When we remodeled our bedroom and master bathroom, it was time to replace our curtains. We were so happy with the new look that I decided to update the windows in other rooms in our home. Earlier in the week I was shopping at my local Bed Bath & Beyond store, and came across a fantastic deal on room darkening curtains.
Living in Alaska, blackout or room darkening curtains are a must, since we have sunlight all day long during the summer months. The store had these on display, so I could see what they looked like. The brand is Eclipse, and these are labeled “Energy-Saving, Noise-Reducing, Blackout Curtains”.
There is almost too much information on the package, such as these are proven in independent laboratory tests to block out over 99% of light, they reduce noise by up to 40%, and they can help you get a better nights sleep when stress is reduced and your environment is more peaceful. The packaging also claims that using the Eclipse Thermaweave Blackout Curtains can help save up to 25% on home energy and cooling costs. They bear the “Energy Smart” logo.
These come in a variety of sizes, all with widths of 52″, but I bought the 63″ length. The curtains are solid in color, also several to choose from, I chose navy blue. They have a tight weave, and have a very silky and soft feel to them. An insert in the package said that any wrinkles could be loosened by placing them in the dryer with a damp cloth for 20 minutes. I did this, and it worked quite well. I won’t say all of the wrinkles came out, but once they were on the wall the folds and fullness of the curtains pretty much hid them.
These curtains were marked 50% off. The size I bought retailed for $27.99 (which by itself is a fair price), but I got two for that price, and Bed Bath & Beyond also let me use my store 20% coupon on one of the panels. It takes at least two panels per window, depending on how wide your windows are. A good rule is to measure the window and double the measurement for the curtains.
These look very nice on my windows. The tabs along the back allowed me to thread them onto the curtain rod every six inches or so. This forms deep pleats that give the look of draperies when they are open. Very nice, even my husband liked them.
I hung these curtains in our guest bedroom. I took down the blackout roller shades that had been on the windows for years (they truly blocked ALL light), and I expected these Eclipse Thermaweave Blackout Curtains to give me the same room darkening look. Unfortunately, they did not block out as much light as I had wanted them to, but they are definitely room darkening. Light still shines in from the top and bottoms, as well as the sides, and slightly through the weave of the curtains as well.
If you really want a total blackout curtain, Eclipse makes these in a “Thermaback” version, which has a white flocked fabric fused to the back of the curtains. They also make Thermaliners, which are meant to be used with your existing curtains.