In general terms, blackout window blinds are used to block out the light of the sun, and they are usually on rollers. The styles they are available in vary according to the amount you are willing to spend. Blackout window blinds can be found in simply roller blinds made of a blackout fabric, all the way to a cassette style blackout roller blind which has guides along the sides to maintain the blind in a fully light blocking mode.
Here is a list of some of the blinds that offer light blocking capabilities:
Free hanging roller blinds are typically available at most home goods stores in the blind or curtain section. If you do not wish to buy pre made blinds you can have them custom made to suit the measurements of your window. The blackout fabric often comes in a variety of colours ranging from white or light silver grey to dark denim blue or black.
Roman blinds look great with many styles because they fold in on themselves as they are raised, and lay flat against the window when lowered for light blocking effect. You can buy pre made roman blinds from any good home improvement store. If you want roman blinds that are made to your required specifications you can have them custom made or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, and crafty, you can make them yourself. Roman blinds are available in a wide range of colours to suit your decor and light-blocking needs.
Wooden blinds are the perfect option for those who love natural earthy tones. They provide blackout capabilities when you want to prevent the sun’s glare or when sleeping through the day is a must. They can be purchased in bamboo or other great looking woods, and are highly effective in blocking out harsh light.
How Effective Are They?
You may be asking “do blackout blinds really work?” and the simple answer is “yes”. Many blackout blinds are highly effective in blocking sunlight (and other sources of light) from entering the room without spending a fortune. This is due to the tightly woven fabrics used in constructing them, as well as guide rails when installed to prevent light from peeking in from the sides.
Even though Roman and roller blinds hang freely without the assistance of guide rails, they do block out the majority of light. Special care can be taken during installation to provide maximum light-blocking benefits from these blinds.
If you would like to be able to take naps during the day without interference from bright light, either type of blackout blind will help you get the undisturbed rest you need. You alone can determine which is best for your situation and how much you are willing to pay for the privilege.
The list above, describing some of the many options for blackout blinds should be enough to get you started in the search for the right blind that will help you maintain a dark room when it is required, and shine some light in the room when desired.
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iSeek Blinds is a Melbourne based company specialising in custom made blinds, including roman blinds and roller blinds.