Best blackout curtains: block out the light, stylishly

Never miss a weekend lie in again with our top pick of the best blackout curtains for your bedroom

grey curtains in living room with white scheme and blush sofa by loaf
grey curtains in living room with white scheme and blush sofa by loaf
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Blackout curtains for your bedroom are a must if optimising sleep is on your list of priorities, and like a sleeping environment that's as dark as possible. Combining curtains with blackout blinds can ensure that early sunrises don't get in the way of a restful night sleep, allowing you to sleep through until your body clock gently nudges you awake. But combining them with blackout curtains will give you double the protection from the sunrise.

Great insulators, blackout curtains are also successful in helping to retain heat during the winter and keeping heat out in the summer, making it easier to set the optimum environment for sleeping. 

With light blocking, sound blocking and heat blocking properties, blackout curtains are definitely a great options for the bedroom. Check out our pick of the best, then see some great bedroom curtain design ideas to inspire the look of your scheme.

What are the best blackout curtains?

We think that for he ultimate perfect fit, noithing beats the Made To Measure Woven Blackout curtains from Very. Substantial and heavy, they are also easy to clean thanks to their durable polyester fabric. For kids' rooms, look no further than the Little Home Glow in the Dark Star Blackout Curtains by John Lewis and Partners. 

Little Home Glow in the Dark Star Blackout Curtains, navy with white stars

1. Little Home Glow in the Dark Star Blackout Curtains

The best blackout curtains for kids’ rooms

Best for: Children’s blackout curtains
Material: Polyester and cotton
Colour: Navy blue and white
Reasons to buy
+ Glow in the dark stars + Blocks dawn light and street lights 
Reasons to avoid
- Issues with dry cleaning and blackout lining 

With their little glow in the dark stars, these blackout curtains are perfect for children’s bedrooms. Effective at blocking out early morning light and light pollution, its little stars will emit a subtle glow even in complete blackness – the perfect comforting presence for children scared of the dark. 

Part of John Lewis & Partners Little Home range, there are plenty of matching features for use throughout the rest of the scheme.

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Made to Measure pleated blackout curtains, taupe

2. Made to Measure Woven Blackout Pleated Curtains

Best made-to-measure blackout curtains: these stylish curtains are the best made to measure blackout curtains

Best for: Unique window sizing
Material: Polyester
Colour: Smoke
Reasons to buy
+ Made to measure + Neutral tone to complement a range of decors 
Reasons to avoid
- May look a little flat 

The smoky colour of these curtains provides a beautiful neutral shade that will complement a range of colour palettes. Made to measure, uniquely sized windows are completely catered for, while those who desire exacting specifications can have their expectations met. Whether you prefer a pleated or smooth finish, you’re completely in control when it comes to purchasing these blackout curtains.  

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Corded Band best Eyelet Blackout Curtains

3. Corded Band Eyelet Blackout Curtains

Best eyelet blackout curtains: for a lighter, luxurious look and glam bedroom schemes

Best for: Elegance
Material: Polyester and velvet
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Glamorous and elegant style + Velvet detailing on a satin base 
Reasons to avoid
- Too extravagant for some 

If you want your curtains to make a statement, the detailing on this pair from Wayfair will certainly draw the eye. Combining the luxurious textures and styles of both velvet and satin, these curtains are decadent without being overwhelmingly heavy. With velvet in the detailing, rather than the main body of the curtain, they're lighter than our first pick and will work well with other items from the Catherine Lansfield range.  

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Geo Lines best Blackout Curtains

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4. Geo Lines Blackout Curtains

Best thermal blackout curtains: keep the light out and the temperature controlled

Best for: Thermal insulation
Material: 52% Polyester, 48% Cotton
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Subtle patterning + Machine washable 
Reasons to avoid
- Eyelet style may allow light to filter through the top of the curtain 

While metal eyelets are sturdy in their design, they do allow a little light to filter through, which may or may not be enough to disturb your sleep. Aside from that, these lightly patterned grey curtains are perfect for lifting neutral bedroom or living room spaces. Featuring a thermal blackout lining, they help to retain the heat in the winter months and block any unwanted draughts. 

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Occultant Blackout Thermal Single Curtain Panel: the best velvet blackout curtains

5. Crinkle Velvet Blackout Eyelet Curtains

Best velvet blackout curtains: add texture to a space with a more luxurious feel

Best for: Luxurious feel
Material: Polyester and Cotton
Colour: Blush Pink or Charcoal
Reasons to buy
+Spaces with a luxurious feel+Unique colour
Reasons to avoid
-Colour and fabric may not be for everyone 

If you're looking to add a luxurious feel to your space, consider experimenting with velvet textures. These gorgeous Crinkle Velvet Eyelet Curtains from Next not only ensure a better night sleep thanks to their blackout properties, but add a distinctly glamorous feel to a scheme – especially when chose in this gorgeous blush pink shade.

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