8 Myths About Blackout Shades

Blackout shades and curtains can block light from entering any room. Are you having trouble sleeping because of early morning sunlight, or do you live in a region with longer daylight hours? If so, blackout shades might be your answer. These curtains are also used in hotels, resorts and other parts of the hospitality industry; they're also useful for businesses in need of darkened rooms for videos or presentations. Blackout shades and curtains can be found at various price points from a wide range of traditional and online retailers. When shopping for blackout shades, keep in mind the following myths to help find the set that best fits your needs.

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MYTH: Blackout shades only really help people who want to sleep in.

Blackout shades are nice for helping people sleep in -- especially at hotels, lodges and other accommodations -- but they're also extremely helpful for people who work night shifts and must sleep during the day. Research has shown that people who sleep in well-lit rooms are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders and related health issues. Installing blackout shades and curtains can limit light and help people retain more normal sleep habits, resulting in actual health benefits.

MYTH: Blackout shades can usually just be picked up at stores.

As is the case with other kinds of shades, usually blackout shades need to be ordered once you determine which model you prefer. This is because the shade must be sized to fit properly in your window.

MYTH: You're out of luck if you prefer other styles of blinds to blackout shades.

Do you need blackout shades, but your heart is set on bamboo or some other style? If so, you can get the best of both worlds by pairing your favorite shades with blackout shade liners. Blackout liners affix to the backside of other shades to provide the same darkening effect while allowing greater style for your home's interior.

MYTH: Blackout shades aren't ideal in homes with taller windows.

Blackout shades are great in any home and with all windows. If your windows are too tall to reach easily, then you can spend a little more for power-adjustable blackout shades. You can even buy power shades that open and close on a timer, which is great for regulating the light in different rooms of your home.

MYTH: Blackout shades are fire hazards.

The vast majority of blackout shades are treated with flame-resistant coatings to make them perfectly safe for home use. Talk to dealers or look up details from manufacturers to make sure you choose a flame-resistant model. Generally, though, this isn't a real concern when shopping for blackout shades and curtains.

MYTH: Home blackout shades are only good for bedrooms.

Blackout shades are great for the bedroom, but many people also use them in their living rooms where they have their TVs or home theater systems. Want to get that cinematic experience during the daytime? Close those shades, make some popcorn and put on your favorite movie.

MYTH: Blackout shades are more expensive than other kinds of blinds or shades.

Blackout shades are actually comparable in price to most other window shades. Shop around with traditional and online retailers and compare prices to find the best deals. Chances are, you'll find something in your price range.

MYTH: Blackout shades are much larger than normal shades.

Blackout shades aren't any larger than normal window shades. In fact, they roll up to be the same size. The only downside is they aren't available in as many styles.