How to Help Black Out your Minneapolis Windows

George Christ

There are many reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Minneapolis. Say it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

Minneapolis blackout shutters bedroom

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For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Minneapolis homeowners black out their windows.

Which Window Coverings Control Light The Best?

A good amount of Minneapolis 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 what you need to know.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Minneapolis plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form a seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can cause gaps that let light in.

Minneapolis bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY blackout solutions, shutters look great in any space. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

A second option in the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some miniscule gaps around the edges of the window where light may peak in. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

Here are window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in unless they’re both incredibly dense and extend beyond the frame of your window.

Minneapolis blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Minneapolis window blackouts” on the internet and you’re likely to find some easy to use DIY sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and adhere to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few problems with these products. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Many of these products sacrifice looks for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area 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 don’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 Minneapolis Help You See

To learn more about plantation shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Minneapolis shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 952-856-8130 today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.