What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shutters?

Window Blinds

Blinds and shutters both provide unique stylistic benefits. What is the difference between these window treatments and which would fit your home and your preferences best?

All About Blinds

Blinds provide the widest variety of sizes, colors and styles. They are usually installed on the interior side of the window, are either horizontal or vertical and may be constructed of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fabric, bamboo or other materials.

Blinds can be fully or partially raised either by pulling a drawstring, touching a button or controlling the lift automatically with a remote. The slots can be slanted to let in more or less light.

They are a worthwhile investment for any home, but typically must be replaced if the slats are damaged or worn. They can be detached if the homeowner moves, or left with the property for the new owner.

How Are Shutters Different?

Shutters can be installed on both the interior and exterior of a home. They are typically made of wood, composite materials, aluminum or vinyl, but the materials are much thicker and sturdier than those of blinds. Also, the slats are fewer in number and usually wider.

Shutters can be customized to fit any size window. The homeowner can open the shutters centrally so each panel lays on either side of the window; however, if the orientation of the window prevents one shutter panel from opening fully, the product design can be altered so the shutter opens only to one side or the other. Shutters may also be folded open accordion style.

The shutters can be divided into panels so the light infiltration can be adjusted separately in the top and bottom of the window at different times. Shutter slats are usually controlled by an attached rotating rod. Since the shutter slats are made of thicker materials, they are normally better at blocking out light when closed than blinds.

Due to the durable materials used to construct shutters, they normally cost more than blinds, especially those made of real wood. However, where blinds may require replacement with age, shutters last many years, requiring minimal cleaning and maintenance. Shutters are considered a permanent part of the home, so if the property is sold, the shutters usually stay in place for use by the new owner.

Making Your Decision

Blinds offer light control at an affordable price and still give decorators the ability to add curtains and drapes to flesh out the design style. Shutters offer longevity and an authentic, stylish look in both antique and modern-themed spaces.

When in doubt, consult with the professionals at Utah Blinds Gallery to find out more about both blinds and shutters so you can have full confidence in your purchasing decision.

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