The best blackout curtains to block light in 2024


If your sleep is often disrupted by sunshine or bright lights outside your window, you might want to consider investing in blackout curtains — these resemble typical curtains but include a blackout lining that stops light from filtering into your room, according to our experts. Blackout curtains can also help regulate your sleep quality — studies have found that shifts in light exposure before you rise can disrupt circadian rhythm (the internal process that regulates sleep).

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If you want blackout curtains for your home, we spoke to experts about what to consider when shopping for them. We also included their top picks for the best blackout curtains below.

How we picked the best blackout curtains

In addition to blocking out light, blackout curtains can double as decor, much like other shades, blinds or curtains you’d install. Because of this, the one you choose largely depends on your personal preferences and your home’s aesthetic. With that being said, experts recommend thinking about the following factors while shopping for blackout curtains:

  • Curtain style: Blackout curtains come in many patterns and colors, and some have other elements like fringe or feathers. Your selection is based on your personal style.
  • Drapery style: Curtains can hang a variety of different ways from a rod, so think about what style you like best for your space.
  • Curtain sizing: Our experts say it’s usually best to measure at least 8 to 10 inches from the sides of the window so curtains are wide and block light leaks. For floor length curtains, you want them to be an inch or so above the ground.

The best blackout curtains to shop

The blackout curtains below are all highly rated, available in various sizes to fit your windows and include multiple drapery style options. We highlighted options recommended by experts and Select staff, too.

Best blackout curtains overall: West Elm

West Elm Fair Trade Blackout Curtain

“This selection accomplishes all of your needs for a beautifully designed blackout curtain that’s still reasonably priced,” says Beth Brown, an interior designer and owner of Beth Brown Interiors in Atlanta. The curtain is offered individually or in a set of two and you can purchase separate ring clips for ease of use.

Material: Polyester | Size: 44 inches wide and 80 to 104 inches long | Drapery style: Pole pockets | Care: Dry clean

Best affordable blackout curtains: Amazon Basics

Amazon Basics Room Darkening Blackout Window Curtains with Grommets

“This is a super economical choice that ships quickly and comes in a multitude of colors and patterns,” says Brown. “Given the fabric type, they do a nice job of blocking outside noise and insulating rooms for energy efficiency.” These machine-washable blackout curtains come with two panels and Velcro ties to pull them back. Plus, they’re made in an Oeko-TEX standard factory. And with their reasonable price point and range of styles, Brown says they’re an ideal choice for rooms that change often — like kids’ rooms — or for renters.

Material: Polyester and a triple weave fabric | Size: 42 to 52 inches wide and 63 to 96 inches long | Drapery style: Grommets or rod pockets | Care: Machine washable

Best high-end blackout curtains: The Shade Store

The Shade Store Ripple Fold Drapery

For buyers looking to spend a bit more on their drapes and curtains, Brown and Pamela O’Brien, principal interior designer at Pamela Hope Designs, recommend The Shade Store as a great resource to customize the exact type of blackout curtain you want. “With over eight drapery styles and more than 650 fabric materials, you can basically create whatever type of blackout curtain you have in mind,” says Brown. However, due to the customization feature and their overall quality, both experts say The Shade Store will cost more than your average home goods or big box retailer stores.

Material: Customizable | Size range: Customizable | Drapery style: Customizable | Care: Depends on fabric you choose

Best linen blackout curtains: Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Emery Linen Blackout Curtain

O’Brien recommends Pottery Barn’s blackout curtains due to their array of styles and colors “that work well with most people’s houses.” The brand’s Emery Linen Blackout Curtain is “a wonderful linen curtain at an affordable price point,” says Susan Peters, owner and interior designer for 9108 Designs. It’s sold as a single panel and Peters adds that “it doesn’t give off a ‘blackout’ vibe.” The curtain comes with hooks to use with the built-in fabric loops. You can also purchase clips or round rings separately.

Material: Linen and cotton blend | Size range: 50 to 100 inches wide and 84 to 108 inches long | Drapery style: Fabric loops, rod pocket or back tabs | Care: Dry clean

Best stylish blackout curtains: PBteen

PBteen The Emily & Meritt Studded Blackout Curtain

These woven curtains have a gold stud trim and come individually or as a set of two in one of three colors: Nude Blush, Black or Ivory. Peters emphasizes PBteen’s combination of quality and design details. “Don’t let the ‘teen’ part fool you — this curtain is appropriate for all ages,” she adds. “Pottery Barn across the board makes some amazing blackout curtains.”

Material: Cotton canvas | Size range: 52 inches wide and = 63 to 108 inches long | Drapery style: Pole pockets | Care: Dry clean

Best bedroom blackout curtains: NICETOWN

NICETOWN Blackout Curtain Panels

These thermal insulated drapes, which I’ve previously used, can block up to 99% light, according to the brand. Brown agrees that they can be a good option for the bedroom. The curtains are available in 24 fade-resistant colors and they come with two panels per package to accommodate various types of windows and styles.

Material: Polyester blend | Size range: 29 to 55 inches wide and 45 to 96 inches long | Drapery style: Grommets | Care: Machine washable

Best blackout curtains for kids rooms: Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids Evelyn Linen Blend Ruffle Bottom Blackout Curtain

Our experts agree that Pottery Barn Kids offers good quality blackout curtain options for a nursery or child’s room. “They have really set a high bar for the style of blackout curtains by selling an abundance of unique, stylish curtains in various colors,” says Peters.

