If you are looking for bay window shutters then please get in touch. We specialise in splay bay and box bay shutters. Whether you need tier on tier, cafe style or full height window shutters we can help. Read on for more information and inspiration on bay window shutters.
Bay windows and why we love them.
Frankly, we love a bay window shutter as there is no better window covering than shutters for these types of windows. The fact is, though, that you can get a bay window wrong in terms of the way you design the shutters.
A bay window, just in terms of the way its made, with a number of windows in effect joined together means that you have a large surface area, letting in lots of light and probably being the dominant feature of the room.
Bays tend to be either splay bays or square bays and these can be a variety of shapes and sizes. If you want to know a little more we suggest you read our blog on bay windows but for now we will just keep things basic.
We prefer full height shutters and as few panels as possible, irrespective of whether it’s a modern or period home, because we feel this maximises the light. We see many bays were the customer has put in lots of small panels thinking they will fold them out of the way each day and in practice this never happens. That means lots of extra wood in the window and this obviously impacts the light.
Larger windows can at times benefit from tier-on-tier shutters and below you will see examples of tier on tier on both a box bay and a splay bay. It’s worth noting that why tier on tier works so well on the splay bay shown here is because of the wide mullions between the windows which provide space for the shutters to be folded flat against the wall rather than protruding into the room.
On the square bay, unusual in that it has 5 sections, wehave used the high natural line of the window to create the tiered element and managed to make the window still look delicate. If the split had been at half height the design would not have worked so well.
Another square bay as shown in the 2 images below shows how bay window shutters provide a great solution for floor to ceiling windows. The fact that you can control different banks of louvers means you can raise the privacy level from floor right up to 2/3rds height (in this case) giving you privacy from the surrounding houses.
So – what do we think of café style bays? They can work but mostly we feel a full height bay has advantages. Full height shutters provide better noise and heat insulation.
They do a better job of providing privacy from higher up windows on the opposite side of the road. But most importantly they just look better when there is not a secondary window dressing clashing from above. We have just recently actually removed a café style bay that we installed 2 years ago and replaced it with a full height bay.
It really is just best to get us in to have a look and help you get the best design we can for your windows.
Are internal shutters a good solution for bay windows?
So to summarise plantation shutters mean that you cover each window panel and control the louvered sections individually to control privacy and light. By avoiding small panels you maximise light and get a more modern, less cluttered look, which can work amazing well with both traditional and more contemporary styled homes.