How to choose the right window shutters for your home

From style to fit, here's how to navigate choosing shutters for your property.

By Jo Messenger | 27 July 2020

Window shutters are a sophsticated window treatment which can be timeless in the right setting.

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The louvre size, choice of material and opening method are just some of the options to consider when selecting this versatile window treatment.

This quick guide which will help you choose and purchase the right shutters for you and your home.

Before you buy

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Take into account how you will use your shutters before you commit to a design. For instance, will you open them up regularly or keep them closed and adjust the louvres to control the light coming in? It’s worth discussing your requirements with different suppliers who will advise you on the best fixings for your needs and whether you need a track or not.

Interior shutters can be solid or feature a series of louvred slats that overlap each other. The louvres can be opened and closed to let in more or less light and for privacy. Traditionally, they are controlled via a tilt rod but the latest designs can be operated by hidden mechanisms or by remote control. A latch or lock can be fitted to provide an extra layer of security. Shutters require regular cleaning to remove dust, which can be a fiddly process, and they take up more space than blinds so may not be ideal for very small windows.

DIY or bespoke?

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The number of windows you want to cover, the style of shutter and what it’s made of will have a big influence on the final cost of your shutters. At the premium end of the market, companies provide a full service where they will measure, make and fit your shutters. You simply choose the style, material and colour you want.

A less-expensive option is to measure up your space, place your order online and fit the shutters yourself. The designs are custom-made to your specifications but there are no installation costs. This is only recommended for standard windows; a full service option should be taken for anything out of the ordinary.