How to Completely Darken a Room on a Budget

This article is for anyone who might work nights or just doesn't want any light getting into their room. Darkening or blacking out a room is pretty simple and can be done for very little money if you follow these steps.


  1. 1
    Measure your window to figure out how much fabric you'll need. Plan on getting enough to overlap the entire window by a few inches––this extra material is necessary to attach the fabric around the window.
  2. 2
    Purchase some blackout drapery lining from a fabric store. Purchase more than one piece to cover the entire window, depending on the width of the fabric which is usually 54 inches (137.16 cm). This lining can cost anywhere from US$4-9 per yard.
    • Note: If using more than one piece of fabric, you can permanently attach the separate pieces together using stitch free fabric adhesive; this will help avoid light from entering between any unattached ends.
  3. 3
    Secure the fabric completely around the window. Overlap the window by about 3 inches (7.6 cm). Keep it in place with thumbtacks, nails or whatever else you want to use; thumbtacks are inexpensive and can be easily installed/removed.
    • Be sure to stretch the fabric when placing the thumbtacks to maintain it firmly against the wall––it'll keep light from sneaking in around the sides.
  4. 4
    Use a weatherstrip seal. At this point, your room may already be completely blackened out but if light tends to come in around the edge of your door, a quick solution is to use a weatherstrip seal.
  5. 5
    Place the weatherstrip seal around the frame where the door makes contact. For example, a 5/16 inch (7.9 cm) thick foam seal may work perfectly and it only cost around US$4.
    • Ensure that you use the right thickness to avoid problems in closing the door.
  6. 6
    Sit back and enjoy your completely blacked out room.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Blackout lining fabric
  • Thumbtacks
  • Weatherstrip seal

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Categories: Bedroom Style