I boight these curtain for the color and thought the blackout would be nice, but wasn't expecting much. I was wrong! The blackout really works and the curtains took about a minute to hang as you have a choice of how to hang them. I just slid the rod through and scrunched, but they have loops for hanging as well. They match the room and they look fabulous and for the first time my bedroom is dark in the morning sun! I love them. Couldn't be happier!