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Do I want window shutters - the pros and cons?

The modern window shutters have more functionality than the centuries old varieties seen on Continental windows or on the outside of buildings.

Nowadays, internal window shutters are not only beautiful but useful too.

The doors themselves can be opened to give access for cleaning or to let more light in. The louvres can be turned up or down to control light and privacy. They can even come with locks to increase security. They give a room a clean, uncluttered look. You can use them in conjunction with other window coverings such as curtains or blinds, or on their own. Water resistant ones are great for bathrooms. Tracked shutters can cover wide expanses or openings (have you made your kitchen open plan and now regretting it? tracked shutters can provide a flexible solution). Shutters are easy to clean - use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment or duster.

Shutters are very popular and desire for them has been growing steadily for the past 10 years so they aren't a fad.

(In fact, we get a lot of repeat business to do other rooms or new homes for our delightful existing clients).

But are there any reasons NOT to have them?

Well, sometimes the structure or window cannot accommodate the frame and shape of shutters. For example, old cottages with deep set windows and uneven render or plaster. As the frames and doors are perfectly squared to within tiny tolerances, they could fit in the space but there would have to be considerable packing around the edges. Not the most sightly solution. Also, the doors have to have space to open into the room. Furniture can always be moved on the odd occasion you might want to fully open the doors but built-in structures cannot. Sometimes the space above a window or door - especially those wonderful folding patio doors - is not big enough to allow for the shutter frame / track.

Rest assured that our experienced team is completely up-front about difficult installations. If the shutters won't work as they should or would be unsuitable for the shape, size etc we would tell you.