We all know a bay window is a beautiful thing and here at The Great Shutter Co. we see them in all shapes and sizes. Bays are often splay bays or box bays and in some cases they only have a return at one end. The size of the bay will often be very influential on the bay window shutter design that we agree with you.
If, for example, a box bay is very wide then having bi-folding panels in the central section may not be the ideal solution as you will have to bifold large panels whenever you want to open a window. A far better solution may be to have t-posts that reflect the design of the actual window and this would often mean adding t-posts where the windows meet (see image). This allows the for easy access to the windows for opening as it invariably means you only have a single hinged panel to open. The downside is that you can’t bi-fold the central shutter panels out of the way. As is often said shutters stay shut and this is true its the louvers that are adjusted. So pick a good size louvre (76mm is ideal for large bays).
We are not usually advocates of tier on tier shutters on bays because invariably the panels end up poking far into the room when the top half is in the open position (see image) and if you go for smaller panels the shutters can look incredibly busy. If you are lucky enough to have massive windows such as the ones pictured here with wide mullions between the windows then tier on tier can be a good solution as the panels have space to lie flat against the wall. These shutters in Southampton really show how they can look amazing and in this Victorian semi central tilt rods also match the styling and period.
It always very nice to get a good review from the customer as well.
‘Very friendly and efficient, shutters are lovely, installed with no fuss clean and tidy.’
On smaller bays (mainly that are less high) tier on tier can actually be detrimental in terms of light. Customer often believe tier on tier shutters will let in more light but because you have the top rail from the bottom set of panels and the bottom rail from the top set you can actually end up with, in effect, a plank of wood in the middle of the window if you don’t fold that top half out of they every day. Remember my earlier comment on shutters stay shut.