Using windowsills with plantation shutters

There’s no doubt about it, plantation shutters have been a go-to choice when it comes to window dressing for centuries, and that is thanks to their timeless look and feel. Unlike other window coverings such as blinds and curtains, shutters are made from beautiful solid hardwood and provide many practical benefits such as privacy, light control, insulation and more.

When thinking about installing shutters, it is important to consider how you will access windowsills with shutters. Depending on the type of window you have and where you decide to position your shutters, you may end up with little to no room for ornaments and accessories. However, some may say the stylish look of shutters paired with its useful advantages outweighs windowsill space. Please keep on reading for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

How will shutters sit on different types of windows?

The way your shutters will sit very much depends on the architectural design of your windows. For example, classic Victorian and Edwardian bay windows do not tend to have a wealth of space around the perimeter of the window, so naturally, shutters will encroach on the windowsill area. However, for those with wall depth surrounding the window, there is the opportunity to achieve an inside mount, which will sit closer to the window and allow you to maintain windowsill space whilst enjoying the benefits of shutters.

Can I still use my windowsills with shutters installed?

If your window is set far into a wall, you can of course still use your windowsill with shutters installed. Opting for tier-on-tier plantation shutters may be the best suited due to adjustable louvres and the top and bottom halves opening independently. This will allow you to display ornaments and picture frames on the windowsill without sacrificing natural light.

Full height and cafe-style shutters will also work great too due to the flexible louvres that will allow you to control light flow without knocking over any belongings.

What is the best way to work around no windowsill space once shutters are installed?

If you have a limited windowsill area but still want beautiful shutters installed, you can opt for a sleek, smart sideboard next to a window to bring a homely touch into the space, or for something more inventive, how about dressing a radiator with a smart radiator cover, which will provide extra room for plants and ornaments.

Our team of friendly shutter experts are happy to answer any of your questions you have on having shutters installed on your windows. If you’d like to find out more, send us an email at hello@shutterlyfabulous.com, or give us a call on 0800 970 0800.

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