Ever wondered about the difference between blackout and dimout fabrics?
When it comes to selecting the correct fabric for your blinds, it’s not just down to picking the fabric design then having it made and installed. You will need to consider the functionality of the blind and what you are trying to achieve. This can differ depending where the blind is to be fitted and what the room will be used for.
The most common uses for blackout blinds are for young children's and shift worker's bedrooms and cinema rooms.
Blackout fabrics themselves block out 100% of the light, but where and how the blind is fitted is equally important. There is not much point having a blackout fabric if the light is going to 'bleed' in around the edges!
Blackout fabrics have one or more coatings on the reverse which block the light, whereas Dimout fabrics usually have fewer coatings and don't therefore block out the light completely.
Another option, especially for conservatories is an 'ASC' coating. ASC stands for Advanced Solar Control and is available on some of our Pleated, Roller and Vertical blinds. If your house faces the right direction for blindingly bright sunshine, then a solar controlled blind could be exactly what you require. The back of the blind has a special surface which has been developed to reflect sunlight helping you to control light levels and temperature entering the room.
Some of the ways to get a really good blackout solution are to have the blind in channels, like the Louvolite blockout framing system, available on most rollers including the officially licensed Disney, Star Wars and Marvel range. Another solution is to simply fit outside the window recess with plenty of overlap over the surrounding walls.
For a super efficient modern solution, we also supply Plantation Shutters with integrated honeycomb blinds. This is what I have in my bedroom, so I can recommend these from personal experience.