Do shutters provide total blackout?
The term ‘blackout’ in the blinds and shutters world is slightly deceiving and should be mentioned with caution. Blackout or total “cannot see” darkness is not physically possible without completely blocking all openings in a room.
We have been asked on many occasions to provide ‘blackout’ and indeed we can supply a shutter with a built in blackout blind mounted in the frame. Or we can retro fit a blackout blind (a cheaper option) behind our shutters to maximise light closure. This is really the answer that we and our shutters can create – a window dressing that will reduce light in the room as much as is possible, but we will never actually achieve ‘blackout’. Even blinds sold as ‘blackout’ still allow light to pass around the outside or through the cord holes. The material is actually extremely good at reducing light but not to create total darkness.
That said, shutters are one of the most efficient window dressings for reducing light, especially our solid shutters which will only have light seep between panels and frame. The louvered option is one of the most flexible dressings available as light reduction is very good whilst giving the option to flood the room with light when the louvers are open.
For shift workers, light sleepers and young children, the addition of a separate blind behind the shutters which is then battened to provide more light closure will generally be sufficient to provide enough shading for sleep during the day or to stop sunrise waking little children.
Contact us today to book a design visit and to discuss all options.