How to Block Light From your Nashville Windows

Stefano Diotaiuti

There are a lot of reasons you might want to control the light coming from your windows in Nashville. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, blocking the light from your windows is important for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

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For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Nashville homeowners can best black out their windows.

Which Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

A good amount of Nashville window treatments claim to block light, and you can pretty easily divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Nashville plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Nashville bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any room. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

Another option in 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 miniscule spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak in. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category we have window coverings that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blocking out light. Any fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both extremely thick and go beyond the frame of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Nashville window blackouts” on the internet and you might find some do it yourself sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and stick to your frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. The majority of these products sacrifice looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, be sure to 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’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 Nashville Help You Control the Light

To find out more about custom shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Nashville shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 615-236-8530 today to schedule a free, in-home window treatment consultation.