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Shutters vs Blinds: what's best for your home?

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When choosing the perfect window treatment for your home, the choice between Shutters and Blinds can be challenging. Both options have unique advantages and considerations — and we want to help make the decision simple.

Here, we’ll compare Shutters vs Blinds, including styles, durability, maintenance, and costs, so you can choose a window treatment that suits your taste, budget, and lifestyle.

Shutters

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Shutters are window furnishings with adjustable louvres for easy privacy and sunlight control. They are known for their durability and classic, elegant style and come in various materials, including timber, aluminium, and PVC.

Plantation Shutters are popular, featuring adjustable slats that offer precise light control. They have a timeless, elegant look that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any room and can be custom-designed to fit almost any window (including bay windows and French doors).

Tip: Plantation Shutters vs Venetian Blinds: A similar design is Venetian Blinds, with horizontal slats made from aluminium, timber, or PVC.

The pros and cons of Shutters

Pros

Shutters are made of high-quality materials and are built to last. They can withstand daily wear and tear without losing functionality or aesthetic appeal.

Shutters offer a wide range of style options, from traditional to contemporary. They can be customised to fit any window shape or size, making them suitable for any room in your home.

With adjustable slats, Shutters allow you to control the amount of light that enters a room. You can easily tilt the slats to let in natural light while maintaining privacy.

Shutters provide excellent insulation, helping regulate your home’s temperature. They can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, potentially reducing your energy bills.

Shutters offer a high level of privacy. You can adjust the slats to block the outside view while allowing light to filter into the room.

While Shutters require regular dusting, they are extremely easy to clean, especially if you get a stain or mark on them. They’re easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.

Cons

Shutters are generally more expensive than Blinds. The price can vary depending on the material and size of the shutters, making them a larger investment upfront.

Blinds

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Blinds are a flexible window treatment option fixed to the top of the window. They either consist of horizontal timber, PVC, or aluminium slats that can be adjusted to control light or sheets of luxe fabrics (our Sheer Elegance Blinds, for example, have two sets of fabric to provide full sunlight or complete privacy).

The pros and cons of Blinds

Pros

Blinds are generally more affordable than Shutters, making them popular for budget-conscious homeowners.

Blinds come in various styles, colours, and patterns, allowing you to customise your window treatment to match your decor.

Some Blinds (e.g. Vertical, Venetian, and Sheer Elegance Blinds) offer adjustable slats that allow you to control the amount of light that enters a room

Cons

Blinds may not be as durable as Shutters, especially if made of cheaper materials. They can be prone to bending or breaking with regular use.

Unlike Shutters, Blinds do not provide the same level of insulation. They may not be as effective at regulating temperature in your home.

Blinds may not offer the same level of privacy as shutters, especially when the slats are open.

Comparatively, Blinds are harder to clean than Shutters, as you have to be careful not to get the fabric wet. However, the texture of the fabric can usually hide most marks and dust.

So, what’s better between Shutters vs Blinds?

When deciding between Shutters and Blinds, there are several factors to consider:

  • Style and Aesthetic: Consider the overall style and aesthetic of your home. Shutters offer a classic, timeless look, while Blinds can be more versatile in colour and pattern options.

 

  • Budget: Determine your budget and consider the cost of shutters versus blinds. Remember that Shutters are generally more expensive upfront but can add value to your home in the long run.

 

  • Light Control and Privacy: Evaluate your light control and privacy needs. Shutters and Blinds offer adjustable slats, but Shutters may provide more privacy and can certainly provide block-out qualities for bedrooms and nurseries.

 

  • Durability and Maintenance: Consider the window treatment’s durability and required maintenance level. Shutters are typically more durable but may require occasional cleaning and maintenance.

Ultimately, the decision between shutters and blinds depends on your preferences, needs, and budget. Consider each option’s unique features and benefits, and weigh them against your specific requirements. Remember to factor in the window treatment’s longevity, maintenance, and overall aesthetic appeal that best complements your home.

Regardless of your choice, Shutters and Blinds can enhance your living space and create a stylish and functional environment! Contact us to book a free quote and consultation — we’ll create custom Blinds or Shutters that fit your home seamlessly.

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