Hi! We’re Mark & Hannah. I (Mark) have suffered from insomnia and light sensitivity for almost my entire life. This meant unfortunately I needed to have every room I slept in pitch black. Needing a pitch-black room in all situations can be inconvenient. From DIY solutions like garbage bags, blankets, duct tape, shower curtain rods (and so much more) to ugly solutions.
When Hannah and I first starting dating, I had to introduce her to this bedroom set up in my rental apartment.
Not exactly a Cassanova-type scene... Eventually, like others during the pandemic, my insomnia worsened. One final morning when our shower curtain rod with blackout fabric came crashing down, we decided we had to invent something better, so we got to work..
Step 1: Design
We learned the best design for darkening any room should be extremely sturdy and easy to install and adjust for different window sizes. We patented our design and our suction cups which slope in a way that blocks light at the top of where the curtain is installed.
Step 2: Quality
We learned that most blackout curtains are not actually 100% blackout but are really a woven fabric that is 80-90% blackout. Even worse, a lot of blackout curtains are made with harmful chemicals that can offgas into homes when heat touches them. We decided we had to find the best certified blackout fabric that up until now has only been used by the largest hotel chains.
We had no idea that one day we would create a product from some pretty awful sleepless nights. We still sleep with our original prototypes to this day, and we travel with them too ☺. As two people who have gone through sleep issues, function and quality are always our highest priority. Every Sleepout Curtain will be made with 100% blackout fabric certified to be free from harmful chemicals and with materials that will stand the test of time.
-Mark & Hannah