When your officer is on nights, sun blocking curtains are a must-have. Unsure where to start? Check out these functional and styish options.
When you first became a police wife, you knew a lot about your life would change.
You knew there would be late nights, cancelled plans, and the constant fear of something happening to your officer.
What you may not have anticipated was the change in your decor.
Honestly, I didn’t even know blackout curtains were a thing until my husband was in law enforcement. Is that crazy?
I just never considered there would be a reason to block out the sun during the day until he had to sleep while everyone else was up and at ’em.
I mean, there was the fringe benefit of lower heating costs – that was nothing to sneeze at. But needless to say, it was a different idea than I had ever lived with before.
The first blackout curtains we got left something to be desired, to say the least. They were functional, sure, but also ugly, bulky, and scratchy.
We’ve also had them for four years, and I swear they still have crease lines from being folded in the package. I loathe them.
Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for sun blocking curtains that not only work, but also weren’t a total eyesore.
To save you some time, I figured I’d share what I’ve found in that time 🙂
The Best Sun Blocking Curtains For Night Shift Workers
Basic Colored Curtains
If you’re looking for just a basic curtain to keep your bedroom dark during the day, these NICETOWN Blackout Curtains are a great option.
Note that this same company makes other curtains labeled blackout, but that only block out about 50% of the light – so basically, like regular curtains. I made the mistake of buying those first. They’re still nice, but definitely don’t keep the room as dark as I’d like! (link if you’re curious)
And, frankly, you can’t argue with a 5 star average review after 10,000 reviews.
There are 9 different size options and 16 different color options available, so you’re bound to be able to find a color that suits the rest of your decor.
Whimsical Blackout Curtains
Whether you just like a more whimsical look to your home or you’d like to also deck out your kids’ room in sun blocking curtains, there are lots of great options! Just like these cute starry blackout curtains.
They’re super cute, good at blocking out light, and a great way to add some fun to your decor.
These curtains have 12 size options and 7 equally star-studded color options, though my personal favorite are these navy blue ones – they look most like the night sky to me! But they have other neutral-ish options like light gray, dark gray, and black, plus cute baby pink ones that are perfect for a little girl’s nursery.
Linen Look Blackout Curtains
If you want a classy-looking, more neutrally colored option for your sun blocking curtains, these linen look blackout curtains are for you.
There are six color options available in all neutral colors (both warm and cool tones), plus five size options, so they’d be well suited to both your bedroom and throughout the rest of your house.
This is especially nice if you’re also using blackout curtains to reduce your utility costs, because you can stylishly use them throughout your home without them screaming “blackout curtain.”
I love these blackout shades from IKEA – I actually looked at them last time I went, but they didn’t have any options that fit our apartment windows. Whomp whomp.
That being said, these are a particularly great option if they work for your home because they fit from one edge of the window to the other, top to bottom – so they’re especially good at blocking out all light.
I also like the simplicity of them, plus the fact that kids can’t pull them down quite as easily. A major plus when you’ve got tiny ones around!
Patterned Blackout Curtains
If you’re looking to make a statement with your sun blocking curtains but don’t necessarily want them to be as whimsical as the star ones, these patterned ones might be the perfect choice for you.
These ones come in 5 different color options, including bright colors like blue and purple – so they’re definitely a great option if you’d like something a little bolder.
DIY Blackout Curtains
If you’re all about customizing your space, you might consider making your own sun blocking curtains.
There’s a tutorial for making DIY blackout curtains available, and it makes the process sound pretty simple.
It sounds like the biggest difference between regular curtains and blackout curtains is the liner, so really, you could probably use this tutorial to add a liner to your existing curtains if you don’t want to change things up!
Blackout Curtain Liner
Speaking of which, if you have curtains you absolutely love and don’t want to replace them (and don’t feel like doing any sewing), you can snag a blackout curtain liner instead.
For this kind of liner, you don’t even have to install a second curtain rod – major bonus if you’re not particularly handy (or would just prefer to spend your energy elsewhere – I’m probably somewhere in the middle here.)
You just alternate the rings for this one with the rings of your normal curtain, and it lies right alongside the back.
Super simple, and a great way to keep curtains you’re already in love with.
Amazon Basics sells one for a great price if this is something you’re interested in!
Honestly, since installing sun blocking curtains in our home, I can’t really imagine going back. Even at nighttime, it’s nice to have our room as dark as humanly possible. I can definitely tell a difference in my sleep.
Especially since we use them in our kids’ rooms… their better ability to sleep definitely impacts mine, also.
It’s even better to have ones that add to the style of our home rather than detracting from it – which I think all these options accomplish!
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to have a better-rested officer who’s more ready for his night shift!
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