Window shutters are certainly not the typical adornment to windows found in the UK. I’ve yet to see them in a council estate or high rise flat.
From my experience the standard window covering was the now considered traditional venetian blinds. Practically every house you go in to, or have been in, has them.
It was only in 2020 that I saw my first window shutters close-up. I saw their range and functionality. And promptly fell in love with them. But are window shutters a good idea? I think they are. Here’s why.
Window Shutters Have Stood The Test Of Time
Obviously, window shutters have been around a lot longer than 2020. In fact, wooden window shutters were common in the UK over 500 years ago although they were nothing like they are today. Originally designed to be on the inside they soon morphed to the outside as well and now can be found to furnish both the interior or exterior windows.
A window shutter is described, by Wikipedia, as ‘a solid and stable window covering usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rail. Set within this frame can be louvers (both operable or fixed, horizontal or vertical), solid panels, fabric, glass and almost any other item that can be mounted within a frame’. It is this shutter and its many applications which have meant it continues to retain its popularity hundreds of years after its creation.
Window Shutters Are Versatile
The Wiki adds that: ‘shutters may be employed for a variety of reasons, including controlling the amount of sunlight that enters a room, to provide privacy, security, to protect against weather or unwanted intrusion or damage and to enhance the aesthetics of a building’.
You could argue that those maybe too common venetian blinds also fit those same employments. But they are missing out on the special versatility found in shutters.
Shutters, unlike the venetian blinds, are designed for internal or external use. They can also be designed in such a way that you can get a better mix of privacy whilst still allowing enough openness to allow plentiful sunlight to stream through.
Window Shutters Last Longer
While the cost of a good hardwood window shutter may initially be bigger than if you opted for blinds. It is worth it in the long run in terms of value. Properly maintained wooden shutters can last a long time, longer than practically all blinds.
They are also easier maintained and dusted which probably helps with their longevity.
“Window shutters can provide an elegant solution to your needs,” says Mr Jones of Diamond Window Shutters. “There is a certain style and beauty found in a quality shutter and when you consider that along with all the practical applications they are suited to, it makes the shutter a very enticing choice. “Window shutter have been steadily growing in popularity over the years,” added Mr Jones “I guess people want something a bit different, a bit more unique, but still highly functional. “A window shutter can certainly give you that”.
As I said at the start, I think window shutters are a good idea. Now that you know why. Would you agree?