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How To Select Bedroom Window Treatments In Philadelphia

April 03, 2016

When searching for a window covering for your bedroom in Philadelphia, installation, privacy, light control, energy efficiency, and color are major criteria to consider. What’s the best window treatment between blinds, shades, plantation shutters, and sliding barn doors? Here are 5 things to keep in mind when deciding on bedroom window treatments in Philadelphia, PA.


Privacy is the primary reason to choose bedroom window treatments. Drapes, blinds, and shades might provide an adequate shield from curious passersby. But their often thin material means shadows and silhouettes can still be seen.

Bedroom with two tall plantation shutters on either side of bed in Philadelphia

Plantation shutters and sliding barn doors allow you the most privacy. The shutter louvers can be moved to close completely. And you can rest assured that there are no gaps where the louvers meet the side of the window because bedroom shutters are mounted with a frame. With sliding barn door shutters, you can slide the panels closed. You might notice a slight gap on the sides of the window based on how your sliding barn door shutters are set up.

Light Control

For all the times you want to block out an obnoxious street light, ignore the full moon, or sleep in, you need a light-blocking bedroom window treatment. Blinds are not ideal for keeping the room dark. The material the slats are made from is usually pretty thin. And the light still comes in from the sides.

Some shades may result in enough room darkening. And some blackout curtains can be effective at controlling the light. Some blackout curtains can be effective at minimizing the amount of light that comes through the window. And some shades can result in adequate room darkening. Sliding barn doors are built from solid wood that may block the light head on. But the gap on the sides of the panels does not seal off all the light.

The frame for all plantation shutters seals off any stray sun rays. And their louvers can lay flat against each other, creating the darkest possible space. Both Polywood® and Ovation® wood shutters are made from louvers that can block light when closed. Keep in mind reclaimed wood shutters might have markings and holes that let in light. Now you can block the light from the street any day of the week with these bedroom plantation shutters!

Large plantation shutters covering window in blue kids bedroom in Philadelphia  

Energy Efficiency

It‘s not easy to maintain the temperature in the bedroom at a pleasant range through all the seasons for a restful night’s sleep with the wrong window treatment. That’s why you’ll want to look for a window treatment for the bedroom with a high energy efficiency rating.

Polywood shutters insulate 70% better than the comparable wood shutters, and 1600% better than aluminum blinds. According to third party testing, Polywood blocks up to 30° of temperature and reduces up to 45% of airflow. You won’t find a more energy efficient window treatment in Philadelphia. So if you want to stay toasty in bed in the winter and cool in the summer, install Polywood plantation shutters for your bedroom.


Bedroom window treatments are available in several styles and colors to match your color scheme. If you want to bring in the warmth of wood, install sliding barn door shutters, wood blinds, woven wood shades, Ovation wood plantation shutters, or reclaimed wood shutters. If you’re going for a more contemporary look, cellular shades, Polywood plantation shutters, or metal blinds are a better option. Any of these bedroom window treatments can be customized with a selection of patterns, paints, stains, and more. Ask your window treatment specialist about the color options available in the Philadelphia area.


Buy with quality in mind when it comes to window treatments for the bedroom. Blinds, shades, and draperies are susceptible to losing their integrity, discoloration, and breaking within 10 years. But Polywood plantation shutters are made to last for over 50 years. They’re infused with UV inhibitors, which means the paint color doesn’t yellow. And made with our patented wood synthetic, shutter louvers won’t ever warp.

Purchase Your Bedroom Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia has the bedroom window treatments you need as well as window treatments for every room in your house. Our team show you samples of the window treatments you’re interested in as part of your in-home design consultation. We take measurements of your windows so that when we install your bedroom window treatment, it looks stunning and functions smoothly. Give us a call 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to set up your free in-home design consultation today!