Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Blackout Blinds: Routeless or Cloth Tapes?

Let’s go over the basics: what are blackout blinds? Blackout blinds can be made from wood, faux wood, or aluminum. The biggest difference between blackout blinds and regular window blinds is that blackout blinds don’t allow as much light to come into the room. Blackout blinds aren’t 100% effective. Light may still seep in between the slats or on either side of the blinds: from the space in between the blinds and the window casing. However, blackout blinds can make a huge difference in any room and can significantly reduce the amount of light coming from any window.

When choosing blackout blinds, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether you want your blackout blinds to be made routeless or with cloth tapes.

Routeless Blackout Blinds
You can’t go wrong if you decide to go with routeless blackout blinds. Routeless blinds give you a clean and elegant look for your window. Instead of having the operating strings go through each slat, they go around the slats so you don’t have additional spaces for light to come through. Routeless blinds will give you an uninterrupted look that can blend in seamlessly with any d├ęcor style.

Cloth Tapes on Your Blackout Blinds
Blackout blinds with cloth tapes provide an interesting look for your room. The cloth tapes actually cover the routed holes where the strings to operate the blinds go. This way you don’t see any strings, you only see the cloth tapes. The great thing about cloth tapes is that you can choose a color that compliments your color palette or that contrast with your blinds to create a starkly unique look.

Whether you choose cloth tapes or routeless blinds, you will get a great blackout blinds product. You should consider ordering a free sample of the cloth tapes or blinds material in the colors you want just to make sure it is exactly what you want.