A fully enclosed blackout blind is a roller blind with blackout fabric, fitting into a head box, with side channels down the length of the recess in which the blind runs. Due to the blackout fabric and the side channels, the fabric is kept fully in position thus preventing light leakage, with 100% blackout in the room being created. These blinds are often installed in science laboratories, or media and entertainment rooms such as cinemas and nightclubs, where 100% blackout is required.
A blackout roller blind is a blind which is made with blackout fabric but doesn’t have any side channels or head boxes. Therefore, some light will still penetrate the room when the blind is down. These blinds are ideal for installation in bedrooms where privacy and a dark room for sleeping is required, but the 100% blackout and the associated price increase of a fully enclosed blackout blind isn’t justified. As such, blackout roller blinds are one of our most commonly installed products in student accommodation.
The main difference between the two types of blackout blind is that a fully enclosed blackout blind creates 100% blackout, whereas a blackout blind creates blackout but with some light leakage around the edges.
In terms of budget, the cost of fully enclosed blinds is higher than that of a standard blackout blind, due to the manufacture and installation of the side channels and head boxes which provides the total blackout and also a more aesthetic, neater design.
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