How to Control Light From your Boston Windows

Holly Perron

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

Boston blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Boston homeowners can best block light through their windows.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Lots of Boston window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from pouring in.

  • Adjust easily depending on your needs.

  • Look stylish.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Boston plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form a kind of seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Sunburst Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Boston bedroom with light block shutters

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

Another option for the “good” category is light-blocking roller shades. These are made with thick and dense material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the shade where light might seep inside. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category we have window coverings that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blacking out a window. Any kind of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both very thick and extend beyond the edges of your window.

Boston blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because 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 “Boston window blackouts” in Google and you’re likely to 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 via velcro or another adhesive. 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 sacrifice fashion 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 install, you’d better hope that you don’t have to remove and put them back up often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Boston Help You Control the Light

To find out more about plantation shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Boston shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 781-352-2205 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.