How to Install Blackout Curtains

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Blackout curtains provide energy savings and comfort as an insulating layer by the window, minimising drafts, retaining heat inside and blocking outside light. Curtains can be sewn with a protective liner for blackout purposes. Alternatively, blackout liners can be added to existing curtain systems for flexibility and convenience to meet changing or seasonal needs without altering the decor of your room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Optional: two-pole curtain rod system (with hardware)

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Instructions

    Pinch-pleated Drapes

  1. 1

    Detach your pinch-pleated drapes from the tracks, taking care to keep the pins attached (if possible).. If the pins come off, simply insert it to the appropriate slot on the drape.

  2. 2

    Lay the drape flat, with the top facing you (to expose the pins).

  3. 3

    Lay your blackout drape liner over your drape, aligning the pins with the loops of the blackout drape. Check that the blackout drape either extends past the sides of the drape or that it is centred to provide optimal coverage.

  4. 4

    Insert the magnetic strips into the bottom seam of the blackout liner (if these were included with your liner).

  5. 5

    Hang the loops of the blackout liner to the pins. Assemble the pinch pleat drape to the track using the hanging pins.

  6. 6

    Check the functioning track with the heavier lined drape by operating the cord or wand (make sure the drape is easy to open and close without excessive bunching).

    Separate Liner

  1. 1

    Detach your curtain from the rod. Evaluate whether your rod can safely hold the combined weight of the curtain with the blackout liner. If necessary, install a stronger rod or a second rod to accommodate the blackout liner facing the exterior (window) and the curtain facing the interior.

  2. 2

    Lay the drape flat, right side down with the top facing you (to expose the tabs or holes).

  3. 3

    Lay your blackout drape liner over your drape, aligning the holes or tabs of the blackout drape. Check that the blackout drape either extends past the sides of the drape or that it is centred to provide optimal coverage.

  4. 4

    Insert the magnetic strips into the bottom seam of the blackout liner (if these came with your liner).

  5. 5

    Insert the curtain rod through both the curtain and the blackout liner. If a two-rod system is used, insert the blackout liner through the inside curtain rod (facing the exterior or window), then insert the curtain through the outside curtain rod (facing the interior of the room). Attach your curtain rod(s) to the window hardware.

  6. 6

    Arrange your curtain and liner on the rod as desired to meet aesthetic and coverage needs.

Tips and warnings

  • For maximum coverage, make sure your blackout liner is the same size as your curtain (liners are available in standard curtain sizes).

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