These curtains are not only soft and beautiful, but they work as advertised. I bought these to help insulate my bedroom because the windows in my bedroom are extremely drafty. My bedroom is much warmer and I owe it all to these beautiful curtains. I would advise for anyone that is thinking of buying these for their blackout feature, make sure to get the proper curtain rod. I think my bedroom would be totally warm if I hadn't bought a decorative curtain rod to hang these up. The rod doesn't allow for the curtain to be completely flushed against the wall on the sides and at the top, so a little light and air come from these areas. But I love the rod, so it's ok!