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Easy Ways To Darken a Room

Feb 6th 2015 at 5:18 AM

For those who need rest in the daytime, sleeping in a room with huge windows that don’t shut out light completely can often be a challenge. However, there are easy ways to completely darken a room whenever you want.

Here are some options you can try:

Blackout blinds: The best option is to install a blackout blind. They come as roller or roman blinds. Specially designed blackout blinds are made with fabrics that help to block sun light. So whether you want a dark room for rest or even watching your favorite movie or running a projector, these blinds would do the job.

For children’s room, you can use cellular blinds that do not let light peek in from the corners. They are cheaper as well as insulating, so they’ll keep the heat in and save on heating expenses. If you choose to have blackout blinds, then you will need a little help in the installation as these are done differently from the regular blinds.

Blackout curtains: Another effective option is to use blackout curtains or liners. These are easily available at home decor shops. Alternatively, you can also drape a slightly heavy blanket on a pressure curtain rod (what is used for shower curtains) if you live in a rented place where drilling is not allowed.

Window film: It is a thin, synthetic film that reduces the UV impact and filters intense sunlight. However, window films do not block light completely and therefore, should be used in addition to other window treatments. On the upside, they are cheap and easily available.

Shades: Roller shades are the good old window treatments that have been used for long. Corded or spring-loaded shades make for a cheap alternative to curtains. These days, you also get cellular shades that offer different degrees of opacity -- from totally opaque to highly translucent.

Temporary covers: If you want a cheap and temporary options, there are some things that can be instantly used. Cardboard, aluminum foils, and heavy duty garbage bags can be taped on to windows for blocking out light until you arrange for a more permanent solution. Aluminum foil would reflect the light and keep the warmth in, so it’s suitable for keeping the room warm; and you can mold it to any shape you want. Apart from being inexpensive, these options are also easy to use -- just peel them out whenever you want the light back in.

Do you have any others to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.

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Feb 8th 2015 at 1:46 PM by GTBulmer
Hi, James: Thanks for the tips and insight into blinds and room blackouts. :-)

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