How to Help Black Out your Houston Windows

Cory Cryer

There are several reasons you’d want to control the light coming from your windows in Houston. Whether it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

Houston blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Houston homeowners can best black out their windows.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

A good amount of Houston 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 how they stack up.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Houston plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form a kind of seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Houston bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some gaudy DIY blackout solutions, shutters look stylish in any space. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are functional.

Another option for the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to block a good amount of light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the window where light may peak into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make for a good secondary choice.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category we have window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blocking out light. Any kind of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in unless they’re both very thick and go beyond the edges of your window.

Houston blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, since 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 “Houston window blackouts” online 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 via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. Most of these products give up fashion for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking dull.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you might want to pray that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Houston Help You Control the Light

To learn more about plantation shutters or other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Houston shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 713-853-9629 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.