When choosing window coverings for your home, you may come to find that there are many more options than you initially thought. If curtains are not for you, you still have the choice between blinds or shutters. While a decision may be made primarily based upon aesthetics, there are several functional differences to consider too. In this article, we will be delving into the differences between shutters and blinds and looking at the unique characteristics of each.
Blinds are a form of internal window covering which come in a huge variety of styles and materials. Blinds are only attached to the top of your window and hang down freely to cover the windowpane. Generally, they open vertically and are controlled by cord pulls; however, horizontally opening options are available. Blinds can be opened as much, or as little, as you wish, making them a versatile option for achieving privacy and admittance of light. Slatted blinds – such as Venetians and vertical blinds – offer the greatest control as the slats can be oriented as you wish, letting in light whilst still giving privacy.
Shutters are window coverings which can be installed internally or externally on your windows – for the best comparison to blinds, we shall consider internally fixed shutters.
Shutters are a permanently fixed, precisely fitted window covering which are attached directly to the window frame. Shutters are made from sturdier, thicker materials than blinds, often wood. They operate similarly to Venetian blinds in that they are made up of horizontal slats which can be rotated, allowing good light control. The controlling mechanism for the slats is generally a rod. Shutter panels can be opened completely and will swing away horizontally from the window, like opening a door.