How to Block Light From the Sides With Shades

Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

At Blinds & Designs serving Marin County, we know how important it can be to keep some rooms as dark as possible. Bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms can all be susceptible to too much light, so having window fashions that block as much as possible is imperative for some people. However, even with the right treatment and fabric opacity, light can still come in from the sides, which can be disruptive to the room’s purpose. If you are looking for ways to block more light, read on for some suggestions. 

Add Layers to Block Light

Natural light is both a blessing and a bane in many instances, and we totally get how frustrating it can be to try to control it, especially when it comes to light gaps at the sides of your shades or blinds. Those gaps themselves can’t be changed because if the treatment were cut exactly to the window frame, it would rub against the sides and be damaged. One way to deal with those light gaps, though, is both easy and room-enhancing. Simply add layers to your window through side panels. You’ll bring an element of depth and dimension to the space, and you’ll create a look that’s uniquely yours while matching the style of the room through your choice of fabric design and color. Check out our custom drapery for fabric and hardware options that can coordinate with your window treatment and suit almost any décor. 

Choose Outside Mount Window Shades

Although inside mount requires a slight gap to prevent wear and tear on the treatment, outside mount allows you cover the expanse of the window entirely. You can choose to mount the treatment on, outside of, or above the window frame, allowing the covering to block the light gaps (although you might still have a little bit of glow through there). Plus, this look will make your room seem taller, and when you raise the treatment, you’ll have a completely unobstructed view through your window. 

Block the Gap With Side Channels

Hunter Douglas has created the perfect solution for dealing with the light gap on Duette® Honeycomb Shades. The LightLock® innovation is U-shaped side channels that fit on the window frame and absorb or reflect almost all of the light that would otherwise escape the gap. If LightLock isn’t for you, however, you can also find light-blocking strips at your local big box store. These strips are L-shaped PVC designed to mount on the window frame and help cut back that extra side light.  

Blocking Light in Marin County, San Francisco Bay Area CA

Blinds & Designs offers a full line of quality window treatments to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County areas, including Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, and Los Altos. With an ongoing commitment to high quality products and exceptional service, we’ve been serving our communities for over 26 years.

Stop by our showrooms in San Francisco or Belvedere-Tiburon to see a variety of motorization displays in our showroom or call 415-921-4212 Ext 101 for more information.

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