How Can I Improve My Window Privacy?


We all value privacy. It’s why our homes have doors and why we dress our windows. However, windows are also our view of the outside world. We must choose our covering wisely, allowing maximum privacy levels while allowing sunlight to dazzle through. 

Improve your window privacy with plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are the best window covering for increasing your privacy levels. Made to measure the exact dimensions of your window, they will ensure all of your window is hidden when closed. 

Unlike curtains and blinds, plantation shutters allow for maximum privacy levels while allowing sunlight to enter your home by adjusting the louvres accordingly. As plantation shutters are built to last, they will save you money in the long run. 

Plantation shutters come in a range of styles, so you will always find a design that will meet your needs:

Full-height shutters cover the entire window. They have movable slats that allow for as much or as little light to enter your home as you like. For complete privacy, keep the panels closed. 

Cafe-style plantation shutters usually only cover the bottom half of the window, but they can stop at any point of your window. This allows for privacy while still brightening up your room. 

A versatile option, tier-on-tier plantation shutters consist of two sections: one on top and one on the bottom. This allows you to open the panels separately, leaving the bottom closed while the top is open.

Solid shutters are comprised of panels of wood with no movable slats. If you’re looking for a window covering that offers maximum privacy, this option may be for you. 


For more information on improving your window privacy with plantation shutters or to book your FREE in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

Can I Add a Top Tier to My Cafe Style Plantation Shutters?


Cafe style shutters extend just part way up the window, leaving the top of the window exposed so that natural light can flood your home while privacy levels are still maintained. As such, cafe style plantation shutters are a wonderful choice for those who are not looking for full shutter coverage.

Occasionally, some homeowners that choose this part height shutter option, change their mind later down the line, seeking full window coverage. There comes the question; “can I add a top tier to my cafe style shutters?”

The good news is that we can almost always arrange for a top tier to be added to your cafe style shutters, should you change your mind about having the top of the window exposed. However, it depends entirely on your window frame, your plantation shutters and their condition.

Why would I add a top tier to my cafe style shutters?

Cafe style shutters are an appealing choice for many homeowners, but sometimes many can change their minds and decide that having part coverage of the window isn’t sufficient enough for their light and privacy requirements.

Full window coverage ensures the most complete level of privacy and light block can be achieved in a room. 

Should I opt for full window shutter coverage from the offset?

If you’re unsure what option would be best for you, or you think your requirements may change down the line, we recommend that you opt for tier-on-tier shutters over cafe style shutters.

Choosing tier on tier shutters from the offset will be the most cost-effective choice rather than adding a top tier to cafe style as measure and fitting costs are rolled into one price.


If you have cafe style shutters that you’re looking to add a top tier to, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

Home Security During Christmas


With Christmas just around the corner, our homes are often left empty in the whirlwind of shopping trips, social meetings, and other last-minute trips. On top of this, Christmas presents are conveniently left in the hallway or under the tree.

It’s not surprising to hear that home burglaries spike by an astonishing 25% in the autumn and winter months, due to the clocks going back and the darker nights setting in, providing the perfect opportunity for thieves to stay hidden.

With this in mind, we’re sharing some basic tips on home security measures to consider for peace of mind during the holiday season:

Create the illusion your home

With so many technologies available for remote home control, there are many ways to create a physical presence in the house, when you’re not there, deterring themes from your property.

Timed lighting and smart home technologies make it possible to control your entire home from your phone, allowing you to activate your lights, stereo, television, or any other light and noise creating devices, giving the illusion that someone is home.

Avoid displaying high-value items

A classic piece of advice for home security which might seem obvious but be mindful of any high-value items on display to avoid the temptation of any opportunities. This doesn’t just apply to televisions or expensive technology, but also pushbikes and cars.

Invest in plantation shutters

Closed curtains or blinds can giveaway that the property is empty, but plantation shutters can be positioned in a way to allow light toe shine through into the room while restricting the view into your home so passers-by cannot see in.

Further, plantation shutters add an extra layer of security to your home, further preventing burglarers from entering your home.

For more information on the security benefits of 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.