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How To Choose Bedroom Window Treatments In Chicago

April 03, 2016

When you’re searching for a bedroom window covering in Chicago, installation, privacy, light control, energy efficiency, and color are important criteria to assess. What’s the best choice between blinds, shades, plantation shutters, and sliding barn doors? Consider these 5 things when deciding on bedroom window treatments in Chicago, IL.


Privacy is the most important criteria for buying bedroom window treatments. Drapes, blinds, and shades may be an adequate screen from nosy neighbors. But their sheer material means shadows and silhouettes can still be seen.

Bedroom with two tall plantation shutters on either side of bed in Chicago

Plantation shutters and sliding barn doors, conversely allow you ultimate privacy. The solid louvers of plantation shutters can be adjusted and closed entirely. And you can rest assured that there are no gaps on the sides of the window since bedroom shutters are mounted with a frame. With sliding barn door shutters, all you have to do to get more privacy is slide the panels closed. You might notice a slight gap on the sides of the window based on the way your sliding barn doors are installed.

Light Control

For all the times you want to block out an annoying street light, ignore the full moon, or sleep in, you need a light-blocking bedroom window treatment. Blindslike curtains and shades, are not the best at keeping the room dark. The material the slats are made from is usually pretty thin. And the light still comes in from the sides.

Some shades might result in adequate room darkening. And some blackout curtains succeed in minimizing the amount of light that comes through the window. Some blackout curtains can be effective at reducing the brightness in the room. And certain kinds of shades might give you adequate light blocking. Sliding barn doors are made from solid wood panels that block the light head on. However the gap on the sides of the panels does not seal off the light completely.

The frame that comes standard with all three types of plantation shutters seals off any stray sun rays. And their louvers can tilt flat, creating the darkest possible space. Both Ovation® wood and Polywood® shutters louvers can block light when closed. But reclaimed wood shutters could have markings and holes that let in light. Now you can ignore the moonlight any day with these bedroom plantation shutters!

Large plantation shutters covering window in blue kids bedroom in Chicago  

Energy Efficiency

Maintaining the temperature in the bedroom at a pleasant range for sleep through all the seasons may be difficult with the wrong window treatment. You’ll want to look for a window treatment for the bedroom with a high energy efficiency rating.

Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds, and 70% better than the equivalent wood shutters. And third party testing shows that Polywood blocks up to 30° of temperature and minimizes up to 45% of airflow. No other bedroom window treatment in Chicago comes close. Want to stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter? Install Polywood plantation shutters for your bedroom.


Bedroom window treatments come in an array of styles and colors to match your furniture. If you want to bring in the warmth of wood, choose sliding barn door shutters, wood blinds, woven wood shades, Ovation wood plantation shutters, or reclaimed wood shutters. For a more modern look, cellular shades, Polywood plantation shutters, or metal blinds are a better alternative. Any of these bedroom window treatments can be customized with a selection of patterns, paints, stains, and more. Ask your window treatment specialist about your color options in the Chicago area.


When you’re ordering window treatments for your bedroom, buy with quality in mind. Blinds, shades, and draperies are likely to break, lose their integrity, and discolor within 10 years. Polywood plantation shutters, on the other hand, are built to last for 50+ years. They’re treated with UV inhibitors so that the paint color doesn’t lose its vibrancy. And made with our patented wood synthetic, shutter louvers won’t ever warp or crack.

Get Your Bedroom Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Chicago has all the bedroom window treatments you need as well as window treatments for every room in your house. Our team show you window treatment samples as part of your in-home design consultation. We measure your windows so that when we put up your bedroom window treatment, it functions smoothly and looks beautiful. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!