8 Best Blackout Curtains

Dim to pitch-black: Here's our roundup of the best blackout curtains for blocking out light when the sun is up.

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What Are Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains are window coverings constructed of light-shielding material or backing that prevents light from streaming into a room while the curtains are drawn. Not to be confused with thermal drapes, which have insular linings to keep cold air out, blackout curtains can certainly help stabilize a room’s temperature. But their main function is blocking direct sunlight so you can sleep during the day.

An ideal solution for night shift workers, hotel guests, afternoon nappers and late risers, here’s how to recognize a blackout curtain when you see it:

  • Tightly woven, heavy fabric manufactured to filter out light;
  • Blocks up to 99 percent of light and UV rays;
  • Dampens noise;
  • Saves energy;
  • Most are machine washable (no bleach).

We rounded up the eight best blackout curtains for the bedroom, living room, nursery and more.

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Best for Large Windows

The Etro Printed Ikat Blackout Patio Curtain panels provide full coverage for extra-wide windows and sliding glass patio doors. Sure, size matters (it’s 84 inches long and 100 inches wide), but it doesn’t end there. Along with the on-trend Ikat pattern fabric, finished with a foam-back and bonding technique, there’s the silver grommet top detail that makes the panels super easy to hang, open and close.

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Best for Cold Climates

Catch some zzz’s and stay toasty at the same time when you drape your bedroom in NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain Panels. Along with their shade rating of 85 to 95 percent, the fabric is heavy microfiber made with triple-weave technology to keep you comfy and save money on heating costs while you snooze.

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Best for Warm Climates

For a cooler touch in warmer, sunnier climates, the HLC.ME Blackout Thermal Insulated Curtains not only efficiently absorb sunlight and noise, but block out heat, too. According to the manufacturer, you can save up to 30 percent on your energy bill. Available in pretty, breezy colors, the lattice print makes you feel like you’re looking at a Moroccan tiled wall.

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Best Value

Sleep soundly knowing you saved a bundle on Wayfair Basics Solid Blackout Thermal Tab Top Curtain Panel. A great pick at any price (around $13 a panel), the panel offers exceptional privacy, a tailored straight hem and iron-safe upkeep along with light filtering. Slipping easily onto a curtain rod via top tabs, it comes in nine solid-hue colors to match any decor.

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Best Splurge

The Silvana Silk Blackout Curtain may not be a bargain, but it is a timeless classic curtain style. Made of an understated yet elegant silk-and-linen blend fabric, choose from a neutral palette of ivory, gray, blue, Abyss and dark gray — perfect for formal and casual settings alike.

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Best for Kids’ Rooms

How cute are these Melodieux Room Darkening Blackout Curtains? Measuring 52 inches wide, every panel comes in a trio of different lengths (63-, 84- and 96-inches) and three adorable nursery themes (cartoon owl, pony and trees). Create a quiet, cozy and warm atmosphere for your newborn or toddler’s daytime naps. Matching sheers are sold separately.

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Best Shade

Customizable and adaptable, the Redi Shade Blackout Paper Window Shade works as a stand-alone solution or a liner for existing window treatments.

To install, just trim the black, pleated-paper shade to size (a utility knife is all you need), peel back the self-adhesive strip and stick to the inside or outside of any window frame. No holes to drill, no screws or brackets to attach, and no cords to get tangled or become safety hazards. Simply raise and lower the shade using the clips (included).

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Best Total Darkness

If you struggle to fall asleep in anything less than complete darkness, NICETOWN Full Shading Curtains are for you. Trick your body into thinking that it’s nighttime anytime with the triple-weave polyester material that filters out 100 percent of sunlight and UV rays. On top of that, the curtains help protect furniture, upholstery, floors and artwork from the ravages of the sun.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a culture and lifestyle writer, reviews expert and DIYer covering everything from pests to pool cabanas to painting. For over a decade, Toni was the owner of a successful faux finishing, mural and children’s furniture business before moving to a career in writing. Her work has appeared in The Telegraph, Fodor’s, Italy Magazine, DK Eyewitness travel guides and others. She lives in a medieval hill town in Italy where her bicycle “Raoul” serves as her primary mode of transportation.