What Are Shutter Blinds?

DIY Shutters 29/07/2022 11:29:50 AM

The term “shutter blinds" is a lot more widely used that it once was, but this can cause some confusion. “What are shutter blinds?” “Are they different from blinds?” “Should I get my own?” All good questions and, if you give us a few minutes, we will answer them all for you. Just keep reading…

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How to Upcycle Your Old Window Shutters

DIY Shutters 05/07/2022 01:49:36 PM

Do you have some old, shabby shutters that are a bit worse for wear? Maybe they just aren’t doing the trick for your windows any longer, but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of your beloved louvered friends. Or perhaps you have moved into a new property and their existing window dressings are a bit more than just a fixer upper. Well, the good news is, you don’t have to. There are lots of ways to repurpose and recycle old shutters! And, lucky for you, we’ve decided to list our five favourites.

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Are Shutters More Expensive Than Blinds and Curtains?

DIY Shutters 14/06/2022 01:00:00 PM

Shutters, blinds, or curtains? That’s the age-old question. Okay, well, maybe not age-old, but it’s certainly one which we encounter on a regular basis. While we are often asked about the merits of shutters against curtains and blinds, it is cost that our customers are usually most concerned about. So, are shutters more expensive than curtains and blinds? That’s a great question…

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Do Plantation Shutters Add Value to Your Home

DIY Shutters 19/05/2022 12:00:00 PM

We often get asked by our customers: Do plantation shutters add value to the home? Well, to be completely frank, yes, they do! Regardless of your space, whether it’s a sash or a bar, a door or a window, shutters add value to any space. But we don’t just mean this in a figurative sense. Shutters will quite literally add monetary value to your home. How? Well, keep reading.

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Home Improvements That Won’t Break the Budget

DIY Shutters 05/05/2022 12:00:00 PM

With utility bills rising, petrol increasing and food prices going up, it may seem that even the most affordable home improvements seem like a distant dream. However, that doesn’t have to be the case as there several cheap ways to improve the home.

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The Best Value Window Coverings

DIY Shutters 21/04/2022 03:05:56 PM

When it comes to affordable window coverings, the best value isn’t always found in the cheapest option. Of course, it’s important that you opt for something you can afford, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of durability, style, or longevity. If you compromise today, you might end up paying tomorrow. To prevent just this, we decided to write a quick piece to steer you in the right direction.

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Our Favourite Stylish Shutters

DIY Shutters 04/04/2022 03:55:18 PM

We’re always ranting and raving about how much we love shutters. They’re versatile, long-lasting, made-to-measure, and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many options to choose from, you might not know where to start. Well fear not, because we’re here to guide you along your shutter journey. Need some inspirational shutter ideas? No problem – we’ve got you covered.

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A Guide to DIY Window Coverings  

DIY Shutters 28/03/2022 12:45:28 PM

When it comes to DIY window coverings you have a few options, from blinds to curtains to shutters. You may also be anxious about the current increase in living costs. DIY window coverings are a great option for not only improving your home, but also doing it on a more affordable budget.

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Are Window Shutters Good for Home Security?

DIY Shutters 07/03/2022 12:01:14 PM

When adding shutters to your home there are so many great benefits, such as reducing energy bills, increasing the value of your home, reducing outside noise and increasing your light control. Yet, one benefit we often overlook is how shutters are great for home security, especially when compared to blinds or curtains.

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Looking for French Window Shutters?

DIY Shutters 11/02/2022 02:00:00 PM

French windows – often mistaken for casements – are usually narrow, long windows which feature two panels. Quite unlike casement windows however, French windows do not have a fixed post between there panels. This means that when you open them, you’re left with a bright and open space. Another benefit is that they come in various shapes and sizes. And, as luck would have it, so do our shutters. At DIY, our plantation shutters are always made to the exact dimensions of your windows.

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How to Get the Perfect Shutters for Your Budget

DIY Shutters 21/01/2022 03:20:38 PM

We at DIY Shutters know that when it comes to choosing the perfect shutters for your home it can be overwhelming. Whether it’s choosing the style, the design, or the finish, there is lots to choose from – all within your budget of course. To make things easier, we’re going to take you through the ordering process step-by-step, helping you choose your perfect shutters.

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Why Are White Shutters the Most Popular Choice?

DIY Shutters 31/12/2021 12:00:00 PM Colour, Shutters, White

White is by far and away the most popular colour for shutters. Besides adding a crisp and clean look to any space - while matching with any style of décor - they are great for pairing with the existing colour of your room. After all, white goes with anything. But there is more to white window shutters. So, keep on scrolling to find out why our customers cannot get enough of them.

