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Made-to-Measure Shutters for Unusual Shaped Windows

Homes come with an array of window shapes and sizes that add character to the wall, roof or ceiling. But unusual shaped windows are stunning to look at and can be a great feature to have but are difficult to cover.

Often added as a feature, unusually shaped windows can be a stunning addition to any room or property. However, traditional window dressing options such as blinds and curtains only cover up these shapes or cover part of the window. Shutters are often the only answer to retaining the original shape of the window.

Plantation shutters for all window shapes

Whether the window is arched or angled, made-to-measure plantation shutters are the most practical and stunning window solution.

Totally Shutters have been manufacturing and installing made-to-measure plantation shutters for over 15 years. We offer a range of shutter solutions to fit all shaped windows and doors. Whether you have a round, square, triangular or oval shaped windows, you can enjoy premium, made-to-measure shutter system that fits the space and your sense of style perfectly.

Our made-to-measure shutters are measured precisely by one of our surveyors who will carry out your free no obligation in-house survey.

 

If you have an unusual shaped window that you would like to dress with made-to-measure shutters, contact the Totally Shutters team today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Pros and Cons of Tier on Tier Shutters

Like full height shutters, tier on tier shutters cover the entire window. However, tier on tier shutters have independently opening top and bottom panels allowing for maximum light and privacy control. As a result, tier on tier shutters are the perfect solution when privacy is a concern and optimum lighting is a necessity.

Here are the pros and cons of tier on tier shutters to help you decide:

Pros of tier on tier shutters:

  • Maximum privacy and light blockage
  • Two separate opening sections to allow you to open and close the top panels for light and privacy control
  • Provide extra insulation to help keep out the hot and cold temperatures
  • Multiple configurations available
  • Available in a range of materials, colours and slat sizes

Cons of tier on tier shutters:

  • Not suitable for all windows

Tier on tier shutters are widely used in Victorian properties that look directly onto the street. However, they are a great option for all ground floor rooms and bay windows. Typically, narrow panels have been used on tier on tier shutters, but in recent years, more homeowners are opting for larger slats – an effect that is both flexible and stunning.

 

For more information or advice on made-to-measure tier on tier shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can give you advice on tier on tier shutters and the best window solution for you as well as book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All tier on tier shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee as standard.

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The Pros and Cons of Solid Shutters

Traditionally used in Victorian homes, solid shutters are built with solid inserts instead of louvres. The beauty of solid shutters is not only their look but their simplicity. Solid shutters are increasing in popularity as more and more people are discovering the excellent benefits the window covering brings.

Here are the pros and cons of solid shutters to help you decide:

Pros of solid shutters:

  • Near blackout solution, blocking out 99% sunlight
  • Maximum privacy and outdoor noise blockage
  • Extremely efficient at insulating the home
  • Incredibly durable and easy to clean
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Available in different styles, materials and finishes

Cons of solid shutters:

  • Less flexible than other solutions, they are either open or closed
  • There are no louvres to adjust privacy or light

Solid shutters are incredibly popular in Victorian properties as homeowners look to restore their home’s period features. They are also incredibly popular in bedrooms where a blackout solution is required. A stylish yet traditional option, solid shutters come in a range of hardwood and finishes,

 

For more information or advice on made-to-measure solid shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can talk through the different solid shutter options available, give you advice on the best window solution for you and book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All solid shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Pros and Cons of Full Height Shutters

Plantation shutters are a big investment, so it’s essential you know which style to choose. A versatile option, full height shutters cover the full height of the window and are our most popular style – but are full height shutters the window covering option for you?

Here are the pros and cons of full height shutters to help you decide:

Pros of full height shutters:

  • Maximum privacy and light blockage
  • Provide extra insulation to help keep out the hot and cold temperatures
  • Adding a mid-rail gives you the ability to control the upper and lower slats independently, for total privacy and light control
  • Provide the ideal solution if you want to fit shutters to door
  • Suitable for all window shapes and sizes
  • Available in all materials, colours and slat sizes

Cons of full height shutters:

  • Full height shutters let light infiltrate through a room, but for some windows, you may prefer to leave a portion of the window exposed to maximise the light, so cafe style shutters would be more suited
  • Full height shutter panels open and close as one, so if you’re looking for more flexibility in terms of light control, tier on tier shutters low you to open and close the top panels for added light and privacy control

Popular in living spaces and bedrooms, full height shutters allow for privacy and darkness when the slats are down, whilst opening them up allows natural light to stream in while maintaining privacy levels. Our full height shutters can be crafted with or without a mid-rail in place, giving you that extra level of flexibility and light control.

