Today Rick writes:
Diva, are blackout cellular blinds really worth the extra money?
Yes Rick, they are. I know a lot of the blackout cellular blinds on the market don’t “feel” very substantial. Many of them have a “papery feel” to them. But in terms of light blocking and energy efficiency, you’ll get your money’s worth.
Blackout cellular blinds (aka blackout cellular shades) are the most room darkening cellular shade you can get. Blackout cellulars will stop virtually all light from permeating through the shade itself. Where light leaks will happen, is along the edge of the shade where it hits the casing, and on the bottom where the blackout cellular blind touches the sill.
Now this is a good time to mention that you need to use a steel tape to measure the inside of your window from casing to casing to the nearest 1/8 of inch. That or have a professional measure your window for you if you’re not comfortable. This way you can keep the light leaking in to a minimum.
On top of being the most room darkening, blackout cellular blinds also are the most energy efficient of the cellular blinds. So if you are also trying to be eco friendly or keep the heat out during the summer and the cold our during the winter blackout cellular blinds will help with that too!
Blackout cellular blinds are made by all manufacturers of special order cellular shades. However the color selection is still lacking from most manufacturers, so you may have to do some shopping around before you find the color or texture that is right for your space! Even with the limitation in color blackout cellular blinds are worth every cent when you consider how much light they block and that they are energy efficient.
Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe (diva(at)homemakeoverdiva.com) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog!