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Full height shutter design

Full Height

The most popular design is a full height shutter, where the shutters run from the top to the bottom of the window. Full height shutters can have a horizontal dividing rail between the louvre blades on tall windows, or you can choose not to have a middle rail.
Full Height’ means the louvres run from top to bottom with no break. This design keeps things simple and in general matches most windows.

Horizontal rails

It’s popular to have horizontal dividing rails with full height window shutters, this allows the louvres to be opened independently either side of the rail, providing more privacy options. Rails should be positioned so they match features on your windows.

The maximum height of full height shutter without a middle rail is 1981mm (wood), over this height a dividing rail is required for strength.


  • Maximum shutter height 3000mm
  • Maximum shutter height without a middle rail 1981mm (Wood), 1879mm (MDF)
  • Minimum shutter height 250mm


You can use rails in front of window handles to provide clearance from the louvre blades.

Half height shutter design

Half Height

Also know as Cafe style shutters, meaning the shutters do not go all the way to the top of the window, they finish about halfway or in line with a rail or feature on the window.  Cafe style shutters provide privacy if your window is right on the street but you still want plenty of light coming into the room.
Like the full height design above, if your window has a dividing rail you can still choose a middle rail to match the window.

Although named half height, you can choose the height of the shutters that are ordered to match the key features of your windows.

This design of shutter suits taller windows with dominant features to match the height to.

The limitations of half or café designed shutters match the full height shutters.


Normally shutters come pre-fitted in 4 sided frames. With a half height design you can choose not to have the top frame fitted. This will mean there are no shutter magnets holding the top of the shutter closed, so if your window is twisted a 4 sided option would be better.


  • Maximum shutter height 3000mm
  • Maximum shutter height without a middle rail 1981mm (Wood), 1879mm (MDF)
  • Minimum shutter height 250mm


The colour of half height shutters is very important.  As you can view half the shutter and half the window at the same time, it’s best to match the colour to the window so the shutter blends in.

Top opening shutter design

Top Opening

A great feature allowing you to split the shutters in half so the top can open separately from the bottom. Known as tier on tier shutters, these provide flexible privacy and light options for your room.  Tier on tier shutters suit tall narrow windows. The number of shutters across the window is reflected in both the top and bottom tiers.  
Top opening or tier on tier shutters are very popular on Sash windows. They look at their best when the window is taller than it is wide (Portrait style).

Top opening means the top and bottom of the interior shutter can be opened independently of each other like a stable door. This split shutter option provides privacy whilst providing maximum light. Ideal if you live on a street with a footpath just outside, or for overlooked bedrooms.

They fold in the same way as full height shutters, but the bottom set normally remain closed.


The height limits of a single shutter still apply. On large windows, single tiers can have dividing rails. The folding of a top opening shutter is generally matched top and bottom.

  • Maximum shutter height 3000mm
  • Maximum shutter height without a middle rail 1981mm (Wood), 1879mm (MDF)
  • Minimum shutter height 250mm

No. of shutters:

  • 8 shutters is the most popular option
  • 4 across the top and 4 across the bottom.
  • Each set opening from the middle
  • 2 bi-folding left and 2 bi-folding right.

Horizontal Split:

We recommend a Tpost between the top and bottom tiers, this ensures the shutters line up and they have something to close against.  There will be magnets on the Tposts between the tiers.


Wide windows don’t lend themselves to tier on tier, due to the extra weight and how the shutters will look when open.

You can order multiple folding shutters in wood, i.e. 3 folding left and 3 folding right but I don’t advise this. Windows that require this option are often too large.

Remember, if in doubt upload a photo of your window for advic

Tpost shutter design

Tpost design

Shutters come fitted in a neat outer frame.  With wide windows you can add additional frame uprights to help support the shutters, these uprights are called shutter Tposts.  They are shaped like a  ‘T’ and allow shutters to match the width of the window sections and be hung from the actual Tpost providing more flexible opening, folding options and Tpost shutter designs.
Using shutter Tposts within your design makes it easy to match the shutter layout to the windows.

Tposts are great for wide windows, they allow access to one window at a time rather than bi-folding large shutters out the way.


Single shutters fitted between Tposts can be wider than bi-folding shutters

  • Horizontal limitation length is 1219mm
  • Single folding 890mm
  • Bi-folding 550mm
  • Tri-folding 440mm
  • Quad-folding 330mm
  • Maximum shutter height 3000mm
  • Maximum shutter height without a middle rail 1981mm (Wood), 1879mm (MDF)
  • Minimum shutter height 250mm

Tposts are screwed into the top and bottom frames and form strong uprights to hinge shutters from.

There are different depths of Tposts depending on the frame style and depth you choose.


We recommend wooden shutters for large wide windows with Tposts rather than MDF.

Track mounted shutter design

Track shutters

Track mounted shutters are used on wide openings like patio doors.  ‘Track’ means the shutters are hanging from an aluminium track that supports the weight.  Having a track shutter design allows multiple shutters to be hung and folded back to one side or the other. Matching the number of shutters to the window layout and understanding how they fold and stack back to the side of the window are important.
For wide windows, doors or room dividers, track mounted shutters allow you to cover a wide area.

A track shutter hangs from a small wheel connected to a top track. This supports the weight and allows multiple shutters to slide and fold to one side or the other.

Track shutters can be used as room dividers.This is a useful feature in offices or homes if you have long single rooms and want to create two rooms.

Track shutters are opened and used in a different way to normal shutters that are fitted in a frame. They slide open to the left or right of the opening, or they can be opened from the middle equally. As they slide in an overhead track it limits how they fold back.


The maximum shutter widths for track mounted shutters are:

  • With a top and bottom track Max width is 660mm
  • Top track only Max width is 550mm.


You can only have an ‘even’ number of folding track shutters opening in any one direction.

Shaped shutter design

Shaped shutters

Shutters are very popular on shaped windows.  Shaped shutter designs can be fitted to most shaped windows.  Curved and rounded shutters are possible, angled and triangular windows can also be fitted.  You can view some example windows in our gallery.
If you have a curved or triangular window and you’re looking for a window dressing, then shaped shutters could be the answer.

There are some limits on how angled shutters can be opened which depend on the style of your window. Try uploading photos of your window for free expert advice from Sam.

Some popular designs are:

  • Arched shutters
  • Angled shutters
  • Sunburst or fan top shutters can be hinged downwards
  • Triangular shutters
  • Round shutters for porthole windows.


Some shaped shutters can have remote control louvre blades if your window is up high.

Tposts work well in some shaped designs.



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