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You might ask yourself: Why should I go for shutters rather than blinds for my bay window? That’s an excellent question, and one that we are happy to answer. Being the UK’s original shutter installation provider, it may not surprise you to learn that we believe shutters are always the best choice when it comes to your bay windows. But we certainly aren’t biased; we back up what we say. So, if you are trying to decide on bay window blinds or shutters, just keep reading…

Privacy and Light Management


This may be one of the main selling points of blinds, but shutters will offer you the same qualities, and to a greater degree. Shutters are bespoke and measured to your bay window, and you will have much more control over the moveable slats than you would with blinds. With shutters, not only will you be able to control the amount of light coming into your room, but your privacy will be considered too. Furthermore, the customizable nature of shutters gives you even more versatility. Whether it is café style, full height, or tier on tier shutters for bay windows, you will have the last say on how much of your window is covered. Blinds, on the other hand, do not afford you with the same luxury.

Insulation and Ventilation


As mentioned above, shutters are measured to the specifications of your windows, bays or otherwise. They are also fitted into their own frame, allowing minimal air to escape. This means that shutters are ideal for keeping out those jarring winter drafts. And for those warmer summer days, their adjustable slats – available in 64mm, 76mm, and 89mm – mean you can let in some air without skipping on privacy. Blinds on the other hand, simply hang from the top of your windows, allowing unwanted air to enter the room freely and minimising insulation.

What About Maintenance?


When deciding on bay window blinds or shutters, maintenance is an important factor to consider. After all, you want your windows looking their best for years to come. Luckily, plantation shutters are simple to clean. A quick wipe down with some lightly soaped water or a going over with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment will easily do the job. Blinds are much more fragile and usually made of fabric, meaning much more care is needed when giving them a once over. Shutters also trump blinds where resistance to UV and water damage are concerned. In fact, all Shutterly Fabulous’s premium hardwood shutters are coated with a special UV protected paint, ensuring you will be enjoying them for years to come.

Shutters for Bay Windows Are Always Bespoke.


While already mentioned above, we feel it is worth reiterating. Shutters will always be made to the exact specifications of your bay windows. Whether you have a box or angled bay, whether the windows are sash, PCV, or even of a special shape, you can be sure that our shutters will accentuate whatever makes your windows special. Where blinds hang down and obscure, shutters hug and accentuate the unique shape and features of your windows.

Still deciding on bay window blinds or shutters? Our friendly team are happy to answer your questions. Call us on 0800 970 0800 or send an email to hello@shutterlyfabulous.com.

Weighing up the benefits of vinyl vs wood plantation shutters? Read our guide to the materials available before you make your choice.

When it comes to interior design choices, there is always a balance to be struck between form and function. If you chose all of your décor based purely on its performance, you might end up with a home that lacks charater; while if you go purely on a striking look, you might find your furniture and interiors degrade with time and need to be replaced.

Ideally, when it comes to furnishing your home, you would strike a happy balance between the two. That is definitely true when it comes to shutters, which provide just that: a function that goes beyond simply having a striking and timeless look and feel. That is why Shutterly Fabulous offers different materials for our range of shutters, namely Painted Hardwood, Stained Hardwood and Polyvinyl Waterproof.

So, when it comes to vinyl vs wood shutters, how do you know which material is right for your home? Well, many people are drawn to the natural feel of Painted or Stained Hardwood, along with its durability and, if you go for the Stained Hardwood option, its beautiful natural wood-grain aesthetic.

While shutters a popular around the home, they are also a timeless choice for bathrooms, too. With their ability to regulate light, heat, and noise and, crucially, their ability to shut to provide much-needed privacy in this most private of settings, they’re always a popular aesthetic choice when furnishing bathrooms, with many preferring them to the frosted glass that has become ubiquitous in the world of interior design.

While some bathrooms may be fitted with excellent dehumidifying technology, most bathroom shutters will expect to deal with a fair amount of condensation from baths and showers, and even direct contact with water if it is a wet room. It can be a conundrum for people who want the distinctive look of shutters in their bathroom, but who are concerned about the effects of water on the materials over time.

