How to Help Black Out your Honolulu Windows

Darren Wong

There are many reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Honolulu. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, controlling the light from your windows is important for a good night’s sleep.

Honolulu blackout shutters bedroom

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For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Honolulu homeowners can best block light through their windows.

Which Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Lots of Honolulu window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs.

  • Look good.

The window treatment that hits all these marks is Honolulu plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around your window 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.

Honolulu bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY blackout products, shutters look beautiful in your home. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend past your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak in. But for something other than shutters, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blocking out light. Any kind of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and extend beyond the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Honolulu window blackouts” in Google and you’ll probably find some do it yourself 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 stick to the window frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they’re kind of ugly. Many of these products give up fashion for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to install, 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 quickly, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Honolulu Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To learn more about plantation shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Honolulu shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 808-797-2004 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.