How to Help Black Out your San Jose Windows

Curtis Orton

There are many reasons you’d want to control the light coming from your windows in San Jose. Say it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

San Jose blackout shutters bedroom

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

What Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

Many San Jose 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. Here’s what you need to know.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to block light from your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences.

  • Look great.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is San Jose plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

San Jose bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY blackout products, shutters look stylish in any room. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option belonging to 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 to the edges of your window opening. There can be some miniscule gaps around the edges of the shade where light might peak inside. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

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

San Jose blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because 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 “San Jose window blackouts” in Google and you’re likely to 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 via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few problems 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 spot that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, cross your fingers 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 fairly easily, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters San Jose Help You Control the Light

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 San Jose shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 916-542-1305 today to set up a free, no strings attached consultation.