Sleep Soundly with Blackout Roller Shades

Sleep Soundly with Blackout Roller Shades

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Angie Cho
May 9, 2012

Blackout roller shades and blackout curtains set the standard for blocking light in the bedroom so you can sleep soundly. Although they each have their pros and cons, roller shades have some aesthetic advantages. They work best for small spaces and have a clean, minimalist look. They're also great for people concerned with dust, allergens and indoor air quality.

Roller shade features:


  • Can be mounted outside or inside the window frame. Outside mounting blocks more light.

  • Mounts easily underneath curtain rods to pair with curtains of any color and opacity.

  • Pairs nicely with sheer curtains because the blackouts give total privacy and light blockage during the night and morning, while the sheers provide beautiful diffused light during the day.

  • Compared to blackout curtains, roller shades have substantially less surface area for allergens and dust to cling to.

  • Often costs less than blackout curtains.

  • All forms of blackout window treatments help block out light, heat, sound and draft.

Tip: Top search terms for shopping online are: blackout roller shade, blackout roller blind, blackout curtain.

Shown above from left to right:
1. Custom Roller Blinds, Contact for pricing, from Nwilati Factory
2. Splendor Roller Shades, Vinyl Blackout, $99.00 from Elite
3. Saratoga Roller Shade 66" Blackout Cut-to-Width, $10.00-$30.00 from JC Penney
4. Custom Roller Shade, Contact for pricing, from The Shade Store
5. Twilight Blackout Roller Shades - 36" x 36", $74.68 from Blinds Chalet

MORE BLACKOUT WINDOW TREATMENTS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
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6 Simple Changes to Make at Home to Help You Sleep

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