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Can Shutters be blackout?

11:03AM 10 September 2020

Many people struggle with sleep, especially shift workers, children, night owls, and anyone who enjoys a good afternoon nap! For those people, we would recommend having blackout window treatments installed to create the best possible environment for a peaceful nights sleep.


Can you get blackout shutters?

On their own, louvred plantation shutters greatly reduce the light entering your rooms, but they can't achieve a complete blackout effect.
This significant light reduction is all most people need to create the perfect conditions for a peaceful night's sleep.


What are Blackout Blinds and Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains are essentially just a curtain that is made with multiple layers of material, to prevent light from leaking through. Blackout blinds are also thick and dark enough to stop any light from entering the room. They’re most-commonly used in bedrooms, but are also found in living rooms, home theatre rooms, and any room where somebody might want to achieve total darkness.

The Problem with Blackout Curtains and Blinds

The main issue with blackout blinds and curtains on their own is that they’re kind of dull looking. They emphasise function over style, and their one function is to achieve darkness. 

With blackout curtains or blinds that are installed without shutters, it’s all or nothing. You either have them opened up, letting in all of the natural light, or you have them closed and blocking out the light, with no control in-between.


What About Blackout Blinds with Shutters?

The perfect solution to the problems with blackout blinds and curtains is to pair them with a set of plantation shutters. This way, you can have the shutters wide open when you want a lot of light in your room,  and you can have the blackout curtains closed when you want total darkness.  You can open the curtains or blinds and adjust the shutters when you’d like anything in-between. A big benefit to this paring  is that you get the classic and appealing aesthetics of the shutters to counteract the boring and plain blackout fixtures. 


The shutter equivalent to blackout blinds or curtains would be solid shutters. Full Solid Shutters are Based on traditional Victorian window coverings and are designed to cover your entire window. 
They achieve near-blackout light reduction, with the additional bonus of a sophisticated sense of style. Made out of solid hardwood, they not only block out a lot of the light but they also insulate your room and block our external noise too! 

Installing Blackout Shutters

It’s easy to install blackout blinds and shutters on the same window. The blackout blinds can be installed inside of the window frame, where they’re affixed to the top of the frame and then your shutters can be installed around this.

Let our shutter experts know if your considering pairing blackout blinds or blackout curtains with shutters, and they can advise you of a frame to choose to allow for the space of your blackout treatment.


If you are ready to learn more about how to order the best shutters to use for blackout blinds with shutters, don’t hesitate to email us. It’s never been easier to order custom-fit shutters online, and they’ll work perfectly with your blackout treatment.