“To louver or not to louver?”, that is the question. Well, it is one that our customers find themselves wrestling with. Indeed, people often ask us whether they should go for louvered shutters(also known as slatted shutters) or their solid counterparts. And the truth is, there is no right answer. While both are excellent choices, it very much depends on what you would like to get from a set of shutters. So, to make things a little bit clearer for you, we’ve decided to take a closer look at both types of shutters.
The Benefits of Louvred Shutters
Louvered shutters have lots of benefits that you simply don’t get with other window dressings. Their movable slats (or louvres) give you the ultimate control over light, privacy, and air flow. How much light management and privacy is afforded very much depends on the slat size. Our shutters come in four sizes: 64mm, 76mm, 89mm, and 114mm. When choosing slat size it is always worth remembering that the smaller the slat, the less light will come through when the shutters are opened. However, this also grants you more privacy. If you would rather play it safe, go for 76mm or 89mm.
Our solid panel shutters are a different proposition to louvered shutters. They’re available in all styles including Full Height, Café Style, and Tier-on-tier. When you opt for Tier-on-tier or Full Height, they also offer close to total blackout when closed. This makes them an excellent choice for those rooms that need a little extra darkness at night, i.e., bedrooms and nurseries.
Furthermore, due to resembling the shutters of old, they work fantastically in homes which exhibit a more traditional aesthetic. Indeed, our solid shutters have rounded off the décor in more than a few period homes. That isn’t to say they aren’t perfect for modern homes, too! Whether it’s Victorian, Georgian, Modernist, or otherwise, you can’t go wrong with solid panel shutters.
The Best of Both Worlds
Are you still struggling to decide between these two gorgeous options? Well, how about a shutter that combines the two? Our half solid raised shutters feature solid panels on the bottom half, with louvre shutters on top. Elegant, practical, and something a little bit different. We’re sure you’ll love them.
If you have any questions about made-to-measure shutters, our friendly team is on hand to help! Please call us for free on 0800 9700 800 or email email@example.com. Ready to take the next step? Book your free home survey today.
Plantation shutters are so loved by homeowners because they blend seamlessly with any décor and offer sleek aesthetics. This, along with their durability, makes them perfect for any room of the house. Shutters in bathrooms and kitchens will regularly come into contact with water, either via splashing or steam. This is always worth considering when making your choice of shutters. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Waterproof Plantation Shutters
Shutterly Fabulous’ range of plantation shutters includes a waterproof interior shutters option that is made of aluminium and coated in a thick, durable, and great-looking PVC Waterproof material. This makes them perfect for rooms in the house where increased exposure to water – both splashing onto them or via condensation – leaves other window dressing options liable to degradation over time. Curtains and blinds, we’re talking about you.
As well as the increased privacy they provide, shutters’ ability to control light and heat is unrivalled. Oh, and we have already mentioned the beautiful look and feel of plantation shutters, yes? And on top of all this, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that the waterproof window shutters in your kitchen or bathroom are made to last. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘do shutters for shower windows warp?’ or been concerned about degradation, you’ll be relieved to know that with our waterproof window shutters, you won’t see cracking, peeling, or warping over time.
Waterproof shutters for bathrooms coated with this ingenious material are available in both full height and café style ranges. They’re also finished in a range of white paints, meaning that, as well as being designed specifically to withstand wet conditions, you won’t have to compromise on aesthetic choices, either – you’ll still have a huge range of options to choose from.
So, there you have it: waterproof plantation shutters for bathrooms that are immune to the effects of water. Your shutters will look beautiful for years to come, even when coming into contact with water. When combined with all the other benefits plantation shutters bring to your home, it’s a win-win in our book.
If you have any questions about shutters, our friendly team is on hand to help! Please call us for free on 0800 9700 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When making any changes or additions to your home it is always best practice to ensure that not only are you sticking to your budget, but that you’re getting value for your money too. That means price, longevity, efficiency, and style should all be considered in equal measure when it comes to your new window dressings. Luckily, modern shutters perform exceptionally well across all these metrics. So, when asking how much plantation shutters cost, you should also be asking…
Are Window Shutters a Good Investment?
We know what you’re thinking: plantation shutters cost more than curtains and blinds. While this may be true, shutters are a totally different proposition to either of these. Not only are shutters composed of the finest quality hardwood, but they are also made and measured precisely to the dimensions of your windows. And apart from being incredibly hard wearing, they’re timeless. How so? Let’s say, for example, you opt for the classic white shutters that so many of our customers love. By going for such an enduring style, you can rest assured that your windows will fit in with any new décor you implement in the years to come. Essentially, your windows will be future proof!
Do Plantation Shutters Add Value to the Home?
