There are so many options to choose from when it comes to blinds, shades, shutters and curtains. One of the key aspects you should consider when purchasing your new window coverings is how you intend to use your window coverings. Do you want to block hot afternoon sun? Do you want to help eliminate light for sleeping? Or do you simply want something decorative? With this in mind, when are blackout shades right for a room?
What are Blackout Shades?
Blackout shades (or curtains) are an opaque fabric that is used to eliminate natural light from entering a room. These types of shades are commonly found in hotel rooms.
Are Room Darkening Shades Different?
Yes. While the terms room darkening and blackout are often used interchangeably, these are in fact not the same thing. Blackout shades eliminate natural light coming in from your window by 100 percent while room darkening will reduce light entering your room by about 95 to 99 percent.
What are the Benefits of Blackout Shades?
To fully understand if blackout shades are the right fit for a room, let’s take a look at some of the benefits blackout shades offer.
- Sleep: Studies show that exposure to light while sleeping can affect the quality of your sleep. Blackout curtains can help improve the quality of your sleep because they are designed to block all light. They are also great for people who work the night shift and must sleep during the day.
- Energy Saving: Blackout shades can help keep your room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter because they act as a layer of insulation. Blackout shades help reduce your energy consumption, saving you money.
- Privacy and Noise Reduction: Blackout shades also provide great privacy and considerable noise reduction.
- Reduces Glare: Blackout shades eliminate glare on TV and computer screens, helping to reduce eye strain.
What Rooms Could Benefit from Blackout Shades?
Now that we have looked at what blackout shades are and their benefits, let’s take a look at when blackout shades are right for a room.
- Bedroom: If you want to improve the quality of your sleep or you work the night shift, blackout shades are a great addition to your bedroom. They are also great for adding more privacy to your bedroom.
- Nurseries or Young Child’s Bedroom: As with any adult, blackout curtains can also help babies and young children sleep better whether it is bedtime or nap time.
- Home Theater: Create the perfect viewing conditions by using blackout shades in your home theater. It will eliminate glare on your TV or projector screen.
- Photography Room: If you are a photographer, use blackout shades to block light that may interfere with your studio light setup or even create a darkroom for film development.
- Home Office: You may not think this is necessary, but reducing light glare on your computer screen can make it easier to see what you are working on and reduce eye strain.
- West or South Facing Windows: To help reduce heat from direct sunlight coming into your home during the summer to save money on your energy consumption, use blackout curtains on your south and west facing windows, the sunniest windows in your home.
Whether you want to improve your sleep, have a more energy efficient home, or have the perfect viewing conditions for your TV, projector or computer screens, blackout curtains are the way to go!