You have moved house and it is time to decide on your window treatments, the question is do you pick curtains or shutters?

This can be a very confusing question as there are so many pros and cons between the two different options, from money to appearance.

ART Blinds understand that this is an important decision for all buyers, which is why we want to help.

Read on to find out the pros and cons between both options.

Pros and Cons of Curtains for Windows

Advantages of Curtains

  • Design: One of the main advantages of window curtains, is that there are a wide variety of designs, colours and patterns for you to choose from to suit your home’s interior.
  • Cheaper: Curtains are much cheaper to install in comparison to interior plantation shutters.
  • Coordination: Since curtains are cheaper and easy to change, you can easily swap your window dressing curtains over if you end up redecorating the house, or if you simply want different curtains and window treatments up.

Disadvantages of Curtains

  • Cleaning: The main disadvantage of installing curtains and drapes, is that they are much harder to clean in comparison to interior shutters.
  • Colour fades: Over time, the colour of your curtains can gradually fade.
  • Hygiene: Curtains are less hygienic in comparison to wooden shutters, since they can easily gather dust and dust mites.

Pros and Cons of Plantation Shutters

Advantages of Plantation Shutters

  • Adjustable: Through the wide range of different types of shutters, such as cafe style shutters, tier on tier shutters and full height shutters, along with the window slats all being adjustable, this means you get full control on how much and how little light enters your home
  • Insulation: Bespoke interior window shutters increase the levels of insulation in your home.
    The way this works, is that when the internal window shutters are shut, with the slats closed, this traps a gap of air between the shutters and the window which helps to add an insulating barrier to your home.
  • Soundproofing: Interior window shutters help to provide your home with an extra sound proofing barrier from exterior noise.
  • Privacy: The levels of privacy in your home are increased when you install bespoke plantation shutters. This is because you are able to adjust the plantation shutter slats so that light can enter your home yet no one can see inside your house.
  • Increase in property value: As interior shutters are considered to be a permanent fixture to your home, when your house gets valued, they will be added onto your property value, therefore increasing the value of your home when it gets sold.
  • Easy to clean: Indoor window shutters are much easier to clean compared to curtains on windows, since you just need to get a cloth and some polish and give them a wipe over.

Disadvantages of Plantation Shutters

  • Cost: One of the downsides of installing bespoke plantation window shutters is the price. They can be quite expensive, especially if you want high quality shutters installed.
  • Cleaning: While bespoke shutters are a lot easier to clean in comparison to curtains, a disadvantage is that they need regular cleaning, to remove the dust that quickly builds up.

Whether you are thinking of installing window shutters or curtains, give ART Blinds a call today at 01702 559 969 for a free quote and measuring service.


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