How to Control Light From your Denver Windows

Gary Harding

There are a lot of reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Denver. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, controlling the light from your windows is necessary for sleep and relaxation.

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For those in dire need of better sleep, here are a few ways Denver homeowners can best black out their windows.

What Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

A good amount of Denver window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can basically divide them into three groups: 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 black out your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Denver plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Denver bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look amazing in your home. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as good looking as they are functional.

A second option in the “good” category is light-blocking 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 gaps around the edges of the window where light might seep into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category we have window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in if they aren’t both very thick and go past the perimeter of your window.

Denver blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. 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 “Denver window blackouts” on the internet and you might find some easy to use DIY sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to the window frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up style for function. 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 do it yourself, you’d better hope that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters Denver Help You See

To find out more about plantation shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Denver shutter team. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 720-538-0182 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.