For many people, curtains serve a decorative purpose that will allow them to add fabrics and patterns to a room. One of the basic functions of curtains, however, is to regulate the amount of light that enters a room. Blackout curtains are designed to block out as much light as possible from entering a room. This is especially useful if you want to sleep during the day or if your room is positioned in a place where lighting is very strong. Here are the steps to creating your own blackout curtain.
- Measure. You will need a strong curtain fabric, curtain rods and attachments, and blackout backing for this project. Most of these items are readily available in home shopping centers. You can also check out the many online shops if your local home depots do not have these items in stock. The first step is to measure the length and width of the windows. Because the blackout curtains are designed to cut off light as much as possible, you need to add at least seven inches to the width of the curtain, and seven inches to the height of the curtain. Double this measurement for each window curtain panel. The size should be doubled since you will fold it in half and insert the blackout backing inside.
- Cut. Cut the fabric according to the measurements that you have taken. Once this is done, take the blackout backing and mark it using half the measure for the curtain fabric. This means that your blackout should be half the size of the curtain fabric. Trim off an additional half inch from the blackout fabric.
- Sew on the curtain. Take the curtain fabric and then fold it half. One side, however, should have a flap that is four to five inches long. This flap will be sewn into itself to accommodate the curtain rod. Once the curtain is folded in half, sew the curtain shut except for the top part. On the top part, you will insert the curtain backing. Once it is in place, take pins and then sew the blackout backing in strategic places that will keep it secure. You can also sew on all the sides of the blackout backing onto the curtain fabric if you have the time and patience to do this.
- Add a fold and attach the curtain rod. Earlier, you have left a flap ion the curtain fabric. The next step is for you to sew this to form a long loop where you can insert the curtain rod. Make sure that you double stitch the flap since the curtain backing is heavier than usual fabric. Blackout backing is designed to absorb heat and is very thick. If you are using it on a large window, the curtain as a whole can end up with weights of up to several pounds. Once the curtain flap has been made, insert the curtain rod and then attach the curtain into the hinges on the wall.
Through these steps, you can sleep in peace whether at night or day. Add in some soothing music and spray on some relaxing scents to put you in the perfect mood for a long and relaxing sleep.