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Are Plantation Shutters Blackout?

A question that we frequently asked is, ‘Are plantation shutters blackout?’ The answer is no. However, shutters offer a considerable amount of light blockage, particularly when compared to blinds or curtains.

And while our plantation shutter range does not give you a complete blackout, our shutter and shade range does.

What are shutter and shade plantation shutters?

Shutter and shade plantation shutters are the ultimate blackout solution. The shutter and shade plantation shutters have an integrated room darkening blind behind the slats, helping to blackout 99% off all light.

As well as providing complete blackout, our shutter and shade range offers complete privacy while blocking out all external noises – making them the ideal addition for bedrooms, nurseries and bathrooms.

In the morning, when you want to let the sun in, all you need to do is open the shutter panels and lift up the blackout blind.

What are my other options?

Blinds and curtains tend to let light in around the edges and sometimes through their fabric. However, plantation shutters without a blackout blind offer a greater level of darkness than both blinds and curtains.

If you wish not to choose our shutter and shade range, what plantation shutter option you pick will influence how blackout your windows are. Larger slats have a greater impact on blocking out light than smaller sizes. Solid panel shutters is also a great option for achieving almost complete blackout.

For more information on blackout plantation shutters for your home 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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Do Plantation Shutters Suit New-Build Properties?

Have you recently bought a new build property and looking to add your flair, making your house a home? Unsure whether plantation shutters will work with the exterior and interior of your new home? Worry not because plantation shutters work in all properties, old and new.

New-build shutters are bespoke

Plantation shutters are bespoke window coverings made to fit your windows. Whether your window is a sash, bay, dormer, or otherwise, your shutters will fit your window.

Many new build properties have a box bay window. Luckily, Totally Shutters have been dealing with all window types for many years, so you’re in safe hands.

Shutters are diverse

Plantation shutters are diverse, with a range of different styles to choose from. When thinking about new build window shutters, full height, tier-on-tier, and cafe-style shutters are all suited and boast unique benefits.

Different styles to choose from

We have a range of different styles, designs and colours to choose from, helping the plantation shutters blend in with the interior and exterior of your new-build property.

Most fixtures in new-build properties are white. However, that isn’t to say you’re restricted to white plantation shutters. We have lots of colours to choose from, and even offer a colour matching service, should you not find the right colour.

Boast a range of benefits

Modern homes are built to allow as much light as possible during the day. Plantation shutters offer full light control, meaning your days can be filled with sunshine while maintaining privacy, and your evenings as cosy as you like.

Plantation shutters for new-build properties boast a range of benefits. They have insulating properties to help keep the heat in and the cold out, saving money on energy bills. They’re also great for noise reduction, making them more than suitable for new-build homes.

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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2022 Home Improvements on a Budget

With utility bills rising, petrol increasing, and food prices soaring, home improvements may be the last thing on your mind. However, there are several cheap ways to improve your home without breaking the bank.

Refurbish your front door

The first thing you see when entering your home is the front door, so what better place to start? Over the years, elements can have a real effect, leaving it looking like it needs some TLC. Sanding the surface and applying a fresh coat of paint can leave your door looking brand new.

Repaint your interior doors

Another quick home improvement win is repainting your interior doors, cabinets and wooden furniture. With a quick lick of paint and some varnish, you can breathe new life into your home in no time.

Update your rugs

Changing your flooring is expensive and time-consuming – so why not add a throw rug that can help add another dimension and brighten up your room. A stair runner can also help improve the look of your stairs too.

Upgrade your window coverings

Plantation shutters are an investment that can help you save money over the years. Not only do they add value to your property, but they help improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your utility bills. They make your home stylish from inside and out, allowing for greater light control, helping to brighten up your home while maintaining privacy.

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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Do Plantation Shutters Increase Home Security?

Plantation shutters bring many great benefits to your home, such as they help to reduce energy bills, increase the value of your property, reduce outside noise and increase light control. But did you know that plantation shutters can increase your home security too?

Approximately one-fifth of all unwanted household entries are through a window. Knowing this, it’s important to make your windows as secure as possible. Here is how shutters can help provide you with the secure window coverings you’ve been looking for:

Robustness

Compared to blinds and curtains, plantation shutters are more solid and robust. They are fixed to your window recess and intended to be a permanent fixture. Intruders would have to be extremely clever to get past your plantation shutters and keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb you or your neighbours.

Privacy

Plantation shutters give you complete control over how much light can enter your home and privacy levels. As such, potential thieves cannot peer into your home and see your valuables.

Security

Plantation shutters are bespoke, made-to-measure and can be installed anywhere in your home. This means you can secure every window and be safe in the knowledge that your home is safe and looks fantastic too.

For more information on plantation shutters for extra home security 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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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.