If you are looking to invest in a new window treatment, but find yourself bewildered by all of the choices available, then look no further. This short buyer’s guide highlights the functional differences between shutters and blinds, helping you on your way to making that all important decision.
What are Shutters and Blinds?
Designed as a screen to complement a window, blinds are produced in several different styles ranging from horizontally slatted Venetian blinds to fabric covered Roman blinds.
Shutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be designed to fit any space. Unlike other forms of window treatment which are fixed to the top of windows, shutters are characterised as being a pair of hinged panels fixed to either side of a window.
What are their Functional Properties?
Unlike blinds, which are prone to breaking, shutters are renowned for their sturdy manufacture. Constructed out of hardwood, shutters are known to be one of the most durable and hardwearing window treatments on the market.
When it comes to choosing an insulating window treatment, the thicker the material and the tighter the fit, the better. Choosing a made-to-measure window treatment can help to reduce the chance of heat loss through draughts and gaps, while selecting a thick material, such as hardwood, can help to prevent heat loss through convection.
Blinds are commonly made using several thin pieces of material. Although these materials act as a barrier against the cold and offer some level of insulation, they fail to provide the warmth that can be achieved using hardwood shutters. A study comparing shutters with curtains and blinds substantiates this claim, finding that shutters made from Western Red Cedar were the best at regulating temperature around the home.
No matter what window treatment you have, letting just the right amount of light into a room can be challenging. While blinds leave us struggling with chains and cords, shutters have adopted a tilt rod mechanism which allows their slats to be incrementally adjusted to offer the greatest flexibility and range of light filtration.
Blinds are operated using a combination of chains and cords. These dangling instruments can be dangerous, leaving young children particularly vulnerable. Conversely, shutters’ tilt rod mechanism doesn’t compromise on safety, allowing the user to adjust the shutter’s slats in a safe and controlled manner.
Blinds, usually made from fabric or several thin horizontal slats of material can prove difficult to clean without removing components or tangling and damaging the slats. Dissimilarly, shutters’ solid construction makes cleaning in situ incredibly easy.