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Reduce Hayfever with Plantation Shutters

Daytime is getting longer, the sun is finally making an appearance, and Summer will be here before we know it. 

As much as we love the sun, let’s not forget the rise in pollen count over the Summer season. And for those who suffer from hayfever allergies, sneezing, puffy eyes, and other symptoms can be too overbearing to handle.

What if we told you plantation shutters help reduce allergies in your household?

Plantation shutters for hayfever 

As pollen and dust come through the window, fabric curtains and blinds absorb these elements and make it hard to handle for hayfever sufferers. As a result, many sufferers choose to overheat in their homes rather than open their windows.

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, are the ideal choice for hayfever suffers, as you can open your windows and block these elements by keeping the shutter slats closed. They are also easy to clean, removing the pollen and dust build-up with a quick wipe down.

Great for pet allergies too

It’s not just pollen allergies that can be a nightmare to deal with, as pet hair can contribute to all-year-round allergies. Just like pollen and dust, pet hair collects on fabric, but because plantation shutters are made from hardwood, nothing sticks to them, and they’re easy to wipe down.

For more information on plantation shutters for your home and their benefits or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How Do Plantation Shutters Open and Close?

In terms of flexibility, plantation shutters are the ideal window treatment. You can tilt the slats to adjust privacy levels and light control, and you can create separate sections of moving louvres using mid-rails. You also choose how many shutter panels you have in each window opening and how those panels open.

How plantation shutter slats open and close

Plantation shutters are designed with the louvres closing fully flat in the upward position. This design provides you with the optimum light blockage and privacy, as no passers-by can peer into your home through the slats. 

The louvres slightly overlap one another which creates a seal that blocks light and insulates your home. You can also add a mid-rail to separate the upper and lower sections of the slats for separate control, keeping the bottom closed for privacy while letting in light from the top.

Central tilt rod vs hidden tilt rod

With a hidden tilt rod, the louvres are connected by a thin metal rod in the back of the panel, hidden off to the side near the hinges. To move the louvres, you will turn one by hand, and the rest on that rod will move in unison.

For windows over 42″ in height, a central split tilt may be added to the hidden tilt rod to allow separate control of the upper and lower slats as well as for overall structural integrity. The split tilt gives the same functionality as a central mid-rail without having a solid rail separating the upper and lower sections.

For more information on plantation shutters central tilt rod and hidden tilt rod or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Choosing the Right Plantation Shutters for Your Children’s Bedrooms

Are you looking for a new window covering to dress your child(ren)’s bedroom(s) but unsure which option would be best? If you’re looking for a stylish option that would provide maximum light control, privacy and safety, plantation shutters may be the option for you. 

Benefits of Plantation Shutters for Children’s Bedrooms

Plantation shutters host a range of benefits, including maximum light and privacy control. However, they also have a handful of benefits that are paramount to children’s bedrooms:

Safety: 

Certain types of window dressings are not ideal for children, particularly blinds that have a long drawstring. These window dressings can be very dangerous for a baby or small child to play near. Plantation shutters are installed safely inside the window frame with no drawstrings, keeping the whole ensemble out of reach.

Security:

Plantation shutters add an extra layer to your home. Made-to-fit your window perfectly, they make it impossible to see inside of your home, so no passers-by will be able to peek inside. The shutter slats can be angled to let light and fresh air in without making it easy for people to see inside your home. 

Light blocking:

Plantation shutters help children sleep better at night by blocking out outside noise and sounds. They block sunlight from entering the house when it’s time for sunrise. This is particularly useful for nap times and during the longer days of the year. 

Choosing the perfect plantation shutters for your children’s room

If you’re preparing a nursery, you may have a colour scheme in mind, and you may be considering shutters in that colour. However, you must remember that your baby will grow up, and this colour may not serve them through the years.

We advise keeping your plantation shutters neutral and consider adding a splash of colour to your nursery with paint, furniture and other decorations. 

For more information on plantation shutters for children’s bedrooms or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Can You Still Open Windows with Plantation Shutters?

A question we get often get asked by customers is: “will I still be able to open my windows with plantation shutters installed?” The simple answer is yes. 

If your windows slide up and down or left to right, plantation shutters will not get in the way of this function. For windows that crank out or windows that tilt in, you can still open and operate your windows, but it is paramount that you select the correct mount for your shutters to avoid blocking these functions.

Plantation shutters for windows that open inwards

If your windows tilt in, an inside mount shutter frame can block your windows from fully operating. Some customers prefer the look of an inside mount shutter frame and will forego this function. However, an outside frame will allow your windows to keep the tilt in function.

