Layering window treatments is a big thing right now! A layer adds a new dimension to the room. The contrast between the two layers creates a heightened drama in the room that becomes the focal point of the entire design scheme. Draperies or curtains make the room look tall and elegant, while blinds and shutters add a modern touch to the room. Mixing and matching two layers is also a clever way of achieving a unified look for the whole house.
Layering window treatments often follow the dictates of comfort than of style. Different window treatments come with their advantages and disadvantages and having two different layers can be an economic way around the problem.
It can also be expensive and quite confusing to try and fit a lot of functionalities into one single window treatment. Multiple window treatments allow you to add multiple functionalities to the same window. If one treatment filters light, another might be used for dark out effects, and both of them can boost insulation and privacy.
Benefits of Layering Blackout Blinds with Curtains
If you have already made up your mind about one treatment, that’s great news! That’s one hurdle less to cross. Blackout blinds are great for bedrooms, nurseries, living rooms, study, or any room that needs to cut off light during the day. Blackout blinds are even useful at night to block light generated from cars, streets, and shops. The added benefits of blackout blinds include noise-cancellation, greater privacy, and heightened insulation.
By adding curtains, you will be boosting all these features and more. Even with a great fit, blinds usually leave a narrow gap between the window and the fabric. This is needed to make sure that the fabric does not scrape against the wall. However, this gap inevitably allows both light and cold draught in, which really beats the purpose of having a blackout blind.
Curtains would effectively close this gap to give the room a total dark out effect. The same goes for insulation and noise cancellation. Even when the blinds are open, you will be able to close the curtains for greater privacy and light filtration, while maintaining air circulation within the room.
What Type of Blind?
The blinds that are most suitable for the blackout effect are Roman blinds, Roller Blinds and Vertical blinds.
Roller Blinds are the first choice, owing to the vast range of designs and textures they offer. Roman blinds are ideal for customers looking for an elegant and traditional look. Both options are great for privacy and blackout purposes. However, if you are looking to have more flexibility over light-control, vertical blinds are a good choice. The bigger slats overlap each other when closed, forming a thicker barrier against incoming light.
How to Install Blackout Blinds behind Curtains?
Now that we have established the benefits of paring blackout blinds with curtains, it is time to get the installation right. You need to keep the following points while installing a blackout blind behind a curtain.
Installing a Roller Blackout Blind Behind a Curtains
For a neat look, fit the blind as an inside mount, while the curtain goes over the window. This will ensure that the blind hardware is not on display, while the curtain operates without any hindrance.
To install a Roller Blackout blind inside the mount, follow the easy steps detailed below. As it is an inside mount installation, you can hang the brackets on the wall or on the sides of the recess, depending on the depth of the window.
Step 1: Hold the bracket against the area you want to put them in and use a pencil to mark the points where the screws would go in.
Step 2: Use a hand-drill to make small holes against the pencil marks.
Step 3: Use a screwdriver to put in the screws and secure the brackets in position.
Step 4: Align the second bracket evenly with the first bracket and secure the bracket in the same way mentioned above.
Step 5: Wind up the whole blind.
Step 6: Locate the idle pin. This will be at the side which had all the control mechanisms, along with the chain.
Step 7: Push that end into the hole in the bracket and depress the pin to connect the control mechanism with the bracket.
Step 8: Pull down the blind and you will hear a faint ‘click’, which means the control mechanism has been activated.
Your blackout blind is all set!
Installing a Blackout Vertical Blind behind Curtains
If you are planning to put vertical blinds behind curtains, you have to make sure that the vertical blinds don’t get in the way of the curtain’s operation, especially when they are open. To ensure this, install the blind as close to the window as possible. Also, if the curtains are hanging on rods, it might be possible to keep it from scraping against the blind slats.
To install the vertical blinds, try the following steps.
Step 1: Place one bracket against the wall. Use a pencil to highlight the place the screws would go in.
Step 2: Use your drill to make small holes over the pencil marks.
Step 3: Next, align the bracket against the wall and drill in the screws.
Step 4: Fix the second bracket in the same way.
Next, you need to fix the rail to the brackets.
Step 5: Now you need to decide which side you wish to have your control mechanism, and position the headrail accordingly.
Step 6: Hold up the headrail and align it over the brackets.
Step 7: Lift up and push forward. It should click in place.
Step 8: To secure it, tighten the screws at the front of the bracket.
Step 9: Use the bead-chain and turn the hooks/travelers to an open position.
Step 9: Hook the metallic ring, found on top of each slat, to the first traveler.
Step 10: Repeat the same process to attach each ring to the corresponding traveler.
With these simple steps, add a blackout blind behind your curtains and gift your room a new look!