One of her favorites is this curtain. While ruffles add fun details, they’re also available with a simple pleat design if you’re looking for a more basic style.

Material: Cotton weave | Size range: 44 inches wide and 63 to 96 inches long | Drapery style: Four-in-one top treatment, choose from pole pocket, belt loop, clip rings or drapery rings | Care: Dry clean

Best blackout curtain liner: Rose Home Fashion

Rose Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain Liner Panel

If you’re considering a curtain that’s not offered as a blackout option, or if you simply want to keep the curtains you already have, placing a blackout curtain liner under your regular curtain can be an effective (and often more economical) way to get the blackout effect, according to Peters. “You can buy any curtains that fit your style and pair them with a blackout curtain or blackout curtain liner,” she said. Our experts recommend this blackout liner that comes with two panels and drapery rings, and blocks out light up to 99%, according to the brand.

Material: Fabric | Size: 27 to 50 inches wide and 59 to 92 inches long | Drapery style: Fabric loops | Care: Machine washable

Other best blackout curtains

Quince Cotton Slub Blackout Curtain

This is a Select Bed and Bath Award winner that Select social editor Sadhana Daruvri likes because it successfully blocks light and quiets street noise. She also says that the curtains leave her apartment feeling cooler, and that the loops on the back made installation quick and easy. These curtains have a cross-weave pattern that gives them a natural texture, according to the brand, and are available in four colors and three size options.

Material: 100% cotton | Size: 48 inches wide and 84, 96, or 108  inches long | Drapery style: Fabric loops | Care: Dry clean only

Ecologee Total Blackout Curtains

Another Bed and Bath Award-winner, these curtains fit Daruvuri’s windows perfectly and were easy to install over her curtain rod, she says. They deliver a 100% total blackout, according to the brand, and are thermal-insulated and made from recycled materials. Daruvuri also says that her room felt cooler and less noisy with the curtains in use, which are available to shop in five colors, including taupe and gray, and three sizes.

Material: Polyester | Size: 40 inches wide and 63, 84, or 95  inches long | Drapery style: Pole pocket | Care: Machine washable

How to shop for blackout curtains

The best blackout curtains for your room depend on several elements, including drapery style, size and price point. “It’s important to think about how these curtains are being used and where they’ll be located in the home to evaluate what makes sense for your long-term lifestyle needs,” says Brown. Below are some factors experts recommend thinking through while shopping.

Curtain style

If you’re looking for patterns, ruffles or any other stylish elements, Brown suggests looking in the kids and teens sections, even if you’re not shopping for a kid’s room.

“Blackout curtains for grown-ups tend to be more plain — kids’ options usually offer a little something more to them,” she says. Buying curtains from kids’ sites can also save you a little money since they’re usually much cheaper than adult styles, she adds.

No matter what style you choose, you should always read the fine print before making your final purchase to avoid potential disappointment. “Be sure that you see the word ‘blackout’ in the description as opposed to ‘room darkening’ or ‘light filtering,’” says Peters. “These other two options may not block as much of the light from your room.”

While there are multiple drapery styles and curtain sizes to choose from, experts agree these all depend on your personal preferences and the shape and size of your windows.

Drapery style

Our experts say that the drapery style — or how the drapes hang from a curtain rod — is one of the most important things to consider when shopping for blackout curtains. Blackout curtains typically come in a variety of drapery styles:

  • Grommet: Rings or holes in the fabric that the curtain rod goes through
  • Ring: Fabric panels that hang from rings at the top attached either by clips or smaller grommets
  • Single-rod pocket: A channel is sewn into the fabric that allows the curtain rod to slide through
  • Fabric loop: As the name suggests, small loops of fabric are sewn to the top of the panel for the curtain rod

“Using draperies with rings is much more user-friendly, and if you want blackout-lined drapes, you will likely open and close them every day,” says O’Brien. She adds that rings tend to glide along a rod easily, while rod pockets and grommets are “clunky, more difficult to open and close and don’t look as pretty and polished.” Ultimately, though, this decision comes down to personal preference.

O’Brien also says that curtains with blackout lining are heavier than typical curtains, so investing in a good quality drapery rod is important. “Don’t buy the thinnest, least expensive rod — you don’t want it to sag or break,” she says, adding that shoppers should look for a rod that has a larger diameter of about 1 inch that can hold more fabric. And while there’s a price jump, both O’Brien and Brown recommend a traverse rod, which features a baton or string that you pull to open and close the curtains for additional ease.

Curtain sizing

Minimizing how much light leaks into the room can be a matter of sizing. “You don’t want to buy drapery that’s exactly the size of your window because light is going to leak out along all the edges,” said O’Brien.

Depending on the length of your ceiling and where the window is located, Brown suggests measuring at least 8 to 10 inches from the sides of the window, if possible, so the curtains are wider than your actual windows. And as a rule of thumb for floor-length curtains, Brown recommends they “kiss the floor,” meaning curtains should be an inch or so above the ground. Our experts emphasized that hiring a professional to measure the right size curtain can help avoid mistakes and costly replacements.

Meet our experts

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Mili Godio is an editor at Select who covers a variety of home, sleep and wellness products, including space heaters, washable rugs and laundry stain removers. For this article, Godio spoke to three experts in interior design about how to shop for the best blackout curtains, including considerations on how to shop for the best ones. She also compiled their recommendations, along with top picks from Select staff.

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