An outside mount frame attaches to the wall or trims surrounding your window. Therefore when you open the entire shutter frame, it will be outside the window recess, allowing you to open your window fully and easily.

Shutters for windows that crank outward

For windows with a crank mechanism to open the window, the easiest option would be an outside mount. This way, you will have full access to reach the crank handle and operate the locks with the space required.

This is not to say that an inside mount would not be possible for windows with a crank mechanism.

Other considerations 

If there is limited depth inside the window opening and the shutter frame could potentially block your access to reach the handle or lock to open your window, an outside mount frame would be advised.

If you want to hide or cover a locking mechanism for aesthetic reasons or because it may obstruct your slats from opening, a mid-rail can be added to your shutter.

For more information on plantation shutters and shutter mounts or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What are Plantation Shutter Tilt Rods and Why are They Important?

Whether you have chosen to invest in plantation shutters for your property or are just comparing your options, the chances are you will want to understand the window covering and shutter style options available.

Totally Shutters have a range of shutter designs available, including full height, cafe-style and tier-on-tier shutters with a range of tilt rod options for practicality. 

But what are tilt rods and why are they an integral part of the plantation shutter design?

What are shutter tilt rods?

Tilt rods are poles that can be hidden or visible on either side of the shutters or horizontally on the slats to form part of the design. Simply, tilt rods allow the louvres to move at the same time and sit at the same angle.

Small shutter designs will require one tilt rod to connect all the louvres, whereas, for large windows, a split tilt rod may be needed. For shutters higher than 130cm, a hidden split will be used.

Why are tilt rods an important aspect of the shutter design?

Shutters are one of the most flexible window coverings, and this is due to the tilt rods allowing full control of light, privacy, noise and heat. Without tilt rods, you would have to open your plantation shutter louvres manually. This means it would take much longer to adjust your shutters. 

Should I have a hidden tilt rod?

When it comes to tilt rod options, you have three choices: central, offset and hidden. Both central and offset tilt rods are visible and run down the front of the shutters, either in the middle or to the hinged side. Shutters with hidden tilt rods, conceal the rods inside of the vertical side rail for a sleek and minimal look. The choice comes down to practicality and design choice.

For more information on plantation shutters and tilt rods or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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What are Plantation Shutter Frames, and Why are They Important?

Plantation shutter frames are the brackets that attach to your window recess and where your shutters hinge from. Without a frame, plantation shutters wouldn’t be possible as the frame supports the weight of the panels and ensures they’re aligned. 

There are different shutter frame types too, but the shutter specialists at Totally Shutters will guide you through your options. With years of experience under their belt, they’re experts in designing the perfect plantation shutter for you and your home.

Why do shutter frames matter?

Although most windows look perfectly level or square, this is not the case. Therefore without a frame, your plantation shutters may not hang properly. 

As a shutter frame is a perfect square with pre-installed hinges, they guarantee your plantation shutters will align perfectly. With a light block extending behind the shutter panels, shutter frames help reduce the amount of light entering your room. 

What are the different shutter frame types?

You have three main shutter frame types: L-frame shutters, Z-Frames and Deco frames. 

L-frames are the most common and are ideal for windows that have an existing trim. They can be used for both inside and outside mount installations, and they can extend the depth of casing in windows that are not deep enough for slats to open and shut.

Whereas Z-frames are designed for inside mount only and are ideal for windows that do not have an existing trim. Z-frames are ideal for uneven windows as they can hide gaps between the plantation shutter frames and your window recess. Z-frames are also used for special shape windows.

Like Z-frames, Deco Frames are used for outside mount installation only. They also extend the depth of the recess, moving the shutters away from the glass. This means you can have bigger slats for your window, even if you have a shallow recess.

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

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Brighten Your Home With White Plantation Shutters

White plantation shutters are the most popular choice with our customers. They add a clean look to any room, suit any decor, add curb appeal to your property and brighten up your home.

White Plantation shutters brighten up your interior

If your room is looking dull, white plantation shutters can help brighten up your interior. As a colour, white can bring extra light into your home, helping to create a more breezy and open atmosphere. 

Besides their aesthetic, they can help insulate a room from the sun’s rays, ensuring that your home is not overheated in the warmer months.

They work with all interior styles

White shutters work with any interior style and property type. No matter your design tastes, white plantation shutters add a touch of class and luxury to your room. 

White shutters add a crisp and minimalist vibe to a contemporary home while suiting perfectly traditional decor. At Totally Shutters, we have several shades of white to choose from – whether the brightest white or a more muted cream, you can find the best shade for you.

