NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains
Last updated date: August 30, 2020
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Available in 20 color options, these two-panel curtains measure 42" W x 63" L each. The curtains block out between 85% and 99% of UV rays, depending on the color you choose. They also reduce noise and keep the cold and hot air outside to help insulate your living space. In our analysis of 0 expert reviews, the NICETOWN NICETOWN Thermal Grommet Blackout Curtains placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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The heavy microfiber blackout curtains are interwoven by advanced triple weave technology. Grey color can provide you with the perfect shading performance of about 85% Blackout.
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An Overview On Curtains
Not everyone sleeps when it’s dark outside. Some like to go to bed late and sleep until noon or later, while others prefer to take midday naps. Then there are the two million Americans who work the night shift. Unfortunately, catching some daytime shuteye can be challenging unless you live in a windowless home.
Room-darkening shades can be exactly what a daytime sleeper needs. There are a variety of options, from pull-down shades to blinds. Curtains, though, can go over your existing blinds, allowing you to tack them back when you want a little light in the room, then drop them when you’re ready for complete darkness.
Another great thing about room-darkening curtains is that they go beyond merely blocking light. Many are built with insulating properties, keeping both sound and temperature out. That can not only help you get that daytime sleep, but also cut down on your utility bills.
Most curtains come in panels, often with at least two per set. You can buy one-panel sets, though, so make sure you check the number that are included when you buy. If you have a narrower window, one panel may do the trick, but having two lets you tie them back to either side when you don’t want to darken the room.
Speaking of tying your curtains back, you should also make sure your curtain comes with a way to hold them. Some ties have Velcro that let you pull them back, and those ties will match the curtain you’re buying. It’s tough to exactly match the cloth, so you’ll likely want to have those when you make the purchase.
The length of the curtain also comes into play. Measure both the width and length of your window but prioritize length. If you want a curtain that stops at the bottom ledge of your window, you’ll need to find one that comes in that length. Luckily, many curtains come in a variety of size options to make that easier.
DWYM Fun Fact
Although it makes sense that pre-electricity humans slept at night and woke with the sunrise, that wasn’t always entirely the case. There has been evidence that at one time, mankind slept in two distinct phases. Known as bimodal sleep, this practice involved two sleep periods of a few hours each, separated by a period of wakefulness for a couple of hours.
In fact, evidence shows that bimodal sleep was normal practice in pre-Industrial Europe. In a book called At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, the author-historian wrote that households went to bed a couple of hours after dusk and slept for a few hours. They’d wake for one or two hours, during which time they relaxed, thought about their dreams, had sex, read or sewed, among other activities. They would then go back to bed and sleep until dawn.
The Curtain Buying Guide
- Most room-darkening curtains will advertise a range of the percentage of light they’ll block. The reason for that is that it depends on the color you choose. Darker colors block out more light, so if daytime sleep is your top priority, opt for a darker color even if it doesn’t match your décor.
- Room-darkening curtains come in various materials. Some are soft and silky, and that can make a difference in how they look. You’ll also find some room-darkening curtains with a weave pattern that provide the insulation you need without the curtain requiring a liner.
- Occasionally, you’ll want to clean your curtains, so having a set that’s machine washable can be extremely useful. Just toss them in the washer on cold. You may want to hang them to dry. Your shower curtain rod can be a great place for drying out your curtains.
- Sleep isn’t the only reason to invest in room-darkening curtains. They also come in handy for media rooms. Simply close the curtains and you have the dark room you need to watch a movie during the daytime.
- A great side benefit of room-darkening curtains is that they keep UV light from entering the room. This will protect your furniture and other belongings from the sun’s harmful rays, which can fade it over time.
- If you have curtains you already like in your room, you can buy blackout liners that you combine with your existing curtains to get the effect you want. You’ll either hang a second rod for the liner or you’ll put them on the rod with your existing curtains.
- The pocket for the rod is important in a blackout curtain, as well. Most should be built to fit standard curtain rods but look for a 3-inch pocket. If you have a larger rod, you may need to shop around to find one that fits.