Let’s say you decide to spend a Sunday in front of the TV. So you whip up some snacks, get into your comfy pants and prepare to veg out. But wait! Your awesome day of relaxation and guilty-pleasure television is ruined by a rectangular bar of sun beaming onto your screen.
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Like a beacon of bummer, it slowly moves across your television, obscuring your favorite characters and totally ruining your chill-out day.
Nobody likes TV glare, but it’s not always an easy fix. To get the inside scoop, we decided to ask Katie Laird from Blinds.com what she recommends for the battle against glare. Here are five types of shades that will help you kiss troublesome glare goodbye:
1. Honeycomb cell shades. If it’s good enough for bees, it’s good enough for us! But seriously, cell shades do a great job of sheltering your television. Bonus: They also help insulate your home, which is important year round, not just during the winter!
2. Roman shades. If your living room has a traditional feel, Roman shades are for you. This design creates a classy, elegant look while also saying “no” to the sun.
3. Solar shades. These things are like sunglasses for your windows. Solar shades block UV rays (protecting your furniture from sun damage) and eliminate glare just like a pair of Ray-Bans. Bonus: They also give your room a hip, modern vibe.
4. Woven wood and bamboo. Prefer a natural vibe? Look no further than woven wood or bamboo shades. Just make sure you purchase a pair with a tight weave, otherwise you may still wind up with some bars of light on your screen!
5. Blackout shades. If you have a serious glare problem (or like to sleep until noon on the weekends), you need blackout shades. Katie recommends these blackout panels because the fabric is soft and suede-like, but they’re still totally fierce against the sun’s rays.
If you’re not quite ready to splurge on a set of shades, you could always try moving your TV, instead!