Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to darken a room?

  1. Roller Shades with Side Channels: These are effective at blocking out light by providing a tight seal around the window edges.

  2. Draperies with Lining: Adding a blackout lining to draperies can effectively darken a room when closed.

  3. Accordion Shades: These shades can be customized with blackout material to block out light effectively.

  4. Plantation Shutters: When closed tightly, plantation shutters can significantly darken a room. They also offer the flexibility to adjust the louvers for varying levels of light control.

  5. Zebra Shades: Zebra shades can be made with blackout material and adjusted to allow varying degrees of light into the room.

What is the best treatment to let in light and have privacy?

1. Roller Shades: These shades can offer privacy while still allowing light to filter through when desired.

2.Zebra Shades: Zebra shades can be adjusted to let in light while maintaining


3. Accordion Shades: These shades can provide privacy while allowing some light to

filter through when closed.

4. Sheer Curtains: Sheer curtains offer privacy during the day while still allowing light

into the room.

What is the best way to have both light filtering option and a Blackout option?

  1. Dual Roller Shades: Install two roller shades—one with a light filtering fabric and the other with blackout fabric. This allows you to choose between the two options.

  2. Zebra Shades: Opt for zebra shades made with blackout material. They offer the flexibility to adjust the amount of light entering the room.

  3. Blackout and Sheer Curtains: Combine blackout curtains with sheer curtains on the same window. This allows you to have both options depending on the time of day.

  4. Plantation Shutters: Close the shutters tightly for blackout conditions, and adjust the louvers for varying levels of light control while still maintaining privacy.

What is the downside of blackout curtains?

Curtains can hold dust particles and then release them creating a problem for individuals who are sensitive to allergens.

What are the advantages of motorized blinds?

Ease of use and they are compatible with smart home systems.

What are the disadvantages of motorized blinds?

The biggest disadvantage is the cost associated with a reliable motors. A Heavy Duty Motor can cost about $400-$500 . Beware of cheaper online Motors because they will wear out after a few months.

Are Blackout shades worth it?

There are many benefits to Blackout shades. They keep harmful UV rays out, they help you sleep better, and can help reduce outside noise. They're especially good for people who work at night as they help with sleeping during the day.

Is it better to have blackout curtains or blackout shades?

Blackout curtains with a proper Lining and blackout shades with side channels will make the room completely dark. However blackout curtain while more elegant cost more and may hold more dust than a shade.

Can Zebra Shades blackout a room?

Zebra Shades can darken a room very well about 95% Dark, compared to Blackout shades which can achieve about 99% room darkness.

Can Shutters blackout a room?

Compared to venetian blinds, shutters are significantly better at eliminating light. However to completely blackout some customers add a blackout shade behind the shutter.

What kind of Blinds are used in Miami?

In Miami, where the sun's intensity can be overwhelming, residents often turn to a variety of modern window treatments to manage light and heat effectively. Among the most popular options are:

  1. Blackout Roller Shades: These window coverings are designed to block out light completely, providing maximum privacy and darkness when closed. They are ideal for bedrooms or spaces where total darkness is desired, offering relief from the bright Miami sun.

  2. Screen Shades: Screen shades are crafted from a specially woven material that allows natural light to filter through while still providing protection from glare and UV rays. They offer a balance between maintaining views of the beautiful Miami landscape and controlling sunlight, making them a popular choice for living rooms and offices.

  3. Blackout Draperies: Similar to blackout roller shades, blackout draperies are made from heavy, opaque fabric designed to block out light completely. They add a touch of elegance to any room while providing excellent light control and insulation, making them suitable for both residential and commercial spaces in Miami's warm climate.

  4. Plantation Shutters: These classic window coverings feature adjustable slats that can be tilted to control light and ventilation. Made from durable materials like wood or vinyl, plantation shutters offer timeless style and are well-suited to Miami's tropical environment, providing both insulation and protection from the sun's heat.

  5. Zebra Shades: Also known as dual or layered shades, zebra shades feature alternating sheer and opaque fabric panels that can be adjusted to control light and privacy. They offer a modern and versatile alternative to traditional blinds, allowing residents to enjoy diffused natural light while still maintaining their privacy in Miami's vibrant urban environment.