Best blinds

Choose the best blinds for every room in your house.

Best blinds
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As you well know, blinds are an essential in most contemporary homes. Providing you with privacy and controlling how much light enters the room, blinds are also a neat way to decorate your home. Think of them as a form of self-expression – you can choose a simple and timeless design, or perhaps go for something a little more adventurous. 

Of course, there are a few things you will want to consider when buying blinds. First and foremost is the purpose. For example, are they for a living room, or are they for a baby's bedroom? In the latter case, we'd suggest blackout blinds. Then there's style. Roman, horizontal, cordless... To help make this all a little easier for you, we've picked out some of the best blinds available. 

Our top choice, the Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Pleated Light Filtering Fabric Shade (opens in new tab), is designed with soft-spun lace fabric, which gently filters daylight. If you find it's a little too long, don't sweat it. It can be trimmed as needed using a kitchen knife. To learn more about this delightful product, as well as some other great choices, read on.

Best blind

Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Pleated Light Filtering Fabric Shade

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Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Pleated Light Filtering Fabric Shade (opens in new tab)

Top quality and easy to install

Simple and effective, this blind is easily customisable to your precise requirements.

Pros:

  • Easy to customize 
  • High-quality fabric
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Adhesive isn't great

The Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Pleated Light Filtering Fabric Shade (opens in new tab) is a hardworking, good-looking blind that's super easy to install and operate, and it can be trimmed to the exact size you need using the trimming kit provided. We like the nice, soft fabric that's easy to wipe clean. The only downside is that the adhesive provided isn't great, so reinforce these with some extra glue/tack. 

Best single-cell option

Bali Blinds Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shade

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Bali Blinds Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shade (opens in new tab)

Great colors and fabric

Our top pick for those who don't like slats. 

Pros:

  • Insulate and softly filter light
  • Hardware provided

Cons:

  • Installation instructions aren't great
  • Limited colors

The Bali Blinds Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shade (opens in new tab) is our top pick if you prefer a cellular design, also known as the honeycomb – made from one cut of fabric, rather than strips or slats. There are no cords to pull, so the end result is very streamlined and neat. These blinds are insulating as well as light filtering, which is helpful if you want to retain heat indoors in winter or minimize noise coming in from outside. We do wish the color range was a bit bigger (they come in white and beige), and the installation instructions could have been better written. 

Best Roman blinds

Radiance Cordless Roman Shade

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Radiance Cordless Roman Shade (opens in new tab)

Our favorite all-natural design

These beautiful blinds are made from bamboo and will give good coverage.

Pros:

  • Natural material
  • Gives great coverage

Cons:

  • Doesn't always push up straight

The Radiance Cordless Roman Shade (opens in new tab) is made from bamboo, which makes it a sustainable choice, and it gives amazing coverage, which makes it our top choice if you want to improve privacy in a bathroom or bedroom – you can't see in with these even at night. The cordless mechanism is maybe not the best – the blind doesn't always push up completely straight – but it's great quality otherwise.

Best blackout blind

AmazonBasics Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind

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AmazonBasics Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind (opens in new tab)

Great coverage and portability

Take these blackout shades anywhere you go to make sure your kids sleep well.

Pros:

  • Blocks out light and UV radiation
  • Noise cancelling
  • Portable

Cons:

  • Suction cups tend to break

The AmazonBasics Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind (opens in new tab) is the answer to every exhausted new parent's pleas for the baby not to be woken up by early morning sun. These really do work to black out sunlight completely, and they're portable, so you can take them with you if traveling with the baby. Their only drawback is poor-quality suction cups that will break if you apply too much pressure or pull too hard when trying to remove. Good old-fashioned duct tape may well work better. 

Best budget blind

Achim Home Furnishings Deluxe Sundown Blinds

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Achim Home Furnishings Deluxe Sundown G2 Blinds (opens in new tab)

A cheap and cheerful option

With no cords to tangle, this a child- and pet-friendly choice.

Pros:

  • Cordless
  • Durable
  • Super affordable
  • Warp- and fade-resistance
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Quite a basic style

For a no-frills choice that performs, the Achim Home Furnishings Deluxe Sundown G2 Blinds (opens in new tab) are ideal. With a handy tilt wand to control the level of light in your room, they are easy to use and come in a selection of colors, from classic white to mahogany. Oh, and installation is seamless thanks to the hidden mounting brackets. As well as this, these blinds are a durable option, made from heavyweight PVC, which resists warping, fading, and sagging.  

Our verdict

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Have you discovered your next set of blinds? To save you time and hassle, we carefully picked out our favorites. If you're still not decided on your go-to choice, refresh your memory below.

Our favorite pick, commendable for the high-quality fabric, is the Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Pleated Light Filtering Fabric Shade (opens in new tab). We just know you'll love it. After a single-cell blind? Try the Bali Blinds Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shade (opens in new tab), which is both light-filtering and insulating – great for keeping your home warm. 

What about some good old Roman blinds? Well, it has to be the Radiance Cordless Roman Shade (opens in new tab), constructed in beautiful bamboo. Does your little one need complete darkness to fall asleep? The AmazonBasics Portable Baby Travel Window Blackout Blind (opens in new tab) can certainly help. Finally, for something inexpensive that does the job well, go for the Achim Home Furnishings Deluxe Sundown G2 Blinds (opens in new tab).

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design. 

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