Do your blinds or shades let in light from the sides? In the window covering world, we call these “light gaps.” These gaps exist because blinds and shades can’t be made to fit perfectly tight to the sides of the window. Without this gap, the fabric or slats would scrape along the window frame when they raise and lower, causing damage.
Some windows have a vinyl border that overlaps enough with the window treatments to cover light gaps, but others can let in sleep-ruining beams of light. Light gaps are especially problematic on blackout shades where complete darkness is desired.
One solution is “tracks” that cover the gap and allow shades to slide up and down. You may have seen something like this on hotel window shades. Until now, these tracks were only available for expensive custom shades and not compatible with many other window treatments or aftermarket solutions.
Use Blinds.com Light Blockers to Cover Light Gaps
Many Blinds.com customers asked for an easy and affordable solution to cover light gaps on new or existing window treatments, so we created the new Blinds.com Light Blockers.
Blinds.com Light Blockers are an L-shaped piece of plastic that goes in front of or behind your window treatments to block the part of the window that is not covered.
Light blockers come in a range of lengths and can be trimmed to fit your windows size. Just cut them with sturdy kitchen scissors or a hacksaw.
Installation couldn’t be easier – just peel the sticky backing and stick to the side of your window. Light Blockers should be placed as close to the window treatment as possible for maximum coverage.
Light Blockers can be installed in front of the product or behind. On some windows, a small amount of light may still leak through when the blockers are placed behind the treatment.
Experiment with the placement before you peel off the sticky backing, to find the best coverage for you. Keep in mind that placing the light blockers behind the shades allows them to be fully concealed.
When ordering, you can choose from 5 colors to coordinate with product hardware or match window trim.
Light Blockers are available in two coverage sizes – 1″ x 1″ and 1 1/2″ x 3/4″. The smaller size is best for cellular shades, and the larger works well for roller shades, which need more coverage.
What Window Treatments Work with Light Blockers?
Light Blockers are designed to be used with blackout shades to give complete coverage at the sides of windows.
Works best with:
- Blackout Roller Shades
- Blackout Cellular Shades
- Blackout Dual Sheer Shades
- Flat Fold or Plain Fold Roman Shades with Blackout Liner
- Flat Woven Wood Shades with Blackout Liner (not hobbled)
Light Blockers CAN be used with light filtering shades to provide additional privacy or block beams of light entering through gaps. However, light will still enter through the shade material since it isn’t blackout. Some products like Pleated Shades and hobbled Roman Shades do not fit tightly to light blockers and some light can still leak in.
Less effective for:
- Light Filtering Roller Shades
- Solar Shades
- Light Filtering Celluar Shades
- Light Filtering Dual Sheer Shades
- Flat Fold or Plain Fold Roman Shades without blackout liner
- Flat Woven Wood Shades without blackout liner (not hobbled)
- Pleated Shades
- Horizontal Blinds – the holes in slats and the gap between slats will still let light in.
- Hobbled Roman Shades
- Hobbled Woven Wood Shades
Some products just don’t work with Light Blockers due to the way they’re installed in the window.
Not effective or compatible with:
- Patio Doors
- Windows with less than 1″ depth
- Plantation Shutters
- Vertical Blinds
- Vertical Cellular Shades
- Sliding Panel Shades
- Skylight Shades
- Windows that tilt inward
Ready To Give Your Windows Complete Coverage?
Add Light Blockers to your next Blinds.com order, or order them now for existing shades. With prices from $17-$41 this inexpensive upgrade is worth giving your windows full coverage.
Need help finding the right fit for your window? Speak to a Blinds.com Designer for free at 800-505-1905.