A guide to made-to-measure shutters

A guide to made-to-measure shutters

Made to measure shutters can transform both the interior and the exterior look and feel of your home. Modern shutters look fresh and clean as well as adding insulation, privacy and regulating light. Ordering your shutters online is by far the most cost-effective option as you’re doing the measuring and fitting yourself which can knock off quite a lot of the cost. Online brands such as Direct Blinds do a fab range of inexpensive shutters. However knowing how to choose the right shutters for your home can be where many people struggle. I’ve put together a handy guide to help you through the process of choosing the right made to measure shutters for your home.

Photo by Rebecca Hayes Interiors

Choose a style

Generally, you get two types of shutter styles. Full height or café style which covers 1/2 or 3/4 of your window. Full height shutters can make your windows feel larger as there’s no break in the covering. Whereas café style shutters are better for larger front-facing windows giving you privacy but also allowing in maximum natural light. Also consider the direction of the sun during various parts of the day. Café style shutters may not be practical for blocking bright direct sunlight, especially if you’re trying to watch the TV or working! Shutters need to look great but also fulfil practical needs so it’s good to consider what you need them for most before choosing a style.

Made to measure shutters by Direct Blinds 2

Choose the material

There are two popular choices when it comes to made to measure shutter material. Wood shutters are a classic choice offering durability and sometimes a more elegant finish. Most wooden shutters on the market are made with MDF which is lighter and less prone to warping than solid wood. The other popular choice of shutter material is PVC or vinyl. Faux wood shutters are a good option for bathrooms and kitchens where there’s lots of moisture in the air. It’s a good idea to look at the weight of both options especially if you are looking for shutters for a large window or door.

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Choose a colour

Ah now we are getting to the fun bit… Brave interioristas have been playing with colourful shutters for a while now and it can be a focal point to an amazing space. But shutters are a big investment and not something that can easily be changed when you want a new colour scheme for your home. For the less bold, white or off-white shutters will go with everything and look equally fabulous!

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I hope this guide helped you to choose the right made to measure shutters for your home. Breaking the decision-process down can really help you and consider the practical points first. Direct Blinds have a really handy guide to measuring up for your shutters which you can print off. I learned about the 12mm rule reading it – a really handy tip!

Natalia xo

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  1. December 18, 2017 / 10:15 am

    You’re right, it can be tempting to make a bold statement with some colourful shutters but keep the long term in mind too! That being said, if you’re committed to your statement they can become a really interesting focal point to be proud of!

  2. December 27, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Yes you are right to use colorful shutters is a brave decision.

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