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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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Before and After Plantation Shutters

Made-to-measure plantation shutters are a big commitment. Although attractive, they can come with a hefty price tag which can make you want to consider other window covering options.

However, there are a number of compelling reasons to opt for shutter blinds over drapes or blinds. They have a clean contemporary look, enhancing your home and kerb appeal. And many homeowners find shutters a plus when comparing potential homes which can make your investment pay off in the long run.

If you’re still on the fence on shutters, here are a few of our favourite before and after pictures from the archives:

Full height shutters







Full height shutters installed in London.

Full height shutters cover the whole window providing both privacy and elegance. They are ideal for almost any room and can be used to cover doors as well as windows.

Cafe style shutters







Ash white cafe style shutters installed in London.

Cafe style shutters cover the bottom portion of the window, leaving the top open for maximum light. They are a great choice for scenic rooms which require privacy over light reduction.

Shutters installed in a bay window







Grey shutters installed in a bay window in Kent.

Plantation shutters lend themselves to bay windows, adapting to the shape in a way no other furnishing can. Whether you have a curved, angled or box bay, made-to-measure shutters will beautifully fit the window and enhance its features.


If you want to transform the look of your home, look no further than plantation shutters. For more information on shutters or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters from Totally Shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.