The Best Blinds for Room Darkening

Room-darkening window coverings may make falling asleep easier.
Room-darkening window coverings may make falling asleep easier. (Image: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

If you have ever worked the night shift or you have a baby who just won't sleep during the day, you may want to consider installing room-darkening blinds in your home. It can be difficult to drift off to sleep during the day if your bedroom is filled with sunlight, but room-darkening shades can help trick the body into thinking that it's nighttime and make it easier for you or your children to fall asleep. There are a few types of light-blocking blinds that can help you get a good rest no matter what time of day it is.

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Vertical Blackout Blinds

These blinds are available in many different colors and styles, but they may not keep all of the light out. Even if installed in an exterior window, light is likely to seep in through the sides of vertical blinds. You can partially correct this problem by not putting them in a recessed window and making sure that the blinds hang over the window frame on the sides and at the top and bottom.

Blackout Roof/Skylight Blinds

For loft apartments or homes with skylights, light shining through can be a real problem, and a drain on your electricity bill. Blackout roof/skylight blinds can cure that. They are designed to keep a loft room cool and also to keep the sun out. This helps you sleep, stay cool and reduce your energy bill.

Venetian Blinds

If you're looking for stylish room-darkening blinds, venetian blinds are an excellent option. They not only offer great protection from sunlight but they also have a sleek, contemporary look. Venetian blinds are affordable and come in a variety of colors and styles to complement any decor.

Roller Blackout Blinds

Roller blackout blinds come in a variety of styles, materials and colors, so you will have many options from which to choose. Roller blind fabrics are specially treated and therefore tend to make these types of blinds more expensive than other kinds of light-blocking window coverings. They work very well at keeping the sun out and give you complete privacy, although some light may seep through at the ends of the blinds.


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