While the summer sun is great for a day outside, it can pose an issue if you’re trying to get some rest. Thankfully, blackout curtains are a simple solution to the problem.
According to Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, one of the easiest things you can do to get better shut-eye is to make sure the room is dark.
“We’re designed to be sleeping when the sky is dark,” he told TODAY. “You want the room to be as dark as possible without it being dangerous,” he added. To achieve a dark room, he recommends using blackout curtains — curtains that block out light to help you sleep through the night.
So we did all the work for you and searched for bestselling and top-rated options available online. From Amazon to Bed Bath and Beyond, this list will help you find the perfect set of blackout curtains.
1. AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Curtains
These AmazonBasics curtains have over 4,200 verified reviews and a 4.4-star rating. They’re designed to fit on any standard or decorative rod, and they’re made with 100% polyester. The two-panel pack also comes with velcro strips to tie the curtains.
2. Nicetown Blackout Drapes
Available in 18 color options, these blackout drapes from Nicetown are designed to match the decor in any room in your home. Each package comes with two panels, and the silver grommets make them easy to install.
3. Nicetown Double Layer Blackout Curtain Panels
Block out every bit of sunlight with these double-layered curtain panels. While they’re crafted to make your room pitch black, the brand also claims that they can reduce noise from outside.
4. BGment Thermal Insulated Room Darkening Curtains
Each BGment curtain panel has six metal grommets that make hanging easy. They’re designed to block out over 85% of sunlight and they’re insulated with high-density yarn for insulation.
5. Aquazolax French Door Blackout Curtains
If you have French doors leading to your bedroom, you can still experience total darkness with these blackout window coverings. They come in 11 colors and include velcro ties that will let some light into the room while giving you privacy.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains at Walmart
1. Mainstays Energy Efficient Single Curtain Panel
Save money on your energy bill with these energy-efficient curtains. They’re designed to reduce outside noise, block light and help your home stay cooler in the summer.
2. Eclipse Samara Energy-Efficient Thermal Curtain Panel
These textured blackout curtains are just as practical as they are stylish. They have a foam back that helps reduce noise, and the thick texture also helps block 99% of the light from the sun.
3. Sun Zero Kylee Energy Efficient Curtain Panel
If you live in a loud area, these curtains may help you get a better night’s sleep. They’re made with thick, woven material that’s designed to reduce noise and block light.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains at Wayfair
1. Brockham Solid Blackout Grommet Curtain Panels
Add an elegant touch to any room with these blackout curtains from Wayfair. Crafted with 100% polyester, they have a transparent top layer and a solid blackout layer on the back.
2. Macodoel Solid Blackout Single Curtain
These thermally-insulated curtains are made to reduce external noise and energy lost through your windows. The polyester panel is fitted with a liner on the back that helps minimize light.
3. Solid Blackout Thermal Grommet Curtain Panels
These blackout curtains have a modern design that can go with nearly any home decor. The triple-weave fabric blocks out sunlight while providing a sophisticated design to any room.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains at Bed Bath and Beyond
1. Darcy 84-inch Blackout Curtain Panel
These finely-woven panels combine utility and style. The blackout curtains are machine-washable and have top grommets that make them easy to install.
2. Quinn 84-Inch Grommet Top Blackout Curtain Panel
Maintain privacy and complete darkness with these polyester curtains. The texture of the material is designed to absorb heat, which helps keep your room temperature-controlled during the heat of the summer.
3. Quinn Geo Blackout Window Curtain Panel
Need to add some decor to an otherwise basic room? These geometric curtains will bring some excitement to your home while keeping it cool and dark.
4. SmartBlock Room Darkening Curtain Liner
You can make any curtain a blackout curtain with this liner. Just add it to the inside of your drapes by attaching the included hooks to the grommets or the rod liner. They also have a velcro closure down the middle to completely eliminate light from top to bottom.
Bestselling Blackout Curtains at JCPenney
1. Plaza Grommet-Top Lined Blackout Curtain
The Plaza curtains have an elegant, shiny look made from 100% woven polyester while the grommets have a distressed bronze finish.
2. Wallace Blackout Grommet-Top Curtain
This single panel curtain is machine-washable and easy to hang. It comes in eight colors and five lengths to fit any size window.
This article was originally published on June 4, 2018.
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