How to Help Black Out your Oklahoma City Windows

Tyler Jorgensen

There are several reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Oklahoma City. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, blocking the light coming from your windows is important for a good night’s sleep.

Oklahoma City blackout shutters bedroom

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For those in dire need of better sleep, here are a few ways Oklahoma City homeowners can best block light through their windows.

Which Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Lots of Oklahoma City 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 Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Operate easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Oklahoma City plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, blocking even more light. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Oklahoma City bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some chintzy DIY blackout products, shutters look stylish in any space. Rather than looking like some 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 layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the window where light might seep in. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

Here are window coverings that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blocking out light. Any type of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both very thick and extend beyond the perimeter of your window.

Oklahoma City blackout shades bedroom
 
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, 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 “Oklahoma City window blackouts” online and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and stick to your 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. The majority of these products sacrifice looks for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to DIY, you might want to pray that you won’t have to take them up and down much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City Help You See

To learn more about plantation shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Oklahoma City shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 405-300-4664 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.