Window Treatments for Skylights

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Skylights are considered an architectural asset in most homes. In spaces like stairs or bathrooms that receive little natural light, a skylight can provide a bit of sun and a patch of the sky that is a welcome relief. But what if you have skylights in your bedroom or living room and the bright light can sometimes be a nuisance? Not to mention the fact that skylights bring extra heat in your home, causing cooling costs to soar. There are a variety of window treatments that can be used for skylights if you need light or heat control.

Shades for Skylights

  • Just as you would use for a window, shades and blinds are valid options for skylights. However, be sure you buy shades and blinds that are made especially for skylights. Measure your skylight and determine which size you will need. If it isn't a standard size, you might need to order a custom cover blinds or shades, which will likely cost more.

    If your skylight is located at an especially high point of a ceiling, you may have to consider an automated blind or shade that is controlled by remote. Bringing electrical work into the equation will make the project much more expensive, but the result will provide you with convenient control of the light and heat coming through your skylight.

Material Considerations

  • Depending on what the room is used for, you might want to block more or less light from coming through your skylight. In a living room, your main priority might be to shield glare, so a thinner shade would be required. However, if your skylight is in a bedroom or home theater, you might consider using blackout shades that let no light through whatsoever.

    In most cases, however, you'll want to choose a shade that matches the color of the ceiling so it, in effect, "disappears." Most ceilings are white so that shouldn't be difficult. However, skylight blind and shade options are more limited in colors than window blinds and shades, unless you are willing to pay more for a custom color.

Fill in Your Skylight

  • The third and most extreme consideration is to permanently fill in your skylight. A carpenter could patch in drywall and seal the opening or completely remove the skylight itself. Obviously. this is a last resort, assuming you've had major problems with the skylight leaking and it lets in too much light for your liking.

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