BUYING THE BEST BACKOUT CURTAINS

If you work a night shift or a light sleeper, good bedroom blackout curtains can help you achieve the best sleep each time. Beyond blocking out every last bit of light, blackout curtains can help your home stay temperature-controlled and muffle outside noise. And remember, blackout curtains do not have to be black, or dark for that matter. White blackout curtains can work just as well a blue or dark gray blackout curtain.

To help you find the best blackout curtains for your window needs, the Good Housekeeping Institute tests an array of fabric-based products in our Textiles Lab — whether it’s for finding best sheets, walking shoes, or in this case, curtains. In a test for the best-performing blackout curtains, our Lab experts evaluate the curtains’ opacity using a standard light. Then, dozens of consumer testers give their opinion on how much light was visible through the blackout curtains when using them in real life. How to find the best blackout curtains for you
To get the most out of your blackout curtain shopping experience, it’s important to understand the different styles of blackout curtains and how they work. There are four curtain header styles to know about:
Grommet curtain headers are installed by looping the fabric with metal rings. Rod pocket curtains have a slit for easy, slip-on installation. Tab top curtains use loops to hang off the curtain rod.
Pinch pleats curtains are pinched at the top for a pleated look.
For best blackout performance, proper installation and the type of blackout curtain lining you use is key. For optimal blackout, mount your blinds or shades on the outside molding of the window and add side draperies to prevent any light seepage from the sides of the blinds/shades. When shopping, check the label for these blackout curtain linings:

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