Tricks to Create Your Own Blackout Curtains: DIY

Is the lack of blackout curtains robbing you of your privacy? Do you need to shield away from the world during your ‘me’ time? Are you looking for blackout curtains? If your answers to all these questions were in the positive then here are some ideas that could help you do it yourself.

What are Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains, blackout blinds or blackout linings, are different names to the same product. They perform the task of blocking light so that you enjoy your privacy. Thanks, to their special treatment and lightly woven fabrics, these curtains can help regulate the light levels of the room. The usage of these curtains is exactly the same as all its other variants. Designed to look eternally amazing, these curtains are ideal to protect your living space, but can be used in almost any room of the house.

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Purchasing Blackout Curtains can be Expensive

Blackout curtains are actually can prove to be really expensive. They are the right option for people who do not want to install or settle down on something permanent. For people who are not looking to install anything permanent, or are not looking to just settle down on something, then blackout curtains are just the thing for you. Furthermore, you will have still need to install them all by yourself. So why not get all the materials and make one yourself?

How to make Blackout Curtains in 10 Simple Steps?

Materials needed:

  • Flat fold faux leather furnishing fabric.
  • Heavy wooden dowels – two
  • Two pine moldings
  • One packet of upholstery nails
  • One roll of cloth tape
  • Hammer
  • Cordless Drill
  • Tape
  • Two massive nails

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Steps to follow:

  1. Start with the measurements. Measure your window and take the points down in a piece of paper. (This is for reference when you visit the hardware store.)
  2. Assemble the materials.
  3. Cut the fabric according to size. The fabric needs to be cut down just in half, so as to have an overflow of fabric on every side of the window frame. The extra fabric on each side helps prevent light seepage. If you want extra fabric, to be rolled around the dowel, you can invest a little more on the fabric.
  4. Using the upholstery nails, attach the dowel and the pine molding, to the top and bottom of the molding. Take care to cover the head of the nails with cloth tape.
  5. Now drill a hole, halfway along the piece of the pine molding, big enough for the head of the nails to pass through.
  6. Hammering the big nail on the top of the window frame. Ensure it is on the halfway mark. Be careful not to leave scars on the wall.
  7. Pick the blind up. Line up the hole, in the pie molding with the nail. Slide it further down if you feel the molding sits flat on top of the window frame.
  8. The excess material from the floor needs to be rolled up around the dowel and put up right against the wall. The blind should hold tight.
  9. Use cloth tape to keep the dowel in place.
  10. Your blackout lining is ready.

As a user, you must always remember that a blackout curtain can only help you achieve darkness, but not a pitch black room. Blackout shades can attain the desired level of darkness only if:-

  • They are made from an opaque material; and
  • They fit tightly on the window casing.

These features help filter light seepage. The curtain acts as a layover allowing minimal distance between the casing and the material. Blackout curtains can be used as standalone window treatment or added to an existing one. Whether you’re looking to block light, enhance privacy or to have some space from the outside world, you will need blackout curtains installed in your home. So, what are you waiting for? Make one today!