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This Is Why You Need Blackout Lining for Your Drapes and Shades

If you aren’t already hip to blackout lining for your window coverings, then now’s the time to smarten up. Thicker than our 100-percent cotton privacy lining, our blackout lining is designed to block out daylight entirely—and can be added to any of our custom-cut curtains or shades. Not sure if a blackout liner is right for your window treatments? Here are five reasons why you should consider blackout lining for your drapery.

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Cascade Roman Shade at Barn & Willow

1. It’ll keep light out

Nothing’s worse than being stuck in a room with too much natural light streaming in. Employ blackout-lined window coverings in rooms that get the most sunlight to protect your furniture and floors from sun damage and fading, or in the areas of your home where you want no light penetration, like your bedroom or media room.

2. It’ll keep you cool 

Heavier than our privacy lining, blackout lining is designed to insulate your windows and keep your home cool against the hot summer sun. That’s why adding blackout lining to your curtains or shades will help hold in the cool air your air conditioning worked hard to create—and keep your place nice and cool throughout the warm weather season.

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Flat Roman Shade at Barn & Willow

3. It’ll lower your electricity bill

Not only will adding blackout lining to your curtains or shades help keep your home cool during the summer, it will also reduce energy costs by cutting the amount of sunlight and UV rays that enter the room. So while adding a blackout liner to your window coverings might be more costly up front, it will save you loads of moolah in the long run.

4. It’ll help the environment

The DOE estimates that heat gained-and-lost through windows is responsible for about 25-to-30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. Installing insulating blackout-lined curtains and shades throughout your home is a surefire way to cut back on energy waste and live more eco-consciously at home.

5. It makes your drapes look nicer

Believe it or not, blackout lining adds a weight to drapes that make it fall better. That’s why with the exception of sheer panels (where the flow-y see-through look is preferred), we recommend that you line your draperies so that they’ll hang perfectly.

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