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Are Plantation Shutters Blackout

DIY Shutters 17/12/2021 11:42:43 AM

A question we get a lot from customers is, ‘Are shutters blackout?’ The honest answer is, “No”. However, shutters do offer you a fantastic amount of light blockage that many of our customers are delighted with - especially when compared to binds or curtains. While shutters do not give you complete blackout, there is a way to rectify this.

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Affordable Window Dressings for Your New Home

DIY Shutters 06/12/2021 12:00:00 AM colour, finishes, shutters, trends

We at DIY shutters understand that when it comes to buying and moving into your new home, costs can escalate more than you thought, making those finishing touches seem out of reach. That’s why at DIY we provide affordable shutters that don’t compromise on style or quality and still give you the contemporary look for your windows.

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A Guide to Choosing Plantation Shutter Colours

DIY Shutters 30/11/2021 12:00:00 PM colour, finishes, lime, shutters, wash

Once you’ve made the great decision to start shopping around for plantation shutters for your home, you’ll quickly realize there are still a few more decisions to make. One of the most important decisions is choosing a colour or pattern for your new shutters. We have a wide selection of styles, and we know you’ll find something that will look amazing in your home!

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Planning a Home Renovation? Save Money With Our Top Tips

DIY Shutters 23/11/2021 03:44:25 PM

At DIY we understand that a home renovation or refurb is a big job. With so many different projects to think about, it’s very easy to lose sight of the purse strings. So, not intent on only saving you money on your window dressings, we decided to draft up a quick and handy guide to help keep your budget from flying out of control.

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The Basic Types of Window Treatments

DIY Shutters 22/11/2021 04:45:47 PM

Choosing window treatments is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make when you’re remodeling your home or looking for a simple DIY project. The windows in a home naturally attract attention, and how you choose to cover your windows will play a big part in the overall design and aesthetic of your home.

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How to Install Shutters to uPVC Windows

DIY Shutters 15/11/2021 04:45:30 PM

Do you constantly ask yourself ‘Can shutters be fitted to UPVC windows?’ Well we have some great news for you. The answer is YES! Shutters can easily be installed to UPVC windows as they would to wooden frames. Let us explain below.

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How to Keep Your Home Warm in the Winter

DIY Shutters 15/11/2021 02:43:26 PM

Do you hate having to turn on the heating knowing the bill that is coming in January? Heating bills are escalating and shutters are a great way of not only keeping your home warm and cosy in the winter, but also helping to reduce your heating bills.

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Do Plantation Shutters Add Value to Your Home

DIY Shutters 01/11/2021 04:48:57 PM

Are you in the mood for a new DIY project that will add some new style to your home while also adding long-term value? Finding upgrades to your home that you love and that can also increase the value of your home is a perfect way to get the things you want while also making a prudent investment.

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Do Plantation Shutters Suit New-Build Homes?

DIY Shutters 26/10/2021 04:38:48 PM

If you have recently bought a new build home, you’re probably in the middle of several decorating projects. And while some fixtures are less urgent than others, one thing you shouldn’t neglect is your windows. After all, they are one of the main features in any room. Fortunately, plantation shutters work beautifully in all kinds of homes: old and new. Don’t believe us? Well, just keep reading…

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How to get the bespoke window shutter look on a budget

DIY Shutters 01/10/2021 02:24:55 PM

DIY Shutters mission is to help our customers measure, design and install their very own bespoke shutters and feel proud of it. We do this by removing the installation service, which enables us to reduce costs and pass these savings onto you. Therefore you get the bespoke window shutter look that you've always wanted, and save £100’s compared to a full measure and installation service.

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Window privacy ideas and solutions

DIY Shutters 10/09/2021 04:03:10 PM

Have you ever gone for a walk in the evening and noticed a home that has its windows uncovered and the indoor lights on, and you could see directly inside someone’s house?
Does it make you uncomfortable to think about everybody who walks past your house being able to see inside? You’re not alone! Let’s talk about the privacy concerns that many homeowners have, which inspire them to search for the best ways to cover their windows while still maintaining plenty of airflow and light.

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Budget friendly window dressings for a home renovation project

DIY Shutters 27/08/2021 01:48:52 PM

DIY home renovations are a great way to improve your living space without spending a lot of money. One of the main ways to change the look and feel of a room in your home is to change your window dressings. Coverings for your windows can be very expensive, but there are also many cheap window dressing options that will get the job done while looking great.

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What are the most popular DIY window shutter colours?

DIY Shutters 13/08/2021 02:31:44 PM

We can design made-to-measure shutters for you to install in your own home to fit the exact size and shape of your windows, but the best part is getting to choose the colour or stain that you'll love the most!

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular plantation shutter colours that will inspire you and motivate you to take on this incredibly simple, yet very rewarding project in your own home.

