I had purchased another style of curtains from Overstock for my bedroom and living room. My husband works nights, and we needed blackout curtains in our room so he could sleep better. The other curtains did not cut it, so I ordered these. We love these! They look beautiful hanging up, and they block the sun completely. Some sun filters through at the edges where the curtains meet the edge of the window, but no light shines through the curtains themselves. I was skeptical that they would be what we needed after the other curtains failed to do their job, but these exceeded my expectations. They look so nice hanging up. They are contemporary and casual. I am so glad we got them!