Georgian shutters are an authentic addition to 18th and 19th Century period properties in Great Britain – combining unbeatable privacy and insulation with timeless style.
Here, we’ll look at Georgian shutters for windows in more depth, including some of the benefits they’ll bring to your home, different styles and designs, and some instances when local planning permission regulations make shutters a must.
What are Georgian shutters?
Georgian shutters are also referred to as ‘solid shutters’, which will give you an idea of the look.
Originally designed as internal shutters for a Georgian house, these panels are clean and straightforward in their design – with no louvres or ‘slats’.
Traditionally, Georgian shutters are flush panels that sit inside casement windows.
These panels open outwards on uncomplicated rectangular hinges to let the sunlight into your home.
Sliding Georgian shutters
Of course, many of the era’s grander houses had large windows – where modern technology can work with traditional style.
Georgian window shutters can be mounted on virtually invisible tracks, allowing for effortless opening and closing – even in rooms with bigger windows or patio doors.
With a track system, you can opt for either bi-fold shutters or by-pass shutters.
Bi-fold shutters slide effortlessly along their tracks and open in a concertina fashion, folding back at both sides of the window.
By-pass shutters are mounted on two tracks – meaning the fixed panels slide in front of or behind the other – without taking up any additional floor space when opened.
The way that sliding Georgian shutters are installed means that operation is exceptionally light – as all the weight of the shutter panels is suspended from the tracks.
This makes for effortless opening and closing – with even large panels quickly opened with one hand.
What is a Georgian window?
A Georgian window is usually made up of six or more small panes of glass – held together by horizontal and vertical bars.
Small panes were characteristic of the time because of the manufacturing processes used to make window panes.
In Georgian times, the glass sheets used to make windows were blown, so large panes were out of the question.
By using slim bars between these smaller panes, daylight was maximised without compromising the strength of the glass.
The timeless style of Georgian windows is still prevalent in homes today. So whether you have original windows in your property or more modern recreations, shutters will still be the perfect addition to your room.
Different Georgian shutter styles
There was no one-size-fits-all with shutters for windows in Georgian homes – and with our made-to-measure shutters, you can choose a style that’s perfect for your property.
A full-height or tier-on-tier shutter design is a popular option in-ground floor rooms.
Full-height shutters offer breathtaking clean lines, especially on tall windows.
Alternatively, a tier-on-tier design still covers the full window – but the upper and lower tiers can be opened independently for greater light control.
Cafe-style shutters are also popular in Georgian properties – especially on the first floor.
A cafe-style shutter covers the window’s lower section, giving privacy while allowing plenty of daylight into the room.
Benefits of shutters on Georgian windows
Georgian shutters bring a wide range of benefits to a home, including: