If you are a light sleeper and easily awoken by the morning sun, or perhaps work night shifts and sleep during the day, then blackout blinds are a must. If this description is you and you do not already have them put them to the top of your must have list, you will not regret it. They are incredibly effective as the description suggests at creating a dark / night-time effect at any time of the day by blocking out the daylight.
Do not be mistaken they are not for everyone and if on the other hand you enjoy waking up to the light mornings or even rely on the sun rising as a wake-up call, then blackout blinds are not for you.
With the blinds down it will feel like the middle of the night at any time of the day, making these blinds the perfect solution for daytime sleepers and they are also great for increasing the darkness on those lighter evenings. For this reason they are a popular choice for nursery’s and children’s bedrooms as they can be used to keep a continuous bedtime routine throughout the year. This can prove particularly beneficial during the summer months when the daylight hours are longer. Children tend to associate bedtime with it being dark outside and are therefore not so keen to go to bed when it is still daylight, putting the blinds down will instantly create that night-time effect. Likewise when the sun comes up in the morning the blackout blinds will block the light from entering the room so will not disturb sleep, or they can be pulled up to act as a great wake-up call on a bright and sunny day.
Despite what some may think blackout blinds are surprisingly lightweight considering the results they produce and Made to Measure offer them in a wide variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. If you are looking for a bright and funky design how about the Kasuri patterned blind which comes in hot pink or royal blue. Another personal favourite is the Willersley Natural design which is perfect for those neutral tones.
Blackout blinds are most commonly used in bedrooms but they can be used in any room and in fact another point to consider is discolouration caused by sunlight. The sun can cause quite damaging effects over time so if you have a room containing particular items of furniture or flooring that you would like to protect from sunlight discolouration then blackout blinds will do the trick. They could also be considered for a living room to reduce the glare of the sun and create the perfect setting for watching your favourite movie.
Blog post written by Claire Taylor BA Hons – Design Manager