“ Brand: Argos „
Moving in to my first home with my husband a few years ago left us needing a vast array of household items. As we had previously lived at home we ended up buying almost everything you can think of for our home including this black out roller blind for the bedroom! We bought this because initially when moving in we had been using curtains that my Mum had given us, however these were not sufficient in keeping the sunlight out and I was getting woken up very early in the morning after not going to be until the small hours after working evenings at my job.
I can see on the Argos website that this blind currently retails for £16.96, however when looking on my e-mails and searching for 'Black out blind' I can see an archived order for Argos where I paid just under £11.50 for mine. This is because there was a special offer at the time and the selling price was £1 less also. However even for £16.96 this price is a bargain for a 'black out roller blind'.
Having light coming in through the window is something that I dislike and because there is a house with white plastic cladding opposite this sometimes cast light from there through my window. This is why a black out blind was essential for me to allow me to get some decent sleep.
This blind comes rolled up and already fitted to a thick cardboard tube at the top. I believe that there was also a piece of cardboard or plastic in the bottom of the blind but this has long since been destroyed by one of my many nieces and nephews meaning that the blind has a crease right in the bottom middle that can cause the blind to fold up slightly when I have the window open and the blind closed. This happens even if the window is partially open as we have those open and tilt windows that are frustrating but allow you to open them partially horizontally and vertically.
Fitting the blind was very simple as there was already a piece of wood on the wall ideal for drilling the screws in to. We used raw plugs (not provided) and the provided screws to put this up and it comes with two white pieces that you can attach to the wall. I believe that this blind can be fitted straight to the wall as well e.g inside your window if you choose to. I would expect that doing so would truly make this a black out blind but if we had done that with our window we would not have been able to open it just because of the way that our windows work.
There is a plastic 'cord' attached to this that is just one loop and if you pull it one way the blind comes up, if you pull it the other the blind comes down again. This is very simple to use but even after two years plus I still manage to pull the wrong side sometimes! When rolling it down I have once or twice unrolled it too far by nudging it but this is easily rectified by rolling it back up again and giving it a manual roll for the last few centimetres. This doesn't unroll past the point of returning when you use the plastic cord though which is the main thing.
Now for the important part of this blind, the black out part. I must say firstly that having this blind up at the window does leave my bedroom much warmer and during the Summer I often have it open right until the moment I go to sleep as it works well at keeping the room warm all year round which can be quite uncomfortable in the height of Summer. Now when the blind is fully down there is some light escaping at the sides and bottom but this is because the blind sits a few inches away for the edge of the window and the windowsill. This is because of the way that we hung this blind and the actual blind portion that is covering the window doesn't let any light through it because it is not too thin. So I know that this blind would work completely as a black out blind if we could have hung it differently.
The blind does have some creases in it now because the bottom piece is missing but it doesn't look messy or tacky at all. I feel that this blind fits in well with our black, silver and white bedroom. Overall I have been very pleased with the quality of this blind for the price paid, particularly as we had another blind before that managed to just fall out of the wall taking and smash on the floor while we were sleeping one night. I couldn't have expected any more from this blind for the way that we hung it and that is why I am rating this 4 out of 5. The creasing of the blind is a little annoying but it doesn't bother me enough to put the blind back up when the sun is out and I am trying to nap!
~Black out blinds from Argos~
Some time ago when I was looking for a set of black out style blinds to help block out the summer sun a little in the early mornings I ended up buying a set of these Colour Match blinds, one of which was the 5 foot version of the product. I noticed from looking at the store catalogue that the blinds came in a good range of colours, from which I made my selection. I must admit that at the time of purchase I asked whether it was possible to view the blinds prior to buying them so as to ensure they were exactly what I was looking for.
In store I was allowed to open the boxes that the blinds came in with the help of a store sales assistant, which was very useful as I was able to get an idea of the colour and texture of the materials used. I found that it was rather difficult to get a good colour match with all of the blinds that I wanted to buy, as they were of varying sizes and each one once out of its box appeared to be a slightly different shade to the next. It took some time to find a full set of blinds that were all the same shade, however once this was achieved I made my purchases.
The 5 foot blind that I bought appeared to be a nice shade of the colour I choose, which was a warm but light mocha colour. The material felt quite thick, with a coating on the back of it which was there to help provide both thermal and black out qualities. The 5 foot blind was rolled up around a simple tube that was made of silver metal, with the top end having been stuck awkwardly in place along the length of the pole with some form of sticky glue or tape. The top of the blind was stuck in place for most of the 5 foot length, although one end looked like it was coming away from the pole.
I checked the fixings and fittings that came with the blind and found that the plastic roller mechanisms and fixings were there, as were the plastic wall fixings that they sat in. One thing to note is that these longer width blinds can and do make a screechy noise as you roll them up and down once they are fixed in place, as they do not have any centre support at all. Having had similar blinds previously I was prepared for this noise when in use and wasn't too fussed about it, however I was not really prepared for the fact that the material that made up the blind had not been stuck on in a straight line.
