The Shutter Advent - Day 11 - Café Style

The Shutter Advent - Day 11 - Café Style

Less shutter certainly doesn’t mean a lesser shutter and our day 11 Café style shutters are a perfect example of this!

Café style refers to any shutters that extend part way up the window but do not cover the entire height. Sitting in a 3-sided frame, panels are supported on the sides and at the bottom. There can be a common misconception that café shutters only extend halfway up a window, but café shutters can be made to any height that best suits the window and in line with the look trying to be achieved.

Café shutters are particularly popular in kitchens in living rooms because commonly in these rooms full light blockage is not required. Being able to part cover the window at the bottom gives privacy in the room whilst having the top of the window fully exposed allows plenty of natural light to shine through into the room. This quality makes café style a great choice for all communal areas and also makes them a common choice for commercial spaces.

Only extending part way up the window can make it seem as though there are some limitations on café style shutters but there are still plenty of options available. Clients can choose whether to have a tilt rod or not and also make the selection of having hidden breaks in the slats allowing different sections to be moved separately.

Although as we all know shutters are a wonderfully superior option for windows, clients looking to mix window dressing types will often choose café style shutters. Particularly in living rooms, café style shutters combined with curtains or roman blinds can be a smart solution for the room and can help bring out the best of the desired aesthetics.

Café style shutters can be installed to any window but these are some instances where we would potentially advise a different option. Bedrooms are an example of this as even if the resident is a deep sleeper who is happy to have plenty of light shine into the room, it is always a good idea to have the option to completely obstruct both the exterior view and light shine into the room.

If you are toying between café style shutters and full height shutters, we would usually recommend opting for full height because changing the shutter at a later date can be quite tricky. The best way to do this is to add an additional tier to the café and turn the shutters into a tier-on-tier style but this requires the framing to be changed entirely.

To get some wonderful café style shutters for your home and windows, or to compare all of the different styles on offer, get in touch with our wonderful team on 020 8871 9222.

Job specs:

  • Material(s): 
    Hardwood Shutters
    Pearlwood Shutters
    Security Shutters
    MDF Shutters
    Waterproof Shutters
  • Style(s): 
    Full Height
    Café Style
    Tier on Tier
    Solid Panels
    Odd Shaped
  • Room(s): 
    Living room
    Dining room
  • Range(s): 
    Classic (64mm)
    In Vogue (76mm)
    Modern (89mm)
  • Tilt rod style(s): 
    Traditional (centred)
    Traditional (offset)
    Contemporary (hidden)
  • Finish(es): 
    White & off-white


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