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If you’re at the stage of digging into the different shutter styles on offer, when it comes to plantation shutters, it’s likely you’re already converted due to the many benefits they can bring to the home. Whether it’s their ability to control light, heat and noise, their timeless look and feel or their ability to act as a sleek and clean centrepiece to a room, they’re an enduring and ever-popular choice for keen interior designers and homeowners for a very good reason.

Plantation shutters are diverse, coming not only in a plethora of colours and the choice between painted and natural wood grain, but in a range of styles, too, from cafe style to tier on tier, full height and solid designs. We’re going to talk about full height or tier on tier shutters specifically – two styles with key similarities and contrasts.

full height shutters in an oak wood

Why choose Full Height Shutters?

Before we guide you through the benefits, here’s a reminder of the basics: full height shutters, as their name suggests, go all the way up a window. They’re usually available as full-height bi-fold shutters, in which each vertical section will open as one. They’re a brilliant choice for bay windows – always a reliable choice to pair with plantation shutters – and they’re also effective in their simplicity. Furthermore, their symmetry will draw the eye and create beautiful clean lines. 

If you’re looking for tracked shutters, where the louvres move in unison across the whole side of the shutter, a full height shutter solution is the one for you. They’ll effectively control heat and light, but bear in mind that for tall windows, you won’t get the benefits of separate shutter systems for increased privacy at the top of your window.

green tier on tier living room shutters

Why choose Tier on Tier Shutters?

Tier on tier, by contrast, can also be separated vertically. That means that you can use them in a ‘stable door’ style, opening one section and keeping the other closed, granting you more control over light and heat. 

Their louvres can also be controlled separately, so for those who seek privacy, you can keep the bottom half – that’s closer to eye level – closed, and still let in light through the top half. They’re incredibly versatile, and tend to suit particularly tall windows, where full height shutters may not quite reach. Aesthetically, tier on tier shutters can provide a more lived-in look, with the top and bottom half being more casually set apart from each other.

Which is right for you?

Both styles are among the most popular and timeless when it comes to plantation shutters, and, as much as they can suit differing objectives, it’s also down to personal taste. The best way is to start browsing, and let your imagination run wild.

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 hello@shutterlyfabulous.com. Ready to take the next step? Book your free home survey today.

All windows are created equal, but some are more common than others. Along with sash and casement windows, square bays are among those which we see most often. This means that our Shutter Specialists are no less than experts when it comes to these most ubiquitous of windows. And while our Specialists are always there to advise and inform, it can never hurt to do a bit of homework. With this in mind, we decided to write a quick and handy guide on square bay window shutters.

Beautiful bay windows with tier on tier shutters

What is a Square Bay Window?

Otherwise known as a box bay, a square bay window is the same as any canted window. The main difference is that the windows on the side meet the front window at a 90 degree again, creating a box shape. Square bays have the benefits of adding space, light, and ventilation to any room. They can also provide the perfect spot for a window seat. Whether it is Victorian terraces, Georgian apartments, or new-build bungalows, they are a common fixture in many kinds of homes. So, why are square bay window shutters so great? Well, we’re glad you asked.

Fitted Bespoke to Your Window

Plantation shutters for square bay windows are the perfect solution because they fit perfectly to your window. What do we mean by this? Well, all our shutters are made-to-measure exactly to the specifications of your windows. This means that – unlike other window dressings- shutter blinds on square bay windows will sit flush and tight the whole way around the bay. This means you don’t have to worry about irksome drafts or losing heat from your windows. And because our expert Shutter Specialists do all the measuring and fitting for you, you can be assured that you’re in safe hands. No matter how big or small your box bay window is, we will find the right shutter for you.

How About Style?

As mentioned previously, bay windows are great for letting light into your room. As such, the style of square bay window shutters you choose should reflect how much light you want coming in. With our Full Height shutters, you can opt for a mid-rail or hidden split. Both mean you can open the top and bottom slats separately, giving you great control over light – and privacy. Our Tier-on-Tier shutters are another versatile option worth considering. The top and bottom sections hinge separately in this style, meaning you can leave the bottom section shut, while keeping the top completely open (or vice versa). This allows for the maximum amount of light, while still maintaining privacy. For a more classic look, our Solid shutters resemble traditional panelled shutters. They are also great for achieving almost near blackout.

