When it comes to decorating your home, there are all sorts of aspects to take into consideration. First off, you’ll need to be sure that your new items suit the wider décor, and that they will provide the functionality you need. However, you’ll also need to think about cost-effectiveness – and when it comes to covering your windows and ensuring that they’re dressed as nicely as possible, shutters are a good bet. Here’s why.
Anyone who has ever installed blinds will know that even the most sophisticated ones can easily become damaged. Blinds are usually made from reinforced fabric, but that doesn’t always protect them against rips and tears. All it takes is one small tug, perhaps from a child or a visitor who doesn’t know how to open or close them, and they’re damaged for life. Shutters, on the other hand, are usually made from durable materials such as wood that require a lot more effort to break. This is especially true if the material in question is a reinforced wood, or if the wood has been vanished or lacquered to provide that additional layer of protection. Over the long term, this can make all the difference between high bills and low bills.
Affordable shutters can provide other, less obvious benefits too. They allow a perfect balance of natural light and heat energy to be let inside. If there’s a warm day on the horizon, for example, you’ll be able to adjust your shutters in such a way that they let in just the right amount of heat and light – meaning that you won’t have to fire up the lights. With curtains, say, it’s all or nothing – and on a cold but bright day, you may find yourself in the paradoxical situation of closing the curtains for warmth while also running all your lights! Shutters, however, let you customise the exact spread of energy in the room and make it just as you like or need it.
Curtains, blinds and other forms of window coverings tend to be made from easily stainable materials such as fabric or velvet. One spilled cup of coffee or a knocked over glass of wine can quickly cause problems in a room where there’s a material covering, and this can have long-term consequences. The main cleaning problem that most shutters will face is dust accumulation, which is perhaps the most simple dirt curse to solve. Some shutters are also wipe-clean, which means that they can be freshened up with just a cloth and some water or basic household cleaners.
With alternatives such as blinds and curtains, the standard process tends to involve the time-intensive route of taking them down, sending them over to a cleaner, and then paying to have them cleaned. In some circumstances, the damage can be so extensive that you’ll have to buy new curtains or blinds altogether. Unless very significant and malicious damage is done to your shutters, though, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever have to be treated in the same expensive manner.
If you’re in the process of decorating a room or more than one room in your house, then it’s wise to consider shutters as your preferred option for covering the window. Not only can shutters offer a great look, but they’re also cost-effective for the long term. They’re sturdy, which means that they’re less likely to break – and they also require less cleaning.