Blackout shades are a type of window treatment that is used to prevent light from entering a room. Blackout shades are often used in bedrooms when the light needs to be shut out to allow for a comfortable sleep. This type of window treatment can also be referred to as blackout shades, room darkening shades or light-tight shades, depending on the amount of light they allow into a room.
Room darkening shades reduce the amount of sunlight entering a room. They don’t block out as much light as blackout of light-tight shades, but can still control the amount of exterior light entering the room. Depending on the fabric you choose for your room, you can determine how much light is blocked.
Blackout shades and curtains are typically an effective solution to block light and trap energy. Exposure to light when you sleep can trigger health problems. Employees that work night shifts are forced to sleep during the day and without blackout shades can disrupt natural sleep patterns. Blackout shades are a great solution and an excellent idea if you work night shifts or even if you just need to block out the morning sunlight to be sure you receive your full eight hours.
Blackout shade materials can vary. Some blackout shade window treatments are made with fiberglass, others are vinyl and plastic. Large windows can be a bit more challenging to cover, but adding a motorized option can help solve the problem. Power controlled shades can simply resolve the awkward opening and closing of blackout shades. Homeowners in New York City are very familiar with blackout shades because as you know “the city never sleeps.”