People buy blinds for several reasons, mainly the flexibility that allows you to let just the right amount of light into the room.
However, when it’s a hot, sunny day in Toowoomba, you might just want to block it out, in which case you may benefit from a set of blackout blinds.
There are several types of blinds that can offer this feature, to varying degrees, and you need to figure out which one’s the best for you.
It makes sense to start with roller blinds – these seem to be the default choice for blacking out the world, and it’s easy to see why.
They are essentially a solid slab of fabric, giving them practicality and comfort similar to curtains and other drapery, even if they are relatively inflexible otherwise.
However, it is not uncommon for small gaps to allow some light through; this can be dealt with using specialised frames, which fit the blind and the blackout fabric exactly to the window.
As with many types of blinds that use slats, the way that these planks can overlap leads to some light getting into the room even with the use of blackout fabric.
They are one of the most flexible types of blinds, letting you adjust the angle of incoming light to a fine degree, but are otherwise not the perfect choice if you want to get rid of the light entirely.
Venetian blinds face a similar issue, effectively being a horizontal variant of vertical blinds, with the same issue facing a series of overlapping slats.
Though these slats are actually spaced slightly closer together, allowing less light to break free, they are still not going to stop it entirely.
Wooden Venetian blinds can be somewhat more effective at this due to the opaqueness of the wood, offering a good balance of flexibility and luminosity.
Roman blinds are similar to roller blinds, with the key difference being how they fold up into pleats when opened; these blinds seem to perform better at blocking out light, primarily by offering a tighter fit in the window.
On top of this, Roman blinds are typically used for the style that they offer, allowing your room to look good and only let in the amount of light that you want to let in.
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From the above, we can see a clear trade-off; the more flexibility in letting light in, the harder it can be to make sure it stays out.
If you’re wanting to avoid the sun as best as you can, it seems like a Roman blind, or even a roller blind with the right frame, would be best for you.
If you’re still unsure what would be best for you, get in touch with the d-BLINDS team for free measuring and a free quote.