Window shutter treatments can make the windows in any home look great, but if they have a function as well, that is even better. Some of the most functional window treatments have their origins in home security, keeping either people or the weather out.
Internal Wooden Shutters
Wooden shutters look great on a window. You can close them to keep the light out, and tight shutters will even keep some of the cold or heat out of the room when they are shut. The shutters also provide some privacy, keeping people outside from being able to see into your home. Attaching shutters on the inside or the window makes them easier to use, and they offer an excellent look for the room. You can paint them, stain them, or seal them with a clear polyurethane to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
While they are not common anymore, you can add functional shutters to the outside of your home if you want the look and function of them. Closing exterior shutters means opening the window, and for homes with storm windows that do not sit flush, these shutters will not work. If you do not have storm windows or if they are recessed within the window frame, you can close the shutters over them. Once closed and secure, they are tough to open from the outside of the home, providing some additional security to your home.
Window blinds are a popular window treatment in the US. They are easy to put in the window frame and are relatively inexpensive, so if you are putting them up in a new home, you can buy enough for the entire house. They offer function by blocking out light and providing a high level of privacy for your home. Aesthetically they look nice inside, and if you spend a bit more money on them, you can get wooden blinds that look beautiful in the room.
Drapes are typically heavy fabric with a backing material, and when you close them, they keep the light out but also are highly insulative and will block cold or hot air out of the room. The fabric used can be very decorative as well. Drapes have their origins in the days of castles and houses with very little insulation and are still just as functional today, but the designs have changed over the years. When you want to open the drapes, you can use a tie back cord to hold them open, allowing the sun in or put them on a large rod that will enable you to slide the drapes open.
For many people, spring is a time for cleaning. I am one of these people. Once warm weather arrives, I feel energized and ready to conquer the large list of cleaning chores that usually need to be completed around my home. One of the chores I always complete during the spring months is window cleaning. I am ashamed to admit that I don’t ever clean my windows during the cold weather months. Because I’m extremely cold natured, I won’t venture outside to scrub my windows in the winter. If you’re making a spring cleaning list, don’t forget to put your windows on it. On this blog, you will discover why spring is the best time of the year to clean your windows.