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How to achieve maximum darkness with blackout fabrics & linings

For a sound sleep

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by Samantha Gibson

Trend and Styling Expert

Published: 20/04/2016

Updated: 16/12/2019

Achieve total darkness in your bedroom with blackout blinds and curtains. Whatever you choose needs to suit your style and décor, as well as incorporating appropriate features for your family and lifestyle.

Read our comprehensive guide and find the perfect blackout solution for your home.

How to control light with blackout fabrics

One of the simplest and smartest blackout choices is a Roller blind in a blackout fabric. Blackout Roller blind fabrics are available in a wide range of designs to suit every age and taste. What’s more, they can fit almost any size window, so are a great way to instantly transform and update your scheme. Choose from a fantastic range of plain, striped and patterned fabrics for a simply stylish look.  

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How to achieve enhanced light control in uPVC windows

For optimum performance fit your Roller blind into a PerfectFit frame. This simply clips into your uPVC window frame and your blind becomes an integral part of your window. The blind is operated by a tab and the neat fit means that light levels are effectively controlled, especially at the sides of the window where light can sometimes leak through. There are no operating cords or chains with a Perfect Fit blind, so it’s also a great choice for a child’s room or nursery.

How to control unwanted light and create a luxurious look

For full-on gorgeousness, choose curtains for your interior scheme. All our curtain fabrics are available with optional blackout linings for extra control over sunlight. Curtains are particularly good for windows without a recess, or for bay windows where you want a continuous flow around the curve. Choose floor-length curtains for full-on glamour, or, if your window is situated above a radiator or behind a bed, select a length just below the window sill for a neat finish. 

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How to use layering to create a dark and cosy space

Our Roman blinds are designed to complement our curtains range, and layering curtains over a Roman blind not only looks great, but can also be extremely effective in blocking out light completely. Once you’ve achieved total darkness at your window, check your room for any electrical items that may emit light as you sleep, and switch them off where possible.

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How to combine temperature and light control

Just as a blanket adds an extra layer of cosiness, layering your window coverings can give you real flexibility. For example, if your room is chilly, choose curtains with a thermal lining and layer them over a blackout fabric blind for an extra cosy blackout option. Or, if you already have blinds in place that you love, simply add a pair of curtains with a blackout lining to enjoy a perfect night’s rest. 

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How to control unwanted light and noise

If you’re a light sleeper and are easily disturbed by light and sounds in and around the home, it pays to invest in a window covering that not only blocks out the light, but also reduces the effects of noise pollution outside. Wooden shutters are the most effective window covering when it comes to blocking out both light and noise. Fit plantation shutters, or solid wooden shutters in addition to double glazing, and you’ll create a really effective barrier that just happens to look fantastic.

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How to make the most of daylight and get a good night’s sleep

A Day & Night TransitionTM Pleated blind offers you the night-time benefits of blackout fabric, while also helping you make the most of the sunlight throughout the day. This innovative design combines two fabrics in one blind, each separated by a discreet bar. By combining sheer and blackout fabrics, you’ll enjoy a warm and welcoming glow by day, with the extra darkness you require from a blackout blind through the night and into the early morning. 

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How to control unwanted light on wide windows

If you’re a light sleeper and are easily disturbed by light and sounds in and around the home, it pays to invest in a window covering that not only blocks out the light, but also reduces the effects of noise pollution outside. Wooden shutters are the most effective window covering when it comes to blocking out both light and noise. Fit plantation shutters, or solid wooden shutters in addition to double glazing, and you’ll create a really effective barrier that just happens to look fantastic.

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