The Ultimate Guide to Blackout Curtains + Blinds

Find out more about our top tips on blackout curtains and blinds. We all have our own special formula for sleep. Whether it’s memory foam mattresses; multiple pillows; feather-down or fibre, we all agree, blackout is key to getting those precious 8 hours. And as we head into summer, it can also be a lifesaver in keeping rooms cool and comfortable as temperatures rise.

Here are our top 5 tricks + tips to help you achieve better blackout in your bedroom.

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Lining, lining, lining

It may sound obvious, but, be sure to choose blackout lining for your curtain or blind! This this will stop light coming through the fabric of the curtain.

Modern style living room with neutral curtains


Curtains or roman blinds, that is the question

As a rule of thumb, curtains will block more external light than roman blinds. Make sure your pole + curtain is 15 – 20cm wider than your window on each side and installed at least 20cm higher than the top of the window. Blackout curtains are the best option!

Living room with green woollen roman blinds


Recessed is best

Recessed windows are perfect for achieving maximum blackout. By installing a simple blackout roller blind inside the recess you can block out a lot of external light. To get even better results and touch more style, mount a curtain (or roman blind) outside the recess.

close up of black out roman blinds


Beware of romans in recesses

Installing a roman blind in a recess will reduce light in the day, due to what we call in the trade “the stack-back” – the folds of fabric on an open roman blind.

bay windows with white roman blinds


No recess? No dramas!

You can still achieve great blackout with a curtain installed over the window. Depending on the depth of your window frame, a roman blind may also work well – but be sure to double check with a pro.

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