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Posted on 21 June 2022

Do shutters provide room darkening?

While shutters alone do not provide 100% room darkening, shutters with integrated room darkening blinds will help you achieve the ultimate window room darkening solution. We tell all.

Do shutters provide room darkening?

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health. Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge, heal, and rest, leaving you refreshed and focused in the morning. Without enough sleep, the brain will not function efficiently. We are often asked how effective our window shutters are at blocking out light, particularly by customers who work night shifts or who have young children they want to sleep through the night! Plantation shutters alone do not provide complete room darkening, but there are several ways to achieve virtual room darkening, and top of the list should be shutters with integrated room darkening blinds.

Window room darkening solutions



Shutters with integrated room darkening blinds

When used alone, no shutter, blind, or curtain available on the market will completely room darkening a room. There will always be a little bit of light seeping through louvres, blind slats or around the edges of your chosen window cover, even when they are fully closed. However, integrating room darkening blinds with shutters will virtually eliminate external light from both sun and streetlights alike, achieving the optimum room darkening possible from a window dressing. Here at ShuttersUp, we refer to this window room darkening solution as room darkening shutters.


How do room darkening shutters work?

The room darkening success of our darkening shutters is mainly down to the double insert F profile window frame which houses all the elements of this integrated system. The frame consists of a front-facing rebate for the shutter panel to sit in, a light block component in the middle, and a channel for a free hanging PURE cell™ Honeycomb blind to sit in at the back. It is the channel element that does all the hard work within this integrated system. This is the part that prevents light going around the blind, maximising light reduction.

Are room darkening shutters safe for children’s bedrooms?

Yes. Room darkening shutter systems do house a cord-operated blind, but they are completely compliant with the child safety legislation, as long as the cleat hook (the hook used to wrap the blind cord around to prevent it hanging down) is installed so that the free hanging cord is no further than 1.5 metres from the floor. This ensures the cord is safely and neatly out of the way of curious little hands!

How dark is dark?

See it for yourself… Robert Martin, Fitting Technician at ShuttersUp, demonstrates how a darkening shutter system works and how effective they are at blocking light out during the day.


What are the colour options?

The room darkening blind fabric comes in a choice of 20 contemporary colours, and we will default the rail colours to match the colour of the chosen fabric. The most popular blind colours chosen by ShuttersUp customers are:

Glacier White



In recent months, we have seen a surge in people choosing Fog Green and Black Ink which complement modern, bold interior design trends well. Designers are increasingly using greens within their schemes for their association with harmony and positivity – something we are all craving post-pandemic, as well as during general, hectic, modern-day life. Green is a calming colour that reminds us of nature and matches the contemporary vibe of bringing a little of the outside, inside. Most modern homes strive for the most amount of natural light and open, social space within their interior design scheme as possible – overtones of green help achieve this.

Place a room darkening blind behind shutters

If your window reveal allows, we can install shutters in front of your existing room darkening venetian blinds or roller blinds. Alternatively, if you are unsure whether you need a room darkening blind as well as window shutters, we can install your new shutters, but leave enough space on your window reveal for you to fit a room darkening blind yourself at a later date if you change your mind. This method will block a good level of light from entering a room and allows you to try out your window shutters first before committing to further costs. You can budget to accommodate a room darkening blind only if you decide it is required.

A shutter and curtain combo

Depending on the material and thickness of the curtain, the combined effort of a curtain hung in front of a shutter can be very effective at blocking out external light. Heavy fabric or room darkening drapes will be most effective in this scenario.

For more information

For more information on any of our shutter ranges, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our award-winning team. In the meantime, check out what our customers say about us. With a five-star TrustScore, we must be doing something right!

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