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Shutters vs Curtains

With so many window treatments around it’s tough to know which is going to be the best option for you, and we think a lot of thought should go into making this choice. You should definitely do some research on what is on the market to make as informed a decision as you can. As avid shutter fans we’ve done some of our own research on the differences in shutters vs curtains to help you in your decision process!

Firstly, let’s think style. Both plantation shutters and curtains have big benefits in this department as both offer a wide variety of different styles that suit each person out there. Curtains can come in all sorts of materials, patterns and colours making them really unique in how they look which is great if you have a unique style yourself. There’s a wide range of shutter types out there too – from tier on tier which use two panels to cover the window, to café shutters that only cover half the pane. With a great colour selection to choose from, as well as wooden and waterproof plastic material options. So, both are incredibly versatile, giving a lot of option for any interior style.

Secondly, light control. This is probably the most important thing to consider when it comes to your window treatment, as you want as much control over your windows as possible. The more light that enters your home the better the atmosphere can be and can actually help to improve your mood! Being made to measure, shutters cover the whole window allowing full control over how much light comes in during the day. Both tier on tier and half shutters easily provide the best of light control as well as privacy, with the choice of keeping parts of the window open as well as closing the shutters on the bottom of the pane – giving you light and privacy. Unfortunately, with curtains the choice is limited, either they are open, letting in light, or they’re closed giving you privacy – there’s no way of combining both.

Cleaning can be a big factor to consider too, as we know the household chores list can already be a long one, you won’t want your new window treatment to add to it. Any style of shutter is super easy to clean – no matter what material. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth and your beautiful shutters will sparkle like they’re new! With curtains it can be a little trickier as well as a touch more expensive. Usually for a really good deep clean you’ll want to have your curtains dry cleaned which can rack up a lot of cost over time, as well as being a little time consuming.

Lastly the cost benefits can be a really important factor to consider. Though both will cost a little to add to your home, over time shutters save a little money through their insulating properties. Acting as a solid barrier against your windows, they keep heat within the home, stopping any drafts from getting in or heat getting out. Over time this can save quite a lot of money on your heating bill. Whereas curtains don’t quite provide the same benefits, and therefore don’t tend to save you as much money in the long run.

So, there we have it: a quick break down of some major points you want to look for in a window treatment. Whilst both are great options for style, shutters are a far better choice in practicality as well as looking fabulous in your home. If you think shutters come out on top as the window dressing for you then give our team a call on 0800 044 8045 and our shutters experts will be happy to talk you through any questions you might have.