Call your local branch

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-2pm. To make an enquiry when we are closed, please fill out our contact form.

Home Visits at a time to suit you

Request a callback:

Shutters Buying Guide

Shutters are an outstanding window dressing that adds an extra level of character, charm and beauty to your home compared to traditional blinds. Plantation shutters come in many different styles, and can work perfectly as a statement piece or as a strong complement to your existing home décor. They’re not just for show, either. Shutters offer precise and comfortable light control, with thicker slats providing easily controlled privacy with style.

If you're interested in buying shutters for your home — or if you’ve never considered them as an option before — we’ve created this guide to help you learn the ins and outs of plantation shutters, so you can find start looking for the perfect set for your home.

Shutter Styles

Café Style

An eye-catching style which only covers the bottom half of a window — great for balancing privacy while allowing maximum light flow, especially in ground-floor rooms.

More about Café Style Shutters »

Tier on Tier

Separate control for the top and bottom half of your windows, meaning you can fully, and easily, control how much light filters through at any time.

More about Tier on Tier Shutters »

Track/bi-folding

Perfect for wide, room-spanning windows, or as a dedicated room divider, track shutters are smooth and easy to use; an efficient option for large bay windows or wide French doors.

More about Track/bi-folding Shutters »

Conservatory

Conservatory shutters are designed to fit each pane of glass in your conservatory. These can all be operated independently to maximise the control over light filtration, as well as reduce glare and create complete privacy when needed.

More about Conservatory Shutters »

Solid Panel

Instead of a series of slats, solid panels utilise two whole panels to cover the window. Each panel can be folded to provide further control over the incoming light levels, and can be decorated in a range of colours.

Skylight

Perfect for windows in a loft conversion, skylight shutters offer a compact fit in the window recess, perfectly fitting your window to reduce glare.

More about Skylight Shutters »

How shutters can benefit your home:

  • Cordless & hazard free

    Ideal for keeping small children and pets safe at all times

  • Low maintenance & easy to clean

    Easier to keep on top of the dust so there is a reduced chance of dust mites in the home

  • Privacy & light control

    With shutters you have greater control over lighting levels and privacy

  • Sound & thermal insulation

    Blocks out sounds from outside and can help lower your energy bills with its thermal insulation qualities

  • Increase home value

    Add a timeless elegance to your property and increase its value

  • UV protection

    Shutters offer protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays

Shutter comparison guide

Our shutters styles are available in a range of materials. Take a look through our comparison guide below to view the different options and features available for each.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 47, 63, 76, 89, 115

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option Lock is available

    Automation option Available on any style, lithium rechargable batteries with built in solar panels

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. Avoid water based cleaning. You can use wood polish if necessary.

    Best suited to these rooms Not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms or environments with moisture.

    Colour options Standard colours include natural hardwood options or your shutters can be painted in over 20 colours for an addition price per order.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 47, 63, 76, 89, 115

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option

    Automation option Available on any style, lithium rechargable batteries with built in solar panels

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. Avoid water based cleaning. You can use wood polish if necessary.

    Best suited to these rooms Can be used in kitchen and bathroom but not in rooms that get particularly damp with little ventilation, and shutters should not be in direct contact with water from the shower, sink, bath etc.

    Colour options All MDF blinds are painted in a colour of your choice.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 63, 76, 89

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option

    Automation option

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. A damp cloth may be used or a light multipurpose cleaning product/ detergent with warm water to remove any stains. Dry thoroughly with a towel.

    Best suited to these rooms

    Colour options Over 20 colour options available.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 63, 76, 89

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option

    Automation option

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. A damp cloth may be used or a light multipurpose cleaning product/ detergent with warm water to remove any stains. Dry thoroughly with a towel.

    Best suited to these rooms

    Colour options Over 20 colour options available.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 63, 76, 89

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option

    Automation option

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. A damp cloth may be used or a light multipurpose cleaning product/ detergent with warm water to remove any stains. Dry thoroughly with a towel.

    Best suited to these rooms

    Colour options Over 20 colour options available.

  • Louvre size options (mm) 63, 76, 89

    Energy efficiency

    Privacy

    Ease of cleaning

    Styles available Cafe style Tier-on-tier Solid panel Track/ bi-folding Skylight Conservatory

    Moisture resistant

    Special shape option

    Security option Lock - security

    Automation option

    Warranty Product: 5 years
    Fitting: 10 years

    Maintenance advice Dust the louvres or panels. Use a duster or microfibre cloth. A damp cloth may be used or a light multipurpose cleaning product/ detergent with warm water to remove any stains. Dry thoroughly with a towel.

    Best suited to these rooms

    Colour options Available in any colour to match your decor.

Shutter FAQs

Shutters have a long lifespan; there’s no reason that, with proper care and maintenance, they can’t last forever!

Shutters are a more premium product compared to blinds and curtains, and this is demonstrated by their durability and sophisticated style.

Many shutter styles that open — including bi-fold and shutters with multiple-fold panels. However, if installed on a top track system the sides will not be hinged — though they can slide left and right.

While shutters won’t have a direct influence on the value of your home, the right choice of shutters can definitely make a home more attractive and saleable.

We would always recommend that you let the experts — like Gemini Blinds — fit your shutters, to ensure a perfect fit carried out quickly and safely.

As many as you want! For shutters with more than 6 panels, they must be installed on a top track system. How many panels are necessary will depend on the size and type of windows — the Gemini Blinds team will be happy to advise in this instance.

Bigger windows typically suit bigger louvres, but you can choose whichever size you like. Again, the team at Gemini Blinds are happy to advise on this.

They can! To be used as dividers, shutters will be installed on a track or top track system for smooth, easy manoeuvrability.

Buying Shutters from Gemini Blinds

So now that you know more about shutters, why not get in touch with Gemini Blinds to find the ideal shutters for your home?

Why choose Gemini:

  • Fully guaranteed, professional fitting
  • Home visit service for that personal touch
  • Free measuring service
  • Over 35 years’ industry experience
  • Expert advice from interior décor specialists

Home Visits at a time to suit you

Request a callback:

Top

This website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience... moregot it