 

For more information or advice on full height shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can give you an idea of widths, heights and styles as well as give advice on the best window solution for you and book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All full height shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Pros and Cons of Cafe Style Shutters

Cafe style shutters are a popular choice. Designed to cover the bottom half of your window only, cafe style shutters filter the natural light that enters your home while never blocking it out. While they are a versatile design, you may be unsure whether they’re the best style for your windows, as opposed to full height or tier on tier style.

Here are the pros and cons of cafe style shutters to help you decide:

Pros of cafe style shutters:

  • Unobstructed light entry at the top of the window opening
  • Customisable height for privacy or design aesthetic
  • Are more cost-effective than full height or tier-on-tier styles
  • Available in all materials, colours and slat sizes

Cons of cafe style shutters:

  • Do not offer any coverage or light blockage at the top of the window. For full window coverage, consider full height shutters
  • A fully framed shutter is more sturdy on wide windows

We have found that customers don’t tend to use cafe style shutters in bedrooms as the top half of the window is uncovered, lots of light comes through, affecting sleep. Cafe style is perfect for street facing rooms as they are the ideal solution to add some privacy while still enjoying the view.

 

For more information or advice on cafe style shutters, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. We can give you an idea of widths, heights and styles as well as give advice on the best window solution for you and book you in for a free no obligation in-house survey. All cafe shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How to Create the Perfect Home Office

Your home is your castle, but it can also be your place of business or a secondary workplace if you frequently bring work home. If the latter, it’s important to design and decorate your home office to your exact requirements for maximum productivity and output.

Here are 3 easy steps to creating the perfect home office:

1. Make it inspiring

It’s important to make your home office a happy and inspiring place. Think about what brings you joy. Do plants, candles or words of wisdom make you feel energised and positive? Add these touches to your desk area.

2. Make it seamless

If your office space is part of an open plan area, it’s important to ensure that the design fits with the surrounding decor. This means finding a good way to store those messy notes and piles of letters out of sight.

3. Keep it consistent

Keep your home looking consistent by carrying your interior look through to your home office. Whether your home is contemporary or full of vintage style, choose a desk and chair that suits this style.

4. Consider your window dressing

Shutters are ideal for home offices because they can easily adjust light ensuring there’s no glare reflecting on your screen. They also regulate temperature and provide an extra element of soundproofing to help you work more comfortably.

 

For more information on office shutters, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All conservatory shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Shutters for Conservatory Windows

Shutters are the best treatment for conservatory windows as they regulate light and glare while looking stylish too. Shutters look good from the inside and out, helping to increase the kerb appeal of your home too.

Shutters for conservatory roofs and windows

Shutters can be fitted to both the conservatory’s windows and roof, so there’s no need to mix treatments within the room. If your conservatory includes windows that aren’t of a standard shape, don’t worry, our shutters are made-to-measure and will fit any window shape including angled versions.

What are the advantages of shutters in a conservatory?

Shutter slats are adjustable allowing you to control the amount of light that enters the room. This will allow you to keep the room at the right temperature, making your conservatory usable all summer long. And, shutters provide an extra layer of insulation on the windows in wintertime.

With shutters, conservatory furniture will last longer as they won’t be damaged by sun rays. Shutters won’t deteriorate in the sunlight either, so they’re a better investment compared to the cost of conservatory blinds.

 

For more information made-to-measure shutters for conservatories, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All conservatory shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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5 Home Renovation Instagram Accounts to Follow

If you’re thinking about completely renovating your home or considering a small renovation project and are looking for some inspiration, then look no further than these 5 must-follow Instagram accounts:

Charlotte / @thehomethatmademe

Charlotte (@thehomethatmademe) is a huge fan of shutters, having chosen the window treatment for almost every room of her home. That aside, we love her soft colour pallets and timeless style. If you’re decorating a family space, follow Charlotte for interior ideas.

