Plantation shutters are an elegant, practical and stylish alternative to curtains or blinds and suit both contemporary or traditional decor. They’ve been around for years but, only recently, have grown increasingly popular.
Today, they’re one of the most sought after, dynamic and fashionable window furnishing solutions available, providing unrivalled style, privacy and light control. Shutters have an exceptional insulation benefit too, reducing heat loss by 51% as well as cutting down outdoor noise, indicating why in times where efficiency has never been so paramount, many households are now choosing shutters instead of curtains.
Shutters are comprised of separate panels and the louvres are individually controlled to manage privacy and direct the light into your room as you desire. With numerous styles available, shutters can fit any shape, size and window type – be it square, shaped, arched, patio or French doors. There are 6 collections with various louvre sizes and a wide range of colours and stains to suit your taste or budget.
Our Plantation Shutters are currently available in 6 ranges: 3 hardwoods; 2 craftwoods; 1 fully waterproof material. All 6 ranges vary in price accordingly. Material choice can be governed by a number of factors: budget; colour or stain choice; the overall look and feel; the technical requirements involved.
Made up of rectangular or square shutter panels, full height span the full width and height of the shutter frame. With the inclusion of a mid rail (right), the louvres can be divided into two or more operating sets. Mid rails add integrity to larger shutter panels, can be used aesthetically to match existing window rails, or simply add functionality – maintaining privacy at lower level. As well as for use on standard square windows, full height shutters can be used for all types of ‘bay’ windows – multi section, angled and 90º/box shaped bays.
Tier on tier
Tier on tier are the most flexible style of shutter. They operate in the same manner as full height, but the panels are split into two, allowing either half to be folded back independently of the other half, providing you with two operational sets. This maximises light as the top half can be opened whilst maintaining privacy through louvres of the lower panels, ideal for bedrooms. As well as for use on standard square windows, tier on tier shutters can be used for all types of ‘bay’ windows – multi section, angled and 90º/box shaped bays.
Café style shutters, as the name suggests, were designed for café’s to add privacy at street level. They provide a touch of class to any interior and are ideal for use in conjunction with nets or curtains. The shutter panels and frame can be any height less than the full height of the window (usually around half the height). For aesthetics, if the window has a horizontal mid rail, café style shutters will look best with the top of the shutter panels aligned with it.
Track system – patio doors
Perfect for installations where long runs of shutter panels are required such as patio doors, long stretches of windows, or simply as a room divider. They can fit any span and are available in two styles: ‘bi-fold’ and ‘by-pass’. the system uses a small trolley wheel system enables each panel to glide open and closed.
Bi-fold: Hinges fix multiple shutter panels together. Each panel group concertinas to the left and/or right. The width of each panel, when folded back, will protrude into the room. A ‘free floating’ version of this style provides the same effect but with no folding restriction along the track, due to the end panel not being hinged to the side frame.
By-pass: Offering the same appeal as their bi-fold counterparts, by-pass shutters are not hinged together but simply glide in front or behind each other – excellent for wardrobes and partitions in rooms.
Perfect for all types of doors, but especially the glass paned French door. They come with their own frame, which is mounted directly onto the doorframe, allowing ease of access through your doors whilst keeping the look and feel of your window furnishings uniform throughout your rooms. Cutouts can be positioned around door handles to allow normal operation of the door with the panel attached – a solution far above and beyond what is available from other door furnishings.
Note: French doors with handle cut outs are only available in the Fiji and Sumatra range.
Manufactured to exactly the same high standards as our louvered shutters but with a solid panel set inside the shutter frame, this very decorative style offers a more traditional look. They can also be specified with a solid base but combined with a louvered top section – commonly used for wardrobe doors and areas where foot traffic may be high, where the base of the shutters may need more strength and protection or louvres aren’t necessary all the way down.
Note: Solid panels are only available in the Fiji and Sumatra range.
