No one likes to struggle to find the answer to a question, so it's a good job we're pretty knowledgeable in all things blinds. The even better thing is that we've decided to share our knowledge in our hub- If it's not here then it's not worth knowing.
To quickly summarise, a blackout blind will block all light from passing through it, a dimout fabric will filter the light and still give fully privacy and a voile will let the light through but only give some privacy…
So you've been looking around for some new blinds, and you keep seeing the words 'dimout', 'blackout' and 'voile' fabrics, but what do they mean? Well, funny enough when we started out we didn’t really know either, but now, we're something of an expert on the subject of blinds, especially roller blind fabrics and blind terminology...it's just a shame it's never a category at the pub quiz.
Sometimes there can be confusion over what each term means when it comes to blinds, mainly roller blind fabrics. Today we are going to look at each type of material, how it can be used and where it is best used in your home. Firstly, roller blinds are a great staple blind of any home. They are practical, come in a huge range of colours and patterns – and as you will see today, fabric types too. With everything from a thin, sheer fabric, through to a thicker PVC blackout material. Rest assured that with our help you’ll be able to find the best type of blind for your home.
Every window in your house can be covered with a blind, but often people choose the wrong type and regret the decision. Before settling on a material that’s not 100% right for you, have a read below and inform yourself before deciding. We have customer advisors on hand to help advise you. Just give us a call or start a web-chat and one of our expertly trained staff will advise you on the best option and blind type.
These are a relatively new type of blind, but one that is a perfect replacement for horrible net curtains. These blinds are commonly referred to as ‘sheer blinds’, ‘voile blinds’ or privacy blinds. These are a thin, white or neutral coloured mesh-like material that let lots of light into your home, but at the same time prevent people from looking into your home, hence the term 'Privacy blinds'. So during the day keep them down and you’ll get the benefit of the light whilst maintaining your privacy. This material is built onto a roller blind tube and components, so they can be rolled up and out of the way when you need to access the window.
Coming in several neutral colours and styles, these are great for any window that need privacy during the day. So if you have windows that look out onto a pavement or street are a prime candidate for a voile blind.
With a few styles to choose from below, and free samples available you can see them both in your home before choosing. These blinds are best installed anywhere that you would usually see a net curtain and are the modern, stylish alternative. Pair voile blinds along with another blind or curtains as although these are great in the daytime for giving you privacy, once night sets in and your room is brighter than it is outside the privacy element of this blind switches, so people will be able to see in whilst you struggle to see out. Just something to bear in mind.The best to do here is to install another type of blind into the window recess so that you have the voile blind down in the day, and then in the evening and at night you have something thicker to give you the privacy needed to slouch out in front of the TV.
When someone says roller blinds to you, this is probably what you think of first. A dimout roller blind in a window letting a small amount of light in, almost making the fabric glow when the sun hits it directly. These blinds are perfect for any room in your home, and if you are a deep sleeper, can go in a bedroom. The material is not too thick or too thin, but come in a huge range of colours, with everything from shades of white and cream, through to greys, browns and blacks. Dimout blinds are also the most common type of material to have patterns printed onto them. Again, when hit with light from behind they illuminate and the pattern is brought to life with the colour and vibrancy shining through. In terms of patterns, we have everything from stripes, geometric patterns through to delicate floral prints. These blinds are also some of the most resilient, so, for example, our ‘Splash’ range is perfect for going above the kitchen sink or in a bathroom window as they can withstand some humidity and splashes hitting the material without it becoming damaged over time. That is why these blinds are perfect for the bathroom, but these are also perfect kitchen blinds.
If you've got a specific colour in mind then bets are that we will have it as a dimout blind. Now, annoyingly because of the way each fabric is produced and how our blinds are made, we can't turn a dimout roller blind into a blackout blind, for a truly blackout blind have a look at the next section.
One question we get a lot too is are our made to measure wooden blinds blackout or dimout? Now, this is a hard one as obviously the wooden slats are blackout, they stop the light fully. But between each slat is a small gap, there is then the hole in the slat for the internal cords to run through and also there is a gap at the sides. So whilst we don't class them as blackout, you will find that a wooden Venetian blind is 95% blackout, and most people will be able to use these in their bedroom without any issue.
These are the only type of blind we say to install in a bedroom. The material is called ‘blackout’ because it blocks 100% of the light from passing through it. That goes for all colours too – white or black – they will all stop the light from passing through them. Coming in a slightly smaller number of colours than the dimout blinds, these are still an incredibly popular type of blind for most rooms in the home. Struggling with glare on your TV? A blackout blind will stop that. Need to help your children sleep in the summer? Blackout blinds will help there too. Honestly, once you’ve slept in a room with these types of blinds you’ll wonder how you ever coped before.
Now one thing to bear in mind is that although the fabric is blackout, there will be a small gap at the edges where the fabric is a little bit narrower (35mm to be exact) than the brackets, so if you're looking for the best blackout coverage possible then you'll need to order a slightly wider blind and install it outside of the window recess. This way you'll prevent as much light seepage as possible.
These blinds come in both solid colour and pattern form, with more luxurious patterns or thicker weaves to the material – perfect for kitting out your bedroom and giving it an air of luxury. With free samples available on all products you’ll be able to find the perfect colour to match and suit your décor
One of the things we love to push is our free sample service, not just because it lets you see the colour before choosing your new blind, but also because you can see the thickness of the fabric for yourself. So if you're curious about how a voile blind would look in your window, or if you would get away with a dimout blind instead, order a few samples and test it out!