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Great darkening curtains
on November 9, 2011
My child's room has four windows, three facing east and south, so it's very sunny. We've had a makeshift patch of blinds, curtains, blankets and towels at the window for many years, trying to get his room dark enough for him to sleep well.
Finally, I had the time to research blackout curtains and bought these. I thought the navy color would work better than lighter shades, and they do. (NOTE: The photo on this page now shows a lighter blue than the curtains I bought, which are a dark navy. And mine don't go to the floor, just below the windows.) We have regular blinds behind the curtains, so in combination the blinds and curtains make the room really dark. It's a good thing the alarm clock has a light!
If you want these for sleeping during the day, I'd suggest you combine these curtains with blackout blinds or roll-up shades. But for night sleepers, these are just fine. The material is somewhat industrial-feeling, but I didn't expect silk. After you put them in the dryer for 20 min. along with a damp towel to ease the wrinkles, they feel a little softer to the touch.
Also a plus... you buy these by the panel, not the pair. We bought 9 panels: 8 for the windows and an extra one that I hemmed up to put above the a/c unit in the summer, so I can block the light when the curtains have to be open. Another good thing is that you don't need to worry about which way to hang the curtains -- the curtain is finished the same top and bottom, 3 inches of hem.
It did surprise me that there is no channel in either hem that would create a ruffle over the rod. The top of the curtain just sits on the rod. I guess you don't get fancy at this price, but if I were ambitious enough, I could simply sew a straight line through the hem to create a channel for the rod. Kind of doubt I will, though!