Blackout blinds can change your life. When closed, room darkening blinds completely block all light from entering your room regardless of the time of day. They are a mainstay of any luxury hotel because they ensure a restful night’s sleep and a chance to sleep into late morning without slivers of sunlight waking you. But you don’t need to stay in a hotel to take advantage of blackout blinds. Imagine being able to completely block any light from entering certain rooms of your house…such as your your home theater or media room, or perhaps your bedroom (for sleeping in on weekend mornings). Nursery blackout blinds are very popular because they will keep your nursery cool and dark for your infant to sleep in. Likewise, children’s blackout blinds are ideal if you want to create a comfortable space for afternoon naptime. Blackout blinds are essential if you work a graveyard or night shift or if you normally nap in the afternoon. In addition to this main function, blackout blinds can reduce noise pollution.
Blackout blinds function exactly like standard blinds. You have adjustable slats (or louvres). Open them fully and you can flood your room with sunlight. Close them completely and you can have total darkness. Adjust the louvres and you can control the amount of light that enters your room. Adjust the louvres upwards and you can direct sunlight onto your ceiling for diffuse and mild light in your room without the heat that comes with direct sunlight. Because you can adjust the louvres, you have greater privacy with blackout blinds than with blackout shades. If they fit the decor of your home, you can also consider room darkening mini blinds.
Blackout blinds Melbourne generally come in routed or routless options. A routed blind has holes drilled into each louvre through which strings go through and control the opening and closing of the blind. Routless blinds are laddered onto each other, rather than strung together with holes. Routless blinds tend to better block light because there are fewer gaps for light to go though. If you choose routed blinds, you should consider blinds that come with cloth tape to cover the holes. The cloth tape can enhance the appearance of your blinds and will help block light from coming through the holes.
Blackout roller blinds can also improve the energy efficiency of your home. They can insulate to keep heat in your home in the winter and keep it out of your home in the summer. Room darkening blinds provide insulation because they trap air between their louvres. They can also block solar radiation from coming into your home to reduce the unwanted heating in the summer and to prevent sun damage to your furniture and floors. The exact degree of energy efficiency and insulation provided by blackout blinds turns entirely on the material and design of the particular brand you purchase.