That is where Shutterly Fabulous’ Polyvinyl Waterproof range comes into its own. They’re designed to effortlessly deal with the effects of condensation and water over years, without warping or bending, and will look as good a decade down the line as the day they’re installed.

Form vs function, vinyl vs wood shutters – the best thing is that with all materials and styles covered across Shutterly Fabulous’ range of beautiful plantation shutters, you’re free to make the best choice for each room, and therefore the best choice for your home, without ever having to compromise.

When shopping for new furnishings for your home, depending on who you share your home with, you’ll want to make sure your new additions are going to be loved by everyone! We all know plantation shutters offer plenty of benefits, but they’re also super diverse in the styles and type of people that they can suit. From bright and bold colours in your children’s bedroom, neutral whites and beiges to complement your existing living room décor to pastel shades creating a relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom, ideal for anybody unwinding at the end of the day. Shutters work well for every member of the family!

Getting the right window treatment in a child’s bedroom is important – it could potentially make all the difference in how much sleep kids get and consequently parents too! You’re going to need something that blocks out any light and potential noise disturbances, so you can eliminate any chance of little ones stirring during the night. A  set of our window shutters have you covered. Built from thick quality materials, light and noise is blocked out so no matter the time, simply adjust your shutters to darken the room. You can even choose specific black-out shutters, designed to create the perfect environment for your very important sleep. With such a variety of bright colours available, you can choose a colour that your child or grandchild will love, perhaps a lighter shade they can grow up with, or a striking colour that will add a pop of fun to their room! Unlike blinds that use cords to open and close, shutters are much safer to have around younger kids as they are cordless, also making them easy to open and close.

For the teens getting home from school, or parents coming back after a busy day at work, there’s nothing better than coming home, flopping on the sofa to get comfy for the rest of the evening. Purchasing living room shutters creates the perfect cosy atmosphere so you can easily unwind. With complete control over the amount of light that can come in, you can adjust the slats to darken or brighten the room. Shutters are also extremely easy to care for, so for those busy parents trying to juggle everything, giving your shutters a quick wipe down doesn’t add to the stress of house chores! Not only do shutters provide light control and easy maintenance -they also look fantastic in any home style.

Families looking for long term, durable transformations will appreciate a set of quality window shutters. When you buy a set of premium shutters you’re investing in a high quality, sturdy product – unlike curtains or blinds, plantation shutters will last you years – and no matter their age, as long as they’re well looked after your interior shutters will still look as fabulous as the day you got them. Shutters are perfect for busy families who might not have the time nor funds to spend on redecorating or restyling their homes. Plus, shutters act as a barrier to cold drafts, containing the heat inside the house, which will be a big money-crunching benefit in the winter.

So, by purchasing a set of shutters, no matter where you put them in your house everyone in the family will be able to enjoy them and the benefits they bring. Both children and adults are bound to love them! If you think your family would benefit from some shutters in your home, then give us a call on 0800 9700 800 and we would love to chat with you about your options!

The home is a deeply personal space that reflects your taste, your style, and what makes you happy. If you look over towards your windows right now, and you feel anything other than joy, then it’s time for an upgrade.

There are only so many different ways to cover your windows. As such, the battle between plantation shutters and blinds rages on. If you’re trying to choose between shutters or blinds for windows in your home, here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision and to guarantee that you’ll fall in love with your choice!

The Truth About Blinds

Blinds can be very simple and cheap, you can throw them up on your windows in a few minutes, and they’ll do a passable job of keeping out light if you manage to get a perfect fit.

Blinds can be challenging to clean, especially fabric ones that soak up dust like a sponge. They can fade in colour due to exposure to the sun, and many of them don’t do a great job of blocking out all of the light.

Blinds can also have moving parts in them that can get jammed, that can start to stick, or even that can start to degrade when exposed to moisture over time.

