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Different Types of Shutters


Window shutters are designed to provide privacy and protect against elements such as wind. They’re also decorative. Here are the different types of shutters and the factors to consider when deciding on the right type for your premises.

Different Types of Shutters

There are several benefits to both shutters and blinds. This article will specifically go into the different types of shutters to help you decide which ones you want for your home.

Shutter Location: Interior Vs. Exterior

  • Interior shutters: these come in several options and are easy to adjust from the inside for privacy purposes. They offer options for how much they cover the window including full height, cafe, and tier-on-tier.
  • Exterior shutters: these can provide privacy and protection from weather but they’re mostly for aesthetic purposes.

Shutter Materials

Window shutters also come in plenty of great materials. Choose an option based on what will work best for you.

  • Wood
  • Engineered wood
  • Metal
  • Laminate
  • PVC
  • Synthetic Foam

Panel Styles

  • Louvered: louvered shutters typically feature a series of overlapping slats. They’re used for both interior and exterior shutters and come in single or double height options.
  • Raised panel: these have a box-like design with a series of rectangular features that stand out from the rest of the frame.
  • Shaker: shaker shutters feature rectangular shapes made with a series of recessed indentations.
  • Plantation: plantation shutters offer angled slats or wide louvers fixed around a series of intervals. Some are adjustable, allowing you to move the slats up and down and let light in according to your preference.
  • Board and batten: these types of shutters feature wooden boards that are linked Different Types of Shutterstogether through several battens. They can be cut into various shapes based on the curves around your window.
  • Scandinavian: Scandinavian window shutters feature a board and batten design blended with cutouts and carefully cut designs covering the entire window.
  • Half-solid/half-louvered: this refers to a hybrid shutter that’s part solid and part louver.

Shutter Shapes

Shutters also come in various shapes. Here are some of the most popular choices.

  • Arch shapes
  • French door cuts
  • Rectangle
  • Trapezoid
  • Specialty shapes
  • Circles

Size/Window Coverage

This refers to how much of the window your shutter covers. Options to consider include:

  • Café-Style: these combine a traditional plantation setup on the bottom part of the window, adding a stunning appearance to any window.
  • Full height: full height shutters come in both solid and louvered designs.
  • Tier-on-Tier: these give you the freedom to choose which part of the window you’d like to open and which part you’d like to close.

Accordion Shutters

Most shutters don’t have folds, but wider windows may require folding shutters. Here are three main types of shutters:

Shutter Frame Styles

The style of frame will largely depend on where you buy your shutters. There are plenty of frame styles from which to choose. Here are some shutter frame offers you’ll find in the market:

  • L-frame
  • Bullnose Tilt out
  • Z-frame

Bottom Line

Shutters are a great way to revamp their interior or exterior of your premises. You can choose among the different types of shutters to give more style and character to your windows. They also come in a wide range of colors to add aesthetic appeal to your bedroom, kitchen or living room.