Shutters for Large Windows – Windows in Modern Homes
A lot can be said about window treatments and how their practicality makes them essential for every home these days. Whether you’re in the plains, hills, or in a coastal home with humid, arid or polar climates, blinds or curtains have become so necessary that in the absence of it, the sanctity and mental peace in your home threatens to be destroyed.
This isn’t to scare you into buying blinds for all the windows in the house. There are good enough chances that you already have a window dressing idea for every window in your house. Some people use curtains, some shutters, and a few go for honeycomb blinds, Venetian blinds and so on.
Coming to shutters, they have a wide variety in texture, color and design that could be the subject of multiple blogs all on its own. But we’ve tried to make it as succinct and easy to understand as possible. Here we aren’t going to list down all their benefits, per se, but we aim to answer a question some of you might have an urge of being answered: Can shutters be used for large windows?
Shutters for Large Windows
Before the obvious question is answered, what are shutters and what are they used for? And how do they differ from other, similar looking window treatments with louvers? To answer this question, let’s understand the design of a shutter.
Wikipedia describes a window shutter as a “solid and stable window covering with a frame of horizontal rails and vertical stiles.” That sounds a bit technical and may be confusing to the layman whose primary concern is to just get a decent closure for his window to avoid the consequences of a harsh climate.
To make the definition simpler, window shutters are window treatments made of sturdy material that contains louvers, which are horizontal panels that can be adjusted to open or close according to your convenience. Instead of coming separately, they are fixed directly to the frame of window. They were originally made of wood; however, now they come in a number of other materials such as faux wood, PVC, and aluminum which boasts of important features such as water resistance and dust resistance. Many window shutters can be installed both inside and outside the window, and the most common type of shutters are plantation shutters. These are made of wide louvers that, when open, can let in a substantial amount of sunlight to brighten the room. At other times, especially when you seek some privacy, they can be shut to keep the outside noises, heat, light and, onlookers at bay.
Coming back to the pertinent question (can shutters be used on large windows?), the answer is both yes and no. We’d like to discuss a few points in detail here.
Can You Reach Them?
Large windows ensure your home is subject to a substantial amount of natural light and they look great when dressed with shutters. However, with large windows comes a great deal of responsibility, starting with installing them and maintaining them regularly by ensuring every single one of those wide louvers are cleaned every now and then. It is not always a simple task. If the shutters are hard to reach they can be difficult to clean. Additionally, if your large windows are high up, it will be difficult to operate your shutters since they are moved manually, by hand. If they are difficult to reach, consider going for a motorized lift if available, which allows you to tilt the slats open and close with the press of a button.
Versatile Window Coverings for Every Window
The benefits of shutters as window coverings aren’t limited to windows of a particular size. Although as discussed, taking care of them is your responsibility. They do their job equally well wherever placed. There are shutters that extend to the maximum possible height in larger areas such as living rooms. They cover the entire dimension of the windows with their seamless and tall panels. Is there any wonder why they work so amazingly well as cafe style shutters, where louvers are attached only to the top half of the windows and the bottom half covers against outside light?
How Do Shutters Work?
The mechanism isn’t rocket science to understand, for many shutters have hinged panels that close and open. Here the panels can be neatly stacked on one side of the window when they are not in use. They are also one of the best options to be used on French doors as they fit in easily, and can be opened and closed like a door if you feel the need to allow some light in without bothering to tilt the blinds.
Additionally, you can get hinged shutters that move out of the way of your window opening, which can be especially effective for large windows as if you need to let in a lot of light, you can move the entire shutter out of the way to give you a clear view.
All shutters have these adjustable louvers that allow filtering and diffusion of light. There are tilt rods that you would hold on to and then push up or down to tilt the slats. The tilt road can be customized to sit in the center of the shutter, or on the side or hidden out of sight.
Vibrant & Classy Colors
When choosing colors for your shutters, the immediate options that come to mind are white, beige or light brown. While we appreciate these choices to keep it low-key and suitably classy at the same time, your choices must not be restricted to these tried and tested, yet cliched options. At ZebraBlinds, we have a wide variety of colors to pick from that offer a great natural stain even when you’re not looking for natural wood. You can buy them at very affordable and reasonable prices.
To sum up, there are many reasons why you should go for shutters for your homes, cafes or offices. There’s no way to suggest shutters aren’t suitable for large windows, for cafe style curtains prove how they can be effectively set up and used for a variety of purposes. You must, however, know their implications and impact. You can also use them with a combination of other window treatments such as sheer curtains to get the maximum benefits of a window covering. That being said, these window treatments are among the best ones in the market, and they give your windows a classic and beautiful look that will stand the test of time.