There are many different styles of blinds, so some of these issues will apply to some types more than others. For instance, you can find blinds made with plastic, vinyl, or even thin pieces of wood, instead of fabric. These materials help to make blinds easier to clean when it comes to wiping off the dust, although the constant movement of venetian blinds is an annoyance that many of us have come across! There are usually fabric strings that hold together venetian blinds, which is a real problem for long-term durability and are an element practically impossible to clean.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Shutters

Shutters can be fabricated to fit your windows perfectly, which is our specialty! We can craft shutters for large windows, small windows, and windows in all shapes and sizes. That’s the magic of shutters, they can be circular, diamond-shaped, full height for tall windows & doors, and they come in many other styles for every room in your home.

Shutters are made from durable, solid hardwood that can stand up to varying environments much more than blinds can, which results in a quality window treatment that will last.

You can find blinds for less money than shutters, but it’s the type of situation where you get what you pay for, and higher-end blinds don’t compare in quality the same way that our made to measure shutters do. You’re comparing flimsy plastic or fabric to solid hardwood that will last a lifetime.

Shutters give you optimal control over who can see into your home, how much light can get in, and how much airflow you want at any given moment. They can be adjusted in many different ways, much more easily than blinds can.

The Decision: Should I Get blinds or Shutters for windows?

At the end of the day, the final decision comes down to choosing which style you think looks the best, and suits your needs on a practical level. Some people care more about the style and aesthetic than others, but a huge win for shutters is the fact that they look better (in many people’s opinions) They also function better, they last longer, and they’re easier to maintain.

When you put all of these facts together, it’s a pretty clear win between shutters or blinds!

This isn’t to say that blinds are never a good choice, if you like the look of blinds enough to justify the downsides, then you’ve found your best fit! But if the numerous benefits of shutters are more important to you than the look of blinds, especially if you’re in the majority of people who think that shutters simply look a lot classier, more elegant, and better overall with their timeless aesthetic, then the choice is simple when it comes to choosing between shutters or venetian blinds.

Browse our site and contact us today to get a quick quote and book your free no-obligation appointment. We will measure your windows perfectly, discuss every design/style option available, and return to professionally install them for you – it’s the most effortless way to upgrade your home.

Popularised during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, the roots of the classic terraced row house go as far back as the 16th century. From split-level flats in central London to whole houses in high streets and suburbs around the country, this style of housing has become a mainstay in British life, providing all the security and flexibility of a family home while continually providing an excellent use of space in populated areas.

Bay windows are a feature that has made Victorian properties such a firm favourite in the world of housing, but it can also present challenges when it comes to finding a window solution that enhances the design. However, shutters are a great option that will complement bay windows whilst providing many practical benefits.

If you are wondering what plantation shutters will work best for your Victorian row house, please see answers to the most asked questions below.

What window solution will work best on bay windows?

Plantation shutters are the most stylish and compact option for bay windows. A mainstay of Victorian-era decoration, full-height, tier-on-tier and café-style shutters will complement the building’s architecture and provide versatility in the home whilst giving the space a clean and minimal look.

Why are plantation shutters the best option for bay windows?

There are many reasons why made to measure plantation shutters make the perfect partner for Victorian bay windows. Firstly, they are made to measure and easy to install, which eliminates the problem of curtains or blinds that may not measure up perfectly with your windows.

In addition to this, shutters will offer ultimate flexibility in the home that will allow you to live comfortably. Whether your Victorian row house is on a main road with lots of nosy passers-by or you experience outdoor noise entering your home, plantation shutters are a natural choice that will offer unrivalled privacy, noise insulation, light control and more whilst adding to the aesthetics of the space.

Can I have plantation shutters anywhere in the home?

Yes you can! While many people look for shutters to make a beautiful centrepiece for the living room, they remain a great choice for any room. Full-height shutters work beautifully on French windows, for example, while café-style shutters are a great choice in a bathroom or kitchen.

Choosing the perfect style of shutters for the windows in your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can feel like it’s a lot to take in at first, but we’re here to help break things down and make sense of everything. If you still have any questions, get in touch to schedule an in-home consultation with one of our experts!

A key factor in choosing which style of shutters to choose for your windows comes down to the size of the window itself. The shape of the window plays a big role, too. While we can install any style of our shutters to any windows that you have, we find that it’s helpful to use the following guidelines as a starting point. Matching the size and style of window with the best fitting style of shutter will ensure your home looks truly fabulous!

