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Top Of The Best Draperies & Curtains Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – TEKAMON Blackout Room darkening Thermal Insulated Grommet Curtains/draperies/Panels for Living room/Bedroom/Nursery/the Babys Room (W52″ X L84″, 2 Panels, Warm Camel)
№2 – Deconovo Sheer Curtains Jacquard Kitchen Sheer Draperies Rhombic Embroidered 2 Panels Grommet Bedroom Sheer Curtains 52×84 Inch Grey
№3 – Erica – Premium Rod Pocket Blackout Curtains With Tiebacks – 2 Panels – Total 108 Inch Wide (54 Each Panel) – 108″ long – Solid Thermal Insulated Draperies (54″W x 96″L – Each Panel, Light Grey)
Pops of Pink
With ’20s-era wallpaper already gracing a client’s dining room walls, Charleston-based designer Angie Hranowsky knew the Southern space needed a little modern oomph. Porter Teleo’s Silk Scarf brings both color and energy to a room peppered with antiques.
Schuyler Samperton only has 650 square feet to work with in her Miami Beach getaway, so slim shades keep things light. “Organic, woven things, like those blinds and the rope hammock chair in the bedroom, never feel like they’re taking up too much room,” she says.
In a rustic dining room, window casings painted in Fine Paints of Europe’s 749and DeVenco shades relate to the colors in Patterson Flynn Martin’s Royal Edition rug, without matching them exactly.
The overscale paisley in Peter Dunham’s Isfahan fabric was inspired by a Persian textile he found in Paris.
Orange Dipped Curtains
Orange is the color of joy, sunshine, and the tropics, but this bedroom in Ibiza gets its name from the Nya Nordiska bouclé on the bedcover, custom bench, and curtains, as well as a lacquered Chinese colonial chest of drawers. The drawing over the bed is by Piero Fornasetti.
Bright Yellow Curtains
At the 201Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach, designer Nick Olsen anchored an eclectic modernist sitting room with Sonateet Claire de Lune, a dreamy Lurçat tapestry from the 1940s inspired by the Debussy piece. The Bright yellow curtains pick up the pale sunny tones in the tapestry.
This Connecticut country house isn’t afraid of color, and the patterned curtains are no exception. In the dining area, a Richard Wrightman table is surrounded by Indian cane chairs, the striped dhurries are by Robshaw, and the armchair in the background and its fabric are by Robshaw for Duralee.
Matching Curtains And Furniture
In the living room of a weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York, designed by Steven Gambrel, the custom sofa is upholstered in a Mark Alexander fabric and the same Arabel Fabrics linen is used for both the curtains and the armchair.
Custom designs fill this vibrant London townhouse, including sofa covered in a Donghia patterned velvet, another upholstered in a Le Manach silk velvet, and a round banquette, which is topped with a 1940s French bronze sculpture. The curtains are of a Jim Thompson silk, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.
Curtain Room Divider
In an industrialist San Francisco loft, a curtain is used to divide the living area, offering privacy and a simple design transition between the rooms. The bookcase is a custom design, the sculpture on the floor is Odalisque I by Manuel Neri and the floors are polished concrete.
Red Striped Curtains
In a historic English estate with modern accents, jovial red curtains of a Bennison Fabrics brighten the living room. The walls are painted in Tablecloth by Paint & Paper Library and the artwork above the mantel is by Fred Ingrams.
The breathy, translucent beige curtains in this Palm Beach apartment echo the lucid nature of a nearby glass chair by Jacques Adnet and René Coulon. The 1970s Italian cocktail table is by Gae Aulenti and the concrete wall plaques are by Radu Comsa.
Tan English Curtains
In the living room of a London townhouse, neutral curtains add a bout of English elegance to the space, which is furnished with a vintage sofa by Ico Parisi and Otto Schultz chairs covered in a Clarence House fabric. The light fixture is by Vilhelm Lauritzen.
Room-darkening curtains in better fabrics
West Elm’s curtains with a blackout lining let in quite a bit of light, but they block light better than regular curtains. They’re a better choice if you want more-luxurious fabric options, or if you want curtains that will let in daylight.
Who should get these
If you live anywhere where outdoor lights interrupt your sleep, you may rest better using blackout curtains (which also block out all light during the day) or room-darkening curtains (which will block out almost all light for nighttime sleep but not during the day). Room-darkening or blackout curtains (or, alternatively, blackout shades) were recommended by all of our sleep experts. Their professional consensus was that we should be sleeping in a dark room at night, eliminating light from outside street lamps, passing cars, or any other distractions that could affect the quality of our sleep.
As UPenn’s Perlis told us, some people continue to process sound and light as they fall asleep, and sometimes even during sleep. “As a result, they may experience trouble falling or staying asleep,” he said. “So attenuating such things helps. Sadly, as most of us age, the probability of such “sensory processing” increases. So more of us, as we get older, may want to use things that attenuate or mask light and sound,” he said, like blackout curtains or white noise machines. “Blackout drapes are a wonderful idea.” (We also interviewed Perlis for our guide to white noise machines.)
