Shutters are an excellent choice of window dressing. They offer a range of benefits that you wouldn’t get with blinds or curtains. There are various styles to choose from, depending on your personal preference and home décor. Plus, they last a lifetime and are easy to maintain.

However, with so many designs to choose from, deciding on the best shutters for your home can be tricky. In this blog, we’re going to talk about two of the most popular types of shutters: full height shutters and tier on tier shutters.

Because they are very similar, people are often stuck between the two. We will outline the pro’s and cons that will hopefully help you decide.

Full Height Shutters

Full height shutters are easily our most popular product. Customers love them! And why wouldn’t they? These versatile and stylish shutters suit any home.

They cover the entirety of the window and feature louvres that can be tilted to control light and privacy levels. Plus, the panels can be completely opened or closed.

full height shutters from Shuttertec

Pros Of Full Height Shutters

Full height shutters provide flexibility. You can maintain privacy without blocking out the light. Plus, you can provide shade without obscuring your view.

They are available in over 100 different colours and you can choose from 5 louvres styles, various louvres sizes and 3 tilt rod configurations.

Aside from offering privacy and light control, full height shutters are also excellent as blocking out noise and insulating the room.

They are also available in a waterproof material, making them ideal for any room in the home including the bathroom and kitchen. These easy to control shutters are also sleek enough to be paired with curtains.  

Cons Of Full Height Shutters

There aren’t many cons when it comes to full height shutters. But if we had to choose something it would be…

Full height shutters eliminate a lot of light but are not completely blackout. This means, without added curtains, full height shutters may not be suitable for bedrooms.

Plus, with full height shutters, the entire shutter panel opens as one unit from top to bottom, meaning you don’t have as much versatility as you do with tier on tier shutters.

Because full height shutters cover the entirety of the window, they may not be suitable for windows with stained glass. Similarly, they may not be ideal for small rooms that require a lot of light.

Tier On Tier Shutters

Tier on tier shutters are almost identical to full height shutters – which is why so many people struggle to choose between the two.

The only difference is tier on tier shutters feature a mid-rail that splits the full length panel in two. So, the two sets of panels, bottom and top, operate independently.

tier on tier shutters from Shuttertec

Pros Of Tier On Tier Shutters

Because they are so similar, tier on tier shutters offer all the same advantages as full height shutters. However, thanks to the split panels, they offer even more versatility.

You can keep the bottom panels closed to maintain privacy whilst letting the sunlight flood through the open panels at the top. This style of shutter is perfect for properties located on busy streets, or homes that directly face neighbours’ houses.

Like full height shutters, they are available in a range of colours and louvre styles. Tier on tier shutters are easy to maintain and clean. Plus, they add value to your home.

Cons Of Tier On Tier Shutters

Again, there aren’t many cons to the super versatile window dressing. The only thing worth pointing out is the height. Tier on tier shutters usually work better on taller windows. If you have short windows in your home, full height shutters may be the better option.

The Takeaway

Tier on tier shutters and full height shutters are both excellent choices. Whichever you opt for, you can be sure you are getting a versatile window dressing that provides complete control over light and privacy. They both look stylish and will complement any home.

If you think you would prefer having a mid-rail and operating the top and bottom shutter panels independently from each other, then you should go for tier on tier shutters. Otherwise, you should opt for full height shutters.

Get In Touch

If you are in the Essex, London or Kent areas and you looking for full height shutters or tier on tier shutters for your home, get in touch with Shuttertec. You can contact us on 0800 023 5754 or email We are on the other end of the phone 6 days a week!

Or you can book an appointment here. We can discuss your shutter needs, measure your space, show you samples and answer any questions you may have. At Shuttertec, we have more than 20 years with bespoke plantation shutters and blinds.

We would love to hear from you.