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Blackout Curtains Cost


How Much Do Blackout Curtains Cost?

 
low costLow: Standard Single Panel $13-$100average costMedium: Standard Blinds/Shades $30-$140high costHigh: Custom Single Panel up to $2,500
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Blackout curtains and blinds completely darken a room, creating a lightless space for projection TV viewing or day-shift sleeping. Blackout window coverings are made with an acrylic material formed into a curtain, or used as a coating on the window side of fabric curtains or certain styles of blinds.

Typical costs:

  • Blackout curtains cost $13-$2,500 per single panel. Costs vary by quality of construction, size, materials, and brand name. Blackout curtain panels come in a range of standard sizes, up to 84 inches long and 30 or more inches wide. Made-to-measure blackout curtains can range from about 30 inches to 177 inches wide and 15 to 124 inches long.
  • A single blackout panel made with one layer of acrylic material can cost $13-$100. A set of two standard-sized, one-layer acrylic blackout panels costs $30-$80.
  • Designer blackout curtains made-to-measure with multiple layers including silks, velvets, or damask fabrics, interlining, complex pleating and accessories can cost up to $2,500 for a single panel.
  • Blackout curtain liners can be attached to the window-side of existing curtains. Liners cost $20-$80 per panel. A pair of liner panels costs $50-$100.
  • Blackout shades (blinds) come in honeycomb, cellular, roller and Roman styles and cost $30-$140 per shade. One shade covers one whole window. Standard sized blackout shades come in whole-inch widths from about 23 inches wide to 48 inches wide, and can be up to about 64 inches long.
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What should be included:
  • A blackout curtain panel does not usually include any hangers, clips or hardware unless it is custom-made. Many blackout curtains are sold as single panels, not in pairs.
  • Blackout curtain liners should include one or more fabric blackout panels and the hardware necessary to attach the liners to existing curtains.
  • A blackout shade should include all hardware for either interior or exterior mounting.
Additional costs:
  • If the current curtain rod and rings or clips do not work with the new blackout curtains, a new curtain rod costs $5-$125. Curtainrods.com[1] sells all types of curtain rods.
  • Additional hardware such as brackets, finials, holdbacks, rings, and clips cost $5-$50 per item or set of items. Style, material (wood, metal, iron, glass) and brand name factor into the costs of hardware.
  • Most blackout curtains are easy to install without professional assistance. Brite Inc. provides a video on installing blacxkout curtains[2] . IronHardware.com gives detailed instructions[3] .
Discounts:
  • Department stores and home stores often run sales on curtains, including blackout curtains. Look for sale information in mailed circulars and local newspapers.
  • Overstock.com[4] offers a small selection of blackout curtains for discounted prices.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (and some other retailers) mail homeowners and renters coupons on a regular basis.
Shopping for blackout curtains:
  • Before entering the first store to comparison shop, measure all the windows that need curtains. The Macy's Measuring Guide[5] provides a description of the necessary measurements, plus an overview of curtain and hardware styles, fabric choices, and design considerations.
  • Blackout curtains are sold at many department stores in the"Home" department. For bargains, shop for curtains at Target[6] or Wal-Mart[7] . For something nicer and more expensive, explore Macy's[8] or JCPenney's Made-to-Measure Panels.
  • Home stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond[9] carry one or more brands of blackout curtains.
  • For certified, fire-retardant blackout curtains that can be used in studios, hospitals, or hotel rooms, look for specialty blackout curtain retailers like /blackoutcurtains.com/[10] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.curtainrods.com
  2.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdlpUN7w7wg
  3.  www.ironhardware.com/exec/page_curtaininstall.php
  4.  www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Window-Treatments/1456/cat.html
  5.  www1.macys.com/dyn_img/banners/325014.jsp
  6.  www.target.com/c/curtains-blinds-shades-home-decor/-/N-5xtu1#ie=UTF8&node=300010011
  7.  www.walmart.com/cp/Energy-Efficient-Blackout-Curtains/642239
  8.  www1.macys.com/shop/for-the-home/window-treatments?id=26435&edge=hybrid&kw=Window+Treat...
  9.  www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stylePage.asp?order_num=-1&RN=2138
  10.  /blackoutcurtains.com/
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