How to Help Black Out your Southern California Windows

Kimball Jones

There are many reasons you might want to control the light coming from your windows in Southern California. Whether it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

Southern California blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Southern California homeowners can best black out their windows.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

A good amount of Southern California window treatments claim to block light, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Blackout 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 based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Southern California 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 around your window frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never warp or split, which can result in gaps that let light in.

Southern California bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look amazing in any space. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as pretty as they are functional.

A second option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening roller shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block a good amount of light, and extend past your window opening. There can be some small spaces around the edges of the window where light may seep into the room. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, room darkening shades make for a good secondary choice.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

Here are window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both extremely dense and extend past the perimeter of your window.

Southern California blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Southern California window blackouts” in Google and you might 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’s dimensions, and adhere to the window frame via velcro or another adhesive. 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 function. 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, cross your fingers that you don’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Southern CA Help You Control the Light

To find out more about interior shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Southern California shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 888-611-2474 today to set up a free, no strings attached consultation.