Privacy is everything, in every kind of living. After writing about blackout room darkening curtains I want to present a great model for a blackout paper shade. The system respectively your requirements are the same: it needs to block out light and keep your privacy in your home.
The different solutions have different advantages and disadvantages. A blackout paper shade has doubtlessly a great deal of positive points that I like to present.
One big advantage of paper shades is that they are trimable. You cut them to the size of your window and install them inside or outside your window frames. For people living in a tiny house this fact of being trimable is important since many tiny houses have – often because of space issues – unusual window sizes.
How do you trim this blackout paper shade? It’s simple. First you trim it to fit your window’s size, then you peel to remove the liner and finally stick to permanently install the shade. The below model comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
Obviously one of the most important details of a blackout paper shade is that it really blocks the light totally out. You might need this feature because you live in an urban apartment with neighbors just outside your window – well, I know this kind of living. In this case you want to keep curious eyes out of your home.
Or you want to create total darkness in a room for your kid’s or your own good night sleep or for undisturbed movie enjoyments. In this case you want to keep the light out for having a totally dark room. Keeping the light out will also keep your furniture from color fading by protecting them from UV.
You actually are able to direct the amount of light you want to keep out. If you wish for a totally dark room – a 99% blackout option – you want to install the paper shade inside the window frames. If some light still can come into your room, install it outside the window frames. Sometimes though it’s the other way around, measure your window and make sure which way to go for your solution.
This blackout paper shade works absolutely fine as stand-alone solution for your windows, but you’re able of course to have them additionally to curtains.
I chose these black paper shades just because of the aesthetic feeling they create in the room but also from the outside. The paper is of high quality and shouldn’t become yellow through sun exposure.
Redi Shade Blackout Pleated Paper Shade Black
Blocks 99% of light for complete privacy, light control, UV protection
No cords but included clips to raise and lower shade
Works as stand-alone solution and layer behind existing window treatments
Trimable for perfect fit inside or outside window frame
Easy installation, no tools needed
Size: 36“ x 72“
These have been a life changer! These shades are paper and essentially a really long piece of pleated, thick, black construction paper with a tape strip on the top that is used to affix it to your window frame. With regard to the light blocking ability, I have to say I’m impressed.
Amazing. Completely blocks out light from the two windows in baby’s room. The tape is pretty strong as well and it comes with clips to hold the shade up as well or roll it up when you want. Would highly recommend.
These are truly light-blocking. I prefer the way they look from the outside. They are a bargain and immediately solve the window covering issue WITHOUT SHEETS!