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Check out the latest offers on our blinds, click here for a free brochureThe Visual and Auditory Benefits of Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds are highly effective for doing exactly what their name entails – keeping out all light from a room, and they prevent light from the inside the room being visible from the exterior. Blackout blinds also have auditory advantages as they help soundproofing in both directions.

When deciding between types of blinds that are right for your needs, it is important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of blackout blinds. 

What are blackout blinds?

Blackout blinds are designed in order to stop light.  One of the most effective routes to preventing light from entering or exiting a room is via blackout curtains.  The most effective blackout blinds tend to be blackout roller blinds or cassette roller blinds, whereby a metal frame will prevent any light entering above, below or either side of the blackout roller blind. Blackout blinds will often have a coating on the rear of the fabric in order to reduce or prevent light penetration. Albeit that it is possible to purchase Venetian blackout blinds and vertical blackout blinds, both inherently have structural slots that allow light to pass through the interior and exterior. 

Advantages of blackout blinds

  • Properly constructed blackout blinds will prevent light from passing through them in either direction.
  • They are easy to install and very lightweight, thus making it a convenient choice for homeowners. 
  • They are generally affordable compared to Roman, layered blinds or wooden blinds.
  • They offer total privacy and can be particularly useful in bathrooms, dressing rooms etc.
  • They act as natural insulators, retaining heat if cold outside and keeping rooms cooler when hot externally.
  • Blackout blinds are also excellent sound insulators – keeping sound from readily escaping the room but also restricting the sound entering the room. For those who require sound sleep or say, are working shifts, the combination of darkness and quite can be a significant benefit
  • By blocking out light, the furnishings remain protected
Disadvantages of blackout blinds

Having conducted a lot of research, it is quite difficult to find many criticisms regarding correctly fitted blackout blinds.

Providing that the correct blind style is selected the only disadvantage is simply that they do what they are intended for, namely keep out the light, which means when closed they will be no natural light in the room.

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