When I tried to fix the blind in place I noticed that it didn't hang in a straight line even though the wall fixings were set on the level. The blind rolled back on to the storage pole at a slight angle when rolled back and forth, which meant that it didn't hang level when in place. I found this very annoying indeed. I felt unhappy that the top of the blind was not correctly stuck in place at one end as it should have been. The material was also stuck on to the rest of the pole at an odd angle, which effected the functionality of the blind once in situ.
Eventually the only course of action was to pack the blind and its fixings back up and return it to the store. I also had to return the other matching blinds to store at the same time, as I knew I would have to match the colours with any replacement product I was offered. In the end there turned out to be no other 5 foot blind in stock that exactly matched the other blind sizes in colour, so I obtained a refund for all of the blinds that I had bought. In future I would probably not opt for these types of blinds again.
~Product rating/ price~
My rating for this product is just 2 stars as in this case the product was less than satisfactory, however having owned a number of other blinds of this type in the past I can say that the smaller, narrower blinds do work quite well and don't squeak as much as the wider blinds do when they are being pulled up or down. The black out quality of the blinds is generally good in my opinion as the material is coated with a layer of thermal/ black out liner that does what it is made for. I feel I would only buy these blinds in future if I was fitting them to a narrower window and did not need to colour match them with other window dressings of various widths. The cost of the 5 foot blinds is £16.96 at the moment.
When I moved into my new home last July I had the task of renovating each and every room to bring them up to date and to my taste; wallpaper was stripped, flooring was laid and curtains and blinds were bought - two of which were Argos's blackout blinds specifically blue in colour. I have a separate shower room and toilet in my home both of which I had tiled in blue and white and wanted a simple roller blind for each room for privacy and to just finish off the windows, paying around a tenner for the larger of the two blinds and about £7 for the smaller I was pleased to find that Argos' colours pretty much matched the colour of my tiles and were a great price.
The blinds are made from polyester, feature a simple side winding mechanism and are held in place at a window by 2 brackets which needs to be drilled into position. They're not difficult to hang, the only awkward-ish part being the winder cord that needs to be attached but this doesn't take too long and so long as it doesn't get tangled up should just slot into place without too much effort. Being simple roller blinds I find mine easy to wind and unwind and I find it a quick and effective way of giving me some privacy when I'm having a shower and for covering my windows on a night time. Buying the size specific for my windows I didn't need to trim them down so can't comment on how the material reacts to being cut and wouldn't really recommend doing this anyway due to the weighted length at the bottom of the blinds that give them some stability. The winding mechanism is smooth in action and setting the blinds at a desired length is easily achieved and all in all I think they make for a simple window covering that does the job they were designed to do.
Sold specifically as 'blackout' blinds I do find that they are very effective at making a room dark and during the daytime they do block daylight very efficiently, I could see them being an excellent choice for anyone who works shifts and need to sleep during the day but as I don't have mine in my bedroom the blackout ability is somewhat lost on me and I didn't buy them for this purpose in the first place. I do think they are rather plain in design being a single block of colour but they are inoffensive and neutral and for me finish off the windows in the two rooms I use the least so am not over fussy about making any sort of design statement. They form part of Argos's 'colour match' range so matching accessories are available and the blinds come in various lengths and colours so finding something suitable shouldn't be too much of a problem. Prices will vary depending on the length of blind you choose, my shower room ones are the 5ft length and currently they retail for around £17.00 but do frequently appear on offer so it's worth waiting for sales as Argos often have them available for a cheaper price.
4 stars as a rating, they're nothing to get excited about but they do the job well and are a simple yet effective way of blocking the light and providing some privacy. Recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
When we first moved into my old house from the house before that, I found that there was a major problem with me sleeping in the front room (something I had always done, even as a baby). That problem was the fact that we had moved from a 4 bedroom semi in the countryside with nothing around it for about 100 metres all around other than grass, to a 2 bedroom terrace-style house on a busier street that had streetlighting. Both the cars driving up and down it, and the street light itself, cast far too much light for my liking and I simply couldn't sleep at all. I was used to my room being dark, pitch dark, and I knew that unless I did something about it, I was going to be having some really bad nights!
Roll on a few weeks and I had found this black out blind, which I bought in blue. It also doubled as a thermal blind, which I thought might have helped during the winter months, but I did worry it might have meant that my room ended up far too hot during the summer.
The blind was easy enough to put up (it was only a few screws (provided with the blind), after all, and there was holes already there which made it even easier!) and I found that it was fairly easy to get it to roll up or down as well; you simply pulled it one way to make it go up and one way to get it to go back down again. It wasn't difficult to use at all. I think it would be ideal for a child's room, where the child could be able to use the blind, given that it was very easy to use. One thing I would say about this though, is the fact that the blind is quite long, so I could imagine children could get carried away with rolling it down and end up unrolling it all which could mean that the parent then needs to wind it all the way back up again - a task that is more difficult than it looks because I found that it could roll up unevenly if you weren't careful and you'd end up with the odd slight crease in the blind.
