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    Blackout curtains. Where to buy, and how much?

    A friend is renting a room for a few months and wants some blackout curtains. The silly bugger didn't check whether the room had them before signing up and can't sleep unless its almost pitch black. His only window is about 6 foot wide by 4 foot high. Does anyone know where he can get some, and a rough price?

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    dunno about buying them from a store, I got some made up, using ordinary black material and then lining them with a decent liner.

    Plenty of places to get things made up like that.

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    I assume you mean the reflective material stuck on the back of a normal curtain, about 800baht per square meter from any shop that makes curtains.

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    Roll of aluminum foil 88 baht.
    Roll of cellophane tape 36 baht.

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    Pair of eyeshades 39 baht

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Roll of aluminum foil 88 baht.
    Roll of cellophane tape 36 baht.
    Does this really work? I was thinking about this problem just the other day. Thailand doesnt do the daylight saving time thing and it get light really early in the mornings. I hate it. I want to black out my window too but wondered what to use.
    I really need my beauty sleep

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    Works great until you want to see the sun. Then you have to take it down unless you can open the window w/o tearing it off.

    I used to work midshift and sleep all day. Works a treat.

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    No, you can't get the heavy black out drapery in Thailand so far as I know. I installed electronic black-out shades in the master b-room and another place. They work great.

    But, failing that, I agree that best thing is ear plugs and business class eye shades. Same effect. Different investment level.

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Texpat again.

    Im gonna install it tomorrow, I dont finish work until 3am each day so like to sleep until midday ish....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Roll of aluminum foil 88 baht.
    Roll of cellophane tape 36 baht.
    Exactly.

    I had this problem with the bright sun waking me up and my brain, disturbing my sleep, and after focusing on black thick curtains, someone told me to use tin foil and I did. Works great. It also reduce the temperature slightly. (I don't know if you'rein the tropics of not.) black curtains with tin foil would be perfect, but tin foil with any curtain can do the job, IMO.
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    Tin foil on the windows work great but look like shit and you can' see out..try lining a curtain with reflective space blankets that you can buy at any camping store

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    Actually if you can explain what you need most if not all curtain shops can install a blackout type curtain to the window side of most curtains. And if necessary add a second track to hang just the blackout curtain. All the windows of the last serviced apartment I rented had them. The window side was a silver color to reflect the sun and heat. It made a huge difference on the temp in the room. These were installed using velcro to allow removal for cleaning.


    If you take the time to do the job right the first time you won't need to "find" the time to go back a second time

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    yes, you could use tar but it is messy

    all of the above are good too

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    tin foil on curtains. Is that possible?

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    We've got some of these in our master-bedroom. Not sure what the material is (some kind of silver cloth stuff) or how much they cost (were there when we bought the house) but they're bloody brilliant!

    You can have the curtains closed any time of the day and it's pitch black.

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    what about at night Ant?

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    ^ Dunno, what's darker than pitch-black? It's whatever that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    No, you can't get the heavy black out drapery in Thailand so far as I know.
    If you go just past the market, keep the temple on your right, past the fire station, there's a little curtain shop just around the bend on the right hand side. They'll make them up for you. My sister ordered some. Nice, they were.

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    ^That was Chinthee, not Chitown.

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    ^ How the fuck did that happen?

    Anyway, point taken. Chitown, PM me for a map if you like.

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    Had some of those back home, were made out of recycled theather curtains...

    Pitch black on broad day light, wake up 4 PM after some boozing nights...

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    Cheers chaps. I passed on the info.

    I also thought of getting some of those stickly black plastic sheets with small holes in, the types used as sunscreens in cars. Its also used on the skytrain windows. It'd be better than completely blacking out the windows with tin foil and could stay up all the time. It'd only cut the light down by about 50% but with the curtains closed too it might be enough. Anyone know where to buy that stuff in large sheet sizes?

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    Try window shops

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