Do I need blackout curtains?
Blackout curtains have benefits for all ages, but the biggest benefit is better sleep. Most people use blackout curtains to avoid light, which can help regulate sleep patterns and help you get higher quality sleep with less external stimulation. Still, that’s not the only reason why blackout curtains are great. Energy efficiency, noise reduction, and enhanced privacy are just some reasons why blackout curtains are a staple in so many households.
If you’re looking for blackout curtains, it might be difficult to know where to start. There are so many options! So, we’re breaking down the types of blackout curtains, so you can make the right choice for your family’s needs.
Types of blackout curtains
Grommet blackout curtains: These curtains feature metal grommets along the top, which make them easy to install and adjust.
Think like a shower curtain. These are easy to adjust, but the metal grommets along the top also mean holes, which add opportunities for light leaks to affect your sleep; not ideal when looking for a blackout curtain. We actually tried something like this in our prototyping phase, but didn’t find it very effective.
Thermal Insulated blackout curtains: These curtains are lined with insulation, and designed to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, making them energy-efficient and cost-effective.
Sleepout curtains are thermal insulated, meaning that they keep outside elements out. Preserve your cool air in the summer and your heat in the winter without cranking the thermostat, and save money (and energy) in the process!
Tab-top blackout curtains: These curtains have loops of fabric along the top, which can be easily hooked onto a curtain rod.
Sleepout Portable and Sleepout Home both have tab-tops, which help stop light leaks at the top of any window. For Sleepout Portable, you can tuck the tab-top underneath your windowsill for a tight seal, or lay it over the top of the window for the same effect. Sleepout Home’s tab-top is great for tucking over the curtain rod to block all the light.
Rod-pocket blackout curtains: These curtains have a pocket along the top, which can be easily slipped over a curtain rod.
Sleepout Portable doesn’t have a curtain rod, but Sleepout Home does—it also has a rod-pocket! We tested a bunch of curtain rod solutions, but we found this to be the best by a long shot. No holes to create light leaks means that you get a true 100% blackout effect. That’s what you’re paying for, after all! A rod pocket is great because it can also fit multiple curtain rods, which is especially useful if your home came with curtains already installed.