Shutters are one of the most under-used and under-rated window treatments. You can get them in almost any style, for both interior and exterior windows. They are great looking, and they can come in a range of materials – from vinyl to aluminum, or natural hardwood.
Made to measure shutters are a convenient and stylish way of dressing up your property. They are very easy to fit, and there’s not a lot of DIY work needed at your end.
Most people can use made to measure shutters, in fact you can probably pick up some ready-made shutters in a size that fits your windows if you have a house that uses ‘standard’ sized door openings and windows.
Shutter Styles For Every Room
Made to measure plantation style shutters are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. They are stylish, and a lot of companies make shutters from polymers that are waterproof and incredibly resilient. This makes them perfect for rooms that get hit with a lot of damp, fluctuating temperatures, and a lot of use. Tier-on-tier shutters break up the room quite nicely, and turn the window into a nice focal point.
For the living room, shutter blinds could be a good option. These are ideal for blocking out light (or letting a small amount in when necessary), and offer plenty of privacy too. If you choose the right material, they are UV resistant, and this means that they will last for many years.
The Most Convenient Way to get Good Blinds
The biggest reason to choose made to measure shutters is that you know that they will fit perfectly, right away, because the manufacturer will measure your opening, make shutters specifically for it, and then install them for you – no stress, no hassle, no worry about skewed windows or gaps at the sides that let light through, just a perfect, professional looking finish.
What to Look for In Shutters
If you’re thinking of getting shutters, choose the material carefully. It’s important that you get shutters that will survive for a long time in your chosen environment. UPVC might, for example, tend to discolor in the sun. In contrast, shutters made from hardwood may expand, crack or warp with excessive exposure to the elements, or even if they are exposed to high humidity indoors. This can usually be prevented by treating the wood on a regular basis – it is particularly important to use an appropriate stain or treatment on wood that will be used outdoors, but it is still a good idea to take care of hardwoods that are intended for interior use too.
Shutters have a permanence about them that blinds lack, so it’s important that you pick a style that you like. You can always repaint them to customize them if you decide you don’t like the pattern or color, but you will be stuck with the type of shades/slats or frame, so choose wisely, and make sure that you hang them plumb and true, so that they look as smart as possible, and are a perfect fit for the window.