Seeking Room Darkening Curtains or Shades for Nursery

Updated on August 15, 2008
D.J. asks from Chicago, IL
13 answers

Hello
I am looking for some room darkening curtains for our little girls nursery. We were sold room darkening shades by 3-day blinds and they really don't work at all. It's still very bright in there so I'd like to add some curtains. I can't seem to find anything that really works, and/or they don't come in fun girly colors. Her room is decorated in pastel yellows, greens and pinks (both bright and pastel). I can't sew or I'd try that route myself. I'd love something that darkens as well as the shades/curtains in most hotel rooms do.

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J.N.

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We went to Eddie Z - they are not cheap though.

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K.B.

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Hi. I have a wonderful company for you - they've done the window treatments for my whole house. They're called Gotcha Covered, and they're reasonably priced, have a great selection and their people are prompt. The blackout shades in my bedroom make it so dark I can barely see my husband next to me! Call Randy at ###-###-####. One thing though, I don't know how bright your nursery is, but they advised me not to get blackout shades in my nursery, on account of a client who did so, and now can't get her baby to sleep anywhere else that's not completely dark (in-laws' houses, hotels, etc.). Could be something to think about. Good luck.

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S.K.

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One Step Ahead has one for about $40.

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H.T.

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Hi D.,

We used regular curtains and lined them light blocking fabric. It is availble at any major fabric store (I got mine at hancock fabrics for a couple bucks a yrd on sale) I hung the curtains with rings that had clips on them and just cut the fabric to the same size as my curtains and clipped them inside the curtains. Works really well and I have found it to be very insulating as well especially since our window is 70 X 70.

Good luck,
H.

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C.

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We purchased room darkening curtains at Country Curtain in Naperville, www.countrycurtains.com. Fantastic! They block most of the light and fit on a tension rod under our custom blinds. Limited colors, but they're hidden under the blinds and truly block the sunlight. Around $25.

M.M.

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Potterybarn makes a room darkening drape that you can line any curtains with. It's about $50 from Potterybarn Kids. I have regular curtain, and then this to block out light.

The other option is to order room darketing drapes. We have these on top of roman shades in our room, and they really do the trick. I bought some from Overstock.com - their prices are much better than in stores.

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D.G.

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A bit expensive, but Pottery Barn for Kids sells bright colored curtains that have "blackout" behind the bright colors. You can see all options on their website.

Another route (which we did) is to buy the "blackout" curtains at either Bed Bath & Beyond or Linens and Things - I believe you can get two curtains for about $15-20, and place them behind the curtains you already have. You can buy clips so you can clip the "blackout" curtains and the color curtains together.

Our daughter's room is dark and cool (temperature) all the time.

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J.T.

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I've purchased room darkening shades from J.C. Penney and they make the room almost black.

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S.S.

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We actually went to Home Depot and got a film that goes over the windows to darken them because our sons' room faces east so the sun rises right in their room and it has worked wonders. It was fairly easy for my husband to put on the windows. Good luck.

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R.T.

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I went to Jo Anne Fabrics and bought black-out material and then had it sewn onto the back of fabric I bought for our son's room. The dry cleaners I took it to is actually not that far from you. The woman did a wonderful job and even used the extra curtain material to make a blanket for our son...at no extra charge!! Try Chase Cleaners & Custom Drapery at 7241 N Sheridan Road.

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A.S.

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We have regular cute roman-type curtains for my daughter's room (white with yellow bows) and then underneath we just got the like $7 pull down finyl shades they sell at Home Depot/Menards/etc. You can get them in many sizes (and I think my husband said you can get them cut to size, too). They work great. We pull them down at night and sometimes during the day for naps, otherwise we can let them up and let the light come into the room.

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M.F.

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I am not sure what your price range is but I have had room darkening blinds made by hunter douglass in my bedroom since I was 15 and they work wonders, although they are a bit pricy. Everytime I have moved, I get them in my bedroom again. We have put them in the nursey as well. I can go into my room at anytime of day and it is very dark so I can sleep. I also have a wonderful company that I have used to install them if you want their info, email me and I will send it to you. I know that Olson rug also sells them as well as many other companies. I believe the blinds come in different colors but I have always gone with white so that they will last. Hope this was helpful!

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D.P.

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We also bought darkening blinds that didn't work. Then bought the heavy darkening curtains at Pottery Barn that didn't work. What finally worked was room darkening liners that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought the spring style rods and put on the darkening liners/curtains (just cut to fit the window since you can't see them anyway) and put them in behind the blinds. They work really well for us. Not a shred of light comes in.

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