What is the difference between Dimout Blinds & Blackout Blinds ?


It’s a question that many customers ask, but with no right or wrong answer – ‘Do I need blackout blinds in my bedroom?’ We get asked it a lot, and to be honest it’s purely a personal opinion. Many of us are deep sleepers who are out like a light from the moment our head touches the pillow. Others are kept awake by the smallest amount of light. So let us explain the difference between blackout blinds and dimout blinds.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds are designed to stop light entering into a room, this is achieved with either thicker material or because it has a thicker lining to the back of the fabric. This thicker material ensures that no light can penetrate through it. Blackout Blinds come in a few variants – Blackout Roller Blinds, Blackout Roof Blinds, Blackout Roman Blinds and Blackout Vertical Blinds. These different types of blackout blind all help to prevent light entering your bedroom as you sleep. With a wider range of fabrics to choose from it means you can find the right style for your room.

Should I install a Blackout blind in a recess?

Installing a blackout blind within a recess will give you a huge reduction in light coming into your room. However, a recess fit does leave a small gap around the edge of the blind. If you really struggle with light and need total blackout in your room then we suggest installing your blind outside of the recess, covering the recess by a good 3/4cm either side. This will then give you a much greater reduction in light that can seep around the side of the blind. A common way to achieve full blackout in a room – but still installing the blind within the recess is to pair it with curtains. By having a blackout blind and an extra layer from the curtains will ensure a great night’s sleep.

“Quality of sleep is more important than quantity”

Dimout Blinds

‘Dimout blinds’ is the term given to any fabric that is not classed as blackout. This type of fabric can range from being very sheer, through to something that blocks 95% of the light, but doesn’t make the cut to be blackout. These fabrics are naturally thinner than the blackout blinds, but do come in a wider range of colours and styles. With blackout blind the colour is never enhanced by the sun shining onto it from behind. With a dim out fabric the sun can help to illuminate and enhance the colours in the fabric when being shined onto from behind. These blinds are great for kitchens, living rooms or areas that you need to add some colour or style into. If you are a heavy sleeper than you can probably get away with installing these in a bedroom.

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Cords or Tapes for your Wood Venetian Blinds

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A common dilemma for people purchasing Wood Venetian blinds is whether to choose Cords or Tapes?

First of all you will need to consider the cost as Tapes are slightly more expensive than Cords.

Secondly, what are the advantages of tapes? Putting aside the “look”, which we feel can be equally striking in the modern or more traditional home, blinds with tapes simply cut out more light than a wooden blind with cords. It’s not a huge difference but enough to be important particularly in a bedroom.

So if you are looking for more control in your life and a huge helping of style then why not plump for some wooden blinds with tapes?

Tapes are available in a number of colours, to compliment or contrast with the various wood shades that are available.  The width of the tape generally varies depending on the size slat you choose for example 50mm Slats will come with either 28mm or 38mm Tapes.

If you would like to book a FREE quotation or would like further information on any types of blinds please contact us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

MDF or Wood


MDF or Wooden shutters

Shutters in the UK are getting very popular, price and quality and still important factors. With all the different types of shutters out there it can be hard to know which shutter will be best.

MDF shutters are man made and have a plastic coating, wooden shutters are made from wood and have a sprayed finish. Here are a few points to help you decide what might suit your windows or budget.


The weight is a key difference between the two, MDF is heavier than wood so it’s more suitable on smaller windows. If you are fitting MDF to large windows then think about using Tposts to help support the weight, make sure a 4 sided frame is used as this will also support the shutters when closed.


Wood is stronger than MDF so it’s better for large doors or openings. It’s the grain in the wood that provides extra strength and stops the shutters wobbling around on larger panels when they are opened. If you have a large doorway or opening you can also upgrade the width of the side stile and increase the number of middle rails in the panel.  Both these options will help increase the strength.


The plastic coating on the MDF does provide a tough durable finish, the shutters can be wiped down and easily cleaned. With this in mind, MDF shutters are great in playrooms or children’s bedrooms. The spray finish on the wooden shutters does make these shutters nicer to touch/feel so some customers fit MDF upstairs and wooden shutters downstairs.  If you are looking for a stained finish, then you would need a wood shutter as MDF can not be stained.


MDF shutters are cheaper than the wood shutters. If your looking for a cheap shutter, MDF can be the perfect choice and ticks most of the boxes.


There are a few more limitations with MDF than wood, like colour, frame choice and options available. Most customers opt for a white shutter and have rectangular or square windows so they have a much wider choice of materials. Basswood is a very good material for making wooden shutters, it’s strong, stable, lightweight and smooth. Larch, Cedar or poplar are other materials used when manufacturing shutters.

If you would like any further information or would like a quick quote please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk.

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