Selecting a blackout blind for your room is a huge step in the right direction. It means that when you close the blind, you will be able to enjoy total darkness, even during the day. Different people have different reasons for selecting a blackout blind. Sleep is the most common one.
Light can be very disruptive to sleep. Many light sleepers find it very difficult to sleep when light falls on their eyes. So, imagine the pain, when the sun makes an appearance in the wee hours, long before you are ready to wake up. Blackout blinds are the best solution for this. The thick woven material of blackout blinds barely let any light in, keeping the interiors as peaceful and relaxing as it would be at night. Blackout blinds also work great against street lights and other neighbourhood lights. All these features make blackout blinds a must for bedrooms and nurseries. Now you and your little ones can have a peaceful sleep without the intrusion of the sun.
Blackout blinds are also a very important feature of the living room or a gaming room. To watch the TV or to have an enthralling gaming experience, you need to get rid of all external light sources. Blackout blinds not only stop the light from reaching the interiors. It also aids in insulation and block out a big percentage of neighbourhood noise.
Why Does Light Leak Through?
All of the above will happen only when there is no light leaking through the gap between the blind and the window, right along the edges. Blinds usually leave a gap between the window and the edge. The gap becomes more noticeable when the blind measurements are not accurate.
Another reason why a blind might not be flushed against the wall is to avoid damage to the edges due to friction. If the edges scrape along the wall, they are most likely to get frayed in the long run. Also, the blinds might become hard to operate.
However, no matter what the reason in, any light leaking through gaps will stop the room from becoming completely dark. Thankfully, there are ways in which this problem can be addressed.
Blackout Side Blockers
Side blockers are narrow strips of plastic or fabric that block the gap between the blind and the window. Light blockers work exceptionally well with inside mount blinds.
Different Types of Light Blockers
To deal with this common problem, many blind manufacturers are offering customized light blockers along with their usual window treatment solutions. However, you will also find plenty of options online where these light blockers are sold separately.
Plastic Light Blockers: Most common light blockers are made of plastic, L-shaped strips which go on the window frame. The inside channel enables the blind to slide up and down effortlessly. Most plastic blockers come with adhesive strips at the back. Just peel them off to put it on the windows.
Fabric Light Blockers: Some light blockers are made of fabric, which can be hooked on to the headrail of your blind and hangs from the headrail like a curtain. They can also be used on curtains.
The fabric light blockers are temporary and can be rolled up and carried around during holidays. The fabric light blockers can also be adjusted to the window height.
Side Channels: Side channels have many benefits, with light blocking being one of them. Side channels go on the window frames, covering the opening between the window and the blind. The channel inside provides enough space for the blind to move up and down.
What Are the Benefits of Light Blockers?
While light blockers come with the obvious benefit of blocking lights, they also serve some other purposes.
- They give the window a nice neat look, making them appear more compact and linear.
- Light blockers also block the gaps that would have otherwise allowed heat to escape from the room. This will definitely improve the overall insulation of the room, saving you loads of money by the end of the month.
- Along with improved insulation, you will also get the benefit of superior noise cancellation.
Overall, light blockers would actively add to the benefits of a blackout blind, by increasing insulation, noise cancellation, and above all, light blockage.
How Do They Work?
Installing these light blockers is very easy. Most plastic or metallic light blockers come with industrial adhesive glue, covered by a strip. You can use scissors to size the blockers according to the length of the window.
During installation, just peel off the strip, and put the adhesive side on the window frame. However, do keep the following points in mind before installation.
- Clean the window frame and dry it completely before installation.
- Keep your hand on the strip, pressing it down on the frame for at least 30 seconds to make sure it is stuck.
If your frame is metallic, go for light blockers that come with magnetic strips. These magnetic strips easily attach to the metal frame, without any hassle.
Other Handy Tips
Get the measurements as accurate as you can. This will make it easier to find a light blocker for your window. If the measurements are too off the mark, a standardized light blocker might not do the job.
Outside mount blinds leave a smaller gap with the window. These gaps still let in some light, but much less than inside mount. So, if you don’t want to use light-blockers, go for an outside mount blind.
Pair it with a Blackout Curtain and enjoy not only better light blockage, but also greater insulation and noise cancellation. The curtain would also be a great boost for the aesthetic appeal of the room.
However, light blockers would be a more affordable solution. They will give you an instant, no-hassle relief from a problem that has been, probably, losing you a lot of sleep lately.