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Product Focus: What Are Blackout Blinds?

Product Focus: What Are Blackout Blinds?

Ana Zuravliova

By Ana Zuravliova

Trend Specialist at Blinds Direct
Wed 16 Mar 2022
Last updated Mon 6 Mar 2023

In recent months we’ve explored how blinds – and other window furnishings – can improve the look of a room, or even keep it warmer during the winter, but what about their primary function? A blind’s main job is to control light, and none do as well as blackout blinds – but what are they? In today’s blog we’ll be answering the question, “what are blackout blinds?”, giving you all the information you require when choosing the right blind for your home.

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What are blackout blinds?

“Blackout” refers to a functionality where light is reduced to a minimum making blackout blinds the perfect option for bedrooms, but also for spaces in the home where you enjoy nothing more than relaxing with a movie.

Beyond helping us to unwind, blackout blinds can have a valuable impact on our health – both physically and mentally. Sleep is such an important aspect of life, helping us to rest and recharge after a hard day and blackout blinds can help you to achieve the best night’s sleep possible. To learn more about how blackout blinds can help you sleep better, check out our Wake Up Well: England’s Most Sleep-Deprived Regions page!

Blackout functionality can be achieved in one of two ways. Let’s start with blackout roller blinds and blackout vertical blinds, which can be crafted using specialist blackout materials.

How to choose blackout blinds

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Roller blackout blinds

Blackout roller blinds are a sensible option for many parts of the home. This durable design effectively blocks out unwelcome sunlight when fitted outside the recess. Blackout rollers also provide privacy, blocking views from outside and safeguarding against shadows and outlines.

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Vertical blackout blinds

For a streamlined and versatile blackout window furnishing, look to our collection of blackout vertical blinds. Each slat offers total privacy and protection against sunlight, so when your blinds are fully closed, you can enjoy total darkness. Selecting blackout fabric doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style either – there are many fantastic colours to pick from!

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Blinds with blackout linings

As we’ve said, you can enjoy blackout functionality in two ways, and blackout blinds aren’t limited to using blackout fabric. You can enjoy the same effects by adding a blackout lining to a Roman blind, or even curtain! Because both styles of furnishing are made by hand to your exact requirements, you can add a blackout lining to any fabric available on the website.

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Roman blackout blinds

Each of our Roman blinds can be finished with a blackout lining upgrade – for free – bringing functionality and fashion to your windows. Choose from blackout linings in white or ivory to ensure your Roman blinds are the perfect fit for your home!

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Curtains with a blackout lining

Yes, curtains aren’t blinds, but we would be remiss not to mention them. They are a sumptuous yet functional addition to any bedroom, our fully lined blackout curtains offer exceptional light control and privacy, so you can enjoy a better night’s sleep. Discover the wide range of colours and designs available on the website and take advantage of a free blackout lining on whichever quality material you select.

Blackout blinds are an amazing addition to any home. Without having to compromise on style, your new blinds will help to minimise light, helping you to relax and unwind. Shop the range today and if you’d like to learn more about the different linings available for Roman blinds and curtains, check out the Buyers Guide for Lining for Romans and Curtains.

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