Blackout Blinds help you sleep

Blackout Blinds help you sleep

Most people struggle with sleep at least once a week. Doing anything and everything to better your sleep is worth it. Blackout blinds and curtains can help prevent waking up before the desired time. In New York summers the sun comes up as early as 5:24 am. This can trick your body into thinking its morning hours before you need to get up. In the summer it also only gets starts to get dark at around 9:30. This can make it harder to put children to sleep. Blackout roller blinds are popular as they give complete light control of your sleep schedule. Healthy sleep is always part of the equation in a healthy balanced lifestyle.

Royal Window Treatments has a great assortment of blackout blinds in various price ranges.

Use your Window Treatment as a Projector Screen

Use your Window Treatment as a Projector Screen

Ever wanted a complete home theater system but didn’t have money or space?

As digital film projectors get smaller and cheaper it is now possible for anyone to build their own quality home theater system. Traditional projector screens are unsightly and consume ceiling space. Using your window treatment to double as a projector screen makes perfect sense. Motorized roller shades make the easiest projector screens as they extend and extract on the press of a button. The projector itself could be placed hanging from the ceiling or temperately set up on furniture. A typical 1080p HD projector costs from about $200 to $500 on Amazon or B&H-photovideo. You want at least 3000 lumens if there is going to be some ambient light in the room.

But what does it look like from the outside?

Yes, the colors and shapes might be visible to someone on the outside. One way to deal with this is to know that nothing will be visible through blinds in the daytime. Another way is to make sure you are using roller shades or blackout blinds that don’t allow any light in or out of your home.


If you or your kids want a home theater system there is no excuse. A whole system including speakers and shade screen shouldn’t cost more than $500.

“Blind” Meanings and History

“Blind” Meanings and History

The word “blind” as in curtain obviously comes from same term meaning “unable to see.” When a window is covered up with a curtain who becomes blind? The outsiders are blind to what is happening inside, the insiders are blind to what is happening outside, or maybe the people inside can no longer see because of lack of sunlight.

Let us look at history to see what was most likely meant when the word was first used to refer to curtains.

Firstly note that use of “blind” as in “unable to see” was first used in Old English in year 1535 (wiki dictionary). It was probably only until much later that the word was used to mean a curtain.

Black-out blinds during Wartime

The first use of enforced blackouts was in the beginning of World War One. Right at the beginning of the war Germany planned the first ever strategic air bombing campaign on England. Before the war Winston Churchill, lord of the Admiralty, planned to blackout the coastal towns to confuse German submarines as well aircraft. Eight days after England declared war on August 12 1914 the blackout was issued on several towns. Germany started air-raids on England on England first with Zeppelins then with Gothas bomber planes. In response the whole England was put under nightly blackouts by February 1916.

By World War Two it was common term to use blackout-blinds with black-outs laws issued in many countries around the globe. For as many as five years people grew accustomed to living under blackout conditions. Of course everyone was greatly relieved at the end of war when the blackout was finally lifted. During the black many people were injured from automobile accidents as well as suffering high street crime rates.

Black-out blinds available at Royal Window Treatments

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Different lift System Options in Roller Shades [Infographic]

The infographic titled, “Facts about Designer Roller Shades” talks about various lift systems of designer roller shades. Roller shades are one of the most popular and functional types of shades that are constructed using a wide variety of fabric choices.

Different options in lift systems of roller shades include:

Custom clutch system: Custom clutch system is the newest update to the roller shades, allowing shade-to-shade lift uniformity and minimum light gap on both sides.
Literise system: This is a cordless option that comes with either a small tab or 6 inch decorative cord to move the shade up and down with ease.
UltroGlide single retractable cord system: UltroGlide single retractable cord system provides a stationary cord length with the shade being in the up or down position to help keep with pet and child safety.
PowerView motorization system: PowerView motorization system allows your shades to connect with the battery operated pebble remote.

For more details about various lift system options in designer roller shades and styles of cassettes and bottom rails, please refer the given infographic.


Neighbors close blinds as peeping janitor is identified

Haunted women by hidden from a janitor routinely spied on them from the school roof — by closing their curtains tight.

I’m really upset. My window faces that side. It’s really disturbing,

said a female resident of the East 33rd Street building who covered every inch of her windows.
Her neighbor Jeena Shrestha also drew the shades.

The unidentified janitor grins as he leaves the school roof.
“That’s scary,” she said of the horndog handyman, who has been seen leering at them while they undress for at least the last two weeks. “It’s bad.”

Department of Education sources identified the peeping Tom as Francis Tracey, 49, a $117,000-a-year custodian who was on temporary assignment at the Murray Hill school, sources said.

Tracey was banned from school property and reassigned while the Special Commissioner of Investigation conducts a probe.
“We removed him immediately, and we’re doing a full investigation,

” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday. “And the reality is there cannot be anyone in any of our schools that is not a model for kids. So if the infraction is found to be true, there will be a different way we deal with it.”

