I was having a chat with a designer yesterday and she was impressing me with her attention to detail when it comes to advising customers on all things soft furnishings. But in the course of our conversation she said “and I had to advise the customer against blackout lining because it is such a bulky and inflexible material”. My ears pricked up at this and I had to jump in to put her straight on this. Blackout lining is anything but bulky and inflexible.
Here are a few things you need to know about this most versatile of lining fabrics:
What is blackout lining? The blackout linings pictured in this blog are 265grms 3 pass linings made from 50% polyester and 50% cotton – which is typical of those readily available on the market. An acrylic coating gives the fabric its blackout properties, and you’ll often see them referred to as “2 pass” or the heavier weight “3 pass” – which derives from the number of times the lining fabric is passed through the coating process. You can purchase fire retardant (“F.R”) OR non fire retardant “NON F.R” linings.
What colours is it available in? Typically ivory, cream or white, although some suppliers, such as Evans Textiles have a range of coloured “Evasuede” blackout fabrics available in anything from black and blue through to burgundy, and gold.
What’s the difference between blackout and thermal lining? Thermal lining, like blackout is typically polyester/ cotton construction but lacks the acrylic coating, so if you want a lining that has thermal properties, but you also want blackout, you know what to go for!
7 Reasons why blackout lining works so well with roman blinds? There are various practical, as well as aesthetic reasons why you might decide to choose roman blinds over curtains, and here are a few reasons why blackout lining is the perfect compliment to your new made to measure roman blind:
- It feels like cotton! It’s surprising how many of our customers still have an image of blackout lining as being a thick, rubberised barrier that is practical but not much else. THIS IS WRONG! Blackout lining feels like cotton to the touch and the acrylic coating is so discrete as to not be noticeable.
- It works like cotton! blackout lining is a little thicker than cotton sateen lining, but otherwise operates in a very similar fashion. It’s extremely flexible and works perfectly with roman blinds
- It protects the face fabric: blackout lining will shield the roman blind face fabric (the fabric on the front of your blind) from the harmful effects of the sun, giving you the confidence to choose more delicate fabrics, such as silk, for that south facing window. Not only will it protect the fabric from rotting, but it will also prevent the colours of your face fabric from fading over time.
- It allows your blind’s true colours to shine through: blackout lining stops the light beaming through your blinds, not only does it protect the face fabric, but it also prevents the sun from diluting those colours /shades that you chose so carefully – as it would otherwise do, as it shone through the back of the blind during daylight hours.
- It adds strength and substance: because it is a little thicker than cotton sateen lining, blackout lining adds form and support to a roman blind, which is a great attribute particularly when your roman blind is quite wide (see our blog on extra wide roman blinds for more info on this).
- It’s the natural choice for bedrooms: the obvious one, but blackout lining is a natural choice for all bedroom blinds. Unless you really aren’t fazed about being woken up by the sun, we would always recommend blackout lining for your bedroom blinds, and:
- It removes the need for interlining: because it adds structure to your roman blind, and, more obviously, stops light filtering through your blind, it makes a very good case for you being able to dispense with interlining altogether.