Café Style Shutters

For larger bays – especially those with horizontal mullions – why not think about Café Style shutters for square bay windows. Normally going up to the halfway point, they can be of any height within your window, so you can have the bottom section shuttered, leaving the top open. This is especially good for bay windows with stained glass windows at the top section.  

Of course, the style you go for will always be down to you, but our Shutter Specialists will always be on hand to advise. So do remember to pick their brains during your on-site appointment. They are always on hand to give their expert opinion.

half window shutters in blue

The chances are, if you’re at the stage of choosing between different shutter styles, you already know about the functional benefits of shutters. Providing ultimate flexibility, shutters offer the ability to regulate light, maintain privacy, insulate the home and more. Not only this, but the sleek and timeless look and feel of the shutters make for a superb alternative to curtains and blinds. Perfect for front-facing bay windows to large French doors and everything in between, plantation shutters are a fantastic choice for any interior style whether it is traditional, contemporary or a mix of both.

Shutterly Fabulous offers a range of shutter styles for any space or window and provides this handy guide to choosing what’s right for you. But the two most popular styles are full height or café-style shutters, and with each having a distinctive look and feel – and their own benefits, too – we’ve provided some key details for each below to help you decide.

Cafe Style shutters

A popular choice, cafe-style shutters feature adjustable louvres and cover the bottom half of the window, making it a great option for rooms that aren’t in close proximity to a neighbouring house.

Often installed in bathrooms and kitchens where hygiene is key, café-style shutters’ half design makes it easy to wipe down and maintain in comparison to full height and tier-on-tier shutter styles.

Especially great for tall bay windows that can be otherwise tricky to dress, café-style shutters will provide privacy from nosy neighbours and pedestrians whilst allowing maximum light to flow through the exposed top half of the window, so you can still enjoy the view of the clear blue sky from the comfort of your sofa.

full height natural wooden dining room shutters

Full Height shutters

Full height shutters, on the other hand, cover the full length of the window. Featuring adjustable louvres that are designed across the shutters’ structure, full height shutters will allow you to be in complete control of privacy, light, insulation and more all whilst looking aesthetically pleasing.

Great for all seasons, full height shutters can be opened entirely for maximum light flow or shut completely to minimise the effects of sunlight on home furnishings in the summer, and heat loss in the winter.

To find out more about which style is right for you, contact our experts.

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.

Vinyl vs wood shutters

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.

Bay windows are the perfect way to invite the most sunshine into your home. If you have curved bay windows, you’re going to love seeing these plantation shutters for curved bay windows and picturing how great they could look in your home. This style offers many benefits and advantages over other types of window coverings, let’s take a look!

Advantages of Curved Bay Window Shutters

  • Sunlight: You gain so much versatility when you install bay window shutters. You have control over how much sunlight gets in, meaning you can have things wide open, perfect for filling the room with natural light.
  • Privacy: What makes the shutters great for sunlight is also what makes them great for privacy – the fact that you have total control to completely open or close your shutters at any time, or to adjust the slats to let in just the right amount of light. You can block the view from outside of your home, while still enjoying fresh air and light in your home.
  • Aesthetics: Shutters look fabulous when they’re installed on bay windows, they really accentuate the size and grandeur of these often unique windows. Curved bay shutters provide such a timeless look that it’s simply a shame to have bay windows that aren’t adorned with shutters!
  • Made-to-measure: There are so many different options available when it comes to style, size, and colour that we’ll be able to curate the perfect selection of shutters to suit your home, for a one-of-a-kind result that was tailor-made just for you.

Why Shutterly Fabulous for Curved Bay Shutters?

Our experienced team has been working with shutters for many, many years. We’re the original custom shutter provider in the UK, and we custom make each and every shutter for your home to meet your exact specifications. Everything is measured flawlessly, carefully chosen to meet your style and requirements, and then masterfully installed.

Our shutters can be found in homes across the UK and you’ve probably already seen them before! Even though we’re in so many homes, we’re still equally excited to hear from each new homeowner, to help you come up with the perfect plan for your space.

Life is busy enough, so we’ve made it easy to buy curved bay shutters for your home, and to have them installed at a time that suits your schedule.

Living Room Shutters for Curved Bay Windows

For the amount of time that most people spend in their living rooms, it’s a shame that more people aren’t absolutely in love with their windows. Windows are such a lovely aspect of the home, with so much potential, but many people are still fighting with stubborn blinds or unruly curtains.

