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What Is the Difference Between Blinds and Shutters?

02 January 2021

Honeycomb blinds Sydney

If you are looking for window treatments for your home, it can be quite a dilemma choosing the right blinds and shutters in Sydney, with so many types of both these freely available. When looking for the ideal window treatment, you need to first consider a few things, such as: 

  • Your exact requirement.
  • The area requiring window treatment – whether indoor or outdoor, which room etc.
  • Your budget. 

Equipped with this information, you can visit any professional, experienced vendor of blinds and shutters in Sydney, and get the best possible option suitable for your needs. 

Depending on your specific requirement, you will need to decide whether you should go for blinds or shutters. Each of these types of window treatments has its own advantages, as well as disadvantages, therefore a thorough understanding of both these types will help you in your decision-making task. 

SHUTTERS: 

Shutters are a very stylish, aesthetically pleasing type of window treatment which creates a very charming ‘old world’ look for your home. They provide great privacy and light control, and allows for greater air flow through the house. Although shutters can be more on the costlier side, they are far more durable and long lasting than other types of window coverings. Another advantage is that shutters don’t have any hazardous accessories such as chains or cords and are completely child-safe. 

Shutters are usually an exterior window treatment, as they are very sturdy and more resilient to the elements and to moisture, although they can be used as interior window coverings as well. They are usually made out of wood, faux wood, aluminium, vinyl or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), and are treated to withstand extreme weather and humid conditions. Shutters are usually custom made (although there are ready-made ones available as well) to fit the exact measurements of your windows, hence they are ideal for any sized or shaped window, and can be painted in any colour, with the added advantage of being able to create motifs or other designs on it as well for aesthetic purposes. Although high in price, shutters add value to the home and enhances its style and overall look. 

Some of the downsides to using shutters is that they take up more space as they are fixed to the window frame, and installation is a bit more complicated. 

In Sydney homes, some of the more popular types of shutters are Plantation Shutters and Roller Shutters. 

BLINDS: 

Blinds could be considered as one of the most popular types of window treatments around, due to their great versatility and very low cost. They are practical, flexible and affordable, and come in varying sizes, types and colours. Blinds are usually made from fabric, hence the options in colours, prints and textures is limitless, and includes blackout and sun block fabrics as well. 

If you are looking for something that provides greater insulation, then blinds are definitely the way to go. Honeycomb blinds in Sydney provide the best insulation, and even give you great savings on your energy bills. 

Blinds are very rarely custom made, although the option is available, and it is much more convenient to get ready-made blinds from any supplier in Sydney, at very affordable rates. They provide great light and privacy control, easy operation, as well as easy installation and maintenance. Blinds are usually ideal for interior spaces and not suitable for the outside as they are made of fabric, although there are certain fabrics you can get which are moisture resistant. 

Some disadvantages of using blinds as window treatments are that they are not robust like shutters are, the fabric could get easily damaged by UV rays or moisture and don’t last as long as shutters do. However, they still make a great, low-cost option, as they can be customised with different fabrics. 

Some of the more popular types of blinds are Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds, Panel Glides, Vertical Blinds and Cellular or Honeycomb Blinds in Sydney homes.

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