For many homeowners, creating additional space by relocating to a larger property is not a realistic option. With house prices hovering at all-time highs, the dream of upsizing is likely to remain just that for most UK households.
Hence, the best option available is often to re-think and refresh the space you have available. Precisely where shutters can help, which with a little creativity can be used to create a more spacious, airy and versatile feel in almost any room of the home.
A few ideas on how window shutters can be used to make more efficient and effective use of the space you have available:
Bulky Curtains with Shutters
First up, curtains that hang in front of windows immediately make a space feel more cramped and confined. With shutters, the installation in its entirety sits flush with your windows. Shutters do not take up any physical space in the room, giving you more space in close proximity to your windows to play with. As you no longer need to worry about space to open and close your curtains, you benefit from far greater room for manoeuvre when positioning your furniture and fixtures.
Change Layouts with Room Dividers
High-quality shutters can also be brought into the home to function as versatile room dividers. This can be particularly useful in an open-plan space, or in a larger room where it is difficult to make efficient use of the space in its entirety.
Window shutter room dividers can be folded into position as and when required, after which they can be folded back into their original form to take up next to no space at the side of the room.
Shutters for Loft Windows
Even a basic loft conversion can make a huge contribution to a property’s market value. Depending on location and property type, transforming a loft into a fully functional living space can boost property values by as much as 15% to 20%.
Shutters can be particularly great when you are looking to create a cosy and comfortable living space in a loft. They offer maximum control over exterior light, they are significantly more energy-efficient than other types of window coverings and they occupy little to no space.
From bedrooms to home offices to cinema rooms, a loft conversion complemented with shutters can be a dream come true.
Wardrobe Door Shutters
Another popular, albeit primarily cosmetic, home improvement involving shutters is using them as replacement wardrobe doors. This can be great for carrying the style and theme of your home through multiple rooms, with bespoke wardrobe doors that echo the design of your window coverings.
Available in a limitless range of shapes, sizes, colours and configurations, custom shutters can be manufactured to fit almost any type of built-in wardrobe. During your obligation-free initial home design visit, your consultant will guide you through the options available and help you build a better picture of how shutters could help you make more efficient use of your space at home.