Custom shutters are a classic window treatment that is exquisitely crafted and made to last. Shutters not only look beautiful, they offer you an abundance of benefits. Shutters provide privacy and ventilation which are mandatory when it comes to a good window treatment. But that’s not all they offer, they are energy-efficient due to their insulating design which will help you save on your energy bills, are extremely durable and become an investment to your home because they will last for years and improve your home’s curb appeal, and lastly shutters are low maintenance and easy to clean.

living room shutters

If you know that your next window covering will be custom shutters, there are six choices to explore before you order. With plenty of decisions to make before your important purchase, it is crucial for an expert Style Consultant from Budget Blinds® to be there every step of the way. Your Style Consultant can help you from start to the finish. They will walk you through every option so that by installation time you have exactly what you want. Here are some of the options you will have to discuss with your Style Consultant before making your purchase.

1. Shutter Style

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There are endless style options to choose from when you decide to purchase shutters. First, shutters come in a variety of materials such as hardwood, faux wood, composite and aluminum. You want to think about the type of material that will work best in each room. For instance, if you are buying shutters for a kitchen or bathroom, the material that would work best is composite because they can stand up to moisture. After you select the material, consider picking a style: Plantation, café or indoor/outdoor shutters. Lastly you will have to decide on color and texture. There is an unlimited range of colors and finishes to match your distinct style. This may seem overwhelming but your Budget Blinds Style Consultant will be there with you every step of the way to help you achieve your desired look while staying within your budget.  

2. Framing/Divider Rails

There are four basic shutter frame styles to choose from. The frame you choose has a lot to do with the window and how you want the shutter to hang. At Budget Blinds, we offer a selection of decorative frames for inside or outside mounting. Here are our four basic types of frames:

  • L-Frame
  • Z-Frame
  • Deco Frame
  • Direct Mount

Your Budget Blinds Style Consultant will recommend the best frame to complement your shutters for a polished look.

frame sizes for shutters

Divider rails

The divider rail is the horizontal bar on the shutter panel that separates the top and bottom louvers. It is used so you can control different parts of the shutter separately. Depending on your style choices, you can determine how many divider rails will appear on your shutters. There is no limit on the amount of divider rails; it is all about the look you are trying to achieve.

divider rail for shutters 3. Mounting Options

Figuring out how your shutters should be mounted can be difficult to decide on your own, and that is where an expert Style Consultant can help. They will show you both options of mounting which include inside and outside and will inform you of the best option that will work with the window that you are trying to cover.

4. Louver Size

Louvers are designed to give you the ability to control the light and view. Budget Blinds offers three popular louver sizes, 2 ½”, 3 ½” and 4 ½.” Depending on what size louver you choose for your shutters will determine how many louvers are on a shutter panel. The smaller the louver size, the more you will have, giving more privacy. The larger louver size will give you a clearer view to the outdoors.

louver sizes

5. Tilt Options

The main purpose of the tilt rod is to allow you to control the louvers in unison. There are three options when it comes to the tilt including:

  • Tilt Rod (located in the center of the louvers)
  • Off Set Tilt Rod (located on the left or right side of the louvers)
  • Invisible Tilt (located on the backside of the louvers)

Since all the of options function the same, it all depends on what look you want to achieve.

tilt options for shutters

6. Motorization

The last decision to make for your custom shutters is whether you would like to manually operate your shutters or add motorization. Budget Blinds wants to provide you ultimate convenience with motorized window coverings to make your everyday life easier. With motorization, you can program timers to allow for automatic opening and closing, even when you are not home. They can be managed by wireless wall switches, hand-held remotes, a tablet or smartphone app. An important benefit about motorized shutters is that they are child and pet-safe since they are cordless.

motorized shutters

As you can tell, there are plenty of decisions that you need to make before ordering custom shutters. Your Budget Blinds Style Consultant will work with you to ensure they provide a high quality, fashionable window covering solution that is designed with your budget in mind. We want to help you make the best choices. Call 866-879-9730 today or go online to www.budgetblinds.com.