Product Type: Argos in Homeware
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My window is almost blacked out thanks to this blind!
Colour Match 5ft Thermal Blackout Roller Blind
Member Name: katykicker
Colour Match 5ft Thermal Blackout Roller Blind
Advantages: Blacks out the bulk of light, easy to fit, goes up and down smoothly, cheap.
Disadvantages: We didn't fit ours snug to the window as we couldn't with our window design!
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!
Summary: A decent roller blind from Argos.
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