Unusual Facts About Shutters
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Unusual Facts About Shutters

Shutters and blinds are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide additional security and warmth and can add value to your home. But what do some of the terms actually mean? How did shutters and blinds become so in demand?

As a leading shutter company in London, we take a keen interest in the history of our products. Here are our top four unusual facts about shutters and blinds.

Plantation Shutters

These originated in Southern states of America on estates and farms which grew coffee, cotton, tobacco and sugar. These typically were called plantations. Curtains were not suitable for the hot, humid climate, so the farmhouses used shutters instead. They were usually painted white, because it is a better reflector of heat than other colours, and so kept the home cooler. They have also been called simply wooden shutters as well as plantation shutters.

We supply a range of high-quality wood shutters to customers in London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Our plantation shutters include full height shutters, tier on tier shutters and café style shutters. Our particular speciality is ante bellum, or pre-war, plantation shutters.

Marble Before Wood

The first shutters are believed to have been seen in Ancient Greece and were made of marble. They provided protection from harsh sunlight and all sorts of intruders. However their weight meant they were effectively fixed in position. The advent of wood across Europe was a great advantage. Wooden shutters were a lot more practical as they could be made from individual louvers or panels.

Shutters Before Glass

In Tudor England, it was more usual to have a shutter which covered just the bottom half of a window opening. Glass in the 16th and 17th centuries was too expensive for the average household. The shutter could be opened or shut depending on the time of day and the temperature. It was not until the 1700s that glass became more common in most properties.

The Bespoke Shutter Company can supply and fit high quality shutters and blinds at affordable prices to homes in London, Essex and the Home Counties. Click on the link above to request a brochure.

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