Café style shutters tend to only cover the lower section of your window - much like the cafés of Paris from which the name comes. This gives you a certain level of privacy while allowing maximum light to enter the room.
Most shutters are ordered with a shutter frame. The shutter panels are mounted inside the frame. The frame is mounted onto the window (or inside the window recess) and creates a perfectly squared shape for the shutter panels to be mounted to ensure a precision fit.
Full height is the term given to shutters that fill the full vertical expanse of your window without a break.
Full Height with Mid Rail
Past a certain height, full height shutters will require a mid rail to add stability. This is referred to as a Full height with mid rail shutter panel.
Louvres are horizontal pieces of wood which form the major constituent part of the shutter panel. Shutter louvres tilt through almost a 360 degree rotation with the effect that you can darken the room substantially, tilt louvres to gain privacy/control light into the room or angle the shutter louvres to 90 degrees to have a clear view out, between the louvres. Shutters louvres are also known as shutter blades and shutter slats. Shutterly Fabulous louvres can be set flat in both an up and down position unlike many of our competitors'.
Running horizontally within the shutter panel, the shutter mid rail is required on panels over a certain height to give strength to the panel construction. It is also a good feature in the panel design to give separate control of the shutter louvers on the upper and lower portions of the panel.
Plantation shutters which have a regular louver tilt rod on the front of the panels have a small indentation on the top and bottom rails where the tilt rod rests when the slats are closed flat.
Open Sky Rod
The open sky rod is the term given to shutters which have the louver rod hidden at the rear of the shutter panel. To open and close slats with open sky rods you simply hold any one of the louvers and all louvers attached with that rod will open in unison.
The shutter panel is the main part of the shutter installation. The panel is the rectangular section that is hinged to open up. It contains moveable horizontal pieces of wood (called louvers or slats). We can also provide solid shutters where the panels have no moveable slats, but instead are completely wooden.
The push rod is the horizontal piece of wood which links the shutter's louvers together and allows all louvers linked by that particular rod to open and close in unison. The shutter's tilt rod can be ordered on the front of the panel, running down the centre of the slats, on the front of the panel, offset to the side or completely hidden at the rear of the shutters.
The shutters rails are the solid sections of the shutter panel at the top and bottom of the panel, giving the shutter panel its form, structure and stability. The size of the shutters top and bottom rail is designed to be in proportion to the overall size of the shutter - designed to be discreet to complement the overall design, while not compromising the strength and stability of the shutter panel.
A set of hinged panels fixed inside or outside a window that can be closed for privacy or to keep out light.
Slats are horizontal pieces of wood which form the major constituent part of the shutter panel. Shutter slats tilt through almost a 360 degree rotation with the effect that you can darken the room substantially, tilt the slats to gain privacy/control light into the room or angle the shutter slats to 90 degrees to have a clear view out, between the slats. Shutter slats are also known as shutter blades and shutter louvers. Shutterly Fabulous slats can be set flat in both an up and down position unlike many of our competitors'.
A shutter panel consists of the louvers, rails and stiles. The Shutter stiles are the upright, vertical sections of solid wood within the panel. Not to be confused with the frame, which holds the panels in place and fixes to your recess/wall.
Tier on Tier
Tier on tier shutters are a split section of shutters. These will open similar to a barn door in which the upper and lower section are hinged independently of each other. This style is used by those requiring a café style shutter with added privacy.