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How To Choose Bedroom Window Treatments In Washington DC

April 03, 2016

When searching for a bedroom window covering in Washington DC, privacy, light control, energy efficiency, color, and installation are important criteria to assess. What’s the best window treatment between plantation shutters, sliding barn doors, blinds, and shades? Consider these 5 things when picking bedroom window treatments in Washington DC.


Privacy is the primary criteria for buying bedroom window treatments. Blinds, shades, and drapes may provide you with an adequate shield from nosy neighbors. But their often sheer material means shadows and silhouettes can still be seen.

Tall plantation shutters framing bed in a bedroom in Washington DC

Sliding barn doors and plantation shutters let you have the most privacy. The plantation shutter louvers can be tilted and closed completely. And bedroom shutters are mounted with a frame that ensures no space on the sides of the window. With sliding barn doors, all you have to do to get more privacy is slide the panels closed. You might notice a slight gap on the sides of the window depending on the way your sliding barn door shutters are installed.

Light Control

When you want to sleep in, block out an annoying street light, or ignore the full moon, you need a light-blocking bedroom window treatment. Blindslike shades and curtains, are not ideal for darkening the room. The material the slats are made from is usually pretty thin. And light still filters in from the sides.

Certain kinds of shades might result in enough room darkening. And some blackout curtains succeed in minimizing the amount of light that comes through the window. Some blackout curtains can be effective at reducing the brightness in the room. And some shades might give you adequate light blocking. Sliding barn doors are built from solid wood that can block the light head on. However the gap on the sides of the panels does not seal off all the light.

The frame that comes standard with all plantation shutters seals off sun rays. And their louvers can tilt flat, creating the darkest possible room. Both Polywood® and Ovation® wood shutters louvers can be closed to block out light. But reclaimed wood shutters are likely to have holes and markings that let in light. Now you can sleep in every day of the week with these bedroom plantation shutters!

Blue kids bedroom with white plantation shutters in Washington DC  

Energy Efficiency

Keeping the temperature in the bedroom at a pleasant range for sleep throughout the year is harder than you think with the wrong window treatment. That’s why you’ll want to install for a window treatment for the bedroom with a high energy efficiency rating.

Polywood shutters insulate 70% better than the equivalent wood shutters, and 1600% better than aluminum blinds. According to third party testing, Polywood minimizes up to 45% of airflow and blocks up to 30° of temperature. You won’t find a more energy efficient window treatment in Washington DC. Want to stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter? Purchase Polywood plantation shutters for your bedroom.


Bedroom window treatments can be ordered in a variety of styles to match your furniture. If you’re looking to add the warmth of wood, choose wood blinds, woven wood shades, Ovation wood plantation shutters, reclaimed wood shutters, or sliding barn door shutters. If you’re going for a more contemporary look, metal blinds, cellular shades, or Polywood plantation shutters are a better choice. And these bedroom window treatments can be customized with a selection of stains, patterns, paints, and more. Talk with your window treatment professional about the color options available in the Washington DC area.


When you’re purchasing window treatments for your bedroom, buy for quality. Draperies, blinds, and shades are susceptible to breaking, losing their integrity, and discoloration within 10 years. Polywood plantation shutters, on the other hand, are made to last for more than 50 years. They’re infused with UV inhibitors so that the paint color doesn’t lose its vibrancy. And made with our patented wood synthetic, shutter louvers won’t ever crack or warp.

Order Window Treatments For Your Bedroom

Sunburst Shutters DC has the bedroom window treatments you need as well as window treatments for every room in your house. Our specialists display window treatment samples during your in-home design consultation. We take measurements of your windows so that when we mount your bedroom window treatment, it functions smoothly and looks beautiful. Give us a call 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation today!