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How to Block Out Light in Your Children’s Room

12:00PM 24 December 2022

Blocking out light is tricky in any room, even more so in a child’s room. Not only do you have to think about practical and aesthetic considerations, but you also must consider durability, light management, and, of course, safety. Without the correct measures in place, your little light sleepers might struggle to settle in the evening. And, let’s be honest, nobody wants that. So, we’ve decided to put this quick guide together to help you block out light in your kids’ rooms.


Is Your Child’s Bedroom Too Bright?

Too much light in your child’s room can lead to sleep disorders, but it isn’t just natural light that can resulted in poorer quality sleep. The most harmful light to both children and adults is blue light. Coming from phones, TVs, and computer screens, it can seriously impact melatonin levels – the natural hormone which helps to regulate our sleep cycle. So, if you would like your child to have a smooth journey to the land of nod, it might be worth removing all screens at nighttime.


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Do Shutters Block Out Light?

If you’re looking for a light-reducing bedroom window dressing, plantation shutters may be the perfect solution. Because they are measured to the exact specifications of your window, and they’re fitted perfectly flush to the recess, shutters allow for very little light seepage when the panels and slats are fully closed.

However, some shutter styles offer more light reduction than others. Tier-on-Tier shutters cover the entirety of the windows but, while quite effective, their top and bottom panel sections means there will be a little more light seepage than our Full Height range.

Full Height shutters are ideal because they cover the full scale of the window - top to bottom in one panel. But if you’d like to go one step further, why not opt for our Solid Panel shutters? With a look that’s inspired by the shutters of yesteryear, these traditional shutters have no moveable slats. This allows very little light to escape.


For Total Blackout…

Our Full Height and Solid Panel shutters will both do a fine job of keeping most of the light out of your child’s bedroom. However, if you need total blackout then there are extra measures you can take. Pairing shutters with blackout blinds is one such solution. These blinds sit between the windowpane and the shutters, adding an extra layer of light protection. Another option is to fit a pair of curtains over the shutters. Either option is fine, but if you would prefer a less cumbersome and more affordable solution, we recommend blackout blinds for the children’s room.

If you any questions about blackout shutters, please get in touch today. Send an email to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk and one of our friendly staff will be in touch in due course. We look forward to hearing from you.