Why window shutters?
choosing your new window treatments and dressings, you will likely think about blinds and
curtains, but shutters are a fantastic option to also consider, not
least because they can be installed both inside and outside a home.
are a perfect choice if you live in a location that is frequently in
contact with strong winds and/or harsh rain, as they really help you
to close your home to the elements and they also contribute to a cosy
and snug interior aesthetic. You will also find that if you have a
period home, shutters usually help to amplify the heritage look of
suit me better,
shutters or blinds?
blinds and shutters have their pros and cons, but if you are having
trouble deciding between the two, take a look at these vital
considerations to take into account:
come in a myriad of styles, from solid fabric through to Roman
shades and slatted wood, which means that you can tailor your style
to perfectly complement a home. With so many different materials on
offer, you won’t have to compromise your preferred aesthetic.
is easy to guarantee with blinds, as you can up the light-tight
element by having blackout material mounted to the rear of your
will be a suitable blind material for every budget, from economical
vinyl Venetian styles through to amazing exotic wooden blinds.
are generally a more expensive window dressing option, as they tend
to be made to order, so as to perfectly fit your windows, but the
aesthetic they create will actually add value to your home,
especially if you have wooden windows that will blend well.
come in a variety of styles, so as to suit every single style of
house, from traditional bungalows through to contemporary dwellings.
slats can be adjusted to give you the perfect combination of shade
and privacy, while still letting slithers of natural light in. You
can also have indoor and outdoor shutters, working together.
shutters offer fantastic protection from harsh climates.
you need to bear on mind, alongside your personal tastes, is the
style and age of your home, as this will directly affect whether you
opt for blinds or shutters. So many people simply choose what they
like best, without considering the wider aesthetic of a house, but
this is vital, as both offer perfect privacy, so it truly does come
down to what looks the most natural.
many types of shutters are there?
are three main types of window shutters to choose from, which are:
– the simplest form of shutters, these look similar to pallets in
construction, are usually made from wood and create a beautiful
rustic aesthetic. Making them ideal for use outside.
– these offer a more Colonial and traditional look, which means
they are frequently used inside a home, for decorative as well as
functional purposes. They look fantastic when made from wood and
painted a pretty colour.
– the most ornate and therefore expensive form of window shutters,
louvered designs have moveable slats, creating a Venetian-blind style
effect. Given the cost of these designs, they are mostly used inside,
to properly measure for shutters.
might sound simple, measuring your window apertures to identify the
sizes of shutters that you need, but you might be surprised by how
many people actually get it wrong. Follow these steps to make sure
that you don’t fall into the same trap:
Take into account the type of windows that you have, as your opening
mechanisms and styles will affect how much clearance you need.
Choose which frame style you want for your shutters. All shutter manufacturers will explain the different styles, in their websites.
Decide on the decorative elements, such as how wide you want your
individual shutter slats to be. Remember to make a note of this, as
when you order shutters for elsewhere in your home, you’ll want the
Measure your window. Take your time and double check your
measurements. If in doubt, call your window supplier and check their
measurements as well.
Remember to be exact, as shutters that don’t fit can’t normally
be returned, so you could face a lot of unnecessary expense!
easy is it to fit shutters?
there are lots of online tutorials for hanging window shutters, given
how easy it is to get just the measuring part wrong, we recommend
that you hire a professional to do the task for you. If you are a
seasoned DIY expert, you might be able to tackle this yourself, but
remember that any mistakes will need to be rectified at your own