With this question in mind, I developed my blackout shutters to assist in eliminating as much light as possible.
Many people find that they need a darkened room to sleep, or for a child’s room or those who work shifts and need to sleep during the day, it’s important to achieve as much darkness as possible to simulate night.
While louvred shutter panels will eliminate as much light as a standard pair of curtains, obviously there will still be some light that seeps between the louvres even when they are in the closed position albeit minimal. Many people who are used to thin curtains or window coverings will find that louvred shutters are a more effective option for eliminating light or equivalent to a lined pair of curtains.
Blackout shutters look identical to other louvred shutter panels, but they cleverly incorporate a blackout blind fitted inside the frame. The blind is just lowered when you want to sleep to block out light. This minimises light seepage by blocking out light that would normally seep through louvres. The shutter door can then be closed and the louvres placed in the closed position. During the day or when you want the louvres open you just lift up the blind and adjust the louvres as usual, as the blind is hidden by the shutter frame.
The blind also has a foiled lined honeycomb construction, which can also aid insulation in a cold room.
I have these in my own bedroom and children’s rooms, and have found that they are very successful in aiding a good nights sleep – especially when I need to get the children to bed early in summer!