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Blackout Shades Versus Room Darkening Shades

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Blackout ShadesWhether you are seeking to improve the quality of your sleep or planning window coverings for a room with a special function such a media room, blackout or darkening shades may be the best choice for your windows.  While they both can help with decreasing the amount of sunlight that enters your space, there are differences between them.
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What Are the Many Advantages of Blackout Shades?

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Blackout ShadesIf you have ever been woken up early on a relaxing weekend because light was filtering through your curtains, you know one of the main advantages of blackout shades.  These opaque window coverings offer extreme light control by not letting any light pass through them.  They can be fabricated in a variety of materials and can be customized to match your décor so that they are functional and stylish in your home. Read more »

Why Blackout Shades are a New Yorker’s Best Friend

Posted: Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Filed under: blackout shades, Roller Shades, Shading systems
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Black Out Shades via everythingsimple.com

You’ve made it.  Moved to New York City.  Found an apartment that has you the envy of everyone you know.  You work hard.  You play hard.  And you deserve to sleep hard.  But, in the city that never sleeps, grabbing that essential shut-eye, can be a challenge.

The noise is easy to block out.  Either your building has windows that are properly sealed or heavy enough to take the edge off the loudest taxi horns, or you have a great sound system to drown anything with the soothing sounds of whales or ocean tides.  You may also be high enough up in a gorgeous skyscraper, that the noise simply cannot reach you.  If so, fantastic.  But all of these city dwellings have one thing that you cannot escape:  the light. Read more »

What Are Blackout Shades?

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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.”

Blackout Shades and Room Darkening Shades

Posted: Saturday, February 5th, 2011 | Filed under: blackout shades, window blinds, window treatments
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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 window treatments

Room darkening window treatments

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.