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Installing Plantation Shutters in Your Bathroom

There’s no denying that plantation shutters bring something to a room that no other window treatment can. They are stylish and practical and can transform any space – but are they suited for bathrooms?

In many homes, the bathroom is a place for tranquillity and privacy. In the past, to maintain privacy levels, frosting was used in the window. However, many homeowners were unsatisfied with the overall aesthetic. That was until bathroom shutters came along.

Why bathroom shutters are the ideal window covering for bathrooms

Not only do bathroom shutters look great and complement all bathroom interiors, they also give an extra element of control over your privacy levels.

Bathroom shutters need to be able to withstand humidity and splashes. Our bathroom shutters are made from UPVC and do exactly that. The UPVC material has excellent thermal properties which stops moisture and humidity from damaging the window cover. Bathroom shutters will withstand the test of time and always look their best.

Bathroom shutters have a handcrafted finish that looks just like wood but unlike wooden shutters, they will not peel, flake, corrode, warp or fade. Bathroom shutters are easy to clean and maintain. What’s more, as bathroom shutters are made to measure they will fit all window shapes and sizes.

 

Bathroom shutters offer the perfect window covering solution for bathrooms. For more information on shutters for bathrooms, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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Kitchen Shutters: The Best Shutter Option for Kitchens

Usually, space in kitchens is scarce. And often, window stills are in close proximity to the kitchen sink and taps. So kitchens require a sturdy and easy to maintain window covering that can withstand high moisture and humidity levels and requires little space.

Plantation shutters are the perfect solution for kitchens. They offer complete privacy and light control, meaning no glare from the sun while cooking or washing the pots. And they are made to fit against the window, taking less room than curtains and blinds.

UPVC shutters for kitchens

UPVC shutters are waterproof making them ideal for kitchens. Unlike wooden shutters, UPVC shutters are resistant to moisture and have an excellent temperature operating property that prevents warping, peeling and flaking.

UPVC shutters are a cost-effective investment that go above and beyond the initial investment. Not only are they multi-functional, but they don’t compromise on style either. They fit right in with contemporary and traditional decor, and are easy to maintain in a busy home or commercial environment.

The hard-wearing and easy-to-clean finish ensure your window covering will look great for years to come. Our UPVC shutters are available in any colour and come with marine grade stainless steel hinges as standard to prevent rusting.

 

Plantation shutters are a fantastic choice for kitchen windows. For more information on kitchen shutters, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact Totally Shutters on 0203 960 6963. All 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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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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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.

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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.

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Shutters for Loft Windows

Converting the loft is a great way to add space and a new lease of life to your home. If you’re in the process of planning to convert your loft to create a new bedroom, home office or extra living space, it’s important to finish the new room off with the best window treatment available.

Here’s why shutters are the best treatment for loft windows:

Loft windows often aren’t the easiest of windows to dress. With a dormer conversion, you may find great difficulty in hanging curtains. The way curtains have to be hung with a pole could end up blocking some of the light, making your new room dark and gloomy.

If you’ve opted for skylights instead of dormer windows, you may wonder whether you need to leave the windows uncovered, resulting in a room that feels exposed. Or you may feel blinds are the only option for skylights. And just like curtains, blinds can make your room feel dull.

The solution to dressing loft windows isn’t struggling with a bulky curtain or dull blind but rather made-to-measure shutter blinds. Custom made for each window, shutters fit perfectly and with easily adjustable slats, allow for maximum light and privacy control.

Shutters are great for creating comfort in loft space. In winter, they help keep the space snug as they provide extra insulation. Meanwhile, in summer, when a loft space can become overheated, it’s simple to open the window and manoeuvre the slats to prevent direct sunlight while maintaining air flow.

 

From period houses to modern properties, shutters look great in all types of loft conversions and styles of homes and help improve your kerb appeal. For more information on shutters for lofts, call us on 0203 960 6963 to book your free no obligation in-house survey. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.