Is there anything more annoying than having those little light gaps on the sides of blinds? You have your whole room set up just the way you want. Each piece of furniture is in exactly the right place. You couldn't possibly be any more comfortable.
But, out of the corner of your eye, you notice this little light gap on both sides of your blinds. Maybe it shines on the television, or maybe it just leaks through and into your room. Whatever happens, those light gaps drive you absolutely insane!
So, it makes sense to get blackout blinds. But which blinds should you get?
With blinds, one of your first decisions is whether to mount your blinds inside or outside the window. If you do not want to have a light gap, outside mount blinds are the better choice.
Inside mount blinds, which mount inside of your window's case, look neater. But you will always have at least a little light gap of between 3/16 inch and 3/4 inch on each side. Inside mount blinds are ordered using the actual window opening width (smallest of the measurements at the top, middle & bottom of the window). The factory then makes the width at a smaller size (deduction varies by product and is listed on the specification page on each product on our site) so the blinds will fit inside the window and move freely. So, all inside mount blinds/shades have gaps on each side. Cellular shades and roman shades usually have the smallest width deductions.
Outside mount blinds will block light better than inside mount blinds because they can cover the entire window opening. You need to make sure to add at least 2 inches to your window opening width measurement and at least 3 inches to the window opening height measurement to get the best coverage. Even when you add to the width and height measurements there may still be some light leakage around the edges. However, when the fabric is 100% blackout, outside mount blinds will block approximately 99.9% of all light. With outside mount blinds, you have a few options for total blackout:
And remember we have a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee in place to protect you. So if you don't like your blinds for any reason, we'll do whatever we can to make you happy, or you get a refund. And if you do return your blinds, you can feel good about it because all returned blinds get donated to a local charity.