Shutters vs Blinds: Which is Best for your Home

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Shutters vs Blinds

Two very different looks and products, which is right for your home? Putting personal taste and the distinct visual differences aside, some functional differences between blinds and shutters could influence your choice. So, we made a quick guide to highlight the pros and cons of each option to help you make your decision.

Blinds

Designer Blinds

Pros

  • Pair them with other window coverings, e.g. curtains or sheers.
  • Blinds offer a softer aesthetic than shutters.
  • It has a lot of types, styles, and colours, so there’s virtually no reason NOT to come across a blind that will look good in your home.
  • Built from durable materials, so you can get a blind that will be perfect in any environment (e.g. PVC for areas with constant moisture like bathrooms).
  • Significantly cheaper (although the actual cost varies based on the materials used and the measurements).
  • Can be easily adjusted to allow light depending on your choice.
  • Allows for a choice between blackout or thermal lining, which will help to enhance the ambience in your home.
  • It’s easy to clean and maintain.

Cons

  • While durable, they are more likely to break than shutters made of low-quality materials.
  • They require more effort to maintain than shutters.
  • Some blinds require professional servicing or cleaning.
  • A few fabrics and materials are more susceptible to damage from UV rays and exposure to excessive moisture.
  • It cannot block out light
  • Some types of blinds (e.g. Venetian blinds) can be visually overwhelming because of the sheer number of narrow, horizontal lines.
  • Their cords and chains can pose a safety risk to children, especially if they are not correctly stored or kept taught.

Which Rooms Do Blinds Work Best?

There’s practically no room in the house that wouldn’t be enhanced by blinds. But it all depends on the type of blinds you choose for each room. For example, Roman fabric blinds or wooden Venetians aren’t suited for bathrooms because they can’t be exposed to moisture.

Shutters

Shutters

Pros

  • Gives a distinctive accent to your home and increases its value.
  • Hardwearing, highly durable and long-lasting – expect shutters to last 10x as long as blinds.
  • Guarantees child safety because it has no chains or cords.
  • They are excellent insulators
  • Requires little upkeep and are very easy to clean.
  • It has no cords that connect each one of them, so it will only need a quick wipe down.
  • Visually appealing and are suited to any home design.
  • Available in a wide range of materials such as wood, faux wood, and PVC.
  • Provides excellent light control and ventilation, especially if you request a cut in the tilt bar or apply a divider rail. It allows the shutter to be divided into two, so you could have the bottom blades completely shut while the top is open or vice versa.
  • Allows you to have open windows while the shutters are pulled closed. Even though they are in this position, they won’t flap around because of a breeze.
  • They’re suited for doors because they maintain their position. On the other hand, blinds will move even with the slightest movement and after installing brackets.

Cons

  • Notably more expensive to buy than regular blinds made from materials like aluminium, wood, faux-wood, and PVC blinds. But it should be said that some blinds can cost more based on their features (e.g. motorised operating mechanisms).
  • There is often a significant delay of about two-three months between order and completion of manufacture.
  • They tend to take up more space as they are fitted to reveal (the wood that the pane of glass is installed within) rather than recess. For it to be flush with the frame, it needs deep reveals with minimal obstructions such as window latches and door handles. These things can often make the fitting more challenging.
  • They also occupy a lot more space compared to blinds when they are open. So, consider the location of your walls and furniture.
  • Their weight can make them not suited for a few window styles.
  • They take a longer time to make and install.
  • Their versatility is not as stellar as blinds, which have many different types. Shutters follow the same basic design, although you can have different styles, like the café style where only the bottom part of the window is covered.

Bonus Tip – You choose wide blades for windows where you don’t want to lose the view.

What Rooms Do Shutters Work Best?

The versatility of shutters is impressive; they do work for every room. The one consideration to remember is the area of the room. Shutters require a clear area near the window frame so it can be opened.

So, if you’re planning to install them on the corner windows, it may not be a great idea. On the bright side, you can opt for rigid, non-opening shutters. If insulation is your primary goal, wooden shutters work the best. Also, if you want your home to be warmer, you can always pair the shutters with curtains.

Fortunately, Designer Blinds & Plantations offers a wide range of stylish blinds and shutters that will look good in any home. Our products are made of high-quality materials and are installed by trained fitters. So, if you want to know more about our services and products, contact us at 0480 020 391 or visit our website.

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