Wooden shutter blinds are a cost-effective way to update your home and they are more hygienic too, being much easier to clean than conventional blinds or curtains. They are available in different slat sizes in a range of colours and different designs. Wooden shutters also last longer than blinds as they are more durable. There are three main types of shutters: plantation, solid and café style. Plantation style or louvres that rotate open and closed to control the levels of light and privacy. Solid shutters are more traditional look, and can either be folded back during the day or closed at night. Cafe style shutters normally cover just the bottom half of the window. Solid shutters are mainly used in period properties, perfect in country cottages.
Shutters are great for those awkward places as carpenters can manufacture to fit unusual shapes and designs to suit your specific needs. Wood remains the most popular material for shutters even though there are other options such as MDF and plastic. Another benefit of having wooden shutters is added security as wood is highly durable and presents an additional obstacle for any would be thief.
The price of wooden window shutters and blinds will of course depend on the size of the window, the style and the materials used. Hard woods are obviously more expensive than MDF and, although many people initially want hardwood, the range of modern MDF materials look great and once painted it will be hard to tell the difference! MDF shutter blinds (like fixed venetian blinds) for a large bay window from top to bottom typically cost £600, whereas conventional shutters that completely fold away into the wall when not in use can cost up to £2000.
Though fold-able shutters can be expensive, they are great for older properties, especially flats as they are easy to open in the mornings to let lots of light in, plus in the summer you can still easily open the windows for ventilation while partly closing shutters to give more privacy.
Shutters are relatively easy to install in uniform spaces if you have basic woodwork skills, but for a superior craftsmen finish, it is best to hire a professional carpenter or joiner. It's not always possible to find exactly the right piece of furniture in retail stores, but carpenters can offer a bespoke design service, creating a unique product for your home that fits perfectly and looks great. Professional carpenters can turn even the most complicated situation into a simple job as they have the necessary skills, experience and equipment so can can start work straight away and have the project finished in no time.
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