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Blackout blinds and shades, What you need to know

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Featured, Tips and Advice

Are you looking for blackout blinds or room-darkening shades for absolute darkness in your room? Despite buying the best product out there, does your darkening shade still allow some light into the room? Learn about several of the best room darkening shades and how they still let light creep in.

Professionals like doctors, nurses, firemen, police, factory workers, and customer service providers who work night shifts and sleep during daylight hours the streaks of light which enter the room through the sides of the blackout blinds are highly disturbing to the eyes and can interrupt the sleep. Babies are awakened by the rays of light that stream in through the gaps around the room-darkening shades.

What are the basic types of room darkening shades?.

Cellular shades– Blackout cellular shades do a great job of blocking out the light. The light does not get through the material but it does shine in along the sides and maybe on the bottom. Even if your window is perfectly square (not) and you get a tight fit, you still get light along the sides.

Room Darkening Shade

Room Darkening Shade

Roller shades– Blackout roller shades material does a great job also of blocking out light. There are several problems with roller shades. First the gaps along the sides are huge, anywhere between 1/4 to 3/4 inch. This is due to the brackets and the way they mount. A lot of sunlight gets through whether you do inside or outside mount doesn’t matter. Plus the second issue is the along the top of the shade. Unless you get one with a cassette along the top you will have at least a 1/2 to 1 inch gap. If light bothers you but you love roller shades then opt for the cassette at least you eliminate light at the top.

Roller Shades, Brackets vary but gap is about the same

Roller Shades, Brackets vary but gap is about the same

Roman shades– Roman shades with a blackout liner are more of a decorative option among the darkening shade category. They are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. There are many different styles but the one I think works best for room darkening is the flat roman shade. No light at the top, maybe 1/4 to 3/8 gaps along the sides depending how you measure and who the manufacture is.

Room Darkening Flat Roman Shade

Room Darkening Flat Roman Shade

The companies and salespeople selling these blackout blinds do not provide full information on the fact that the gaps on the sides through which the light can enter unobstructed. This article is to make you aware before purchasing a blackout shade so you have no surprises. Don’t get me wrong, room darkening shades will block the majority of light but it will be up to you to figure out how to deal with the light creeping in along the sides.


2 Responses to “Blackout blinds and shades, What you need to know”
  1. Dee Dicketts says:

    We want to fit roller blind into the window access, however the windows have side panels of plastic which we are nervous about drilling into. Can you suggest a way to fix these blinds into the recess.

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Dee, Are you trying to do an inside mount? What are the side panels for? Can you send any pictures of the side panels?


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