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Blackout Curtains That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Living In A Penthouse Above A Large City
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Blackout Curtains That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Living In A Penthouse Above A Large City

Blackout blinds, or curtains, are no longer just a token of edgy teenage bedrooms. They’re back in style, with a modern twist that will have you clamoring to hang them up in your home. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of blackout blinds and how far they’ve come.

In 1939, Britain enforced a mandatory blackout due to the threat of enemy air strikes. Residents were made to hang thick curtains made of black cotton over their windows at night so that not even a twinkle of light could escape, and even car headlights were to be covered with small shades. Though these were frustrating times, homeowners came to like the privacy and peace blackout curtains provided, and decided to keep them up after the war was over.

The purpose of these dark drapes has now extended far past home safety. Most commercially available blackout curtains are woven extra-tight, and are able to block 99% of light and UV rays. Since they trap sunlight, they also trap heat inside your home, meaning you could save on heating costs during the winter. Stylish new roll-up blackout blinds now come in sleek ‘cut-out’ designs that can turn any window into a glamorous New York or London-inspired city skyline, while still letting minimal light into your home. Check out the best ones on the market below!

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Hela B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe constellations instead of the big city.

Jonnie SeventyOne
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would you want to feel like you lived in a big city, urgh.

John L
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can see the real advantages of having this in my bedroom. Midnight any time you want it to be. Not sure I would want it all over the rest of the windows though. ;D

Rieschelle Roberts
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think these are for people who work the night shift and need to sleep in the day. Or for those living in Alaska for those long summer days

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Claire Sylvester
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are beautiful but blackout? Not completely blackout with all those holes?!!

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I definitely want one of those!! :o

Sheryl
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really nice! But you can see the buildings only when it's bright outside. At night when I would use them it's dark outside

Puddin Tane
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want that so bad , I can taste it.

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ check it here

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Liz Angie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want some where can I buy these at

Carolyn M Perry
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you could have any type of skyline, but that is so cool looking.

Mercedes Kramer
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I need those. They would make an awesome prank on one of my friends

Patti Hiscox
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

website doesn't work .. shame I quite like them... anyone got a link to a working site?

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

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Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

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Jill Coert
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holeroll.com You can purchase them there...

Ivan Ivanovich
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where do I buy one? Website doesn't work

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

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Rhonda Polkinghorne
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it, as a third shifter I would love to have these!

Eric Baker
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got a 9 year old website that would not open, did anyone do any better?

Irene Walton
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love these window shades, I just moved to a very small town from Vancouver BC Canada! I miss it and this would help a wee bit

Lerato Klassen
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hi Stella Great article. 😊 I'm in Namibia-Southern Africa,where can I buy these curtains online? Please help me with this???

Craig Lonie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely defeats the purpose

Lizzi Kadow
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those are pretty but the link to the source website doesn't work.

BoredPanda Staff
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hi Pandas! By following the source link under each photo, there should be an option to purchase the curtains or a secondary link to a website where you can (though we cannot guarantee the availability of any design). Happy shopping!

Jean Hooe
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just want to know where to buy them?

Karan Vyas
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case of day sunlight it is good. But just thinking how would it be looking on a full moon night. Guess it would be more real and awesome.

Uni N
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow how to do it? maybe post DIY ?

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are actually cut by laser, to prevent the cutting from wearing out day by day. You can check our website, they are supper nice. https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

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Peg Welch
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where can you get these perforated blackout curtains? I can't find them anywhere.

PamandGeorge Coley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So how does one purchase these? There's no info.

Roxy Pannell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to buy some of these, but unable to find that option. Already tracked down the material and I'm going to create my own stencil of my favorite skyline or silhouette of a family tree to make my own. Wish me luck! :-)

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That will be so awesome, you can send us the stencil and we can do customize photos. https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/

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Maureen Zappellini
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Living in Arizona we can appreciate blackout curtains to protect us from the heat of the day- this is a big improvement over cardboard!

Lilica de Rosa
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I had this as my blackout, I would not stop staring at it

Richard Ranney
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's kind of a neat idea for a home here in Las Vegas, or in Kansas.

Luc Mailloux
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why on earth would you prefer to pretend your window view is of a city vs. whatever else is out there? Can we get these made where they turn the city view into the woods again?

Leslie E
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably because not everyone has a view of the woods outside.

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Bing Pascual
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want those! Where could I buy them?

lemontzz aide
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pinhole light effect is genius! Love these

Monique Cummings
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Blocking out calming greenery for the jolting cityscapes makes no sense to me.

