Blackout Shades

Diffusing or filtering daylight isn’t always enough – some solar control situations call for substantially blocking of light from a room. Bedrooms, for example, may need to shut out light to allow for comfortable sleep. Likewise, media rooms may rely on a blanket of darkness to enjoy movies. Window treatments designed to darken rooms are often referred to generically as “blackout” shades. Manufacturers of window treatment systems and fabrics classify them as “room darkening,” “blackout” or “light-tight” shades based on the amount of light they block. Look no further because Shading Systems, Inc has the best blackout shade options for you to install in your NYC apartment.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening shades can substantially reduce the amount of sunlight or exterior light in a room or interior space, but they do not offer the same level of light blocking of either blockout or light-tight shades. Manufacturers often use these term “room darkening” to indicate greater light filtering capabilities than a semi-opaque material. The degree of openness of the fabric and its weave determine how much light is blocked. We have more than 50 different types of room darkening fabrics to choose from, and we can help our NYC area clients select the perfect type of shades for the degree of darkening they want, based on location, amount of exterior light and other factors. Of course, these choices can be viewed online, and we are available via telephone to advise NYC area clients on the best fabric selections for room darkening shades. We can also mail fabric samples, so clients can see the various styles that will meet their needs, and make the right installation for their sense of style and the location’s decor.

Blockout Shades


Blockout shades offer the most coverage against outside light. Once installed, they can block up to 99% of visible light from entering a room. With their ability to stop light from penetrating the treatment’s fabric, blockout shades are ideal for bedrooms, nurseries and media rooms. Some shades, such as cellulars and Romans, are made from a specific blockout material, while other fabrics or materials, such as woven wood shades, require an attached blackout liner. The blockout property of a window covering applies only to light striking the shade itself; a halo of light will seep in around the edges of the window treatment. A drapery, a side panel, or a fascia over the roller can help cover up this light seepage to keep your NYC home dim and comfortable. For maximum effectiveness, aluminum extrusion side channels can be mounted around the blackout window treatment.

As the leading installer of shading control systems in the New York metropolitan area, we offer window blockout shades in a wide selection of styles from leading manufacturers, so our solutions can meet your design needs while blocking out any intrusive light. We even have options for sliding windows and skylights.

Light-Tight Shades


While blockout shades can block up to 99% of exterior light, they cannot block all of it, as light can still seep around the edges of the window treatment. When absolute darkness is required – or desired – only a light-tight shade will do. Light-tight roller shades use side channels to snugly hold the fabric and seal the edges, preventing any light seepage. Thus, a light-tight shade installation will have hardware that is visible even when the shade retracts. But functionality doesn’t have to mean dull anymore.

We have an unmatched selection of light-tight designs, fabrics, and sizes of shades and window treatments that block out 100% of even the strongest sunlight. The experts at Shading Systems, Inc. can install these systems in conjunction with other effective shading solutions for maximum flexibility. We welcome the opportunity to show prospective clients a portfolio of light-tight shading system installations in high-end commercial and residential properties throughout the New York Tri-State area. Call us at 188-SHADING and have your blackout shades installed today!

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