Shaped – arched & fanlight
There’s no limit for shutter installations, they can be fitted to ‘any’ shape of window, whether it be curved or angled. The most popular shaped shutters are arched, porthole and triangular shutters, the latter to suit roof window and eve installations. However, shapes can be made for: polygons – triangle, octagon, hexagon etc; arched; fan tops (radiating semi-circle); horizontal/radiating circles; oval.
Note: There are restrictions within each range.
Shaped – angled
Triangular shutters suit roof window and eve installations.
Shaped – polygons
Shutters can be made in an unlimited number of shapes.
Our Plantation Shutters are currently available in 6 ranges: 2 craftwoods; 3 hardwoods; 1 fully waterproof material. All 6 ranges vary in price accordingly. There are pro’s and cons to each range as material choice can be governed by a number of factors: budget; colour or stain choice; overall look and feel; shape; technical requirements involved.
Once you’ve decided on the style and colour of your shutters, there are options available enabling you to tailor them precisely how you want them. We will discuss your requirements and give you the best advice, allowing you to get the most out of your shutters.
Three types of stile are available for where 2 panels meet when closed:
Butt This has a flat edge and allows either left or right panel to be opened first. The Butt will let in a tiny amount of light through the gap between the panels.
Rebate This has a interlocking edge which means one side must open first and close last. The interlock prevents light from entering through the gap between panels.
D-Mould This has a Butt edge with the addition of a lip which overlaps the opposing panel meaning the gap between panels is not visible and works in the same way as the Rebate.
There are additional features available, should you require them.
Our shutters are made by the UK’s leading plantation shutter manufacturer – S-Craft, retailing the highest quality shutters throughout the UK. There are many features and benefits which set them apart from competitors on the market and boast the largest range of frames, colours, louvre sizes, paint and stain finishes.
Shutters will become a fixture of your home and they have been proven to add value to its resale price, so it’s imperative that you make the wisest choice for your investment. Here, you will find some of the more detailed information about the product:
Our shutters use state of the art manufacturing with hand crafted finishing touches. Woods utilised in hardwood shutters are stored for 6 months, kiln dried twice in a computer controlled drying facility and specifically dried to take into account our climate, to avoid frame warping, then allowed to settle before being treated.
Mortise and tenon joints are used between rails and stiles – far stronger than dowel joints and minimises movement which would cause cracking in the paint or stain finish.
Multiple coats of paint
Our shutters are sprayed with a specifically developed, high quality, proprietary paint system. No less than 6 coats of paint or stain is applied to ensure the product is less susceptible to fading or yellowing and the last layer is UV protected just to make sure. The result is a unsurpassable finish which will remain looking that way.
Our shutters use the best quality marine grade stainless steel staples to attach the tilt rods to the shutters. In addition, the tips of the staples are coated in a bonding agent to make sure they remain secure.
Our Sumatra range is manufactured from White Teak, grown on the island of Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands, which nurtures several protected forests as well as a plantation area of 14,330 hectares planted with mixed indigenous and exotic commercial wood species. This plantation has held FSC certification since 1998 (FSC certificate DNV-COC-000195). S-Craft, as the UK operator distributing our product, must also hold an FSC certificate and, to our knowledge, S-Craft is the only UK distributor currently holding FSC certification for shutters to date.
Our shutters are assembled prior to shipping to ensure that all the components fit together perfectly. Once photographed these are then disassembled and packed into custom made packaging to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. When shipping by airfreight, shutters are double packed for additional security. In the unlikely event that your order is damaged in transit, the effected items will be replaced at no extra cost.
Our shutters are are finished to perfection and designed and engineered to last. They are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship. So, as you’d expect from world leading shutter producers, they carry a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty and a 12 month installation warranty.
Colour choice is probably the most important aesthetic decision when ordering shutters. Whilst most customers choose shades of white, the full colour palette offers an extensive choice of paints and stains to cater for most types of decor. Customised colours are also available, or can be matched to any reputable paint code (additional cost). The colours of each range is shown in the swatch below.
Note: Swatch to be used as a guide only and does not reflect the true colour of the finished product.
Colour palette – 28 colours (+ custom) & 20 stains: