Blinds, Shades & Shutters

The Skinny on Room Darkening Shades

Sleeping with room darkening shades is the most enlightening blackout you will ever experience.


When it comes to your bedroom, privacy and light control skyrocket to the top of your list of wants and needs when shopping for new window treatments. Privacy is important because…well, it’s your bedroom. And light control is important because your body needs total darkness in order to achieve a good night’s sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “your bedroom should be free from any light” and you should “consider using blackout curtains,” also known as Room Darkening Shades.

While all window coverings offer some degree of privacy and light control, some window coverings are just better at it than others. This is where room darkening shades fall.

Believe it or not, these shades got their start during World War II as a means to help save lives. Allied leaders in northern Europe believed that without man-made light coming from its cities, nighttime air raids would have trouble navigating by sight and reaching their targets. Because of this belief, Great Britain enforced blackout regulations in 1939, requiring all windows and doors to be covered at night. Britain even went as far as to ensure that blackout material – most often black cotton fabric – was available for every household.

Today, room darkening shades are the perfect addition to any bedroom or media room. These shades block 100% of outside light. Sleeping with room darkening shades is the most enlightening blackout you will ever experience.

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Woven Blackout Shades: Starting at $289, our 3/4″ woven blackout shades blocks most light, making them the perfect choice for bedrooms, nurseries and media rooms.

Basic Blackout Shades: For the cost conscious consumer, our 3/8″ basic blackout shades start at just $108, fitting most budgets, while still blocking light and offering privacy.

Outside mounts are recommended for blackout shades to give you that “cave” effect. Otherwise, there will be light gaps on the left and right sides of the shades.