How to Block Light From your Boise Windows

Spencer Madsen

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

Boise blackout shutters bedroom

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For those in dire need of better sleep, here are a few ways Boise homeowners can best control the light.

Which Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

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

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Boise plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form a 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, blocking even more light. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can cause gaps that let light in.

Boise bedroom with light block shutters

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 can peak in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” 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 perimeter of your window.

Boise blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Boise window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably 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 choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you might want to pray 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 & Window Fashions Help You See

To learn more about indoor shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Boise shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 208-609-9129 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.