Blackout Blinds: "The White Elephant"
Everyone wants to have "Blackout Blinds" for their bedrooms, offices, and media rooms and while many blinds advertise themselves to be blackout, when they are installed people are disappointed to find out that light is coming into the room anyways. Many window covering professionals currently use the term "Room Darkening Blinds" instead of "Blackout Blinds" to make that small distinction.
When discussing Blackout Blinds and how to black out a room or darken it completely, there are several factors to consider.
- Fabric - What level of opacity is the fabric itself. Oftentimes it is ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 from sheer to opaque (blackout).
- Product - If the fabric is blackout the product can have bearing on the amount of glow there is for example louvered products such as shutters allow light glow between the slats.
- Mounting - If the product is a flat fabric such as a Cellular Shade or a Roller Blind how it is mounted can determine the light gap around the blind. Inside mount will always result in a light gap of a minimum of 1/4" and a maximum of 2" depending on the window and the type of blind chosen.
Just because a fabric is blackout doesn't mean that it will black out the room. It always helps to have design expertise when picking blinds, drapery or any window treatment. Our decor team is standing by to help you "black out" your room.