Shutters add class and style to any home: that’s a given. But did you know that they can add value to your home as well? Because they are a semi-permanent feature, shutters will remain intact for quite some time (more on that soon), meaning that – unlike curtains and blinds – they can drive up the value of your home if it comes time to sell.
How Long Do Plantation Shutters Last?
At Shutterly Fabulous, we promise every single customer a fully comprehensive 5-year warranty, so you can enjoy your shutters with full peace of mind. And with a dedicated aftercare team to deal with any issues that may arise, you can be sure that your shutters are in the best of hands. But what about after these 5 years? Well, luckily our shutters are built to last. With the proper maintenance they will last 10, 15, 20 years…or more! If that’s not a sound investment, then we don’t know what is.
Are Plantation Shutters Energy Efficient?
One of the lesser talked about aspects of modern shutters is their energy efficiency. Now more than ever, energy costs are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Therefore, you need a window dressing that helps to regulate your home’s temperature. Shutters are ideal for this. Being fitted flush to your window recess means that very little air escapes when they are closed. This is great for retaining warmth and excluding drafts in the colder months, while their light reflecting properties mean you won’t have to crank up the A/C when summertime comes around.
How Much Do Shutters Cost?
The price of shutters is dependent on a few factors. The first thing to note is that we price based on the exact size of your windows, so the larger the window, the higher the cost. Should you decide on our solid shutters, these will incur a 10% surcharge.
Most of our colours come as standard, although going for our stained finishes or opting for a custom colour will bump up the price slightly, but this is something your Shutter Specialist would discuss with you on the day of your appointment.
Other options which have an impact on price are special shaped and tracked shutters. These are very rarely necessary, but this is something our Shutter Specialist would discuss with you on the day of an appointment.
Oh, and did we mention our price beat promise? If you find a cheaper like-for-like quote, not only will we match it – we’ll beat it. And we promise to do so even if your quote is for cheaper and inferior MDF products. What more could you ask for?
While it might seem like there is a lot to it, our plantation shutters fitting service is fabulously simple. In just a few quick steps, you will go from shutterless to Shutterly delighted. And unlike other companies, we aren’t about upselling or the hard sell. Our Shutter Specialists are there to guide and advise, never to push.
So, what happens at one of our design consultations? We’re very glad you asked.
1. We Show Up
Your Shutter Specialist arrives on the date and time you have pre-arranged with our friendly diary team. At Shutterly Fabulous we will give you an exact date and time, ensuring that you don’t have to wait around for us all day.
2. We Assess
The Specialist will come into your home, and you will show us which windows in the house need measuring.
3. We Discuss
You will have a back-and-forth discussion, during which time your consultant will talk through your preferred designs and what might work best with your windows. This is always a great time to pick the brains of the Shutter Specialist. They are always happy to help and, of course, they are experts in their field.
4. You Decide
You will have a look at our range of design options from the Shutter Specialist’s kit bag. They will show you our different materials, slat sizes, tilt rod options, colours, and wood stains. At this stage you will have a few choices to make. But don’t worry, our Specialist is there to help you make the best choice for your windows. If you’re still unsure, we can even quote you for a few different options.
5. We Measure
After you have decided on design, the Specialist will take exact measurements – to the millimetre – of your windows.
6. We Quote
Within 24-hours, you will receive your full-quotation via email so that you can get to ordering. That’s right – we won’t need to call back until your installation! And remember, the price of your quote will include VAT, shipping, and installation. There are no hidden costs whatsoever.
To arrange an appointment with one of our Shutter Specialists, get in touch and one of our diary team will be happy to pencil you in. This can be done conveniently via our online booking portal or by giving us a call on 0800 970 0800. It’s as easy as that.
Whether you’ve made the decision to install plantation shutters or you’re just browsing, the chances are the first thing you think about is which style to opt for. Shutterly Fabulous offers a range of plantation designs such as full height, cafe-style and tier-on-tier shutters with a range of tilt rod options for ultimate practicality.
Continue reading the blog below to find out why tilt rods are an integral part of shutters.
What are tilt rods?
Tilt rods are slim poles that can be hidden on either side of the shutters or positioned horizontally on the slats to form part of the design so that the louvres all move at the same time and sit at the same angle.
When are split tilt rods required?
In smaller shutter designs, there may be one tilt rod connecting all louvres, whereas for tall full height or large windows, split tilt rod plantation shutters may be required. This ensures that you can adjust the slats on the bottom and top halves independently. Please note that for shutters higher than 130 cm, a hidden split will be required.
Why are tilt rods important when it comes to plantation shutters?
Well, plantation shutters without tilt rods would mean you’d have to open each louvre separately, meaning it would take much longer to adjust your shutters.
