Types of Blackout Curtains

Having a room that gets plenty of natural light during the daytime can be a great amenity for any home. While having plenty of light during the day can make your home seem bigger and brighter, too much light during the night can make it very difficult to sleep. And, too much sunlight coming into your bedroom can make the room warm and uncomfortable for sleep too.

If you have a room in your home, particularly your bedroom, that has too much light at night and lets in the heat of the sun in making it warm, installing blackout blinds could be a great option.

There are several different types of blackout blinds and shades that you should be aware of.

Blackout Shades
Blackout shades can come in a variety of styles including cellular shades and roller shades. The shades can be raised and lowered using a string or chain and are ideal to have installed due to the convenience.

An added benefit of having the shades installed is that they can come in many different patterns and colors and can even be customized to properly match the rest of the décor of your room. Once installed, the shades will block the vast majority of light from entering your room.

Blackout Curtains
Another option when you are looking to install new blinds is to install blackout curtains. Blackout curtains will do a great job of blocking out all light from entering a room. This includes the small cracks on the side of the window that are often missed by the blackout shades.

In many situations, a great option would be to install both shades and curtains to completely minimize the light from entering the room.

Thermal Insulated Blinds and Curtains
While traditional blackout blinds and curtains can do a great job of keeping light out of your home, an even better option would be to upgrade to thermal insulated curtains. Thermal insulated curtains can block light from entering your home the same way as traditional blackout blinds, but they can also help you to reduce your energy bills.

Thermal insulated curtains are designed to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Additionally, thermal insulated blinds can also help to soundproof a room in your home by blocking outside noises.

In addition to installing blackout curtains in your bedroom to help keep it cool, consider installing a whole house fan. This beneficial device can take the place of air conditioning in some climates, and when used as directed, can draw in cool air, while pushing out hot air.