The main benefit of blackout blinds or shades is increased privacy. Standard blinds often have holes in the slats so they can be raised and lowered. You can either choose a privacy liner to cover the back of the blinds or you can simply upgrade to quality blackout blinds or shades. But privacy isn’t the only benefit of choosing blackouts. Here are a few more:
Protects Furniture and Rugs
Sunlight can cause fading and damage to your furniture, rugs, and carpeting. Even if you have standard window blinds, those tiny pinpricks of light that come through can still cause some fading. Blackout blinds and shades guards against that, extending the life of your furniture.
Maintains Internal Temperature
Blackout shades and blinds help block the outside weather, no matter if it’s too hot or too cold, so your home stays comfortable. Consider blackout shades as another level of insulation. This also means that it can lower your energy costs because your air conditioner or heater isn’t trying to keep up with the uncomfortable temperatures seeping in.
Improves Sleep Quality
If you prefer near-complete darkness while you sleep, blackout blinds and shades are an affordable solution. It’s definitely more comfortable to use blackout shades rather than a sleep mask. If you work nights and you sleep during the day, blackout shades help you rest easier, deeper, and longer, so you don’t waste any valuable sleep time trying to ignore the sunlight streaming into your bedroom. Or perhaps you have children who sleep and nap better in darkness. Make bedtime and naptime rituals easier by incorporating blackout blinds. And choose cordless if you have children, so you can be sure they’re getting a good night’s sleep without the possibility of injuring themselves. If you’re a parent, cordless blackout blinds can ultimately mean peace of mind.
Available Blackout Styles:
Now that you know some of the benefits of choosing blackout over standard blinds or shades, it’s time to figure out which style of shade or blind is perfect for your home and your lifestyle.
Cellular/Honeycomb Black-out Shades >
If you’re looking for an energy-saving window covering that goes above and beyond the rest, cellular blackout shades are what you’re looking for. They’re designed specifically to increase energy efficiency while still looking modern and stylish. These types of shades give you ultimate control over the amount of light you let into your home. You can also choose a cordless option, further streamlining your look while protecting your family from possible injuries.
Black-out Roller Shades >
These roller shades are made with sun control fabric, which makes them both functional and fashionable. Many of these roller shades only become blackout shades when you order a blackout liner with them, but that also gives you the versatility to remove the liner when you want the sunlight to filter through, while retaining your privacy. If you’re looking for a multitude of prints, patterns, and colors, choose blackout roller shades. Some products offer up to 50 color choices, and that’s just for a single style of roller shade.
Bamboo Black-out Shades >
Just like with the roller shades, most of the bamboo shades require a blackout liner, but that can be added during checkout. Even though bamboo shades have been used for centuries in other parts of the world, they have made a comeback. They are now a popular option for window coverings. Even with their traditional roots, they give off a modern, contemporary vibe. If you’re looking for something that looks a little different from standard blinds and shades, bamboo or woven blinds are it.
Pleated Black-out Shades >
Pleated shades give you the look of honeycomb or cellular shades, but they are a more affordable option. Pleated blackout shades block out 98% of light. Your blackout shades don’t have to be flat or boring. Decide on pleated blackout shades to give your home that extra pizzazz. Pleated shades offer one more way to make your home unique.
Black-out Roman Shades >
If you’re looking for a window covering that’s more luxurious, consider Roman shades. The beautifully draped fabric can add instant elegance and sophistication. You have four basic fold options, including hobbled, European, classic, and flat. No matter which one you choose, you’re sure to have a chic home. If you want a lot of options when it comes to color and patterns, Roman shades are another viable option to consider.
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