One of the most overlooked window covering is also the oldest. Window shutters were introduced in ancient Greece and were also popular with colonists in New England. They are considered more functional than shades and curtains. Furthermore, if they are fit and hung correctly, they offer more privacy, insulation and air circulation, as well. Shutters can also stand alone and do not need other window coverings to compliment them.
When you choose to hang interior shutters, you allow the room occupant to determine how much light they want in to let into the room. In addition, when they are shut tight, they also work as insulators and have been known to reduce utility costs. Shutters protect furniture and floors from sun damage and take up less space than other types of window coverings. Not only can they be custom made to fit any size window, indoor shutters fit all types of styles. Shutters are easy to wipe clean and allow the window to be cleaned effortlessly, as well, and, there are no strings or springs to deal with.
Shutters come in three styles that you can choose from. They are plantation, cottage, and west coast plantation. Plantation shutters are often dropped into the window frame and have large slats. It is the most popular type of shutter. Cottage shutters have small slats and are connected to hinges that are then attached to the window frame. They resemble outside shutters and are popular on the East coast. West coast plantation shutters have larger slats and hinges than those of traditional plantation shutters and are mostly popular in California.
In addition to style, you also need to decide on the look you would like your shutters to have. Again, there are three looks to choose from, solid panel, tier on tier, and café style. Solid Panel shutters have only one panel. They are good at keeping the light out in both bedrooms and media rooms. In addition, they are also considered good insulators. Tier on tier shutters have two separate panels that can be opened separately in order to allow for both light and privacy control. Café shutters cover only the bottom half of the window in order to allow for privacy while also letting light in.
Shutters can be manufactured from a variety of materials. The most popular of which are wood and composite materials. Composite shutters are made of medium-density fiberboard which is covered with polypropylene. Shutters can also be made of vinyl and aluminum. Vinyl is popular for bathrooms and other humid areas where moisture can warp wood shutters. Aluminum shutters are the best choice for big windows because it is a light material.
Shutters usually cost between 20-25% more than other window treatments. Furthermore, both traditional and exotic woods are the most expensive shutter materials. Moreover, shutters are generally priced per foot of material used to make them and not per shutter purchased. This tends to increase the price considerably over blinds and shades. However, while they seem pricey up front, if you install shutters, you could qualify to receive a tax break as shutters are the only window covering considered a “capital improvement” by the IRS.