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Top tips for maintaining your shutters

DIY Shutters 23/07/2021 12:30:12 PM

A common question we get asked is ‘What is the best way to clean shutters?’. We know you want them to look as good in 20 years as the day they were installed. Especially in Kitchens and Bathrooms that are at prone to splashes and spills. The great thing about shutters is that they are easy to keep clean and dirt can be simply wiped off them, unlike curtain or blinds.

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How much do bay window shutters cost?

DIY Shutters 23/07/2021 10:21:21 AM

Installing wooden plantation shutters on your windows is one of the most stylish and contemporary home renovations you can do for your bay window, and you might be thinking it's an expensive investment. However, by choosing to DIY you could save yourself up to 40% compared to the Measure & Install options. Even more impressive you could end up saving money in the long-term as well.

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Which types of homes do window shutters best suit?

DIY Shutters 24/06/2021 04:42:41 PM

Plantation shutters are timeless. They first gained popularity in heritage homes many years ago, but you’ll see them just as often today in modern homes of all styles. There’s a reason that shutters are so prolific! Not only do they look great with any style of decor, but they’re also affordable, easy to install, and they last for a very, very long time.

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Modern DIY Shutter ideas

DIY Shutters 24/06/2021 10:54:54 AM

We know what you're thinking right now, you’re thinking that shutters are only for old period properties with wooden sash windows and grand bays, just like you see in all the magazines. However, plantation shutters in modern homes and new builds suit just as well.

Whatever the age of your home, or your personal style – with over 15 years experience - we can help you design the perfect DIY modern shutters for your home.

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Get inspired with our window dressing ideas

DIY Shutters 14/06/2021 03:57:39 PM

Are you bored with your windows, or do you need a little more privacy or extra light? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re starting from scratch.

Whatever your situation is, choosing from the many window dressing ideas that exist can be a daunting process, which is where we come in!

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters

DIY Shutters 18/05/2021 01:59:17 PM

While wood shutters make a great option, there are some very compelling reasons to choose Faux wood shutters instead. Aside from the ease of installation, and their durability - faux wood shutters are also very easy to clean and maintain!

Whether you already own Faux wood window shutters, or you’re thinking of adding this DIY upgrade to your home, here’s what you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your shutters made from faux wood.

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Faux Wood Shutters Vs Wood Shutters

DIY Shutters 22/04/2021 09:26:20 AM

Anytime you’re undertaking a new DIY project or looking to upgrade part of your home, there are going to be several decisions you’ll have to make. When it comes to shutters, the biggest decisions are which style and material to choose from.

There are many options, and with the introduction of our Faux wood shutters, let’s take a look at the benefits of this material, as well as how Faux wood shutters compare with their wooden counterparts.

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What are Faux Wood shutters?

DIY Shutters 15/04/2021 01:05:53 PM

Here at DIY Shutters we understand measuring, designing, and installing your own shutters for the first time can be a bit scary, and, unlike flat-pack furniture, it’s not as easy to take apart once it’s put together! That is why we are always on hand to help you every step of the way and you’ll realise it’s even easier than you think. No more so than when you order from our British Made Faux Wood Shutters range.

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Choosing between plantation and solid shutters

DIY Shutters 08/04/2021 12:19:24 PM

The only difficult aspect of ordering and installing custom shutters in your home is simply choosing between all of the options. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry, because we’re here to help! This page is for anyone who is choosing between plantation or solid shutters and needs some help understanding the differences between them.

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Reduce your energy bills with insulated shutters

DIY Shutters 08/04/2021 11:36:50 AM

Most homeowners have opened their energy bills and had that moment where they think, “wait, how is this possible?” It feels like it’s becoming more and more common. Even with rising energy costs, there are steps that you can take to reduce your energy bills and save money each month. There isn’t one magical solution that’s going to single-handedly make your energy bills more palatable, but there are some things that come pretty close - and insulated shutters can make a noticeable difference!

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Shutters on a Tudor style house

DIY Shutters 05/03/2021 02:34:38 PM

A Tudor style house is a fantastic place to live for a number of reasons, and the unique style and curb appeal is a major part of it. Shutters can play a key role in the aesthetics of a Tudor style house, even if they aren't always the star of the show. These homes are known for having prominent chimneys, large bay windows, dramatic arches, dormer windows, and most notably, their exposed beams.

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Why shutters are a great choice for your kitchen

DIY Shutters 17/02/2021 10:35:10 AM

When you love your kitchen, and it’s filled with natural light, and it’s nicely organised, and everything is clean and tidy - cooking can be a dream. But when stepping foot into your kitchen instantly stresses you out, it’s time to make a change!
We can’t help you with the washing-up, but we can help you add some style and function to your kitchen. The best part? You can do it yourself, and we’ll help you with every step of the way.

