How to Help Black Out your Sacramento Windows

Curtis Orton

There are a lot of reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Sacramento. Whether it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

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For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Sacramento homeowners control the light.

Which Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

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

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to darken your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Operate easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Sacramento plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along the frame, blocking even more light. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood will never warp or split, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Sacramento bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY window blackout products, shutters look stylish in any room. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

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

Light Controlling 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 kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in unless they’re both extremely thick and go beyond the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, since the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Sacramento window blackouts” online and you might find some easy to use DIY sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and stick to the window frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the real problems with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. The majority of these products give up style for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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Second, for being easy to install, you might want to pray that you won’t have to remove and put them back up often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters Sacramento Help You Control the Light

To find out more about indoor shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Sacramento shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 916-250-0758 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.