The grandkids are coming, you know what that means?
The bedroom door swings dramatically open as soon as it’s light, to the cries of “it’s time to get up Nana”, “wake up Grandad “ and “Cleo wants breakfast”
am I ready for this?
We really love having our grandkids to stay and as I’m writing it doesn’t seem too bad with sunrise at 7am. BUT by the time June arrives it will be 4.46am! And I know we’re not quite ready to get up then and their parents definitely could use an extra hour or so in bed 😴
So, it’s time to think about how to keep them in the dark and asleep for a little while longer and to help get them off to sleep when they’re super tired at 7pm too.
With a very wide window and a radiator beneath, I’ve had to think carefully about how to tackle this. I want it to be welcoming for both children and adults and practical at the same time.
Unless you’re installing shutters, which don’t suit everyone’s home, taste or budget, anything you choose will need to have a blackout lining.
I’ve also dismissed anything that’s fixed to the window – as soon as you open the window, the light comes in…and we may just have a summer like 2018.
Here’s what I narrowed it down to -
Blackout roller blinds – simple solution for windows under 2.4m wide* and will roll up out of the way. BUT the pesky light gets in round all the edges and more annoyingly, especially if you’re a light sleeper, once the windows are open the blinds knock against them with the slightest of breeze. Also, most manufacturers only offer a limited choice of fabrics and colours.
Blackout Roman blinds – another simple solution for windows under 2.4m wide* and more decorative with extensive choice of fabrics. BUT there’s the same problem of pesky light getting around the edges - although Roman blinds can be fixed closer to the ceiling than roller blinds, there has to be a gap at the sides to allow them to be raised. Also - Roman blinds all need to be machined horizontally through the fabric and black out lining. You could find tiny machine pinholes which will let some light in. If you’re blissfully fast asleep, you’ll never notice but if you’re a night-worker trying to drop off in the day or wide awake in the middle of the night as my grandkids (and I) have been, it could drive you crazy. We avoid this in the way we make our Roman blinds (shameless plug for The Curtain Works 😂)
Blackout Curtains – are good for any sized window, are a more decorative option and with the widest choice of fabrics to suit your style and budget. You’d need to order blackout lining with your fabric. To get best level of blackout DO NOT use curtain poles or eyelet heading style because that pesky light gets in through the eyelets and up and around the pole. BEST to go for a curtain track and pelmet, alternatively a curtain track fitted as close to the ceiling as you can (allowing for the curtains to close). Allow plenty of overlap at the sides and plenty below the window sill to stop light getting in around the edges. Feel free to contact us for advice.
Combination for ultimate blackout – curtains and a blind would offer the maximum blackout solution. You’ve covered all the angles then and you get practicality along with versatility and style.
So, what am I going to go for? Obviously I’ll be choosing one of our recently added fabrics 😉. There’s a double whammy for me; not only are my windows extra wide with a radiator beneath it but there’s a street light outside for added night light.
So I’m opting for ….oh, wait a minute. I’ve also got to think about the privacy issue as the room faces the street. Now that complicates things...🤔
I’ll let you know what I decide in a future post.
P.S. If you’d like some advice with your blackout decision, do contact us for a chat. We do all kinds of blinds, including roller, roman, vertical, venetian, blackout/privacy as well as curtains.
* 2.4m is generally the maximum width restriction. Anything wider would be non-standard so you’d be best consulting a specialist curtain/blind maker, hopefully ourselves 😊. The blinds would have to be really well made and strong otherwise they’ll bow in the middle or be too heavy to lift. It may well be that you’d be better to have two blinds, depending on the configuration of your window.