Blackout Shade Basics

Blackout shades are the de facto window treatment for blocking light.  Here we explain why.

A typical window shade filters incoming light, effectively dampening it, but light still penetrates the window treatment. The resulting hue can produce a very nice look, unless it’s in your bedroom… especially if you have an east-facing window (and you like to sleep in).


Why They’re Special

Blackout shades are manufactured with special materials that block all incoming light, enabling beauty rest for all. These shades are the absolute best product when it comes to blocking light (and improving energy efficiency of your home), you will however, pay a premium for this perk. Ready to buy? Take a look at our blackout shade online shopping guide.



Want to block the majority of incoming light, but don’t like the look of shades? There are a few other great options, head over to our guide to alternate window blackout options.


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