Are Full-Height Shutters the Right Choice for Your Home?

There are several different shutter types to choose from when you’re replacing your window coverings and it can be difficult to know which is best for your home. Commonly, homeowners will come to us looking for full-height shutters and these can work well when you want to cover your whole window with shutter panels. However, they aren’t always the best option for every window in every home and sometimes, there’s another style worth exploring. 

If you have been considering installing full-height plantation shutters and you’re wondering whether they are the right choice for your home, keep reading today. Below we have explored the pros and cons of this type of window shutter, and put together some useful advice for choosing the best shutters for your needs. 

Pros of full-height shutters

Unlike other types of shutters, full-height shutters are designed to dress the whole window recess with separate shutter panels which are hinged together. One of the key benefits of this is that you have lots of control over the natural light coming in through your window. Each panel can be operated individually, so you can tilt the louvres as you please.

Full-height shutters can be designed to follow the transom and/or mullion of your window, creating a seamless look from both the inside and the outside. They can also be split into two or more sections with mid-rails, privacy bars or a hidden split, if required, making the louvres easier to operate when you want to open and close them. 

These internal shutters are incredibly versatile and there are several different design options to explore. Whether you’re installing full-height window shutters in your living room, bedroom or bathroom, you can choose from an array of different materials and colours to ensure the design meets all of your needs. 

Cons of full-height shutters

Whilst full-height plantation shutters are ideal for windows that are regular shapes and sizes, if your window is more unique, you may require an even more bespoke shutter solution. Similarly, if your window doesn’t sit in a recess, full-height window shutters might not be the best solution for you. 

Sometimes, full-height shutters can be more complicated to design too. Since they’re made from several controllable shutter panels and there are many design options to consider, it can be challenging to know how to get the best out of your window shutters. So, it’s always advisable to get some professional advice from a shutter expert. 

If you want to fold your shutters out of the way every day, tier-on-tier shutters could be more suitable. Folding large, full-height shutters regularly will place more strain on the hinges, whereas tier-on-tier shutters are essentially made from two separate window shutters that sit on top of each other. This enables you to fold the top and bottom sections out of the way individually, like a stable door, which is often more convenient. 

A cafe style shutter may also be a good solution but we would always recommend installing full-height shutters on taller windows. Just like tier-on-tier shutters, café style shutters don’t tend to work well in short windows.

Choosing the best shutters for your home 

Whenever you’re comparing different shutter styles, it’s beneficial to get some guidance from a specialist. All types of plantation shutters have their own unique benefits, as well as their downsides, and an experienced shutter company can tell you more about what each shutter offers. Getting some more information about interior shutters is the best way to ensure you’re choosing the right solutions for your home. 

It’s also recommended that you arrange a free, no-obligation home visit. Being able to look at your windows in person will help a shutter specialist provide the best advice. You can also compare samples of materials, frames and colour swatches at home, so you know you’re making the best decisions for each room. 

A few key points we would suggest you carefully consider when choosing the right shutters for your home include; 

  • Where the shutters are going to be installed – on windows or doors, or both?
  • What size and shape of windows do you have?
  • Are you realistically going to open and close the shutters every day?
  • Would you like to cover the full window with shutters?
  • Is louvre size important to you?
  • How do you want to control the shutters – manually or electronically? 
  • What is your budget for interior shutters?

Installing full-height shutters in Winchester

If you think that full-height shutters are the right choice for your home, our team at The Great Shutter Co can help you to design the perfect shutters for each room. We supply several shutter ranges, so we have a solution for every homeowner and with many years of experience behind us, we know what works well and what doesn’t. You can have peace of mind knowing you will be in capable hands when you turn to us for full-height shutters in Winchester. With our showroom based in Itchen Abbas we are in the right location to provide a first class service.

Don’t worry, if full-height shutters aren’t for you, we have lots of other options to explore to help you control light and privacy throughout your home. Get in touch with us today to discuss your interior shutter needs in more detail and we will be happy to provide you with the advice and guidance you need. We can help you to transform your home with quality window dressings.