Confusion Between Blackout Curtains

Room Darkening Curtains

It may sound self explanatory but there is a lot of confusion surrounding the difference between room darkening curtains and other types of blackout drapes. Room darkening curtains are made of lighter weight material and uses a thinier pass. (See our Blackout Curtains blog to learn about the different types of passes) They allow for minimal sunlight to come into a room or space. These curtains can also be referred to as light filtering. Compared to sheer curtains, room darkening drapes significantly reduces the amount of light that can enter. They work well in rooms that are not directly facing the sky or the sun.

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains typically block out between 80-99% of all incoming UV rays because you are sacrificing a blackout shade for lighter colors such as white, beige, and ivory. However, darker colors will blackout around 95% and more. They also act as a thermal regulator due to their ability to keep out heat. Once installed, you will be able to create an almost dark atmosphere during the daytime. This is a great option for those who work overnight jobs and have irregular sleeping hours. It is also a great tool for new parents who have trouble finding nighttime rest with a newborn in the home. These curtain drapes are made with an opaque material that is able to block the majority of the sunlight. In the middle of the day when the sun is very bright, some light may still enter through these curtains as they are not 100% blackout capable.

100 Percent Blackout Curtains

These curtains are made using a 3-pass foam layer and are capable of totally darkening a room during the daytime. 100% blackout drapes are the type that are normally used in many hotel suites. Customers who like to mimic that same darkness may opt to install these drapes instead of room darkening drapes to get the same effect. It is great for nurseries and entertainment rooms. They provide more thermal insulation than regular blackout curtains as they are made with heavier foam material. 100% blackout can also be achieved by using a double pass foam layer.

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