If you are looking for tier on tier shutters or double hung shutters for your home then please do get in touch. Read on for more information about the pros and cons of tier on tier shutters and about different installation styles.
Since shutters first came to the UK tier on tier as an installation style has been very popular. This was mainly due to the louvre sizes that were available being relatively small (more akin to the slat sizes you would see on a Venetian blind) and clients being concerned about the amount of light. Over the last few years this trend has changed as larger louvre sizes became more popular. More on this later.
In general tier on shutters work well on larger windows and on windows where there is room on either side of the window for the shutter panels to fold flat against the wall. In this example of a Victorian Home in Southampton the large windows and the space either side of the windows meant that tier-on-tier shutters were a practical and good looking solution.
On a bay, such as the one show here, you have a double impact from choosing tier on tier as a solution. When the top shutters are opened they have nowhere to fold to and so would protrude into the room. Also, as the window themselves are not very tall you can end up with a lot of wood running through the centre of the window. This removes more light from the window when the top shutters are not folded back. The customer had actually chosen a large louvre size which meant they had plenty of light already coming into the room. As mentioned previously new larger slat sizes have changed the market and there is a much larger demand for larger slat sizes and full height shutters rather than tier on tier.
Tier on tier shutters can be used on standard windows as seen here. When choosing tier on tier windows are quite often treated with smaller panels as the client wants the shutter panel itself not to take up too much wall space when folded back. In this instance 3 panels when, if they had gone full height, we would have recommended a larger slat size and 2 panels instead. Full height shutters tend to stay in place with only the louvers being adjusted to control light and privacy.
Box bays can look amazing when using tier on tier shutters. In this instance where the windows are very tall the tier on tier stye makes a real impact. If you notice on the returns in the closed position you have light comimg in from the sides. However when the central section of the top tier is folded back you will see that those side sections are covered. Look at the gallery at the bottom of the page to see this in practice.
So, yes we think tier on tier shutters can be a great solution but the key things to consider are – will you fold the top half of the shutters out of the way each day. If not then full height and a larger louvre size are a better choice for you. Are your windows tall enough otherwise the central section of the tier on tier panels can look heavy in the window and again a full height shutter will be a better choice. We will, of course, go through all the options with you. Don’t forget our home design consultation is free and without obligation.