As for keeping out the light, I found that it was pretty good. I had curtains up as well, so this blocked most of the excess light that came in from either of the two sides of the blind, so I think that it was well worth the money I paid - about £8 at the time, although I think they've gone up to around £12 now in Argos. Of course, Amazon is always an option, and you may be able to get them cheaper on eBay as well.
I did find that it did keep the room warmer in winter, which was an added bonus, but during the summer, it could get much warmer than I expected it to. I don't know if this was more to do with the fact that it was a mid-terrace house, so heat was trapped in (and my room was above the kitchen which doesn't help) or whether it was more to do with the blind, but either way, the room was pretty hot! I won't deduct a star for the thermal effect being too hot in summer though, as I don't know if it was due to other factors or not.
Overall, I would give this product 4 out of 5 stars, because it did block out most of the light, but it was sometimes difficult to get it to roll all the way up without creasing if was entirely unrolled.
When we first moved into our home I bought some really nice curtains for our bedroom, I also bought my 2 cats from my parents home and we got a new kitten. Unfortunately these nice new curtains seemed to attract all the cats who would hide behind them and play, stretch up them and sharpen their claws and my youngest loved to take a flying leap and swing from them. Needless to say the curtains were slowly ruined and I recently replaced them with a roller blind which so far has been cat proof!
I love things in my home to be colour co co-ordinated and buy quite a lot from the Argos Colour Match range, I got my roller blind from here too.
The Argos Colour Match Black Out Blind comes packed in a cardboard box and does require a little assembling. The box contains everything you need to hang your blind and also some instructions, unfortunately these are like most instructions for this type of product and are a little vague to say the least.
All the fixings are plastic and although feel a little flimsy they do their job perfectly well. The actual blind is made from a thickish material that feels a bit like canvas.
The Argos Colour Match Blackout Blind is available in several colours including cream, white, apple green, ocean blue, poppy red, purple fizz, brown and funky fuchsia. .
To assemble and hang the roller blind is quite easy, it comes with 2 plastic brackets that fit into the ends of the blind, these need to be screwed to the wall/window where you want to hang the blind. There is a plastic chain which goes on one of the brackets and this is used to roll the blind either up or down. The only other thing you need to do is slide a plastic pole into the hem along the bottom of the blind, this ensures the blind hangs in position and doesn't curl up. My husband put our blind up and it didn't take long at all.
I've been really pleased with my roller blind, OK its nothing overly fancy but on the plus side it gives the window a nice neat appearance, I don't have to worry about it hanging in nice neat folds like I used to with the curtains and the cats don't see it as an assault course.
To keep it looking clean I just wipe over it with a duster or a slightly damp cloth.
You can have the blind completely rolled up or down or anywhere in-between. The only thing I would say is that its called a black out blind and maybe some colours are better than others at blocking the light but the funky fuchsia that we have is definitely not what I would call a black out blind, however this isn't a problem for us but if you do need complete darkness to sleep this may not be for you.
The Colour Match Blackout blinds are available from either Argos or Homebase and cost £12.94 for a blind measuring W122, drop 160cm / W48, drop 63in personally think this is a good price for this product and the blind is a nice way of adding a block of colour to your room and is also practical too.
Before my son was born, we needed to do a few things to make his little room ready. I didn't want to do too much to the room, as it is quite small and I felt that if I went for a theme it may be too much in the room. But one thing I did need was a blackout blind for the window. I wanted to go for a nice, neutral colour, and didn't have much money to spend, so I immediately decided to check what Argos had.
These thermal blackout blinds are part of the Argos Colour Match range, and come in a wide range of sizes and colours. The colour we opted for was apple green, but you can also get this in pink, blue, white, cream, and many more shades. The 5ft blind costs £16.99 and has a drop of 160cm.
Trim to fit
The blind comes in very basic packaging as you would expect, and the green shade that we bought is a nice colour that is quite like an apple! It isn't too pale and it is quite a good colour for a little boy's room I think. The blind can be easily trimmed to size, which we had to do to make it fit at our window, and just a normal pair of scissors will do the job just fine.
To hang this you will need a drill, but all the other bits and pieces you will need are included. If you have basic DIY skills then this is pretty straightforward - although of course it also depends on what state your walls are in! But assuming everything is fit for purpose, then this should only take a few minutes.
Once the blind is up, it is very easy to pull up and down using the plastic cord that comes with it. Of course you do need to ensure this is out of reach of young children at all times. The colour of this looks good in the small room - as the walls are white it adds a nice splash of colour without being too dramatic.
Keeping out the light
But does it block out the light? Well I have to say that it does this pretty well. Although a little light does of course get in at the sides of the blind where it may not quite meet the wall in the main this really does help block out the light. This is really important when my little boy has a nap in the daytime, and in this regard I am very pleased with this blind and I would say it works as well as can be expected.
Overall I have no complaints about this blind and I would definitely recommend it. It comes in a wide range of sizes and colours, and it does help to block out any light very effectively. For this low price I think this is a great choice of blackout blind.