How to Make Regular Curtains into Blackout Curtains

Making regular curtains into blackout curtains can provide a multitude of benefits. Blackout curtains block out unwanted light, making them ideal for bedrooms and other areas where a dark environment is desired. They also provide more insulation, which can help keep energy costs down. Additionally, blackout curtains can provide better sound absorption and privacy, making them great for apartments or other living spaces that are close to busy streets. Finally, blackout curtains can add a touch of style and sophistication to a room, making them a great choice for any home.

In this guide, we will show you how to make regular curtains into blackout curtains. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions on how to measure, cut, hem, attach hooks and hang the curtains. We will also provide a list of materials needed as well as some tips and tricks to make the process easier. With this guide, you will be able to easily turn your regular curtains into blackout curtains.

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Materials Needed

To make regular curtains into blackout curtains, you will need a few materials:

  1. Regular curtains
  2. Blackout fabric
  3. Measuring tape
  4. Sewing machine (optional)
  5. Sewing supplies, such as thread, needles, and shears
  6. Hooks to hang the curtains
  7. Steamer and/or iron, depending on the type of fabric you are using

You can find the materials needed to make regular curtains into blackout curtains at most home improvement stores or fabric stores. You can also find them online, as well as in specialty stores that specialize in crafting supplies. Make sure to read reviews of any materials you buy online, as you want to make sure you are getting quality items. Additionally, you may be able to find many of these materials at thrift stores or second-hand shops, which can save you money.  Make sure you have all the necessary materials before you start the project, so that you don't have to go back and forth between steps.

Blackout curtain panel in light grey and white lining with 100% blackout fabric

Making Regular Curtains Blackout

Making regular curtains into blackout curtains is a relatively straightforward process that can be done in a few simple steps. First, you will need to measure your windows and cut the fabric to the appropriate size. Next, you will need to hem the edges of the fabric to give the curtains a neat and finished look. After that, you will need to attach the hooks to the curtains and hang them up. Finally, you will need to steam the curtains and iron them so that they look crisp and professional. With the right materials and a bit of patience, you will be able to easily turn your regular curtains into blackout curtains. Let's go over the steps in more detail...

Measuring the window to install blackout curtains in bright white room with large window

1. Measure your Windows

Before you can make regular curtains into blackout curtains, you will need to measure your windows. Start by measuring the width of your windows from one edge to the other, making sure to include the area where the curtain rod will be. Then, measure the length from the top of the window to the bottom. You may also want to measure the depth of the windowsill, as this will help you decide where to hang the curtains so that they will be properly centered. Make sure to write down these measurements, and double-check them to make sure they are accurate. With accurate measurements in hand, you will be ready to start the project and make your regular curtains into blackout curtains.

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2. Cut the Fabric to Size

Once you have measured your windows and gathered all the necessary materials, it is time to start cutting the fabric for your blackout curtains. The first step is to mark the fabric with the measurements you took earlier. Make sure to double-check the measurements to make sure they are correct. After that, use a ruler and a fabric marking pen to draw a line along the measurements. Then, use a pair of fabric scissors to cut the fabric along the marked line. If you are using a patterned fabric, make sure to match up the pattern pieces before you cut. Finally, cut any extra fabric off the edges to make sure the pieces fit perfectly in your windows. With the fabric cut and ready to go, you can start assembling your blackout curtains.

Blackout curtain with 100% blackout fabric in light grey color with white cream lining

3. Hem the Edges

To give your blackout curtains a neat and finished look, you will need to hem the edges of the fabric. Start by folding the edges of the fabric over by 1/4 inch. Use a ruler and a fabric marking pen to draw a line along the folded edge. Then, use a sewing machine to sew along the marked line. If you are using a patterned fabric, make sure to match up the pattern pieces before you sew. Finally, use a pair of shears to cut any excess fabric off the edges. With the edges hemmed, you are ready to move on to the next step in making your regular curtains into blackout curtains.

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4. Attach the Hooks

To attach the hooks to your blackout curtains, you will need to measure the distance from the top of the window to the place where you want the curtain to hang. Then, you will need to place the hooks on the back of the curtain and mark the spots where you need to make the holes for the hooks (if your regular curtain already had hooks, just trace these holes in the blackout fabric to save time). After that, use a sharp fabric or leather punch to make the holes for the hooks. Finally, attach the hooks to the curtain and hang them up. Make sure to hang the curtains at the right height so that they completely cover the window and provide the necessary privacy and light blocking. With the hooks attached, you are ready to steam and iron the curtains and finish off the project.

Don't want hooks? Holes for hooks can sometimes let light through, defeating the purpose of an ultimate blackout effect. Transform your blackout curtain by trying a sewn-in rod pocket for 100% coverage, or velcro attachments for a portable and opaque option!

Hanging blackout curtains with wrapping curtain rod in bright white room

5.Hang the Curtains

When it comes to hanging the curtains, it is important to take note of the length and weight of the fabric, as this will determine the type of hanging hardware that needs to be used. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the curtains are hung with even pleats and that the edges are aligned with the window frame. Finally, once the curtains are hung, it is important to check that the curtains are properly insulated and that the blackout material is blocking out all light from the window. If necessary, the curtains can be adjusted to ensure that no light is entering the room. By following these steps, you can ensure that your curtains are hung properly and that the blackout material is doing its job.

Sleeping in a room where blackout curtains are installed for complete darkness

Enjoy the Blackout Effect

Making regular curtains into blackout curtains can be a great way to add style and privacy to your home with curtains that you already own and love. While this process may seem daunting, it's not as hard as it looks. It is important to take into account the size of the window, fabric weight, and the type of hanging hardware when completing the project, but with the right materials and careful consideration, you can achieve the perfect blackout curtains for any space. Whether you sew your curtains by hand or by sewing machine, with a little bit of patience and guidance, you can easily create the perfect window treatment for your home and still enjoy a blackout effect.

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