It’s one of those choices that you change your mind about time and time again – do I hang shutters or curtains? Which would look better? Which is best for insulation? What are the benefits and pitfalls of each? We’re here to help answer all these questions, so let’s get started!
Why Choose Shutters?
Shutters are not everyone’s first choice when it comes to furnishing a room, as they are not as attractive as a well-made pair of curtains. They are also quite expensive in comparison, but they do have their advantages.
The main benefit of shutters is perhaps that they are easy to use. Here are a few more advantages to fitting shutters in your home:
- Shutters last a long time and are far more hard-wearing than curtains. You can expect to get as much as 20 years from a set of shutters, even with daily use.
- The level of insulation from shutters is impressive, as they form a solid cover when closed and keep heat in. During warmer months, they can also shield against the sun and keep a room cool.
- Maintenance involves wiping away dust every now and then, and that’s about it. Once fitted, there’s no more you need to do with your shutters.
- Shutters come in a wide variety of styles, colours and sizes and can be made to fit any space, so there will be a set that appeals to you and fit with your home décor.
Or Should You Choose Curtains?
Curtains are traditional window dressing in many homes and can look exceptionally beautiful if the right design and style are chosen to suit the décor.
Curtains are easy to fit and come in a wide variety of colours and materials, but the main disadvantages are that they don’t last as long as shutters due to fading, wear and tear. Curtains can also be too ‘formal’ for some tastes, so let’s have a look at the benefits of curtains.
- Cheaper to buy than shutters, and available in a comprehensive choice of colours, styles and materials. There will be curtains that suit your taste.
- Simple to maintain but will need washing occasionally, and that means taking them down and hanging them again, which can be quite a chore.
- No installation costs, as once your curtain rail is in place you simply attach the hooks to the hangers. Curtains can also be changed to match the seasons should you wish.
There are good reasons for buying either shutters or curtains, and each also has its problems. If you want low maintenance window coverings with a more modern look and are prepared to pay a little more for installation, there is no doubt you will get more life out of a set of shutters, and they will take up far less of your time.
They can also look rather impressive when you choose the right colour for your room, so check out shutters further and see how they would work for you.