This is a key question, as certain rooms will place more demands on the interior shutter than others. For example, those in the kitchen or bathroom will need to be able to withstand large amounts of condensation and steam or in a utility room or playroom, they will need to be wipe-cleanable.
There are a number of things I would suggest you consider to ensure you get the best product for your room:
- Heat/moisture – is this a kitchen/bathroom where there is a lot of steam
- Cleaning – does it need to be easily cleaned/wiped because of sticky fingers or constant use
- Use – will the doors be opened regularly or just the louvers adjusted once or twice a day
- Window size – is this a large window or doorway that will need a lightweight panel
- Style – are you matching a stained floor/window frame or other furniture
- Shape – is your window something other than square
For rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom or utility rooms, where there are heat and moisture or regular cleaning is important I would recommend the Standard shutters. This is a good value interior shutter that has a plastic coating, which makes it extremely durable and more likely to withstand the demands of these rooms. Made of engineered MDF it is also less likely to warp or twist.
For large window’s or doorways a light-weight wooden shutter is important so I would recommend the Elite range. Made of engineered wood it is strong, but light in weight so can be made and guaranteed with more bi-folding panels linked together than the Standard shutter.
If you have a large opening that requires track mounted shutters these are only made and guaranteed in Elite or one of the specialist wood’s, as the panels mounted on the track need to be as light as possible to ensure they are durable.
If you are looking to match a particular stain this can only be done in Elite or a specialist wood. The Basswood has a beautiful grain and would be my personal recommendation, alternatively, Cedar comes in several oiled finishes. Between Elite, Basswood and Cedar it is possible to match most stains, and I can always provide sample colour chips to help you get the colour you want.
Shapes can only be made in wood, Elite, Basswood or Cedar, which can be stained or painted. An interior shutter is one of the most attractive ways of covering a shaped window – have a look in my showroom for some examples. As the shape of the shutter will follow the shape of the window it makes the most of a beautiful feature, enhancing rather than hiding the window. As it’s possible to merely adjust the louvres to allow light to enter you won’t end up with unsightly curtains pulled to one side, or a blind that will only raise part way.
For most customers with an average level of use in a lounge, dining room or bedroom you can choose from any of the materials as they will all be suitable for these rooms. It may depend on your budget as to what you choose, but if you want any advice on what material is best for your interior shutter don’t hesitate to call me or register on the website and ask me.