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How To Help Black Out your Bluff City Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Bluff City. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, blocking the light from your windows is important for a good night’s sleep.

For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Bluff City homeowners block light through their windows.

Which Window Treatments Black Out The Best?

Many Bluff City window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can pretty easily divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Operate easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Bluff City plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look stylish in any room. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are functional.

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

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window coverings that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blocking out light. Any fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in unless they’re both incredibly thick and extend past the frame of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Bluff City window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably find some DIY sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to your frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few issues with these products. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up style for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to install, you might want to pray that you won’t have to take them up and down much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters NW Tennessee Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about interior shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Bluff City shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 276-685-5343 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.