Many people have no idea what the difference is between blackout shades and room darkening shades. Some people have one thing in mind when they think of blackout shades; they only want the room dark. If the room is darkened as desired this doesn’t mean you have true blackout shades. True blackout shades will block almost all light from coming into a room. Room darkening can be almost any window blind or shade. A Venetian blind can darken a room, but it is not considered a room darkening blind nor a blackout blind or shade.
Room darkening shades reduces the amount of light from entering a room just by simply closing the blinds slat, lowering your window shade, or closing your drapes. Doing so will make your room significantly darker. This is why many people interchange room darkening for blackout. If all you need is room darkening shades there are many options such as roller shades, cellular shades, pleated shades, sheer shades or even regular drapes.
Blackout shades blocks almost all light from coming into a room making the room very dark. This is ideal for bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms. A blackout window treatment cannot make a room completely dark but will be the best at making your room as dark as it can possible be. Blackout shades work because of the tight fit within the window casing to cut back on the light seeping through with very little gaps between the material and the window itself. If you want blackout shades blackout cellular shades, blackout curtains, blackout roman shades and blackout woven wood shades are great to add to your home. All of these shades are made with a blackout material or come with a blackout liner.
Whatever does the job is all that is needed. If you don’t mind a little sun seeping through your window then room darkening shades will do. If you want the most of your room being dark then blackout shades are what you’re looking for. When looking for shades let an expert know your intentions for the shades and they should steer you in the right direction.« back