Shutters are one of the most flexible window coverings, and this is due to the tilt rods allowing you to control light, privacy, noise, and heat with absolute ease.
Should I have a hidden tilt rod or not?
When it comes to shutter tilt rod options, Shutterly Fabulous offers three choices: central, offset, and hidden. Both central and offset tilt rods are visible and run down the front of the shutters, either in the middle or to the hinged side respectively. Shutters with hidden tilt rods, on the other hand, conceal the rods inside of the vertical side rail for a sleek and minimal look. Simply move one of the louvres, and the tilt rod does the work to ensure all the other slats follow suit perfectly.
So, whether it is hidden, offset, or shutters split tilt rod, there will be something to make your home practical whilst adding to the aesthetic of the interior. Want to learn more? Give us a call on 0800 9700 800 or book an appointment via our easy-to-use website.
Choosing where to buy your plantation shutters can be a pain – we get that. There are so many companies to choose from, and when looking for the best place to buy plantation shutters online, it can get a bit overwhelming. Well, to help you with just that, we have decided to draw up a quick and handy list of everything you need to look for in a shutter company. Find a company that adheres to these five simple points, and you won’t go wrong.
Top Quality Hardware
When looking for the best shutters UK-wide, quality should be near top of your list of considerations. You always want to ask yourself, “Which plantation shutters are the best?” After all, shutters are a semi-permanent fixture, and they should last you for years to come. This is why it is so important to find the highest quality shutters: it will save you money in the long run. At Shutterly Fabulous, we have spent years honing our relationships with the best suppliers in order to acquire the highest quality product at the best price.
Bespoke Service From The Best
Just as important as quality of the product, is the quality of those who will be measuring and installing your shutters. Finding a company with a great product is useless unless they have highly trained craftspeople to measure and install. Luckily, at Shutterly Fabulous we have been doing this for a long time (since 2002, in fact). So, you can be sure all our Shutter Specialists are trained to the highest of standards. With our full measure and install service, you just need to sit back, relax, and let us take care of everything.
The Perfect Price
While it shouldn’t be the only factor to consider when shopping around, finding the best priced shutters is of course a biggie. It’s all about striking that balance between cost and quality. However, at Shutterly Fabulous you can have the best of both worlds; we promise never to be beaten on price. So, if you have a cheaper like-for-like quote from another company, just send it through and we will beat it.
When it comes to shopping around for the best shutters company, it’s always a good idea to deal with local craftsman. Why? Because they will have a familiarity with the houses in your area, meaning any quirks your windows may have will not be new to them. That’s why at Shutterly Fabulous, all our Shutter Specialists are locally based, carrying out surveys and installs in their home area.
Service With a Smile
You can tell a lot about a company in how they interact with their customers. A people led approach shows that they care about their customers, and this will directly translate into a superior service and product. All our Shutter Specialists are trained with our people-led ethos firmly in the front of their mind. That way, we can be sure you’re getting the friendliest service from the best in the business. Oh, and did we mention that we’re rated 4.8 out of 5 on Trustpilot?
So, there you have it – a list of all the ingredients needed to make the best shutters company in Britain. And would you look at that? It seems that each and every one of those qualities we’ve mentioned describes Shutterly Fabulous to a tee. What an amazing coincidence!
Frames are the brackets which attach onto your window recess and your shutters hinge from. Plantation shutters without a frame are not possible because the frame helps both support the weight of the panels and to make sure they are aligned. There are also different shutter frame styles, but more on that later.
Don’t worry if you’re unsure about the different frame types; that’s where our Shutter Specialists come in. With their years of experience, they’re experts in designing the perfect shutters for all types of windows.
Why Frames Matter
While not always obvious to the naked eye, most windows are not perfectly level or square. Without a frame, the panels may not hang properly. This could mean having to sand them down or alter inside the window recess to create a level surface.
However, because a shutter frame is a perfect square (or rectangle) with pre-installed hinges, they guarantee your shutter panels will align perfectly. Frames also have a metal plate which is aligned with a magnet in the back of the shutter panel. This helps keep the shutters closed.
Furthermore, with a light block extending behind the shutter panels, the frames work to reduce the amount of light coming into the room. Once installed, the outside edge of the frame is finished using decorator’s caulk. This gives the shutters a sleek finish.
What Are The Different Shutter Frame Types?
There are three main shutter frame styles: Z-frame shutters, L-frames, and Deco frames.
The subtle, square shaped L-frames are by far the most common. They are ideal for windows which have an already existing trim, can be used for both inside and outside mount installations, and can extend the depth of the casing in windows which are not deep enough for slats to open and close.
