Shutters can add a lot to a room or exterior of a home. There’s quite a few options to choose from, so here’s a list of different types of shutters available. When picking shutters, keep in mind that you will most likely be having them custom-made.
Accordion: As the name suggests, accordion shutters have a vertical folding blade system. These shutters are designed to easily cover large expanses of glass.
Bahamas or Bermuda: These shutters are exclusively an exterior shutter, and can be made of metal, vinyl, or wood. These shutters are often quite lovely, and also, importantly, protect windows from severe storms. They are hinged at the top and open out from the window.
Cafe: These shutters are a smaller variety, and only meant to cover the bottom half of a window. They allow for privacy while not compromising available natural light.
Eyebrow: These are a type of sunburst shutters, but are wider than they are high.
Panel: Panel shutters are on a track system and are often used to cover sliding glass doors. They can be made with fabric, woven wood, or glass.
Plantation: With a name evoking Southern mansions, these shutters have louvers over two inches wide. Some have louvers up to four inches wide. The panels are usually installed over the casement of windows.
Shutter blinds: These blinds combine blinds and shutters with the large louver of shutters and the operational easiness of blinds.
Storm or Hurricane: As the name suggests, these shutters help protect homes from bad weather. They can be made from a number of materials, but metal ones help keep windows safest during storms.
Sunburst: Because of the name, you might be able to guess that these shutters are often constructed in the shape of an arch. The design causes rays eminating from a central point on the bottom of the shutter.
Of course, there are other shutter styles available, but this list should help give you an idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to this particular type of window treatment.