How to Help Black Out your Kingsport Windows

Jacob Hayes

There are a lot of reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Kingsport. Say you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, blocking the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

Kingsport blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Kingsport homeowners black out their windows.

Which Window Treatments Black Out The Best?

Many Kingsport 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. Here’s what you need to know.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Operate easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Kingsport plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along your window frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Kingsport bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look stylish in any room. Rather than looking like some 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 can peak in. But for something other than shutters, room darkening shades make for a good secondary choice.

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 perimeter of your window.

Kingsport blackout shades bedroom
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 “Kingsport window blackouts” on the internet and you’re likely to find some DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. 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 the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up style for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in an area that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to install, you’d better hope 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 Kingsport Help You See

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