Whats The Difference Between Blinds And Shutters?


Whether you’re looking to fit out a new house or wanting to renovate your home, you might quickly realise that choosing window coverings is a lot more difficult than you initially thought. This is largely because there are two great options that you’ll inevitably have to choose between: blinds and shutters.

Both blinds and shutters filter light, shut out noise, permit air flow and improve privacy, so what exactly are the differences between the two? These options can cause a bit of confusion for people shopping around for window coverings, so here, Mal Glanville & Co. take a look at both blinds and shutters to give you a better idea of what might be the right choice for you.

Why You Might Want To Go With Shutters

Unlike blinds, which are attached to a window recess, shutters are generally attached to the window frame itself. Homeowners looking to introduce a window covering designed to exacting specifications might be more inclined to look into shutters. Although they can be a pricier option depending on the material and style you choose, their durability should also mean they’re treated as an investment.

In a practical sense, shutters have slats that can be adjusted to let in certain amounts of light, air and noise which allows for much greater control of ambient temperatures.

Shutters come in a variety of manufacturing materials, such as aluminium, timber, vinyl and PVC, and designs, with plantation shutters perhaps being the most popular.

Unlike blinds, shutters can be installed on either the interior or the exterior of a house, which offers even greater flexibility and may better suit people who prioritise privacy.

Why Blinds Might Be A Better Choice For You

Despite there still being a lot of options available, blinds are usually a more affordable option than shutters and will therefore often be a better choice for people on a budget.

Despite being less expensive much of the time, blinds can still suit any design need and personality. This is because they can be made from fabric, aluminium, timber and plastic in all sorts of colours and designs, meaning you’ll still be completely spoilt for choice.

As with shutters, blinds come in a wide variety of forms, with some of the most common styles including the following:

  • Venetian blinds
  • Roller blinds
  • Panel glides
  • Vertical blinds
  • Roman blinds

They also remain a practical choice ? blinds also still offer much of the fantastic temperature and light control that shutters provide to help keep homes cooler during the warmer months in Australia.

Want to know more? Talk to our team today about blinds and shutters. We can help find the best solution for your needs.

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