Blinds or shutters? Each has its own set of advantages. We’ll attempt to quickly summarize the key points for you here, and we encourage you to contact Ken Gregg for a more in-depth discussion about which may be ideal for your situation.
Cost is often the main driver. Blinds are usually less expensive, but you can find some affordable shutters at reasonable prices, too.
Blinds stay within the window frame and don’t require any space considerations related to swinging into a room. You have to consider the swing radius into your room if you have shutters, and this can impair where you can place furniture without blocking the shutter’s arc.
Shutters require a bit of supporting framework which blocks some of the light from entering the room. Blinds don’t have the same framework and thus allow more light into the room. Good blinds can be raised or parted into a balance so that, when raised, you don’t even see the blades of the blind.
Usually, blinds carry a smaller term on the warranty, such as 3-5 years. Shutters, however, typically carry a longer warranty, such as 15 years.
Contribution to Home Value
While shutters are typically more expensive to install, they add more value to a home’s price when it’s time to sell. Shutters have a much more finished look in a home versus blinds; however, high quality blinds can often contribute the same value to a home price as good shutters.
This consideration is less empirical than the others, but something you should consider nonetheless. Shutters and blinds can create a different ambiance to a room and sometimes you just have to give both the “eye test” to see which better fits your taste. This is an area where a seasoned consultant like Ken Gregg can really help.
In summary, there is no clear choice for either blinds or shutters. Weigh the pros and cons of each topic above. Then, call Ken Gregg and invite him to stop by and give you a free design consultation.
Ken Gregg has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 to schedule a free in-person consultation.