Little Menace
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? If you are in the city these blinds wouldn't be much of a novelty and if you are in the country, you have better things to look at and would hate that cityscape. So why?

Katie Suffolk
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice, but cant call them blackout blinds as anything but.... also you would have to have them down during the day to benefit from the pattern... couldn't imagine you'd see much at night with no light shining through them?? Would much rather see nature patterns then man made objects.

Katie Suffolk
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice but definitely not blackout curtains... would rather see nature pictures instead of man made buildings

Artist Gigi Croom
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Found them at https://www.yatzer.com/better-view-elina-aalto-iukbox. No pricing though.

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't want to be overwhelmed with city lights at night. I wouldn't sleep, or, sleep well. Not only are these artistic, they block out most of the light, Maybe, someone will work on the city noise next/

Targaryen
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe lush forest instead of this monstrosity?

Karin Lakey
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why a big city, if I wanted to see nothing but city that is where I would live. Give me the good old countryside any day of the week

Hela B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe constellations instead of the big city.

Jonnie SeventyOne
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would you want to feel like you lived in a big city, urgh.

John L
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can see the real advantages of having this in my bedroom. Midnight any time you want it to be. Not sure I would want it all over the rest of the windows though. ;D

Rieschelle Roberts
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think these are for people who work the night shift and need to sleep in the day. Or for those living in Alaska for those long summer days

Load More Replies...
Claire Sylvester
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are beautiful but blackout? Not completely blackout with all those holes?!!

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I definitely want one of those!! :o

Sheryl
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really nice! But you can see the buildings only when it's bright outside. At night when I would use them it's dark outside

Puddin Tane
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want that so bad , I can taste it.

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ check it here

Load More Replies...
Liz Angie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want some where can I buy these at

Carolyn M Perry
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you could have any type of skyline, but that is so cool looking.

Mercedes Kramer
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I need those. They would make an awesome prank on one of my friends

Patti Hiscox
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

website doesn't work .. shame I quite like them... anyone got a link to a working site?

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

Load More Replies...
Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

Load More Replies...
Jill Coert
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holeroll.com You can purchase them there...

Ivan Ivanovich
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where do I buy one? Website doesn't work

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

Load More Replies...
Rhonda Polkinghorne
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it, as a third shifter I would love to have these!

Eric Baker
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got a 9 year old website that would not open, did anyone do any better?

Irene Walton
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love these window shades, I just moved to a very small town from Vancouver BC Canada! I miss it and this would help a wee bit

Lerato Klassen
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hi Stella Great article. 😊 I'm in Namibia-Southern Africa,where can I buy these curtains online? Please help me with this???

Craig Lonie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely defeats the purpose

Lizzi Kadow
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those are pretty but the link to the source website doesn't work.

BoredPanda Staff
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hi Pandas! By following the source link under each photo, there should be an option to purchase the curtains or a secondary link to a website where you can (though we cannot guarantee the availability of any design). Happy shopping!

Jean Hooe
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just want to know where to buy them?

Karan Vyas
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case of day sunlight it is good. But just thinking how would it be looking on a full moon night. Guess it would be more real and awesome.

Uni N
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow how to do it? maybe post DIY ?

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are actually cut by laser, to prevent the cutting from wearing out day by day. You can check our website, they are supper nice. https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/ we sell them, check it at our website : )

Load More Replies...
Peg Welch
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where can you get these perforated blackout curtains? I can't find them anywhere.

PamandGeorge Coley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So how does one purchase these? There's no info.

Roxy Pannell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to buy some of these, but unable to find that option. Already tracked down the material and I'm going to create my own stencil of my favorite skyline or silhouette of a family tree to make my own. Wish me luck! :-)

Monroe Prospero
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That will be so awesome, you can send us the stencil and we can do customize photos. https://www.pridecor.com/laser-engraving-hollow-roller-shade/

Load More Replies...
Maureen Zappellini
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Living in Arizona we can appreciate blackout curtains to protect us from the heat of the day- this is a big improvement over cardboard!

Lilica de Rosa
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I had this as my blackout, I would not stop staring at it

Richard Ranney
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's kind of a neat idea for a home here in Las Vegas, or in Kansas.

Luc Mailloux
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why on earth would you prefer to pretend your window view is of a city vs. whatever else is out there? Can we get these made where they turn the city view into the woods again?

Leslie E
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably because not everyone has a view of the woods outside.

Load More Replies...
Bing Pascual
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want those! Where could I buy them?

lemontzz aide
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pinhole light effect is genius! Love these

Monique Cummings
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Blocking out calming greenery for the jolting cityscapes makes no sense to me.