How to Control Light From your Raleigh Windows

Blake Jarman

There are a lot of reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Raleigh. Whether it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

Raleigh blackout shutters bedroom

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For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Raleigh homeowners black out their windows.

Which Window Coverings Black Out The Best?

Lots of Raleigh window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to block light from your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively block light from pouring in.

  • Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Raleigh plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form a seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Raleigh bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

A second option for the “good” category is room-darkening 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 into the room. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make for a good secondary choice.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and extend beyond the perimeter of your window.

Raleigh blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so 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.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Raleigh window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 stick to your frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few problems with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products sacrifice fashion for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking dull.

blackout curtain ugly

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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 often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Raleigh Help You Control the Light

To learn more about indoor shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Raleigh shutter team. Complete the form below or call us at 919-887-9198 today to set up a free, no strings attached consultation.