White Plantation shutters are timeless

If you want to stay on top of interior trends, white shutters are a fantastic addition as they’re timeless and will go with any wall colouring. So no matter how many times you change your colour scheme or redecorate, you won’t have to worry about changing your window covering.

White shutters enhance a space, bringing in light, style and grace. For more information on plantation shutters or to book your free no-obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Are Plantation Shutters Child Friendly?

A child’s room should be their special place, where they play and sleep while feeling comfortable and safe. It’s important to keep younger children safe in their room, and some types of window treatment aren’t ideal for children’s rooms.

So, where do plantation shutters rate when it comes to being child friendly?

Shutters are safer than blinds and curtains

Curtains and blinds have a long cord that hangs that can pose a safety risk to younger children. Even if you have cordless curtains, kids can still pull on them, and get wrapped up in them, which can pose a hazard.

With plantation shutters, nothing hangs down. They cover the windows with no drawstring or cloth hanging down by the floor where a child can reach.

And when it comes to allergens, shutters don’t harbour dust mites. They’re easy to clean, making them great for families with little children.

Benefits of plantation shutters for children rooms

The two key benefits of plantation shutters for your child are noise reduction and privacy. The best shutters for privacy in a kid’s room are solid shutters as they block out light and increase privacy from prying eyes when shut.

Solid shutters can also help reduce any outside noises, which can help your children get a better night’s sleep. If you have noisy neighbours or live on a busy road, plantation shutters are the ideal window covering solution.

Plantation shutters are a great addition to children’s bedrooms and playrooms. For more information on plantation shutters for children’s bedrooms or to book your free no-obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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How Long Do Plantation Shutters Last?

When investing in plantation shutters for your home, you will want to know the lifespan of the window covering. Many factors can contribute to how long your shutters will last, including overall care and ensuring that the best material and design is chosen from the offset.

At Totally Shutters, all our shutters come with a 5-year guarantee, so within these first few years, we will warrant both your plantation shutters and the workmanship of our experts. But this by no means is that the limitation of how long the shutters will last.

Plantation shutters can last up to twenty years with the right care, so they are a brilliant and long-lasting addition to your home.

Here are a few things that will make your plantation shutters a long-lasting addition to your home:

Quality materials

At Totally Shutters, all our plantation shutter products are manufactured using the very best materials available, using the best craftsmanship. Because of our 5-year guarantee, you can be confident that when you opt for any of the materials in our range, from hardwood to UPVC, you will be selecting the very best on the market. 

Expert craftsmanship

Every set of shutters is manufactured with great care by industry expert craftsmen with the highest quality joinery, making them built to last. Having the very best design choices such as the panel configuration and style of shutter will ensure your plantation shutters are long-lasting, as will fitting them to the exact millimetre. 

Shutter care

We can give you tips on how to care for your shutters once they have been installed. Following these aftercare instructions can ensure that your plantation shutters a long-term addition to your home. These tips include wiping the shutters down with a slightly damp cloth, or with a high-quality duster and avoiding using chemicals as this can damage the protective finishes.

Plantation shutters are an investment that will be part of your home for many years to come. For more information on plantation shutters for or to book your free no-obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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The Plantation Shutters Guide

If you’re revamping your property, it is a good idea to invest in plantation shutters as your window coverings. They are stylish, long-lasting and bespoke to suit your exact requirements. Our plantation shutters guide will help you pick up a suitable style!

What are my options?

There are a wide variety of interior plantation shutters available on the market, and you can choose from different configurations: 

  • Tier-on-tier shutters
  • Full height shutters
  • Cafe style shutters
  • Solid panel shutters
  • Blackout shutters 
  • Bi-fold shutters
  • Hinged shutters

Plantation shutters can be made from different materials, such as hardwood, PVC and MDF. Each material offers a unique beauty and boasts its own benefits. 

What’s in my budget?

Investing in plantation shutters is an investment for you and your property. They add value to your home as they look appealing to potential buyers, and they save you money on your energy bills. 

Although they save you money in the long run, plantation shutters are not the cheapest window covering. If you’re on a tight budget, it is good practice to install them to your front windows as they give a great first impression and create kerb appeal.

Who should I buy from?

It is good practice to get in touch with a local professional interior shutter company like Totally Shutters and book your free no-obligation in-house survey. This gives you the option to look at different samples and receive an accurate quotation in the comfort of your home.

If you decide to choose Totally Shutters as your plantation shutter specialist, you can rest assured that you’re buying from experienced professionals who have been in the industry for over 15 years. We have a range of options and will advise the best plantation shutter option for your individual needs.

Plantation shutters are an investment that will be part of your home for many years to come. For more information on plantation shutters for or to book your free no-obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.