Shutters and blinds are both popular window-dressings which have the potential to transform a living or work space. However, there are a few differences between each product which should be taken into account before making a purchase. Here’s a guide to some of the most important points to consider.
Shutters are usually far more expensive than blinds, especially those with high quality wooden shutters. There are cheaper versions which are made from MDF but even these are often pricier than conventional window blinds. They’re also less durable. So if you’ve got a tight budget, window blinds are probably the best choice.
Blinds are more popular than shutters and there are far more companies that sell them. Consequently, there’s a wider range to choose from in a wider variety of styles that come in the form of fabric and wood. Traditionally, shutters were rather limited in design and construction although this has started to change recently with the introduction of more imaginative and innovative designs. However, in terms of variety, blinds just shade it (pardon the pun!).
Shutters tend to be far more durable than window blinds. Sturdier in design and made from stronger materials, they also have less working parts – the strain put on a blind’s mechanism during its lifetime can be considerable. This is often the reason that most blinds may need replacing before shutters would do. Shutters of course don’t have the problem and can be opened and closed with minimum strain.
Ease of installation
Shutters are usually far more complicated to install that your typical window-blind – in fact you may have to call out a company that specialises in their installation. This means of course that you’ll need to fork out more money. So window blinds win out again here. Most versions can be easily installed by the purchaser without the help of professional installers.
Blinds vary in size and although they can dramatically change a room’s lighting, don’t actually take up too much space. On the other hand, shutters tend to be larger and can actually dominate a living or work space. This can prove problematic, especially where space is paramount. This problem is exacerbate by the fact that shutters swing inwards, which means that any furniture close-by is going to get in the way.
Due to their design, window shutters often restrict visibility. Although certain adjustments can be made to allow light in, the slats which are often fixed, can still get in the way. Window blinds are far more adjustable in this regard and can be raised or lowered with ease.
Window blinds tend to have more adjustment options for light control. They can be raised completely or the slats adjusted to let varying degrees of light in. Shutters tend to be more limited in their movement and are not the most flexible when it comes to total light management.
So that’s our run-down on blinds and shutters. In terms of sheer flexibility of design as well as price, we’d recommend the window blind over the plantation-style shutter.