Should I use blackout lining or not?

This month we've been focusing on Roman Blinds, specifically for children's bedrooms. Making or updating your child's bedroom blind over the summer holidays is a very worthwhile project ahead of the new school term.


I get asked about blackout lining a lot and of course it's a great option for children's and adult bedrooms alike, helping to promote deeper sleep and creating a dark environment.


There are many different qualities of blackout lining available and I always encourage my customers to spend the extra money for a better product that will drape beautifully in curtains and fold more easily in blind, less rigid than cheaper versions.


So the answer is yes, but the best quality you can find.



Other things to consider when using blackout lining


Some makers replace the cotton lining with a blackout lining, however I find this can leave you with hundreds of little holes in the back from the sewing machine which the light can bleed through.


There will always be some light bleed from around the edges of the blind, especially if your blind is outside the recess. Blackout also makes a stark contrast to any light coming in, magnifying light and dark.



Join our online Roman Blind making course


Have you considered joining our online Roman Blind making course? It's suitable for complete beginners and by the end of it you'll be able to make a hand-sewn, interlined roman blind of really high quality.


Watch this short introduction to our online Roman Blind making course.



If you want to add blackout lining to your roman blind, please drop me an email with your course purchase and I will add this to your Starter Kit. During the course I will tell you when to add this in if you are using it.