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The Cheapest and smartest way to buy window shutters

DIY Shutters 21/01/2021 09:10:00 AM

Paying to have somebody come round to measure your windows and fit shutters for you can be tempting, but did you know that by going down the DIY route, you could save yourself around 40%, the equivalent to hundreds of pounds or more? Here, we’ll explain the DIY process to you, show you why it’s cheaper and smarter to buy DIY window shutters versus a full measure-and-fit company, and just how easy it is once you give it a go yourself.

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Bifold shutters

DIY Shutters 14/01/2021 09:42:49 AM

Looking to open your shutter panels regularly, but want them to neatly fold away to the side of your window as if they weren’t even there? Then bi-fold shutters are the window dressing for you. Sleek, stylish, versatile and timeless, they are the perfect solution for practically any window. And they work fabulously with French and balcony doors too! Read on to find out all about how bi-fold shutters work.

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What are half window shutters?

DIY Shutters 08/01/2021 09:22:32 AM

Sometimes, it makes sense to only cover the bottom half of a window with shutters, rather than the more common full top-to-bottom coverage. These shutters, known as half height, café style or half shutters, are perfectly suited for a number of different windows, giving you privacy and an increased amount of light entering into the room.

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How to clean your shutters

DIY Shutters 19/11/2020 11:37:10 AM

Our shutters high quality hardwood construction means that they will look essentially the same as they do now in years to come. But it’s important to keep them looking clean and pristine. A question we often get asked is ‘how do I clean my shutters?’ There are a few different methods that work well - everybody has their own preference. We wrote this piece to help you do it as quickly, easily and effectively as possible.

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Colour matching your shutters

DIY Shutters 17/11/2020 12:41:59 PM

Whilst white shutters are certainly our most popular - not to mention most versatile – offering, we provide a range of different shutter colours across paints, stains and limewashs. We offer shutters with both a smooth and grained finish, making it possible to achieve both contemporary and classic looks.

Read on for some useful tips to get you started.

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Are window shutters expensive?

DIY Shutters 24/07/2020 11:32:36 AM

Strolling along practically any street in the UK, it’s probable that at some point you paused to admire a home adorned with window shutters. You may have considered that something so classy must be expensive, but that’s not strictly true.

Here, we’ll explain why shutters can provide an affordable, easy-to-install, stylish and long-lasting addition to your home.

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The benefits of shutters

DIY Shutters 12/06/2020 02:13:00 PM

Shutters have numerous practical benefits, including privacy and warmth, and can even add value to your home. 

Below, we answer some common questions our customers have had before they bought their shutters.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your shutters

DIY Shutters 16/04/2020 01:06:14 PM

Here at DIY Shutters we’re adjusting to the changing landscape. We’re looking after our staff and their needs, from manufacturers to team experts, who are still looking after your shutter queries and requirements.

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Top tips to decorate your home on a low budget

DIY Shutters 03/07/2019 12:58:24 PM

We all love to give our homes a makeover every now and then, but changeovers can be a costly deterrent that completely kill that initial DIY buzz. However, inspiration is at hand! Here we present some great DIY decoration projects that look fantastic whilst staying very budget conscious.

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5 Beginner DIY Projects to try in your Master Bedroom (and save money)

DIY Shutters 10/06/2019 09:58:51 AM

Your bedroom is a special place and should be treated as such. But often it's the most neglected room in the house! So maybe it's time to redress the balance and get your teeth stuck into some inspiring, entry-level DIY projects that will transform your bedroom without making a huge dent in your finances. 

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5 DIY period features to bring back to your home

DIY Shutters 21/05/2019 10:00:14 AM

If you're looking for ways to bring some period character back to your house, it can be tricky knowing where to start. Here we show you 5 ways how to bring some period charm back into your home. 

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DIY home improvements to complete before winter

DIY Shutters 22/10/2018 09:11:08 AM DIY, Interiors, Winter

Work through our checklist of home improvements to complete before the winter sets in.

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Get your Shutters in time for Christmas - 20% OFF & Unmissable Prize Draw!

DIY Shutters 19/09/2018 03:47:25 PM

Who says you can't finish your renovation in time for Christmas Day? Check out our 2018 'Shutters in time Christmas' Sale and unmissable prize draw!

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10 DIY home decor ideas if you've just moved in

DIY Shutters 09/08/2018 09:58:48 AM DIY, Interiors

If your new house is channelling the previous homeowner’s tastes rather than your own, read our DIY home decor ideas to transform your new place in an instant.

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Tasks for a Quick & Natural Spring Clean

DIY Shutters 23/01/2017 10:35:20 AM Interiors, Spring

It's that time of year, make the most of your home with your spring clean!

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Pantone's Colour(s) Of The Year 2016

DIY Shutters 21/12/2016 10:19:14 AM Colour, Interiors, Trends

This year Pantone have released not one, but two complimentary colours of the year. Find out more about this selection. 

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