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Are Blackout Blinds right for you?

A blackout window blind is a popular window treatment solution for offices, hotels, schools, bedrooms, TV rooms and home cinemas to block out light and prevent it from entering a room. If you were wondering whether Blackout blinds are right for you, we hope this blog will help you find out more about them and help you make your decision. 

When most people think of blackout blinds, they instantly think of its primary purpose – that is to keep a bedroom, office, media room, living room, or any room dark and block out the sunlight. Whether you work late nights and sleep during the day, you want to enjoy a home cinema experience during the day, or whatever the reason, blackout blinds are an ideal solution and option to minimize light entering a room. They offer total privacy both day and night when the blinds are closed and enhance sleeping by stopping the rising sun entering the room. 


Today, thanks to recent innovations, there are many different blackout blind options available. You can now select blackout blind options for Roman Blinds, Roller blinds and Pleated blinds all with state-of-the-art materials, styles and textures. You are not limited to your design capabilities with blackout blinds, you can choose from a spectrum of different prints, colours and styles to compliment your room while maintaining curb appeal. 


Block Light – Of course, the primary benefit of blackout blinds is that they block light from entering a room, leaving it in pretty much complete darkness even during the brightest time of day. Blackout blinds are essential for those who work nights and need to sleep during the day as well as for homes in the city who may have streetlights shining in, as well as those who live on main roads and may have lights from vehicles and emergency services passing by shine in through the window. However, blackout blinds aren’t just for those in cities or shift workers. Blackout blinds can help you watch TV without squinting, reduce glare on computer screens, help children sleep quicker at nap time, reduce the accumulation of dust and protect your floors and furniture from fading. 

Reduce Noise – Noise can be just as disruptive to an individual’s sleep as light is. Whether it’s a neighbour’s dog barking or sirens passing by, a blackout blind can help mitigate the issue. Of course, it’s not going to eliminate all exterior noise completely, but certain styles can help significantly reduce the noise entering the room. In addition to this, room acoustics can be improved by blackout blinds. The blackout blinds absorb harsh sounds and noise by minimizing reverberation and echo that would with other blinds would just bounce back into the room.

Energy Efficiency – On average 30% of a home’s heating is lost through its windows in the Winter. Blackout blinds help reduce the heat loss by at least 40% by providing a layer of insulation. This equates to roughly 20% savings in energy and heating costs which means your blackout blinds might just pay for themselves. Then in the hottest days of the Summer, believe it or not we do get sunshine sometimes in Ireland, your window treatments can make all the difference to the temperature of your rooms. It can help absorb UV rays and block the heat from the sun entering the room and help maintain a nice cooler temperature, ideal for bedroom and sleeping at night. 

Privacy – Blackout blinds are an excellent solution for total 100% privacy, specifically roller blinds. The blackout quality ensures there is little to no light entering the room and you don’t need to worry about people seeing through your blinds. Your privacy is guaranteed. Roller blinds are a solution for any room in the house and you can simply add the blackout to any design, colour or patterned roller blind you desire so you don’t need to compromise on the aesthetics of your room. 


If you have any questions on any of the blinds mentioned here or questions on blinds in general please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  Direct Blinds Cork can not only offer you expert advice on all the latest trends in window fashion, but we can also help you select the perfect styles and colours that will best suit your rooms and budget.

If you are looking for the most energy efficient and beautiful window treatments possible, contact us today. We offer a free consultation, measuring and fitting service. Direct Blinds Cork knows window coverings; we have been in the window treatment business for many years. Our expertise and professionalism are second to none. Call us today on 021 435 4959 or email