PASSENGER PIGEON Waterproof Thermal Blackout Roller Shades

Last updated date: April 3, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the PASSENGER PIGEON PASSENGER PIGEON Thermal Blackout Roller Shades placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Blackout Window Treatment for a detailed review of all the top blackout window treatments.

Expert Summarized Score
9.7
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
245 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Arriving with everything needed to put this blind up, it was very easy to install. It blocks glaring sunlight – nothing can get through this. To be precise, there are two alternatives: to block 50% or 100% sunlight. Other amazing features include thermal insulation and noise reduction to let you rest.
- The Gadget Nerds
These shades are made of a strong and thick material that provides insulation. The blinds are operated via a simple cord mechanism. They will block all sunlight and UV rays in blackout mode so that absolute privacy is ensured. The fabric reduces outside noises from filtering in.
- Solar Power Nerd
Blackout roller shades can block out noise. Part of the reason is the heaviness of the blinds adds an extra layer of thickness. The UV protected blinds come with all hardware to easily put these blinds up. With the ability to insulate, these blinds provide privacy but also save energy.
- Lifestyle Reviews
What experts didn't like
The material feels a little unconventional at first, it’s almost like vinyl.
- The Gadget Nerds
Keep in mind fabric is about 1.2 inches less than shade width. The warranty and/or return policy for these blackout roller shades are unclear.
- Lifestyle Reviews

From The Manufacturer

MOUNT TYPES: Inside mounted shades will have a deduction taken of approximately 1/4" to ensure a proper fit inside the window frame.Inside mounted shades require a minimum frame depth of 2.5inch for secure installation. If your window frame depth is less than 2.5inch please select outside mount.Outside mounted shades should be ordered with the exact width of the area you wish to cover. Outside mounts are often used when there is not sufficient frame depth for inside mounting.Our shades come with all mounting hardware, and mounting hardware for both inside mount and outside mount INSIDE MOUNT MEASUREMENT: Step 1.Measure the inside frame width at three locations-the top,middle,and bottom. Record the smallest of the 3 measurements and use that number deduct 1/4inch as your inside width when ordering. Step 2. Measure the height at 3 locations-the left,middle,and right side. Record the smallest of the 3 measurements and use the number as your inside width when ordering. OUTSIDE MOUNT MEASUREMENT: Step 1. Measure the outside frame width adding 6-10inch to be the outside mount width. Step 2. Measure the outside frame length adding 5-10inch to be the outside mount length. The overlap it recommended to allow appropriate coverage and avoid any light gaps. Type: Solid color roller shade. Feature: Thermal Blackout Waterproof Material: Polyester Fabric Installation: All Mounting Hardware Included.

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An Overview On Blackout Window Treatments

When you’re hoping to kick back and relax inside the comfort of your home and you finally get seated in your favorite chair, the last thing you want is a glaring beam of sunlight getting into your eyes or reflecting off the television screen to disrupt your peaceful endeavor of movie night.

Similarly, many of us find it hard to sleep with the nearby lights shining into our bedrooms from passing vehicles or the moon. In either case, the answer to these problems is the use of blackout window treatments over the offending windows. Blackout curtains are designed specifically to be thick and opaque in order to block any light that tries to pass through them.

Blackout window treatments are not much different than any other curtain in how they are hung or their general appearance. A set of blackout curtains might hang on a traditional curtain rod that you already have installed above your windows, in which case the transition will be an easy one for you since the hardest part of installing the hardware is already done. If you think the style of the curtain looks better when you cannot see a curtain rod, you can search for a style that has clips that will attach it to the hardware on the backside. If this is an important distinction to you, be sure to narrow down your search to those with the aesthetic you desire.

A pair of French doors can sometimes be tricky to cover with curtains, blackout or otherwise, but manufacturers have already figured this one out for you. If you have a set of French doors, look for designs that are specifically made for covering the glass window pains on your doors. The curtains will likely be pulled to the top and tied up for when you do want that natural light to shine through.

As for the aesthetics of the curtain itself, the sky is the limit here. The construction of a blackout curtain can have many details like being waterproof and having a heavy-weight construction, a critical part of being truly opaque and blacking out all the sunlight, but the actual inner or outer layers that you see can be any fabric or pattern.

You might not even need a 100% blackout curtain. If your main goal is to simply lessen the amount of sunlight entering a room that you would prefer to be dark, you can look at blackout-style curtains that are still thick but don’t have a 100% blackout rating. Look at the sample pictures and the review section of the curtains you like to get a good idea of how much light they let through.

If your goal is to actually blackout 100% of the light entering your windows, it’s still difficult to accomplish with some curtain designs. Light will want to shine around the edges of the curtain and it will illuminate the walls. This leak-by of light will still be enough to throw off the darkness of your room. To combat this, you will need to focus on finding a combination of blackout curtains or blinds that still allow you to cover the edges of the wall. A way to accomplish this might be as simple as using a double-sided tape at the outer edges of the curtain to make sure it holds directly on the wall to create a seal.

 

 

DWYM Fun Fact

Blackout window treatments are manufactured by a process that involves coating fabric in a layer of foam. In the “2-pass” style of manufacturing blackout curtains, you will have an effective blackout curtain but it won’t have as much of a decorative appearance as the “3-pass” style that allows more aesthetically-pleasing fabrics to be on the viewer’s side.

The Blackout Window Treatment Buying Guide

  • If you’re new to hanging curtains, think about having them run all the way from the ceiling to the floor. Having the curtains stop directly above the window is not necessarily going to give the most impressive aesthetic.
  • Make sure you measure the width of your windows and doors to ensure that your new blackout curtains will be at least wide enough to completely cover them.
  • Pair a set of blackout window treatments with a lightweight curtain made from a material like linen. This will give you the ability to draw your curtains for privacy while still letting light into your home, which is something you may find yourself wanting from time to time.