 

Wooden Shutters for Interior Bay Windows

The magic of our shutters is that we can manufacture and design any style to fit each window, so there’s no rules written in stone that things have to be a specific way. Our shutter specialists will consult with you and explain all the different choices you have. Here are some bay window decorating ideas to get you started.

 

Shutters for Box Bay Windows

Box bay windows can bring a lot of extra light into your home, and plantation shutters are an excellent fit for this style. Since plantation shutters, are also designed to help optimize light, it’s a match made in heaven! Sometimes, you don’t want a lot of light, and it’s quick and easy to make those adjustments when you install plantation-style shutters in your box bay windows.

 

Shutters for Curved and Angled Bay Windows

Just like with box bay windows, plantation shutters are also an excellent option for curved bay window configurations. Rest assured, we can show you how everything will look in similar homes to yours, and we will measure your bay window precisely so that you’ll get a perfect fit, regardless of which style you choose.

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows

Cafe style bay window shutters are a great look for curved bay windows, as they’re generally wider than they are tall, and will provide privacy for street-level rooms.

Book a free appointment today, and one of our shutter consultants can visit your home and advise you on the best style for your bay windows.

 

 

Bi fold shutters for Bay Windows

If you’re worried about shutters taking up a lot of room in your bay window, discuss the option of bi-fold shutters with your consultant. Bi-fold shutters are where two shutter panels are hinged together and can fold back neatly. These shutters even have magnet plates in the panels to ensure they close securely.

 

Solid Shutters for Bay Windows

If your bay windows are in your bedroom, then this is a good opportunity to use solid shutters. Solid shutters on bay windows do the best job of blocking out the light, and they offer complete privacy. Even though these solid hardwood shutters block out the light, they can still be opened up to let in the light when you want to let a little sunshine in. Solid bay window shutters also provide a traditional aesthetic that complement period properties perfectly.

 

Shutters for Small Windows

If you have small windows in your home, then full height shutters make a great fit. Full height shutters cover the entire height of your window, as the name suggests. Rather than having multiple panels stacked, they are tall enough to cover the length of your window and provide a streamline and fuss-free look.

 

Shutters for Modern/UPVC Windows

Windows in modern properties are usually wider than they are tall, so tier-on-tier shutters aren’t the best option in this case. We would recommend going with full height shutters instead, with a larger slat size and hidden rod, these modern shutters will turn your home from fine, to fabulous!

 

Shutter on Patio or French Doors

If you’re lucky enough to have French or Patio doors, then this is another prime location to install shutters. Not only do shutters on doors look great, but they also take up less room compared to their blind and curtain counterparts. Shutters on doors also provide you with complete control over the light that enters your rooms, I don’t think curtains can say the same!

 

Shutters on Sash Style Windows

If you have sash style windows in your home, then café style shutters make a great fit. Café style shutters cover the lower portion of the window, and leave the top section uncovered. This works nicely in cafés, as the name suggests, since you still get a view of the outside, but with a little extra privacy.

Tier on tier shutters work very nicely with the design of a sash window, as the rails in the shutters can line up seamlessly with the rails in your sash windows. Our shutter consultants can advise you on the best design for your windows, as they all have years of experience in designing and installing shutters on sash windows.

 

Shutters on Special Shaped Windows

There are other shapes and styles of windows that don’t necessarily fit into any of the above categories, but don’t worry, we can make shutters for those, too! From hexagon windows, arches, circular windows, triangles, and anything else – put us to the test!

We love the challenge that comes with crafting the perfect set of shutters for every window in your home. We’re confident that we’ll be able to come up with a custom solution for every shape of window. Read more about our special shaped shutters here.

 

We’ll Help You Choose The Perfect Shutters For Your Windows

Our in-home consultants have year of experience speaking to homeowners about their shutters, and can explain the pros and cons of every single type of shutter style you could dream of. If you have an idea of what you want already, we’ll help you finalize the details. If you’re still unsure, leave it to us, after all- we’re the experts!

From curved bay shutters, to windows large and small – we’re looking forward to working our magic in your home!

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