In our homes, blinds can be used for a variety of purposes. Blinds that employ sturdier material are meant to protect the home and entail privacy, while insulating the house at the same time. Blinds using sheer or semi-sheer materials, on the other hand, are used so that enough light can pass inside the home to lend it a fabulous glow, especially during day time. What we need are blinds that can adjust our privacy and light filtering settings so that they can be used for a number of reasons, including creating a fabulous and appealing design for our home. So when we have light filtering window treatments in our home, our room turns into a hub of natural light and privy to cool, light breeze when the weather outside is pleasant. However, as soon as the temperatures soar or fall below that “comfort zone”, the need for a blackout liner to protect it comes into picture. How do we go about it? Do we replace the window treatments by purchasing a new one? Or do we simply add a liner? Let’s discuss this in this section, especially when you have venetian blinds.
What Are Venetian Blinds?
Blinds or shades have been in use for a long time, when people needed to protect themselves in sub-zero temperatures as well as in hotter climates where scorching heat could make things very, very uncomfortable for them. As years turned into decades and into centuries, they decided to give each of their treatments a name. One of these window treatments were Venetian blinds. These employed horizontal slats in their construction, which were made from a variety of different materials. These slats had little gaps between them, which could be kept open or closed by a slight tilt using your finger or the pulling of cords. To entail convenience over the years for the common user, they began to have different control options, including motorized ones in recent times, where you could operate them from a distance.
Wood and faux wood blinds are the most commonly used Venetian blinds, which are available in various colours and size options (size of the slats) to help you make a purchase. The conscious homeowner would choose horizontal blinds which will complement their home decor and be mindful of the pattern and colour of furniture, flooring and walls in the room. The other materials that are used in their construction could be glass, plastic, PVC, polymer, etc.
Light Filtering Shades
Depending upon the material used, shades can be both opaque (allowing less light to pass through when closed) and translucent.
Opaque window treatments can insulate your home by substantially bringing down the AC and heater costs. But when used wisely, even light filtering blinds can bring about a reduction in the monthly energy bills by up to 30%. Why would you need artificial light in the room when these window treatments can brighten up the room fairly well? All of us need to have a healthy dosage of sunlight, and the translucence of light filtering Venetian shades helps retain the “good portion” of the sunlight to ensure that we aren’t devoid of Vitamin D in our system. However, sometimes merely having them is never enough. As a backup, you need to have a blackout liner that can be installed during the peak of summers and winters.
Creating A Blackout Liner
There are certain step-by-step instructions that you need to follow to create an additional blackout lining for your blinds. Ensure that you have a measuring tape, a marker/pencil and a sewing machine handy before you are set for the job.
1. Take out the blinds and lay them flat on their surface. Measure them from left to right, and then top to bottom.
2. While measuring the blind width, subtract around 0.5 inches from the width and add a couple of inches for the cut width of the new fabric.
3. While measuring the length from the top of the headrail to the bottom, add two inches for the cut length of the blackout fabric.
4. Once the fabric is cut to these measurements, it will have a smooth and a rough side. When the shade is done, the rough side will face the street. Each outside edge must be turned below 1 inch and then be sewn. Then lift the bottom hem and turn it to about 1.5 inches. Sew it in place.
5. Place the wrong lining portion to the corded portion of the blind, and align its bottom hem to the top of the shade of the hem. Then you need to hold the lining with tape strips that are positioned perpendicular to the hems.
6. Through the blackout, identify the position of the rings. First hand-stitch through the blackout lining to the ring, through to the back and then to the right side of the lining. Make two rounds of passes with the thread and then cut it, just as you would do to fix a button on your shirt. Sew the lining to all the rings in the shade.
7. Position the tape to the top of the headrail and adhere it to the edge of the headrail facing the window. Holding the bottom hem in place, remove the tape.
Advantages of Adding A Blackout Liner
Adding a blackout liner to the blinds will serve a lot of advantages, which are mentioned below.
1. Your windows will be better insulated, with two different window treatments in place to protect you from cold gushes of winds and hot weather conditions. Thus, a combination of these window treatments will make your windows fully protected, no matter which part of the world you are from.
2. A blackout liner will save you the trouble of looking for additional window treatments and surfing brick-and-mortar stores and online facilities on the internet.
3. By creating a blackout liner all on your own, you don’t need to rely on anyone else. This will also save you the cost of hiring a professional or buying an altogether different window treatment.
4. A blackout liner will lower your electricity and energy bills. It will be a valuable proposition for you that will last you for years to come.
5. It will keep you comfortable and cozy at all times, and you will drift off to sleep in no time.
Final note: Adding a blackout liner to your window blinds becomes a necessity in certain situations. It is a simple DIY procedure that you can follow without any difficulty. The benefits are many, and you will achieve those at a fraction of the money that you would otherwise spend on getting blackout window treatments.