I’ve been thinking about getting blackout curtains for my littlest boy’s room for a while now. He is programmed to wake at first light which makes the Summer very hard work indeed, and even now, when it’s not light till a more civilised hour, I’d rather he slept a bit longer at the weekends, partly because it might make the hours between 5pm and 7pm a bit less horrendous, and partly because I wouldn’t mind a lie in occasionally!
So when La Redoute kindly asked me if I’d like to review anything from their range I was on the point of choosing some clothes for the kids, when I suddenly remembered seeing a homeware section in their catalogue. I had a quick look through and was really pleased to discover that there were indeed a great range of blackout curtains in a variety of colours and styles – so I put my order in for some Voda curtains straight away and waited in excitement for the New Era of Not Stupidly Early Mornings!
As usual with La Redoute, the parcel delivery was swift and no-hassle. I chose to have this delivered to my door but there is also an option for free delivery to any shops in the Parcelshop network, which is a great way of saving some pennies if you order frequently.
When the curtains arrived I didn’t waste much time in putting them up – they came with integral eyelets so it was a very quick job. The more traditional pinch pleats are available, as well as pretty tab-tie tops, so you can pick whatever style suits you best. Once the curtains were up I wasn’t sure how dark they would actually be, as the material didn’t seem as thick as I’d expected for blackouts. But I needn’t have worried – they did indeed keep out every speck of light, to the extent that I have had to purchase a nightlight for my four year old! And – drum roll please – he slept until the grand hour of 7.30am this weekend – it’s not much, but I’ll take it!
I would certainly recommend these curtains to anyone looking for a blackout solution – they do exactly what they’re supposed to, and they’re much less fiddly than the blackout blinds I had been looking at beforehand. I think they are relatively expensive (my curtains were £90, however seasoned La Redoute shoppers will know that there are regular offers and discount codes available which can bring prices down significantly.
One note of caution though – La Redoute sells and prices all its curtains singly rather than as pairs – this saves waste if you only have a narrow window, but could potentially cause confusion if you’re used to buying curtains in the traditional sets of two, so make sure you double check before you buy!
Now, I’m off to bed in eager anticipation of a lie-in tomorrow – thank you La Redoute!
**Disclosure – these curtains were provided free of charge by La Redoute for the purposes of an honest review**