Are Plantation Shutters Blackout?

By Coverly Shutters

Ever wondered, "Are plantation shutters blackout?" Well, you're in good company! Many homeowners find themselves pondering this very question when considering window treatments. Spoiler alert? Plantation shutters do more than just add a touch of class to your decor. They can indeed plunge your room into delicious darkness. 

Shutters Vs. Blackout Shades

While they might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of darkening solutions, after blackout shades and curtains, shutters offer one of the most effective room darkening solutions on the market. Why? Let's dive into the details. 

Regardless of whether they're mounted inside or outside, plantation shutters cover the entire window. This is quite unlike blackout shades, which often leave small light gaps on the sides due to how they're cut. So, if you're looking for a stylish, practical, and effective solution, shutters might just be your new best friend. 

"Shutters offer a stylish, practical, and effective room darkening solution."

Split Tilt

But what about rooms where you want a delicate balance between light and privacy, like a bathroom? Enter the split tilt shutter. This genius design allows for control over light and privacy, giving you the best of both worlds. Let's explore how this works...

Shutter panels are connected by a tilt rod. In some cases, this tilt rod is on the front of the shutter, but often it is "hidden" on the back of the panel. The purpose of the tilt rod is to connect all the louvers to allow for easy operation and keep a consistent look. The split tilt feature splits the louvers into two sections, allowing each section to be open and closed, independent of the other section. This makes for the perfect bathroom solution - privacy and natural light.

Blackout Curtains + Plantation Shutters

Another solution to attain a true "blackout" effect is to pair plantation shutters with blackout curtains. For those who want to combine aesthetic appeal with functional practicality, the style options for drapery are extensive and pragmatic. Most curtains come with a blackout liner option, which can be a game-changer when it comes to optimizing room darkening. Although sheer shades may not be the best choice for those aiming for a blackout effect, there are countless other alternatives that remain viable. These options not only allow for various attractive combinations but also provide the ability to balance the soft ambiance of curtains with the more permanent, sturdy solution of plantation shutters. This dual approach not only ensures a blackout effect but also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your room's overall aesthetic.

When it comes to choosing room darkening window treatments, the choice is not always black and white. If a blackout shade does not fit the decor of your home and your heart is set on window shutters, follow your heart. As it pertains to darkening your room, shutters will get you down to the 10 yard line. An additional treatment like blackout curtains will get you over the goalline.