Plantation shutters are extremely popular these day, both for interior and exterior windows, simply because of their versatility.
They virtually fit any shaped or style of window.
Whether you choose, full height shutters, tier on tier shutters or cafe style shutters, we can help.
Having fitted thousands of homes with plantation shutters. inside and out, we believe we are the experts.
Our shutters are made using high quality basswood. This means they have strong fixings using mortise and tenon joints which have been used for thousands of years by craftsmen.
Plantation shutters originated in America and the West Indies and date back to before the American Civil War. But they lend themselves perfectly for houses here in the UK.
As mentioned earlier there are three distinct types of plantation shutters.
Full height shutters, which as the name suggests, they cover the length and breadth of the window. They are the simplest style of window shutters and create a clean, elegant effect.
The full height shutters can suit all rooms in the home, and they can be used to cover patio and sliding doors, and as room dividers.
The most popular configuration for full height shutters is two panels, which are hinged together and bi-fold to the left, with two further panels hinged together and bi-folding to the right – this is a 4 shutter panel configuration.
But you can have a different configuration, either 2,4 or 6. These can be fully drawn back like curtains, to reveal the entire window and allow the maximum light into the room.
Café style shutters are also known as half height interior shutters or are sometimes called “short shutters”.
Here in the UK they are mostly called “café style”.
Café shutters are fitted to the bottom half of the window or opening.
But they don’t need to be restricted to half-height; as any height can be set. In fact café shutters can be anything from 25-75% of the window height.
They originate from the French cafe style and apart from being stylish, they allow extra light into the room too.
Today they are often use in kitchen and general living areas. And offer an alternative to net curtains.
We are seeing them more and more installed into commercial properties, like cafes, bars and restaurants. To give that ‘chic’ look.
Café style plantation shutters are available in louvered and solid panel styles, and come in a range of finishes.
Tier-on-Tier shutters have two levels of shutter panels, one placed directly above the other.
These 2 levels of panels are not connected and they open and close completely independent of each other.
If you wish for your shutters to give you more flexibility, then tier on tier shutters give you just that.
They offer many options – from being fully open, or leaving the top half open, but closing the bottom half and then tilting the slats for privacy.
Or closing both of the tiers across the window and tilting the slats for maximum privacy or as a way of shading from the sun.
We have fitted tier on tier shutters on many properties. They look particularly good on windows that are taller, than they are wide.
We can advise you on whether your property is suitable for these kind of shutters