How To Choose Bedroom Window Treatments In Chicago

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


Privacy is the most important criteria for buying bedroom window treatments. Shades, drapes, and blinds may provide an adequate screen from prying eyes. But their sheer material means shadows and silhouettes may still be visible.

Tall plantation shutters framing bed in a bedroom 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 bedroom shutters are set up with a frame that ensures no gaps on the sides of the window. With sliding barn door shutters, you can slide the panels closed. But a slight gap on the sides of the window may be of concern based on how your sliding barn doors are mounted.

Light Control

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

Certain types of shades might result in adequate room darkening. And some blackout curtains succeed in controlling the light. Some blackout curtains can be effective at reducing the brightness in the room. And certain kinds of shades can give you adequate light blocking. Sliding barn doorsare 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 holes and markings that let in light. Now you can sleep in 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 all year round may be difficult with the wrong window treatment. You’ll want to purchase for a window treatment for the bedroom with a high energy efficiency rating.

Polywood shutters insulate 70% better than the equivalent wood shutters, and 1600% better than aluminum blinds. And third party testing shows that Polywood minimizes up to 45% of airflow and blocks up to 30° of temperature. You won’t find a more energy efficient window treatment in Chicago. Want to stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter? Choose Polywood plantation shutters for your bedroom.


Bedroom window treatments come in an array of styles and colors to match your color scheme. 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 expert about your color options in the Chicago area.


Buy with quality in mind when it comes to window treatments for the bedroom. Blinds, shades, and draperies are likely to break, lose their integrity, and discolor within 10 years. Polywood plantation shutters, on the other hand, are made 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 mount your bedroom window treatment, it looks stunning and functions smoothly. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!