Blackout Drapes

Whether you work the night shift or just enjoy sleeping in, the bright morning sun peeping into your bedroom windows can prevent you from getting your full eight hours. That is where blackout curtains and drapes from west elm come in. These window coverings block out sunlight and ultraviolet rays that prevent you from sleeping on your own schedule. But your bedroom is not the only space where they are useful. Many people choose to hang them in their living and media rooms to keep harsh glares away from TVs and projection screens. These window treatments even make great additions to nurseries; every parent knows that infants and toddlers need naps throughout the day, and even the slightest bit of sun can disturb them.


Blackout shades and curtains can also help protect your home. Over time, exposure to the sun through your windows can lead to faded furniture, upholstery, carpeting, rugs, paint and even flooring. If you have invested in quality pieces for your rooms, not having blackout curtains could be a costly choice. Not having blackout drapes and curtains could also mean higher energy bills. On a hot summer day, the last thing you want is the sun’s rays warming up a room where you are trying to relax and cool down. With blackout curtains, you can keep the room a few degrees cooler and stop your AC from working overtime.


When it comes to style, there are many misconceptions about blackout curtains and drapes. Even the name lends itself to the idea of covering your windows with dark, heavy black material that does not match your decor. In reality, just like all other types of window coverings, blackout curtains come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns. You will find that black is available, but so are gray, blue, yellow, violet, pink and even white, along with practically every other color. You can find both vivid and neutral colors to match any decor. And while solid colors are common, patterns and prints ranging from checks and stripes to florals and geometric shapes are available too. In other words, blackout curtains are more than just a utility item to have in your home. They can blend with your furniture, paint colors, rugs and other accessories just like any other type of curtain or drape.


Speaking of curtains and drapes, it is important to know the difference when shopping. Both blackout drapes and curtains shield your space from the sun, but each does so in a different way. Curtains are made up of a single layer of fabric that simply hangs over your windows. People often choose curtains because they are light-weight and do not overpower a wall or entire room. Drapes tend to be heavier in appearance and are made from a higher quantity of fabric. They typically flow all the way down to the floor and can seem more formal in appearance.


When hanging blackout drapes and curtains, it is important to use quality window hardware. Because blackout material is slightly heavier than your typical curtain fabric, you need something strong that does not bend or buckle over time. This is especially true when hanging heavier drapes. Consider adding a few inches to the width where you would normally hang your rods to ensure that all sides of your windows are covered. A rod that wraps around and allows your blackout curtains and drapes to meet the wall is ideal because no sunlight can slip through the edges. You may also consider adding sheer curtains beneath your blackout curtains to allow some sunlight in when you are awake or just want a little natural light in your room. Otherwise, installing blackout drapes and curtains is just as easy as installing traditional window coverings.

Related Products
Cotton Luster Velvet Metallic Diamond Printed Curtain -

A geometric diamond pattern layered onto soft, velvety ...

Cotton Luster Velvet Metallic Diamond Printed Curtain -

A geometric diamond pattern layered onto soft, velvety curtains adds metallic texture and simple sophistication to the dining room, bedroom or even the nursery.   60% cotton, 40% viscose in Gold. Various lengths, all sizes 48"w. Dual pole pocket and hidden tab treatment. Coordinates with west elm’s window hardware (sold ...

Cotton Canvas Graffiti Print Curtain - Platinum

Inspired by modern street art, our Cotton Canvas ...

Cotton Canvas Graffiti Print Curtain - Platinum

Inspired by modern street art, our Cotton Canvas Graffiti Print Curtains feature abstract scribbles to add an industrial vibe to your space.   100% cotton canvas in Platinum. Various lengths, all sizes 48"w. Dual pole pocket/hidden tab top treatment. Coordinates with west elm window hardware (sold separately). To ensure a ...

Cotton Canvas Diamond Stripe Curtains (Set of 2)

With its bold, Art Deco-inspired pattern, you’ll love ...

Cotton Canvas Diamond Stripe Curtains (Set of 2)

With its bold, Art Deco-inspired pattern, you’ll love the way our Diamond Stripe Curtain pairs with both neutral palettes and vibrant colors.   100% cotton canvas in Slate. Various lengths, all sizes 48"w. Dual pole pocket and hidden tab treatment. Coordinates with west elm window hardware (sold separately). Set of ...