Some people also use blackout curtains to block outdoor light for a home theater. The curtains we cover here will work for that purpose, but our focus in this guide is on curtains for improving sleep.
Most people who primarily sleep at night will be fine using either blackout or room-darkening curtains. There are exceptions, though. You may be better off with true blackout curtains if you are particularly sensitive to light or if you sleep primarily during the day (such as for shift workers). Darkening curtains will likely be better if you want to darken a room during the day for napping children. We cover these exceptions in more depth here.
How we picked and tested
Some curtain brands, like Eclipse, advertise different levels of opacity for curtains, ranging from light filtering (which Eclipse describes as “better than a bare window”) to true blackout curtains claiming to block out 9to 99.percent of the light in a room, if installed correctly. Room-darkening curtains fall in the middle. They darken enough to make many people comfortable at night, but when the sun comes up you’ll probably see the full shape of your window through the curtains (you may also see light from bright streetlamps at night).
Many manufacturers advertise their blackout curtains as helping to insulate drafty windows and to reduce noise from outside. We didn’t focus on these factors and didn’t test for them. If your windows are letting in a lot of cold air or noise, curtains will only marginally help. If you can’t replace your windows, our picks may help a little but you should probably also weatherstrip your windows and/or use some other temporary solutions.
From our research, we figured that most people shopping for this purchase want true blackout curtains. We found that many brands who advertised their curtains as “blackout curtains” had user reviews claiming they were anything but. The only way we could be sure if the claims were true was to bring in several for testing.
Sleep Like the Dead had a blackout curtain review that we used to help narrow our choices. We also used articles from Real Simple and Apartment Therapy, which broadly recommended brands that sell quality curtains, both blackout and non-blackout. Then we looked at the blackout options of stores on those lists—IKEA and Bed Bath & Beyond, specifically. We also checked popular mass retailers to see what blackout options they had, including JCPenney, Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, Pottery Barn, and West Elm.
We compiled a list of 3blackout curtains that came in a variety of solid colors. They could have texture, but no patterns. Then we combed the user reviews available from those 3curtain models to narrow the list further. Some mass retailers had no user reviews for specific curtains at all, like some of the Eclipse models, but we decided to test those anyway because it was a brand sold in so many different places. We ended up with a list of 1curtains that we called in for testing.
Bed Bath & Beyond’s Sebastian Insulated Total Blackout Window Curtains
Several user reviews noted that these curtains were also great in home theaters because of their complete light blocking.
Of the curtains that totally blocked out light, we think the Sebastian panel is the best looking, with a Dupioni-style, 100 percent polyester fabric that comes in six neutral colors and has a sheen to it. It’s more of a matte sheen than a glossy shine. None of the curtains we tested that completely blacked out the light have a matte finish. Some of the other curtains we tried looked nicer—such as those from West Elm and Pottery Barn—but they didn’t block out nearly as much light.
We like that the Sebastian panels have a generous 50-inch width to help you get maximum coverage around your window frames. This is wider than the West Elm curtains, which are 4inches wide per panel, and wider than some of the other similarly priced panels we tested (the Eclipse Canova, for example, are only 4inches wide). That extra width is helpful for getting full coverage around the outside of your window.
The panels come in four fairly standard lengths (63-, 84-, 95-, and 108-inch versions), comparable to the number of length options offered by West Elm, Pottery Barn, Eclipse, and Best Home Fashion. We think the Sebastian curtains would also hem more easily and neatly than the stiffer Emery panels or the flimsier Eclipse Samara and Fresno panels.
Best Home Fashion’s Thermal Insulated curtains were another successful total blackout curtain in our testing. But these unlined, almost iridescent panels felt less at home in a bedroom and more at home in a home theater or even a lab. They absolutely work, but they’re utilitarian, with no weave or texture to them. They almost look like nylon, reminiscent of a superhero cape.
We opted for the better-looking Sebastian and Emery curtains for most bedroom needs.
Josh Peterson, Consider Blackout Curtains to Save Energy and Control Light and Noise, How Stuff Works
Carrie McBride, Sleep Better with Blackout Curtains: Sources for Buying Them & Making Them, Apartment Therapy, May 9, 2014
Michael Perlis, PhD, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at University of Pennsylvania, interview
Light-Blocking Window Treatment Ratings, Reviews & Comparisons, Sleep Like the Dead, December 8, 2016
Your Guide to Curtains and Window Treatments, Real Simple
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So, TOP3 of Draperies & Curtains
- №1 — TEKAMON Blackout Room darkening Thermal Insulated Grommet Curtains/draperies/Panels for Living room/Bedroom/Nursery/the Babys Room (W52″ X L84″, 2 Panels, Warm Camel)
- №2 — Deconovo Sheer Curtains Jacquard Kitchen Sheer Draperies Rhombic Embroidered 2 Panels Grommet Bedroom Sheer Curtains 52×84 Inch Grey
- №3 — Erica – Premium Rod Pocket Blackout Curtains With Tiebacks – 2 Panels – Total 108 Inch Wide (54 Each Panel) – 108″ long – Solid Thermal Insulated Draperies (54″W x 96″L – Each Panel, Light Grey)