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The Ultimate Guide to Window Shutters

Sometimes it can be so hard to decide what to dress your windows with. Today we’re going to talk about Shutter Blinds – an incredibly popular dressing that is stylish, chic, and sophisticated. Shutter blinds are often presumed to be expensive but our ‘do it yourself’ shutters are a perfect alternative to often expensive boutique shutter fitting service – think of them as akin to an investment in a good quality piece of furniture. We still offer them made to measure and they will easily adapt as you change your home décor.

 

What are Shutter Blinds and what is the benefit of buying them?

White Café Style shutters in living room window
 

Shutters were once used for safety purposes but now they’ve become one of the most popular dressings for windows because of their beautiful aesthetic and stylish interior advantages. Shutters can be compared to wooden venetian blinds because they have louvre slats that tilt. One contrasting feature of shutters, however, is they have panels that can be opened or closed – venetian wooden blinds on the other hand are raised and lowered. This means that shutters are more versatile and flexible than their venetian counterpart.


Close up of white window shutter louvres


One of the biggest appeals is their year-round use. In Spring and Summer, the moveable slats not only allow you to control the amount of light coming into the room but also allow you to control the flow of air. In Autumn and Winter, they prevent heat loss and protect your privacy. Because you can keep the shutter panels closed but tilt the louvres, shutter blinds not only allow you to control the light in your chosen space, but they also offer optimal privacy.

 

What are the different Shutter Blind styles?

Full height white shutters in a children’s room


Because there are so many different shutter types available on the market, we decided to keep it simple by offering full height shutters or café style shutters. One of the reasons for this is because they’re the easiest to measure, fit, and maintain and this means you’ll have much less difficulty in fitting them and taking care of them. Above all we want our customers to long-lasting and high-quality products.

 

Full heigh faux wood shutters in a kitchen window


Full height shutters cover the full height of your chosen window and are the ideal choice for rooms where privacy and light control is important to you. We recommend them in living rooms, bedrooms, or rooms where people might easily see inside such as near roads or facing into the street.


Café style shutters in a big kitchen bay window


Café Style shutters only cover the lower part of the window and are ideal for people who love natural light but also want the privacy perks of shutters. They’re perfect for large windows as the covered lower half ensured privacy and the upper half allows maximum daylight to be let in

 

How do you care for Shutter Blinds?

A woman standing in front of white full height window shutters and plain curtains in a big window.

As with all our blinds, shutters are exceptionally easy to take care.

We recommend using a soft, clean cloth for dusting (or even the brush tool on your vacuum) and to avoid using any abrasive cleaners.

We also recommend routinely checking the screws to ensure they haven’t become loose or rusted over time. Read our shutter cleaning guide here.

 

Real Wood Shutters vs Faux Wood Shutters

A woman sitting on a sofa with a dog next to white full height shutters

So, what’s the difference between real and faux wood shutters?
Our Boston painted craft wood shutters are a luxurious choice, available both in Full Height and Café style and three choices of colour. They’re perfect to give your home an elegant uplift as they’re constructed from quality craft wood for a long-lasting, superior finish.

Faux wood white shutters in a bathroom window


Our Hampton range of faux wood shutters boast durability and simplicity at a fraction of the cost of professionally fitted shutters. One of the major benefits of faux wood shutters is as they’re made from quality PVC which means they’re perfect for a kitchen or a bathroom because they’re waterproof, easy to wipe down, and easy to clean. Our faux wood shutters are also available a much wider range of colours than our real wood.
 

How to Measure and Fit our Shutter Blinds

We’ve designed our shutter blinds to be a DIY project and like all our other blinds the measuring process is very simple, you can read this guest blog post written by Claire at My First Home to discover her experience of DIY measuring and fitting shutters in her guest bedroom.
 
If you have unusual windows, bay windows, or non-standard windows we’d recommend you use a specialist measure and fit shutter – although this adds an expense these window styles are best left to the experts.
 
You can find our full measuring  shutters instructions here, once your order arrives follow the instructions in our full fitting guide here.

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