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How To Block Light From your Boise Windows

April 02, 2018

There are many reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Boise. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, blocking the light coming from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

For those in dire need of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Boise homeowners control the light.

Which Window Treatments Black Out The Best?

Lots of Boise window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can pretty easily divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to black out your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Boise plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can cause gaps that let light in.

And unlike some chintzy DIY blackout products, shutters look amazing in your home. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the window where light might peak inside. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both very thick and extend beyond the frame of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Boise window blackouts” online and you’re likely to find some easy to use DIY sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and adhere to your frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few issues with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products give up style for function. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you’d better hope that you don’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Boise Help You See

To learn more about interior shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Boise shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 208-609-9129 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.