What is a Blackout blind?

Firstly, let’s start by defining what a blackout blind is. Blackout blinds block 100% of the light from passing through the fabric, so they are a great option for bedrooms...Now that we have got that out of the way, what else are these blinds good for?

Although we say that blackout blinds are generally roller blinds, there is a range of other blinds that can use a blackout fabric – this includes vertical blinds, skylight blinds, Roman blinds and Honeycomb conservatory blinds. Whilst these might not be the most obvious type of blinds to be a blackout, each one has their own uses in a home.

Types of Blackout Blinds:

Blackout Roller Blinds

These are pretty much the staple blind for anyone looking to create a pitch-black room to sleep within. Best used as bedroom blinds, these will help block 100% of the light from passing through the material. It’s worth investing in a good blackout roller blind for a bedroom as a better quality of sleep has been shown to help with your health.  If you’re a new parent with a young child then a blackout blind in their room can be an invaluable investment, especially come the lighter summer months and early sunrises.

Children and adults can both benefit from a blackout blind in the bedroom, the darker room makes it easier to fall asleep and helps you sleep for longer without any light waking you in the morning. You’ll just need to remember to set an alarm to help you get up, we can’t be held responsible if you oversleep for work!

One day that blackout blinds really come into their own is on the longest day of the year, if the weather is good, on the longest day of the year (June 21st) we can enjoy a long sunny day that lasts for 16 1/2 hours. Wow. That could mean that light sleepers, young children or anyone sleeping by a window or with thin blinds or curtains could be awake before 5 am. That’s great if you’ve got jobs to do or work an early shift. But for anyone else, you’ve got a rude awakening come the clock change at the end of March. But we have good news for you – not only can we help stop the sun entering your home, but we can help you get a better sleep year round.

With our blackout roller blind range (and vertical range too) you have 3 main fabrics to choose from, the Amor, Kerry and Gibson Range. All of these are 100% blackout and will stop all of the light from passing through into your room.

One thing to bear in mind is that there will be a slight gap around the blind for the brackets and chain mechanism, causing a small amount of light to seep in around the sides. This can be avoided or lessened by installing a wider blackout blind outside of the window recess. Alternatively, cover your window with a blackout blind and curtains to get a fully blacked out window.

Blackout Vertical Blinds

Blackout vertical blinds are a great way of blocking out the light entering your room. The difference is with these that you can spin the vertical vanes to allow the light in as required, so if you’re looking to bathe in the sunshine simply spin the vanes to the open position and bask in the light.

Verticals will let a little bit of light in as although the fabric is blackout, there will be small gaps around the top, bottom and sides of the fabric where they don’t touch the surrounding recess. This is the same as the roller blinds, but with the bulk of the light being cut out, it’s only a small % that will seep through - perfect for a bedroom! Pairing these blinds with blackout curtains is a viable solution for this issue.

Blackout Skylight Blinds

Possibly the best thing you can install over any skylight window in a loft conversion, these blinds come within a separate frame blocking 100% of the light from passing through. No slits of light around the edges, these are installed into the window itself and the metal frame that acts as the guide rail for the fabric will help block all the light around the edges. These blinds also come with a rubber beading along the bottom of the handle so that when they are closed, this brushes up against the bottom of your window, blocking all of the light.

With the ability to open and close the blind, stopping it in any position needed, and coming in 45+ colours, you’ll find the perfect colour for your room. Then again it won’t really matter when you’re in the pitch black room..

Blackout Roman Blinds

Our roman blinds all come with a lining option depending on the room being installed into. So if you’re installing into a bedroom window then we would suggest choosing the blackout lining to fully blackout the light. If you install these outside the window recess you’ll blackout almost all of the light as the brackets are different to our roller blinds. Even installing inside the recess will block more light than a roller blind around the edges – perfect for adding a stylish and classy window covering to your room.

Honeycomb Blinds

A bit of a different blind here, but if you’re looking to help retain/reduce the amount of heat in your conservatory these blinds are for you. Specially designed for UPVC windows, these push into the rubber beading around the glass, and can be raised and lowered into any position. The honeycomb structure acts as a heat trap and in the winter will help to trap heat into the room, and in the summer, as these blinds have a silver reflective backing, they will help to reflect light out away from the room – keeping it a nice temperature, but no so hot that it’s unbearable.

Are wooden blinds blackout?

So this section is a bit of a different angle to the rest. These are blinds that block a decent amount of the light, but will still allow some in.  A very popular type of blind at the moment are our wooden Venetian blinds, question is – are wooden Venetian blinds good for a bedroom?

Our honest answer – yes they are. But let’s dive into these a bit further to see what does, and doesn’t work in their favour. So to start with our Wooden Venetian Blinds.

The wooden slats ourselves are fully blackout, they will block 100% of the light from passing through the slats, however, where they touch up against each other when closed, and at the edges of the blinds where there is a gap at the edges there might be some light seepage. This might not make a huge difference to some of you, but to others who need their beauty sleep, or are just a gentle sleeper, its best you are aware of this before ordering. One thing that Venetians are good at is filtering the light, just angle the slats as needed and you’ll be able to control the light entering your room. These blinds are all the rage at the moment and are super stylish so will make a great choice in your bedroom.

We also wouldn’t class a 25mm aluminium Venetian as a blackout blind, but again, each slat will be fully blackout as light can’t pass through it – but on the flip side, there will be gaps that let light in at the side. So whilst the slats are each blackout, combined there Is some light that will still be let into the room.

Shutters, again, thick slats that on their own block the light, what lets them down very slightly is where they butt up together and let some light seep in. You’re not going to be losing sleep over it, but just something to make you aware of If you are looking to install them in your bedroom (they’ll look great if you do!)

So hopefully that’s a pretty decent summary of when you should use blackout blinds and how each type of blind will work. Whilst this is what we think, if you’re a deep sleeper and can get by with dimout fabrics in your bedroom then go for it!