How to Block Light From your Dallas Windows

Collins Jones

There are several reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Dallas. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or regular sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

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For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Dallas homeowners can best block light through their windows.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Many Dallas window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can pretty easily 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 dim your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively prevent light from pouring in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Dallas plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Sunburst Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can result in gaps that let light in.

Dallas bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY blackout solutions, shutters look beautiful in your home. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as pretty as they are functional.

Another option in the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend past your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the window where light can seep inside. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category are window coverings that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in unless they’re both incredibly thick and go past the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Dallas window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. Most of these products sacrifice style for function. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to install, cross your fingers that you won’t have to take them up and down much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Dallas Help You Control the Light

To find out more about custom shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Dallas shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 214-301-5066 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.