Tier on tier shutters are the perfect living room shutters when you have tall windows. For wider windows, cafe style can be an excellent option. This also applies for choosing curved bay window shutters.

If you love to watch the sun rise with a cup of tea, but you want to eliminate glare on your television while you watch the evening news, shutters make these adjustments easier than any other option.

Bedroom Shutters for Curved Bay Windows

While the goal of a living room might be to let the light in, it’s usually the opposite in a bedroom. Because of that, people with curved bay windows in their bedrooms are more likely to choose bedroom shutters with solid panels. The solid panels work best for keeping as much light out as possible, and they also help to dampen any outside noises.

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!

Book your free appointment today

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For many homeowners, light control is a top priority when choosing a window covering. Shutters are a great option that offers a near-blackout effect that will allow the home to feel like a true refuge from the outside world.

What options are there for blackout plantation shutters and what style is best suited?

The opaque nature of solid shutters means that they lend themselves to being great options when exploring how to best darken a room. Covering the entire expanse of the window when closed, solid shutters will prevent the majority of light from entering the space.

If you are looking for shutters to darken a room, Full height shutters are also a great solution. Our louvred shutter slats overlap to ensure most light is successfully blocked out.

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What are the benefits of blackout shutters?

Blackout window treatments can contribute to a more restful environment at home. Our window treatments provide privacy and darkness when the shutters and slats are closed.

Which rooms are blackout shutters best suited to?

Blackout interior shutters are best installed in light-sensitive rooms such as the bedroom or kids’ rooms. Bedroom shutters will allow any early morning sunlight or streetlights to be significantly reduced to allow for a restful night’s sleep without any disruptions.

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Does the colour of shutter make a difference?

While our made-to-measure shutters will block out most light from the outside, opting for a darker shade when selecting shutters will enhance the darkening effect within the room once the shutters are closed. Our colour matching service allows for a paint choice which blends nicely into your interior, no matter the style.

Can blackout window shutters be an option for all windows no matter the size?

Absolutely. All of our shutters are custom made, so it doesn’t matter how tricky the size or shape of the window is, we can create a design which will fit to it seamlessly.

Get a quick quote and book your free no-obligation appointment here, or contact us to find out how blackout shutters can make your home fabulous.

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Interior window shutters are a practical and stylish addition to the home that will provide light control, privacy, safety for kids and more. However, when going through the design process, differentiating between the various shutter slat sizes can feel confusing.

To help you find the right shutter louvre size for your window, we have put together an informative guide below.

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

What shutter slat sizes does Shutterly Fabulous offer?

To ensure there is variety, we offer four different slat sizes: 64mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm. The different sizes available allows for all tastes and practical requirements to be met.

Does the shutter slat size affect privacy and light?

The 64mm and 76mm slats are perfect for reducing the flow of light. Choosing one of the smaller sizes means that there will be more shutter slats within the panels, which in turn, will allow slightly less light into a room. However, if you’re looking to increase natural light, opt for larger slats (89mm or 114mm). The wider louvre design means that when the shutters are open more light will be able to enter the home.

If privacy is a significant factor, both shutters provide this, but the smaller slats will offer a bit more coverage on the window due to there being extra slats on the panels.

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

What works best in contemporary and period homes?

Wider shutter louvres make a statement and will enhance a modern home. Providing a streamlined look that will complement other aspects of the room, shutters with a larger slat size will lend itself nicely to a contemporary space. If you live in a period home that holds a lot of character and traditional architecture, opt for the smaller slats that will contribute to the feel of the room.

What shutter slat size works with large and small windows?

If you are looking to dress a small window, opt for shutters with a smaller slat size for a clean and balanced finish. When dressing larger windows, wider louvres will work best. Covering a large amount of space, bigger shutter slat sizes will achieve a proportional clean-cut look.

If you are unsure about what will work best in your home, our shutter experts will be able to give you professional advice and assistance with your choice. Book your free appointment here.

Which shutter slat size should I choose for my window?

Will the louvre size restrict my shutter style choice?

The different slat sizes will work with all of our shutter styles. So, you’ll have the freedom to choose Full Height, Café Style,or Tier-on-Tier without any issues.

To see how the different sizes will look in your home, we are offering a free no-obligation appointment with a specialist who will be able to seamlessly guide you through the different options and offer their knowledge on what will look best in your space. Book your free appointment here.

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