Buying shutters for your windows is a smart investment as well as an attractive design choice. They add to your home’s value and they offer a beautiful, traditional look that gives your interiors an upscale feel you’ll enjoy every day.
If you’re ready to make the change and you’re set on buying shutters, answer the four questions below first to help ensure you’re satisfied with the result.
1. Should Your Shutters Have a Midrail?
A midrail is a horizontal plank that separates the upper panels from the lower ones. Because the upper section opens separately from the bottom, it allows more control over light infiltration. You can choose to open the top and let in light, but keep the bottom closed and block out the glare (and the neighbors’ prying eyes.)
Check out different shutters, both with and without a midrail, and see which design you like best before you make the final call.
2. Should You Get Real Wood?
You can choose shutters made of real wood, or you can opt for composite material. Like many situations where real wood is an option, you may wonder if the cost is worth it.
For most homeowners, the answer is yes. Wood can be stained or painted any shade or color and it lasts for decades. It truly adds the value to your home.
3. How Big Should the Louvers Be?
The three most common measurements for louvers (slats) are 2.5, 3.5 or 4.5 inches. Reserve the wider louvers for longer, larger windows and doors, and order thinner louvers for smaller spaces.
4. Should You Mount Them Inside the Window Frame?
If you have decorative framing around your windows, it’s better to mount shutters inside the frame. No framing? Go with an outside mount so the shutters cover your window openings. Once you decide on inside or outside, make sure you measure correctly for the fit you want.
Your Questions Answered
Buying shutters isn’t as straightforward as you might have thought. You must make many decisions along the way, and the experienced team at Utah Blinds Gallery is here to help. Complete your interior design today — visit our showroom or give us a call to set up your free in-home window treatment consultation!