The Shutter Advent - Day 20 - Hidden Break

The Shutter Advent - Day 20 - Hidden Break

Today we are exploring the hidden break which can be manufactured into both full height and café style shutters.

Full height shutters are the most popular style that clients choose to install in their home. There are three choices for full height shutters – to add a divider rail which we explored on day 16 of our shutter advent, to have a hidden break built into the panels or to go for a simple design for the panels without any breaks or divider rails. All are popular but the hidden break is definitely a crowd favourite.

What is a hidden break?

A hidden break does what it says on the tin. Slats are manufactured in separate operational blocks so whilst they all sit unified in a panel, they can be manoeuvred in these different sections. Clients favour this feature because it gives the opportunity for more versatility of light and privacy control within the shutter thanks to the option to have top and bottom slats open separately. A hidden break can be chosen both with and without a tilt rod but the most effective option to keep the break hidden is without a tilt as the only visual evidence of a break is when some slats are closed

Is a hidden break better than tier on tier?

The question of whether a hidden break is better than another style of shutter, be it tier on tier or full height with a divider rail, comes down to the window and clients preferences. For smaller windows we would usually recommend either a hidden break or a divider rail because the double rails featured can look overly busy on a small window.

Why would I choose a hidden break over a divider rail?

Whether you choose a hidden break or divider rail really comes down to what you are looking to achieve. Hidden breaks are most appealing for those looking for a clean, modern, look but that still want the benefit of varying usage of slats. A divider rail might be the preferred choice where a tilt rod is being used and because having a solid divide in the panel can look more aesthetic than having a break in the tilt rod. Our gallery has plenty of examples of different windows with all of our different design options installed so if you’re unsure what is best for you and your home then this is a great way to seek inspirations.

If you need help choosing the best shutter style for you or have any questions about hidden breaks then don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 020 8871 9222 and we will be more than happy to assist. 

Job specs:

  • Material(s): 
    Hardwood Shutters
    Pearlwood Shutters
    Security Shutters
    Craftwood MDF Shutters
    Waterproof Shutters
    All Wood Shutters
    Ultra Shutters
    Silkwood 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): 


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