Technically, shutters should keep light out better than regular blinds, but that does not mean they give you a total blackout experience.
The reality is a total blackout is impossible unless you are in a room with no windows, doors, cracks, or other types of defects because light will always find a way in.
Digging in a Little Deeper
Yes, shutters should give you better light control, but this is relatively conditional. For one, the shutters need to be well constructed so that they can be fully closed.
The shutters also need to be custom made to fit each window perfectly. Having incorrectly sized shutters or poorly constructed shutters could compromise the ability to keep light out. Sometimes, the compromise is so big that blinds or curtains will probably do a better job.
One reason blinds do not work as well is because they are not made to perfectly fit your windows. This means the sides may let some light in, which shouldn’t happen as much with shutters. Those who are thinking of blackout curtains may have to deal with the light that comes in due to the holes in the curtain.
Blinds are also quite fragile. This is a good thing for those who want binds that are easy to remove and replace since they are lightweight. The problem with fragile blinds is they will likely get damaged at some point as you open and close them. Any small damage to blinds is going to result in more light coming in than before.
This is something you probably won’t have to deal with shutters because they are normally made of sturdy material that won’t bend or get damaged as easily. You are going to be enjoying your shutters a lot longer.
Sometimes, windows are shaped a little strangely, and regular curtains or blinds cannot do the trick. Shutters can be custom made to fit any window shape, giving you light control when other options couldn’t.
It is important to talk to a shutters expert to talk about the overall design and color to install the best shutters for your windows. Yes, custom designing shutters can seem a little time-consuming, but the reality is doing your best to create a pitch-black environment is going to take time, but it will be worth it in the end.
This can help in several ways, such as the following:
- Those working the night shift may enjoy better sleep.
- Individuals who need to film videos should enjoy having more indoor natural light control.
- People who love controlling the amount of light in their house will appreciate this.
- New parents dealing with a newborn who hasn’t gotten used to sleeping at night may find shutters helpful.
Hopefully, this information helps you understand shutters and their function a little better. It is ultimately your decision, but at least now it is a more informed one.