How to Control Light From your Chicago Windows

Richard Rampton

There are a lot of reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Chicago. Whether you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, dampening the light coming from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

Chicago blackout shutters bedroom

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

What Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

Many Chicago window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Chicago plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Sunburst Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or split, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Chicago bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look beautiful in any space. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

A second option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening roller shades. These are made with thick and layered material to keep out most light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the window where light might seep in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category we have window coverings that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both extremely thick and extend past the edges of your window.

Chicago 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 “Chicago window blackouts” online and you’ll probably find some DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up fashion for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking dull.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to install, you’d better hope 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 easily, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Chicago Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about interior shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Chicago shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 847-250-6544 today to schedule a free, in-home window treatment consultation.