nursery is very bright. On the other, blackout curtains are installed and the light is 100% blacked out.

Why Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains are a type of window treatment that blocks out all or most of the light that enters a room. They are typically made of a heavy, light-blocking fabric, such as cotton, velvet, or polyester. The fabric is sewn with a lining that helps to block out light, such as a blackout lining or a blackout interlining. Blackout curtains are often used in bedrooms, media rooms, and nurseries to help create dark, peaceful environments.

Blackout curtains offer a variety of benefits. For one, they help to reduce noise from the outside and create a more peaceful environment. Additionally, they can help to conserve energy by keeping heat from escaping through the windows. Blackout curtains also provide privacy and can help to reduce the amount of light that enters a room, making it easier to sleep or watch a movie in a dark environment. Finally, blackout curtains can add an element of style to any room, as they come in a variety of colors and designs—you can even make them yourself!

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Making Blackout Curtains: Is It Worth It?

On the plus side, making your own blackout curtains can be a creative and fulfilling experience, and you can customize them to fit any window size or shape. Additionally, you can choose from a wide range of materials, colors, and styles to match your existing decor. On the downside, making blackout curtains can be a time-consuming and difficult task, and it may require more materials and tools than you initially anticipate. Additionally, the end result may not be as effective as professionally-made blackout curtains. Before you begin, make sure to do your research and have a plan in place to ensure success.

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How To Make Blackout Curtains

Making your own blackout curtains can be a great way to save money and get the exact look you want for your windows. However, there are some important things to consider, like:

Measuring the window to hang Sleepout blackout curtains

Choosing the Right Supplies

To make blackout curtains, you'll need a few basic supplies and tools. You'll need some blackout fabric, a tape measure, scissors, pins, a seam ripper, thread, and a curtain rod. Depending on the type of window treatment you're creating, you may also need other supplies, such as curtain rings, tiebacks, and curtain tape. It's important to have the right tools to ensure a successful blackout curtain project. A quality sewing machine and an iron are essential for sewing the blackout fabric, and a drill and stud finder can be helpful for installing the curtain rod. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies and tools before you begin your blackout curtain project.

Measuring your Window

Measuring the window correctly is an important step when making blackout curtains. You'll need to measure the width of the window and the height from the top of the window to the sill. You'll also need to measure the depth of the window frame to ensure you have enough fabric to make the correct size curtains. To get an accurate measurement, use a tape measure and measure the window in multiple places. Once you have all your measurements, make sure to add a few extra inches to the fabric length to account for any seams or gathers. With the correct measurements, you will be able to make blackout curtains that fit perfectly.

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Selecting the Fabric

When selecting the fabric for your blackout curtains, it's important to consider the type of fabric, the color, and the pattern. Different types of fabrics will have different levels of light-blocking capabilities, so it's important to choose one that will suit your needs. If you're looking for a fabric that will completely block out light, then a heavy fabric such as velvet, canvas, or faux suede will work best. Cotton is another popular option, as it is light and breathable, but not as effective at blocking out light.

When it comes to color and pattern, you can choose something that complements the style of your room. A darker color will do a better job of blocking out light, but you can still choose something that will add a bit of style and color to the room. If you're looking for something more subtle, you can opt for a patterned fabric that will still provide adequate light-blocking capabilities.

Finally, it's important to consider the weight of the fabric you choose. Heavier fabrics will be better at blocking out light, but they may be more difficult to work with when it comes to sewing. It's important to choose a fabric that is light enough to be comfortable, but heavy enough to provide adequate light-blocking.

Cutting the Fabric

Once you have the correct measurements for your blackout curtains, it's time to cut the fabric. It's important to use a sharp pair of scissors when cutting the fabric, as this will ensure a clean cut (thicker fabrics can be especially prone to fraying). Use the measurements you took earlier to ensure that you cut the fabric to the correct size. If you are making a paneled curtain, you may need to cut the fabric into multiple panels. When cutting the fabric, make sure to leave a few extra inches to account for any hems and seams. Once the fabric is cut to the right size, you are ready to move on to the next step.

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Sewing the Curtain 

Sewing the fabric is the next step when making blackout curtains. Before you begin, make sure you have pre-washed and ironed the fabric beforehand. This will help the fabric stay flat and reduce shrinkage once the curtains are hung. When sewing the fabric, use a straight stitch and make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. If you are making a paneled curtain, you'll need to sew the panels together and then attach the rod pocket. If you want to add a lining to your curtains, make sure to sew the lining to the blackout fabric before sewing the rod pocket. With some patience and a few simple stitches, you can easily make blackout curtains.

Attaching the Curtain Rod (or Not!)

Attaching the curtain rod is the next step when making blackout curtains. You'll need to find a spot to attach the rod that is level and secure. If you are attaching it to a wall, make sure you use a stud finder and drill to ensure the rod is securely attached. If you are attaching the rod to the ceiling, make sure to use the correct anchor for the type of ceiling you have. Once the rod is attached, it's time to hang the curtains. Make sure to hang the curtains at the correct height and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the curtains hang properly. With the curtain rod in place, you can now enjoy your beautiful blackout curtains.

Want a more portable option? Follow Sleepout Portable's lead and attach velcro to the insides of your curtain panels. You'll need something to fasten it with—like Sleepout Suction Cups—but this way, you can take your blackout curtains anywhere, any time.

Hanging the Curtains

Hanging the curtains is the final step when making blackout curtains. If you are using a curtain rod, make sure to hang the curtains as close to the rod as possible. You may need to adjust the rod slightly to make sure the curtains hang properly. If you are using a track system, make sure to slide the curtains on the track prior to hanging. Once the curtains are hung, make sure to check the length and make any necessary adjustments. With the curtains hung, the blackout curtains are now complete and ready to be used.

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In Conclusion

Blackout curtains are an effective and affordable way to add privacy, reduce light and noise pollution, and improve the atmosphere of any room. Making blackout curtains is relatively easy and there are a variety of options to choose from. With some basic tools and supplies, blackout curtains can be customized to fit almost any window size or decor. Additionally, there are a number of resources available to help guide you through the process, from tutorials to pattern books to fabric stores. With blackout curtains, you can create a space that is both comfortable and stylish.

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