Sommer / @housecurious

We love Sommer’s (@housecurious) dark walls and considered details that make her rooms feel warm and exciting. Unlike most interior accounts, Sommer makes it easy to replica her style. If you’re looking for contemporary home ideas, Sommer’s Instagram is a great place to start.

Cara / @carasuthers

Cara’s (@carasuthers) home is picture perfect and looks straight from a catalogue despite having two young sons and a pair of furry friends. Cara demonstrates it is possible to get much from your space despite having a busy schedule. If you also have a busy schedule, Cara is a must-follow.

Kate / @kateshomelyhome

Kate (@kateshomelyhome) owns a Georgian home in Norfolk. Her Instagram account follows her story as she takes on renovation projects one at a time. She is a huge fan of solid shutters and beautiful, traditional decor. If you’re looking for traditional home ideas, Kate’s Instagram is a great place to start.

Totally Shutters / @totallyshutters

We are on Instagram too so why not give us a follow? Our profile (@totallyshutters) is the first stop for window decoration ideas and interior inspiration from our customer’s home. With weekly updates, there’s lots to inspire you.

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What is the Best Treatment for Small Windows?

Sidelight windows or long, thin windows are often added to hallways and living rooms to artfully add illusion. However, if you have sidelight windows or small windows, you may be left wondering what window covering is best to stop sun glare, heat loss and privacy. Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered.

Avoid treatments that obscure the window’s use

Most of the time, small windows have a specific use. When situated high in the room, a small square window brings light into the room without compromising the structure. Whereas, sidelight windows around a door add light into the entryway and let you see who’s at the door.

You don’t want a window treatment that is ill-fitting or covers the entire window. Ideally, your window treatment should be able to let you see outside while keeping privacy levels high and let in the sun while blocking out the light when glare is bad.

Use plantation shutters for small windows

Small windows will benefit from a treatment that is custom-made. As plantation shutters are custom-made, they will fit snugly in small windows. Plantation shutters accentuate the uniqueness of your windows by letting sun flow through while complimenting the house they were built for.

With plantation shutters, you can shut the louvres to avoid the sun’s glare or to let sunlight in while maintaining privacy levels. With shutters, you can dress all windows with the same shutter style to make the entire room look cohesive.

 

Totally Shutters can help you find the right made-to-measure shutters for your small or big windows. As part of our in-house survey, our experts will come to your house and take measurements of your windows. Call 0203 960 6963 for more information on our shutter blinds. All shutter blinds from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Get Your House Summer Ready

Summer is around the corner. Along with a new season comes a change in weather, harmful UV rays that can damage wooden surfaces and sweltering heat that can drive your utility bill through the roof. But don’t fear, we’ve got you covered. Here are 4 ways to get your house ready for the Summer:

1. Clean and declutter

It’s time to for a spot of last-minute ‘Spring cleaning’ and chuck out everything you no longer need. If there is anything that needs fixing or replacing, it’s the perfect time to start the new season with new or refreshed things. As the weather gets warmer it’s a great time to make your home safe again by getting rid of all the mould, dust and dirt.

2. Tend your garden

During the winter months, your garden can often get a little neglected. It’s time to dust off your lawn mower and give your grass a cut, remove the weeds and trim back the trees. It’s also the perfect time to clean off your barbecue and freshen up your outdoor space.

3. Clean the gutters

During the winter month’s the weather can be harsh. It’s important to clean out your gutter from the Autumn leaves. Cleaning the gutter can be a tough job but it ensures the water in the downpipes aren’t blocked and are flowing nicely preventing any water build up.

4. Install shutters

Shutters are a great way to cool your home and cut down your air-con bill. Plantation shutters reduce the heat coming through your windows while adding characters to your window and your home. With shutters, you can keep your windows open and keep the airflow coming through while maintaining privacy levels.

 

For more information on installing made-to-measure shutters in your home this Summer, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.