What to Consider Before Buying Blackout Curtains?Blackout curtains come in a range of fabrics, styles, colors and shading rate to suit any bedroom, home office, and living room.But people don't seem to know much about curtain blackout rates.
Next, we explain in detail.

What is the shading rate?

Generally speaking,  The shading rate of most curtains is 50%-95%. If you want a 100% shading rate, you have to add another layer of interlining cloth or use a coating or composite cloth to achieve 100% shading.

What determines shading rate?
①Thickness

The thicker the fabric, the more light it will block out. When buying curtains offline, you can judge the thickness of the curtain simply by touch.

②Auxiliary shading
High blackout curtains will include something within the curtain to assist with blackout.
Common types are silk and coated curtains.

Curtain opacity is dependent on how much light is entering the home, whether it is natural or artificial, and whether it shines directly into the room.

 A higher number isn’t necessarily always better. In bedrooms, for instance, it’s usually best for blackout curtains to block between 85 and 98 percent of light—not 100 percent—because a small amount of ambient light helps people safely navigate a room in the dark.So depends on the space and the people who use it.

 

Living room: 40%-60% shading rate

  The emphasis in the living room is on sufficient natural light, so the blackout rate of the curtains does not need to be too high. Generally around 40%-60% is sufficient to meet the basic insulation and dust protection function. If you want to make your living room brighter and more light, you can choose curtains made of lighter shades or light-transmitting thin fabric, and fabrics with cut-outs are also a good choice.

 

Bedroom: 55%-90% shading rate

To ensure a better night's sleep, bedroom curtains are chosen for their practicality. 60-90% blackout is sufficient for most people's needs. With the curtains drawn, you can still feel the alternation between day and night.

 

General bedroom: more than 70%

  As seniors are used to going to bed early and waking up early, and their eyesight is gradually weakening, it is best to have plenty of natural light in the room, and curtains with a blackout rate of around 70% are more conducive to the health of elders. Generally speaking, double-layered curtains are more suitable for the elderly. A light layer of gauze curtains can be drawn during the day to adjust the brightness of the room, while another layer of cotton curtains with good warmth can be drawn at night to prevent the elderly from getting cold.

 

Children's room: 50%-70%

  Curtains for children's rooms do not need to be too high in blackout. A moderate amount of natural light is good for the development of children's eyes and bones, and also allows them to get used to the alternation of day and night and to develop a good resting time. The blackout rate of curtains can be chosen at 50%-70%, while the blackout rate of curtains for older children's rooms can be slightly higher.

 

85%-100% shading rate

For those who suffer from insomnia, this level of curtain is best suited. With the lights off and your fingers out of reach, the only option is to sleep in peace.
Curtains with a general blackout rate of 85% or more are available in laminated or coated options, so you can pay attention to screening, or some people choose ordinary blackout curtains with blackout fabric, which can also have the same blackout effect.

See here, do you know what shading rate you should choose for your curtains?