Designed for inside mount only, Z-frames are ideal for windows which do not have an existing trim, or should you want a more polished finish. And because most windows are not perfectly angled, Z-frames are fantastic for hiding gaps between the plantation shutter frames and your window recess. With this kind of frame, our expert Shutter Specialists can use the smallest inside measurement possible to ensure a flush finish. Z-frames are also used frequently for both special shape windows – think arches, triangles etc. – and to cover rounded bullnose edges.
Deco Frames are used for outside mount installation only. Like Z-frames, Decos have a decorative look and work to hide any variance in your window’s recess. They also extend the depth of the recess, moving the shutters away from the glass. This means that you aren’t going to be restricted to the smallest slat size – even with a shallow recess.
Are Frames Always Four-Sided?
Actually, no. Shutters can come in both three-sided and four-sided frames. While we would almost always go with four sides – it offers the greatest level of stability and support – there are some exceptions to this rule of thumb:
Café style shutters
This style covers the lower section of the window and generally benefits from having only a left, bottom, and right frame piece. For broader windows, we sometimes select a four-sided frame.
A bottom frame piece on patio doors can be a trip hazard, hence the need for a three-sides frame.
Marble or Granite sills
Most people do not want to drill into their lovely, expensive sills, which is why we recommend a left, top, and right frame in these instances.
What about my tilt-and-turn windows?
If your windows open inwards, an inside mount shutter frame will most likely mean you cannot open your windows as normal. While some customers do opt for this because of the frame’s appearance, it is worth bearing in mind that the functionality of your windows will be affected.
Another option is to go for the outside mount frame. This means the frame sits on the wall outside of your recess and you will retain the inwards opening tilt-and-turn function.
What Materials Are Shutter Frames Made From?
At Shutterly Fabulous, all our shutters – including the frames – are made from a solid hardwood known as Paulownia. Lightweight, hardwearing, and easy to work with, it is a high-quality wood, ideal for making luxury shutters at an affordable price. The only exception to this would be our waterproof polyvinyl shutters, but we only recommend these in areas of extreme moisture or damp.
I Still Have Questions About Shutter Frames
No problem. Our expert Shutter Specialists will be more than happy to go through all things shutters during an on-site consultation – including shutter frame styles. And remember, they’re experts for a reason.
So, if you were thinking about DIYing your shutters, why not save yourself the time and hassle? Sit back, relax, and let us do all the hard work for you.
To request a visit, simply click on the “Book appointment” button at the top right of our website. One of our friendly diary team will then be in touch to get you penciled in.
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!
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.
When you’re choosing how to decorate your child’s room or nursery, there are lots of considerations to keep in mind. Safety will always be at the top of the agenda, of course, along with practical elements like noise, temperature, and light control. There is also the question of how the aesthetic choices you make for your child’s bedroom will adapt to the passing of time as it turns from a nursery all the way through to a teenager’s room.
Child proof shutters are a safe, great-looking and versatile way to dress your child’s bedroom, and if you’re thinking about installing shutters, we’ve listed some benefits below.
Plantation shutters have been a popular choice with home decorators for centuries because of their simple, elegant look. A versatile addition, shutters will complement different interior design choices and architectural styles. Whether your family home is an Edwardian townhouse, a thatched-roof cottage, a new-build flat or anything in between, plantation shutters are guaranteed to complement its interior.
Not only that, but they do not age – both in a literal sense and a stylistic one, too. Children’s room window shutters are durable and do not show the marks of time even decades after they’re installed. Unlike curtains or blinds, their timeless design isn’t subject to changing fashions, and their clean lines mean they’ll complement different schemes. All this means they’ll always look great even if you or your child’s tastes change over time.
Safety as standard
No matter your child’s age, their safety is the most important thing. But for younger children especially, eliminating any potential danger while they’re unsupervised is always front of mind when considering the fixtures and fittings of their nursery or bedroom, and child safe window treatments. As your child becomes curious about the world around them and tactile with everyday objects, nursery window shutters become a natural choice. They’re safer than blinds, with no removable parts or cords, and they’re also more solid and studier than curtains, being much more difficult for a child to pull down, meaning your stylish new nursery window shutters can also take a weight off your mind.
You’re in control
The comfort and happiness of your child in their own room is also a factor to consider when it comes to your home’s interiors, and child proof shutters can play a part. Being more solid than other window coverings means they can filter out nearby unwanted noise from outside, giving your child a better chance at a restful night’s sleep and a quiet place to relax.
Adjusting the louvres to let in more or less light will also give you control of your child’s environment and help regulate the temperature throughout the day and between the seasons, too. It all adds up to a happy, healthy home for your child as they grow.