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How to achieve maximum darkness with blackout fabrics & linings

For a sound sleep

avatar of Emily Booth

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 19/04/2016

Achieve maximum darkness in your bedroom with blackout blinds and blackout curtains. Choose from a superb range of styles and designs to suit every type of décor and enjoy a good night’s rest all year round with our bedroom blinds range.

Our bodies are programmed to respond to light, and the slightest chink of the sun can send strong signals to our brains. This can make it very difficult to fall asleep, especially in summer when the evenings are longer. By choosing blinds in blackout fabrics and opting for blackout linings for your curtains, you can fool your brain into thinking it’s still the dead of night, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful sleep.

Lights out
For a standard window, one of the simplest and smartest blackout choices is a Roller blind in a blackout fabric. For optimum performance fit your Roller blind into a Perfect Fit frame. This clips into your uPVC window frame and your blind becomes an integral part of your window. There are no operating cords with a PerfectFit blind, so it’s a great choice for a child’s bedroom or nursery.  
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Electric dreams
Roman blinds are also available with optional blackout linings. 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. Once you’ve got control over the amount of light coming through your window, check your room for any electrical items that may emit light as you sleep, and switch them off where possible. 
Riviera Mist curtains with Hatti Mineral Roman blind View roman blinds

Cool looks
As well as controlling light, your window coverings have an important role to play in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your bedroom, which is another important factor when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Layering your window coverings is a great way to manage the temperature all year-round, and there’s no hard and fast rule about the number of layers you can include. Here we’ve layered a Venetian blind, Roller blind, voile and curtains for ultimate flexibility and control. 
Anouk Blue Mist curtains with Tasia Linen Roller blind View curtains

Sound asleep
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 shutters or solid wooden shutters in addition to double glazing, and you’ll create a really effective barrier that just happens to look fantastic. 
Blue painted solid Wooden shutters View solid shutters

We hope you have found this guide on how to achieve maximum darkness in your room helpful. See our other guides on ‘Expert Advice and tips for blackout blinds’ for more top tips.

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