Blackout material is made from an opaque fabric that is either woven into the main fabric of your blinds or added as a backing material. Blackout blinds are ideal for those who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep when natural light penetrates the room. Parents of young children often cite blackout blinds as game-changing when it comes to getting their kids onto a consistent sleep schedule, and anyone who suffers from migraines will also appreciate being able to darken the room instantly. So if you think blackout blinds would be a good fit for your home, read on to learn about a few popular types of blackout blinds.
Roller Blackout Blinds
Roller blackout blinds are a popular choice as they are affordable and come in a range of colours to suit the décor of any room. As they are a solid block of fabric, they do a great job at keeping light out, but some light will get in above the roller unless you opt to have a cassette installed over the roller. This covers the roller and blocks the area of light just above the roller for maximum light reduction. If you want to hang a blackout roller blind in a room with high humidity, such as a kitchen or bathroom, opt for one made with moisture-resistant fabric to prevent mildew damage.
Roman Blackout Blinds
Roman blackout blinds are an elegant option that look great in living rooms and bedrooms. Roman blinds consist of a single piece of fabric that folds to create a layered effect at the top of the window when they are raised. They tend to block light well from above the window and around the sides, but when you want to let light into a room, you will have to accept that roman blinds don't raise all the way up to the top of the window in the same way roller blinds do, so there will be some loss of window space and light.
Vertical Blackout Blinds
As vertical blackout blinds consist of several slats, all of which are backed with a type of blackout material, they tend to be on the more expensive side. However, they can be a great choice for large windows and patio doors and allow you to control how much light you let into a room and how much privacy you have, depending on the degree to which you open the slats. These blinds are low maintenance, and if part of them gets dirty, you don't have to remove the entire blind from the window to have it cleaned. You can simply unhook the dirty slat and either spot clean it or have it professionally cleaned.
If you're thinking of having blackout blinds fitted in your home, view some samples of the different styles that are available to get an idea of what type of blinds will work best in your home. Keep these tips in mind when looking for blinds for your home.
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