In almost all instances that interior plantation shutters are installed to windows, the open and close function of the window remains fully operational. There are some exceptions where a window opening may be restricted, usually due a combination of an inward opening window and a shutter frame that restricts the range of the window operation. This will always be established and explained when a full measure appointment and consultation is undertaken and can often be mitigated when working with experienced experts .
How a window operates once shutters have been installed depends on the style of window, the style of shutter, and also how each particular shutter has been fixed to the space that has installed. The most suitable shutter option will be advised per window paired with how you want each shutter to operate and any design preferences at the forefront of any decisions. With so many custom designs available in shutters, there is always an ideal option for both the window opening function and the aesthetic of the shutter so you will get your perfect set of shutters. Below are each of the different window styles and their opening scopes when shutters have been installed.
Sash windows are operated by sliding a window panel in a single direction. This opening style means that shutters will never cause an obstruction to the window opening even when fitted very close to the glass. Shutter frames can be fitted within the architrave by side fixing frames or face fixing to the outside of the window area. Even when fitted very close to the window itself, windows remain fully operational because of the sliding open/ close feature so shutter frames or panels would not obstruct the open or closing feature.
Bay windows is a broad definition of windows that have multiple panes all angled together. The complexity of bay windows comes from the varying angles where each window section joins of the windows which can be anything from 90-degree angles and above. The most effective design for shutters on bay windows is to use customised bay posts which joins panels together seamlessly rather than butting frames together which gives a smoother aesthetic to the overall shutter. Provided that windows open outwards, which is often the case, shutters can be comfortably fitted within the window space using whatever frames are preferred.