Two NYPD cops showed up at the Murray Hill school around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday to interview workers about Tracey. “We’re here to look into it,” one officer said, gesturing to a copy of The Post tucked under his arm with the front-page headline “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. But by Wednesday night, police sources said there is no criminal investigation. Meanwhile, officials at PS 116 scrambled to assure panicked parents that their kids are safe at the school.
– Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

“As you may be aware, a recent news article published serious allegations about one of our custodial staff members,” said a letter sent home with the students on Wednesday.
“As a result of the allegations, the matter has been reported to the authorities and is currently under investigation. The employee has been removed from the school pending a full investigation.”
The school’s usual custodian, Don Stella, has been on a leave of absence since a few weeks ago, parents and staff said, and Tracey was a fill-in.
“What I know about Don, he would have thrown this guy off the roof,” said parent Scott Fintz, 48.
“We don’t know who that is in a building all day with our kids,” Fintz’s wife, Blake, added. “That’s a scary thing. You think they would have a screening process.”
The school held a PTA meeting on Wednesday morning — but parents were not satisfied with the answers. “They really had no comment other than it’s being investigated,” Javier Genoa, 34, said.


“I’m concerned. My daughters have to grow up in this world. Being the father of two daughters is daunting. This is scary.”

Most of the windows within the apartment building next to PS 116 had their blinds down after The Post’s report.

Tracey is normally assigned to PS 77, a gifted-and-talented school on the Upper East Side.
Parents there were also disturbed to hear how their janitor gets his jollies.
“If he’s looking at women getting dressed, who knows what he’s doing around his own kids,” George Arroyo, 28, said while picking up his two daughters.”
PS 77 students were given flyers saying Tracey wasn’t at the school that day and won’t be coming back.
Tracey, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment, has worked for the DOE since 2006 and has earned $109,234 so far this year, records show. Last year, he made $117,110.

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday promised swift punishment if the probe reveals that Tracey violated DOE regulations.
“If we find someone has committed an offense, there will certainly be consequences,” he said.


Fighting High Rise Voyeurism With Privacy Window Treatments

Find out why people living high up in tall buildings need privacy window treatments. Many people naively believe that living in an upper floor of a high rise building, far above the prying gaze of passing pedestrians, will automatically protect them from unwanted visual intrusion, but nothing could be further from the truth. High rise voyeurism is alive and well. Using cameras, telescopes, and other technical equipment including drones, apartment and hotel voyeurs catch many unsuspecting residents in embarrassing situations ranging from sex to masturbation, and capture the view on film.

Read what some high rise voyeurs write about their practice on web blogs.

“Since I live on the 5th floor of an apartment building, I have had many opportunities to use my binoculars to find nudity through the windows of the buildings (and hotel) facing mine…”

“Though I have never had the pleasure, I understand that high-rise apartment buildings are prime viewing targets…”

“Night voyeurism is a type of voyeurism focusing on videotaping or photographing one’s neighbors at night within illuminated rooms. The equipment consists of telescopes and telescopic lenses for high resolution cameras . Night voyeurs usually live across high raise condo buildings or across high raise hotels…”

“Many people who live in high rise buildings with hundreds of apartments or stay the night at a huge hotel with hundreds of rooms do not even think about the possibility that someone might be watching them through their window at night…”

“During a conference in Las Vegas which was held at a hotel with two towers facing each either, Igor and crew counted roundabout 100 hotel rooms at night which allowed to look inside…”

” Since 2011 more and more sophisticated self-propelled neighbor spy devices are available. The lower range of those “spy drones” are remote toy helicopters equipped with a cheap camera. One of the most sophisticated devices and Igor’s favorite tool to look through neighbors windows is the DraganFly X6 spy drone…”

High rise voyeurism is real, and preventing it it’s complicated by the fact that many high rise residents don’t want to sacrifice the stunning view they have from their windows, especially at night, when they erroneously believe they are alone with the city lights far below and the stars peeking out through urban smog above. So how can victims of high rise Peeping Tomism ensure their privacy without having to sacrifice the view from their picture windows. The answer is to purchase and install custom privacy window treatments.
Privacy window treatments are a variety of window dressings that allow building dwellers to look out while restricting the view of people who would seek to look in. The most advanced privacy curtain is the solar shade. Solar shades soften sunlight, while allowing people inside to look out and see the outside view. These types of shades come in different levels of opacity, and even the intermediate level of opacity will block people from looking in at night while permitting dwellers to make out the outer view, night or day.

Roman or fabric shades, which fold up like blinds, also allow light in but block outsiders from peering in. They come in different opacities and can be used for rooms where outside light is desired but the ability to see details out the window is not needed.

Blinds can also be used to insure privacy while allowing an outside view. By tilting the vanes to an acute angle, a person can see all the details of the outdoors that he wants , but an outsider attempting to see in, especially from a distance, will have a severely restricted view of the room. Top down blinds allow even more ability to see out, without sacrificing room privacy.
As a last resort, a high rise tenant wanting total privacy, as for a bedroom, can purchase top down blackout shades. When closed the shades will block out 99% of the light, and will make viewing from outside  impossible. When viewing out is desirable the shade can be opened from the top down permitting the apartment or condo dweller to look over the semi open shade while blocking voyeurs from a distance from seeing details lower down in the room.

Resource: For over 20 years Royal Window Treatments, 180 Lexington Ave, 2nd Fl New York, New York 10016,  has been offering custom window coverings and installation to residents of the greater New York area. They offer a wide variety of custom privacy window coverings. For details visit the website at or call the office at (212) 473-1111.