Do you want to darken the room? You may work nights and need to sleep during the day, or you may simply want to take a nap. If your blinds or curtains still can't keep out the sun, do some of the things below to help darken the room so you can rest comfortably.
Part 1 of 2: Closing the Window
Step 1. Cover the window with a cover film
A number of companies make cover films in the form of plastic that can be removed and cut to be attached to windows. While this film alone will not completely block light, it can reduce the amount of light that enters the window.
Step 2. Cover your windows with aluminum foil
Aluminum foil can reflect sunlight that enters through the window, so it can reduce electricity bills and also block the entry of light. Use duct tape to attach the aluminum foil to prevent damage to your windows.
If you live in a rented house, keep in mind that your landlord may not allow you to put foil on your windows. If you're not sure whether it's okay to use foil or not, ask first
Step 3. Buy dark curtains that have a special coating
Dark curtains are usually made of thick fabric with an additional layer to block out the light. In addition, these curtains can also reduce electricity bills because they help block the entry of light into your home.
- To achieve the same result, you can also purchase "thermal" curtains, which also have a special coating with a heavy weight.
- If you really like old curtains, you can buy just the dark layers and hang them behind existing curtains using clips or additional curtain hangers. Some places that sell dark coatings include IKEA, Home Depot, and so on.
Step 4. Make your own dark curtains by sewing them
If you have sewing skills, you can sew your own curtains which will be much cheaper than buying them. Most fabric stores sell "dark lining" and thermal fabrics that can be sewn onto the back of your favorite curtain fabric. You can even sew dark layers on existing curtains.
Step 5. Buy dark blinds
Roll blinds, Roman blinds, and other fabric window blinds can be used to block out more light than curtains alone. You can buy these blinds at home supply stores, department stores, or buy them online.
Blinds can also be made yourself using dark fabrics. While they won't be as good as factory-made blinds, these homemade blinds are usually cheaper
Step 6. Glue the blinds and blinds to the window coverings
Blinds and blinds can help block the light that still penetrates windows that have been covered with a film and aluminum foil.
Part 2 of 2: Getting Rid of Other Light Sources
Step 1. Turn off the lights in the house
Light can enter through the gaps in the door of the room if there is a light that is turned on outside the room.
Step 2. Unplug unused electronic equipment
Many electronic devices flash an indicator light when plugged into a wall outlet, charging, or when powered on. These can emit quite a bit of light in the room, so unplug them when not in use to turn off the lights.
- As a bonus, you can save money on electricity bills by unplugging electronic devices that are not in use. The amount of money you can save can reach 10% in a year!
- Use a cable socket that has an On/Off button so you can turn off all the electronic devices in the room at once. Plug all electronic devices into the cable socket and press the Off button if you want to sleep.
Step 3. Close the bottom of your bedroom door
Place a rolled up towel or blanket along the bottom of the door so that no light can enter through the gap. Purchase or make a "draft snake," which is a long, snake-shaped pad used to seal gaps under doors.
Step 4. Buy an eye patch
This is probably the easiest way to directly darken any room. Many blindfolds come with an aromatherapy scent like lavender to help you relax and fall asleep. Wear an eye patch combined with a room darkening method so you can rest comfortably as needed.
- If your bed has a headboard (the board at the top of the bed), place it in front of the window. This can help block the entry of light.
- If possible, sleep with your back to the window.