Blackout Shade Alternatives

If you want the light blocking benefits of blackout shades, but don’t like their appearance or can’t afford their steeper price, here are some other options.


Other Looks

Want to block the majority of incoming light, but don’t like the look of shades? There are a few great options.  Though they don’t block quite as much light, if you prefer the look of blinds, routeless blinds (also knowns as “no-holes” or “de-light”) are a good option.  These blinds provide the commonly desired wood blinds look, but block much more light.


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Blackout curtains are the other great alternate to blackout shades.  These curtains, if mounted properly can give you nearly 100% light blockage.  Though it is difficult to find blackout style curtains that look as good as regular curtains, these are also worth considering.  To find the best prices on these window treatments, be sure to head over to our shopping page.


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The Inexpensive

There are a couple inexpensive options that will give you a better look than the college-dorm-style – blanket over the window or aluminum foil taped up, but not break the bank. The first inexpensive option is the ubiquitous roller shade. Most roller shades are composed of a heavy vinyl material that is great for blocking light.


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A second option, that will provide a similar look to the much more expensive cellular blackout shade, is Redi Shade. These shades are not as versatile as traditional shades, they cannot be raised and lowered other than by using clips (which don’t look that great). However, in a room such as a home theatre where you may not have the requirement of raising and lowering the shade often this can be a great option. Currently, a six pack of Blackout Redi Shadesare available for less than $40. The shades are only available in a couple fixed widths, but you can cut them to size easily with a pair of scissors. So for those of you looking for the benefit of blackout shades, but lacking the budget, these shades can be a dream come true. Head over the Amazon to check them out.