8 months ago
The Best Budget-Friendly Blackout Shades for Babies and Toddlers
I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows only allow for an outside mount so light filtering through is inevitable. Now that Margot is 2.5, it’s no longer an issue for her, but like most babies, Kate needs her room pitch black to get those long naps in. The darker the room, the better the nap, and I like a good nap. I finally came up with a solution that doesn’t compromise the ability to bring light into our 7 month old’s room when she’s awake, but that also leaves the room pitch black for naps and bedtime.
Up until recently, I was using these travel curtains. We already owned them and they’re both affordable and great for travel. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really a way to open the shades during the day and because they suction, some light still filtered through. The solution was fine and I recommend the curtains for travel, but it wasn’t great long-term. I decided to order shades that would function a little better. We can open them during the day, they don’t hang below the shades, and they’re a true blackout – and zero light filters through. They’re budget-friendly and as un-DIY as anything could possibly be. Measure, trim, attach the included velcro strips and done.
You only need a tape measure and scissors, and will have a completely pitch-black room once you’re done. The whole thing took about 15 minutes start to finish.
1. First, measure the width of the window. Fortunately, the height lined up perfectly, so I only needed to make one cut. The grid pattern is on the back of the shades, and makes it so easy to find the right dimensions and to cut a perfectly straight line.
2. Eyeballed the length of the velcro that was needed (or measure if that’s your thing). Peel the backing and stick to the shade. Stick the other side (the white side) to your window, where you want to attach the shade. I attached it to the top and sides.
3. Line the top velcro piece with the top piece on the window to install. Follow along the sides. It’s that easy.
5. I like to take a small piece of white velcro and attach to the bottom of the front of the shade. Then attach the black piece to the top of the shade. This allows you to “fold” the shade up and have some light in the room during the day.
You can (barely) see the white velcro here. Nice and clean. The shades are installed here, but you’d never know it.
With the shade folded up to let light in. I just pull the woven shade down to cover the blackout shade.