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Best Blinds for the Bedroom

Today’s bedroom is no longer just a sleep sanctuary. It serves many purposes from media room to yoga studio and demands window coverings equally as flexible.

Over the years, the bedroom has evolved. It is no longer just our personal sleep sanctuary. Nowadays, the bedroom doubles as a media room, an office, a yoga studio, a place to curl up and read a good book, and so much more. Today’s bedroom is versatile and demands a window treatment equally as flexible.

What are the Best Blinds for Bedrooms?

No matter what we use our bedrooms for during the day, sleep remains the rooms primary purpose, so light control needs to be at the top of your window treatment wishlist.

“Overhauling the bedroom starts with an acknowledgment that your body needs to sleep in near total darkness for optimum health,” writes author Jennifer Barrett in her article “Sleep Oasis.”

In the evening, light begins to dwindle, triggering the hormone melatonin to increase in the body, which causes body temperature to decrease. This all helps us fall asleep. Conversely, increased light alerts your body that it is time to wake up.

“There is robust scientific data documenting the role of light in promoting wakefulness,” write researchers Helene Emsellem, MD and Taylor Bos, BA. “Photoreceptors in the retina sense light and dark, signaling our brain about the status of the outside world and aligning our circadian rhythms to the external day-night cycle.”

Even the smallest bit of light can throw off the entire process.

Light Filtering and Room Darkening Options

“Managing darkness in the bedroom contributes to better sleep,” says NSF CEO David M. Cloud. Fortunately, we are not limited in the different types of window treatments to accomplish this seemingly-simple sleep goal.

Honeycomb Shades

“If you’d like to combine privacy and energy efficiency, Honeycomb Shades are a good choice,” writes HouseLogic blogger Alyson McNutt English. These window treatments are not only incredibly attractive, but they are also one of the most efficient options on the market. Combine that with the fact that they come in a room darkening option, and you have the makings of the perfect bedroom window covering.

“Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are one of the hottest new trends in window shades and are designed for light filtering or for the total blocking of sunlight,” writes interior design blogger Christie Craig of Houston Lifestyles & Homes magazine.

Next Day Blinds Room Darkening Honeycomb Shades are lined with Mylar® to block nearly all exterior light.  A white backing gives the shades a clean, consistent look from outside your home while reflecting incoming UV rays.

Roller Shades

“The old-fashioned roller shade is still a good option,” says interior architect Rob Whitten. “They are a practical and inexpensive option that works well in many applications.” This includes the bedroom. These versatile window treatments come in many stylish fabrics, including several room darkening options.

Next Day Blinds Room Darkening Roller Shades are fused with white backing to block light and provide maximum privacy.  Our Roller Shade fabric is trimmed narrower than the width of your order, a process that helps ensure smooth operation, but creates a small light gap. For this reason, we recommend outside mounting roller shades when choosing room darkening fabric.

Aluminum Blinds

Interior designer Deborah Wiener calls aluminum blinds “the old standby.” These window treatments were first introduced by Kirsch in 1936, and remain as popular as ever today, offering homeowners an affordable option to cover their windows.

“Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding them behind basic mini blinds,” says Carolyn Forté, Home Appliances & Textiles Director in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Today, these window treatments not only come in a room darkening style, but also come in over 40 different colors.

Next Day Blinds Ultra Room Darkening Blinds feature hidden routing holes and increased slat overlap to block more light when the blinds are closed.

Savannah Shadings

Another stylish option for bedroom window treatments are Savannah shadings. These window treatments are not available in a room darkening style, but rather room dimming. These window treatments will obscure light from entering room but will not provide complete darkness when in the closed position.

Next Day Blinds Room Dimming Savannah Shades feature soft adjustable room dimming fabric vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels.

Something Else to Consider: Inside vs. Outside Mount

Traditionally, window treatments are hung inside window casements – what is known as an inside mount. This type of mount allows you to install your window treatment flush or recessed with the window frame, providing a visually appealing look that most homeowners prefer. For this reason, an inside mount is perfect for areas where visual appeal is more important than light control, such as the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

However, when light control is of greater importance – like in the bedroom – we typically recommend an outside mount. Unlike inside mounts, which are installed inside the window frame, outside mounts are installed outside, usually on the window trim. This does not give your window treatments that recessed or flush look, but does provide superior light control. For this reason, outside mounts are recommended for blackout shades. Otherwise, there will be light gaps on the left and right sides of the shades. 

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.