If you’re anything like me you’ve probably tried every blackout curtain on the market ($25 per panel and it still doesn’t work??). The problem with commercial blackout curtain panels is that unless you have a cornice installed there’s always going to be a gap above the curtains and likely one in the middle where the curtains meet that lets light in. After months of giving the stink eye to the daylight blasting through my daughter’s curtain at nap-time, I finally came up with this quick and easy $6 blackout curtain solution. It’s perfect for your bedroom, your kids rooms & baby’s nursery!
What you’ll need:
- A tension rod for each window in your room – $2.97 at Walmart
- A solid, dark-colored Mainstays fleece throw blanket (50×60) for each window in your room – $2.88 at Walmart (they’re cheaper in store than online)
- Safety pins
Step 1: Place the tension rod in the window and adjust the size for a nice tight fit.
Step 2: Pull the rod back out. Loop the throw blanket over the top of the rod and pin in place. Please note: If you plan to open the window(s) frequently you should probably think about using iron-on fabric tape or sewing it on.
Step 3: Place the “curtain” and rod as high in the window as possible. If you already have blinds in the window, you can place the rod under the “box” at the top. I also like to tuck in the curtain sides and bottom so it fills the inside of the window instead of just draping over top of it.
TADA! You’re done! Now when you want to open the window you can just pop the whole thing out or if you have blinds you can tuck the bottom of the curtain between the blinds so it’s lifted up with the blinds when you pull on the blind cord. I have one of these DIY blackout curtains in every bedroom in my house, I love them!
Note: these work (and look) best when placed under traditional curtains.