Custom Blackout Shades

Blackout window shades are made from an opaque, tightly woven material that blocks sunlight.

We install them in bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms, but their versatility makes them useful in any room where you might need total darkness. Their thicker material gives them superior sound insulation compared to most other shades.

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Why Choose Blackout Shades?

  1. Room Darkening: Blackout shades are perfect for bedrooms, home theaters, or any other space to create a dark and cozy environment, especially during daytime hours.
  2. Privacy: These shades prevent outsiders from seeing into a room, especially at night when indoor lighting might otherwise make the interior visible from outside.
  3. Temperature Regulation: The thick materials of blackout shades also provide insulation, reducing heat transfer through windows.
  4. Noise Reduction: Blackout shades have an extra layer of material, thus dampening external noises more than standard shades.
  5. Improved Sleep Quality: People who work night shifts or have irregular sleep schedules can use blackout shades to create darkness during daytime hours.
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Our Blackout Shades Gallery

Types of Blackout Shades

Today’s blackout shades are stylish, elegant, and often motorized.

Let’s explore different types — from roller shades to cellular shades, Roman shades, and more. Each kind has distinct characteristics and aesthetic appeal.

  • Roller blackout shades are made from a single piece of fabric that can be rolled up or down using a cord or motorized mechanism. These shades offer a clean and minimalistic look.
  • Cellular blackout shades (honeycomb shades) feature a honeycomb-like structure that traps air, providing excellent insulation. They block light while also reducing heat transfer through windows.
  • Pleated blackout shades look similar to cellular shades but consist of a single layer of pleated fabric.
  • Roman blackout shades have soft and elegant horizontal folds that collapse as the shade rises.
  • Panel track blackout shades are ideal for larger windows or sliding doors. Their large fabric panels slide on a track, allowing you to control the light and privacy of a room.
  • Dual or double blackout shades combine two layers of fabric, typically one blackout and one sheer or light-filtering. The design lets you switch between light control and privacy by adjusting the layers.
  • Motorized blackout shades can be raised or lowered via a remote control or smartphone app. They’re especially convenient for hard-to-reach windows.
  • Top-down/bottom-up blackout shades can be lowered from the top or raised from the bottom, giving you flexible control over light and privacy. They’re available in various styles, such as cellular, roller, or Roman shades.
  • Skylight blackout shades are designed for windows on sloped or angled ceilings. They can be motorized or manually operated to block light from overhead.
  • Outdoor blackout shades block sunlight and heat from entering outdoor spaces like patios, balconies, or sunrooms. They’re made from extra-durable materials to withstand outdoor conditions.

Confused by all the options? Don’t be. Talk to us about your needs and wants, or even better, drop by our Los Angeles showroom to see, touch, and test the different types and styles of blackout shades we can install in your home.

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Customizing Your Blackout Shades

  1. Size and Fit: We guarantee a precise fit and will send a technician to your home for exact measurements of your windows, sliding glass doors, etc.
  2. Color and Design: You can choose a color or pattern that complements your room’s decor and aesthetics.
  3. Material and Opacity: Blackout shades come in various materials like sleek vinyl, textured fabric, or natural woven material with varying opacity levels.
  4. Operating Mechanism: Choose from cordless, motorized, or traditional corded systems.
  5. Added Features: You can add UV protection, thermal insulation, or even moisture resistance to enhance the performance and durability of your blackout shades.
  6. Combination with Other Treatments: Combine blackout shades with other window treatments like curtains or sheers for a stylish layered look.
  7. Trim and Accessories: Personalize your blackout shades with decorative trims, valances, or other accessories.

Motorizing Your Blackout Shades

At Aero Shade, we use quality Lutron® and Somfy® systems for motorization.

  • Control your blinds from a light switch, a remote control, or an app.
  • Operate your blinds with Alexa, Google Home, or Siri.
  • Set your blinds to open and close automatically at certain times of the day.
  • Easily control blinds in hard-to-reach places.
  • Make your home safer for children and pets.

Ready to take the blackout plunge? Please contact us for a free consultation! We’ll discuss your options and find the best solution for your needs. We’ll gladly answer your questions and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote.

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Installation & Follow-up: What to Expect

  • Our sales staff will make an appointment to install your blinds.
  • Our installers will install your shades to the highest standards and show you how to operate and maintain them.
  • We view our relationship with you as permanent. If ever you experience a problem with your blinds, we’ll do our utmost to repair them.
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Why Choose Aero Shade?

  • We specialize in window treatments and can deliver the best possible results for your home or office.
  • We've been in business since 1947.
  • We're family-owned and 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Our window treatments for luxury homes have been featured in lifestyle and design magazines.
  • We've installed blinds and shades for USC, UCLA, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and several Fortune 500 corporations.
  • Our prices are reasonable. All estimates are free.
  • We're an authorized dealer of the high-quality Hunter Douglas and Lutron brands.
  • Our customer relationship continues after the installation. If you ever have a problem with an Aero Shade window treatment, we'll do our best to fix it.