Living in Alaska we deal with sunlight for most of the day. The longest day of the year is June 21, when the sun barely sets! There is no way I would be able to get to sleep at night with sun streaming in through our bedroom windows.
We have used unattractive block out shades for years, but local hotels have always had draperies on their windows that were lined with a block out fabric. It has always been very expensive to purchase such items, and that is why I have never done so.
On a recent trip to Walmart, I was pleasantly surprised to see a display of Mainstays Energy Saving and Room Darkening Window Panels, retailing for only $10.35! This is the first time I have seen these kinds of window treatments anywhere, and the price was definitely too good to pass up.
Each panel measures 42 inches wide and 63 inches in length, and they come in a variety of colors and designs. Walmart had these in both plain and striped versions, the black was the most attractive to me since black colors naturally block light, even without the added light filtering lining.
These are soft curtains, made of 100% microfiber polyester (they feel sort of like faux suede), and the thermal lining is white and isn’t real thick either, which is nice because they allow the curtains to hang nicely instead of being stiff. You have two options when it comes to hanging them up. There is a wide rod pocket along the top so you can hang them up like traditional curtains, or you can choose to hang the curtains by using the loops that are scattered on the top – this gives a ribboned look to the window panels.
I have been very happy with all of the Mainstays products that I have purchased, this is a brand that is unique to Walmart stores. They offer practical products for the home at value prices.
As for these Mainstays Energy Saving and Room Darkening Window Panels, they look very nice when hung up, but don’t expect them to totally block out all light. For that you need block out fabric. While the lining in these window panels really do filter the light, I would say they have room darkening capabilities, not block out capabilities.
The package has a handy guide that tells you how many panels you will need to buy for your specifically sized windows. Ours need only two panels, meaning a window treatment will only cost me $20.70. The panels are machine washable too.
Not only would these be a great choice for anyone who wanted to protect their bedrooms from morning (or in Alaska, evening) sunlight, but they are also a smart buy for those looking to keep the cold air out in the winters months, and the hot air out in the summer months. Walmart has a winner with their Mainstays Energy Saving and Room Darkening Window Panel, these are highly recommended for both room darkening and energy saving capabilities.